Dear all,

I am making a timelapse / hyperlapse movie that will feature an 8 second stop motion clip that I wish to make.

I am looking for some quick tips and advice you may have.

I will be taking a time lapse of an area and masking out movement.  I've done that before so no issue there.  Using a chroma green background, I then want to overlay some action figurines (with moving arms and legs) walking onto the set and an toy rocket landing.  I can easily make the muzzle flame in Adobe After Effects. 

 

I have seen how Dragonframe works for stop motion but I don't want to spend that amount of money.  I have Eye-Fi SD card to send each shot via wifi to the PC and thought I could toggle through and compare each image with Windows Photo Viewer.  Would that work instead of Dragonframe?

 

I don't have the stop motion skills with models and setting up a scene. 

 

Am I on the right track to make this all happen?  What would I need to consider ?

 

Thanks in advance.

Stephen 

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The way you have described viewing the feed of images is going to be a bit tricky for comparing images quickly, and things like onion skinning. But the first time I tried making an animation I just used the screen on the back of an old Nikon D200, so it will work. 

One thing I think you will need to consider is the output frame rate for your time lapse and the FPS of your animation and probably try to make them devisable by one another for example if your footage was output to 24 fps you might want to make your animation 12 fps, or ideally 24. 

You will probably get a bit of lens flicker from the animation if you are using a digital specific lens as the aperture will be slightly inaccurate so it might be a good idea to shoot wide open.

There are some plugins for Lightroom which are great for reducing flicker and balancing exposure for time lapse photography so it might be a good idea to use that on the time lapse so as you get your exposure as accurate as possible. 

good luck

 

Thanks Anthony.  I have heard the term onion skinning and presume this allows the ability to see through the frame while its overlaid on the previous.  I think the best I might be able to manage is a quick flick back and forth to compare.

Good point to consider is the frame rate as you say.  

Thanks for the tips !

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