Hi everyone, I'm new to dragonframe and quite frustrated that the quality of what I'm shooting comes out rather poor. I'm shooting with a canon 60 D 18-55 kitlens (Yeh I know not a very good lens but still it should be better than this..
It looks rather pixelated, any idea how I can improve this? It looks this way wether I export it as image sequence or .mov.
Another question, does anyone know if I can take an image sequence shot on a windows and edit in in premiere mac ?
Under 'export to quicktime' -> 'source' is 'video assist' selected?
I once had the same problem as you and I realized I was exporting my low res video source and not my capture source
Make sure you take high quality shots with the camera. The controls are in the Cinematography window in DF. You can take Camera Raw and HQ Jpegs, which come out as big files. I couldn't get on with exporting from DF, so when I want to put the sequence into my editor I just go to the folder with the original shots in it, crop them in the Camera Raw dialog box in Photoshop and save them as Tiffs at a bit bigger than 1920 x 1080. I then import this image sequence into Premiere Pro, and it comes in as an HD video sequence.
I use Dragonframe or StopMotion Pro to gauge the moves while animating, then import the full size images into my post production program - After Effects if they are raw, since TV Paint doesn't deal with raw. I don't use Export in DF, I import from the other program, so I pick which images to import.
Dragonframe should be saving 2 sets of images in 2 folders. One is the video preview that you use to see how your animation is going, the other is the full sized, high quality images straight from your camera.
In Safari/Windows Explorer, inside a folder called something like Yourproject_001_Take_01, you should see these folders:
Yourproject_001_01_backup (Appears to be frames I deleted during animation, saved here in case I changed my mind.)
Yourproject_001_01_feed (this is the video feed, small size and lower quality. You don't want to use this.)
Yourproject_001_01_X1 (this is the actual shot that you want - the list of files will start with Yourproject_001_01_X1_0001.cr2 which is production 1, shot 1, take (eXposure)1, frame 0001.
There will probably be Raw and Jpegs sitting in the same folder, even if you had the camera set to take only Raw, not raw + jpg. Both will actually look very good, and be the same resolution, but the raw images give you more room to adjust the colour and brightness. If you are seeing a noticeably lower quality it is probably the video feed.
I can't remember exactly but there is a capture settings, then at there you can select the resolution of your camera. you can look at the DragonFrame website, I think there are some tips on using the software.
I think the image sizes for the 60d are the same as the 7d, so even the Small setting is 2592 x 1728, which is plenty bigger than HD video. I usually set the image size on the camera before connecting it. I don't think I've used DF to change image size but it may well be possible.
I think what Alex Bruce said at the start is most likely, you've exported your video feed by mistake.
What you do is: inside Premiere Pro, right-click on the imported clip in the project panel, which brings up a list. go to Modify>Interpret Footage. There you can set your framerate to whatever you want, without dropped frames.
If you want to lengthen a hold once you have got your footage already in the editor, just import a still of the frame you need to duplicate, and drop it into the sequence. If you need several frames, you should be able to lengthen the image in time by dragging it outwards along the timeline. By default my version of PPro gives still images about 6 seconds.
Hope this helps! (I started learning all this about a year ago, and it is still confusing!)
Did you conform your DF project? That should lock in your holds.
Ah yes, the conforming helps : D
Might be an issue with settings on the camera? Is your ISO very high? Maybe your subject needs to be lit more? Is it pixelated or grainy?