Can anyone recommend a program that is close to Dragonframe?
Stopmotion Pro (I've already forgotten why I hated it)
Framebyframe crashes after a couple of grabs.
Single framer is too basic
Monkey jam doesn't support Onion Skinning
iStopmotion is more flash than substance.
I have a copy of tvPaint for traditional animation but the stop mo side is a hack using the video input.

I realize the answer is buy Dragonframe but until I can justify the purchase I want to use something less expensive.

Any recommendations?

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I don't have any experience with other programs for stop motion but from my experience so far with Dragonframe, it at least not the kind of program that you would grow out of but rather into. I say that because I currently animate with no motion control equipment controlled by DF and that seems to be half of the program itself. If you have used the trial and had a taste it then you know what I am talking about. I agree with Will's comments 100%

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