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Animatronics
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Has anyone ever done stop motion with animatronics?  It seems like that would be an ideal solution to doing stop-motion really fast.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Leon Coward Jan 22.

 

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John T. Vonachen commented on John T. Vonachen's blog post Applying physics to stop-motion
"The advantage of stop-motion is that the lighting always works because it's a photo.  If I took exposure sets of individual elements in with two axis of rotation and then used cgi pre-visualization and replace them with compositing them…"
May 16
StopmoNick commented on John T. Vonachen's blog post Applying physics to stop-motion
"I actually used a 150mm rotary table to turn my harpy.  …"
May 16
John T. Vonachen commented on John T. Vonachen's blog post Applying physics to stop-motion
"Thanks for commenting.  What if someone wanted to make a piano except it would only play one song starting from the left and moving to the right.  That's kind of what stop-motion is.  My software lets you play the notes in any…"
May 16
StopmoNick commented on John T. Vonachen's blog post Applying physics to stop-motion
"I don't understand the maths, but I do see how having a complete 360 degree set of images would let you animate any rotation you like.  Works well for a product shot or logo.  It would also be great for a spaceship or any rigid flying…"
May 15
John T. Vonachen commented on John T. Vonachen's blog post Applying physics to stop-motion
"This is an example of the input to the…"
May 13
John T. Vonachen posted a blog post

Applying physics to stop-motion

I have created a wonderful technique.  What I do is put a figure to be photographed on a lazy susan and take 360 photos, one for each degree.  I then use a program I wrote to arrange and reuse the exposures to make as many frames as I need reusing many exposures for multiple frames.  I apply physics to the movement.  Here is an example using acceleration.  I also have friction but this does not show this feature.…See More
May 13
John T. Vonachen commented on John T. Vonachen's blog post camera rig for product video made with mostly 3D printed parts
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May 2
John T. Vonachen posted a blog post

camera rig for product video made with mostly 3D printed parts

Camera sits on a block which is 3D printed and hot glued with just a small drop.  Lazy Susan with pointer and armature for product.  Background held up with supports.See More
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"If I wanted to go to school for stop motion where should I go? I live in Kansas City. Would Kansas City Art Institute be a good place?"
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StopmoNick commented on John T. Vonachen's status
"Warping can be used to add a little jiggle to the flesh, or some help with face shapes in lip synch maybe.  I did some dinosaur animation for someone, and he added some bounce to the flesh when the foot hit the ground.  He also put in a…"
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"Is morphing used in stop-motion? One could cut down on the frames substantially."
Apr 12
Leon Coward replied to John T. Vonachen's discussion Animatronics
"A few years ago, DisneyResearch unveiled new automata software, improving user-accessibility and improving the quality of motion: There's similar software on the internet, but not Disney's per se. They did release their white papers…"
Jan 22
Leon Coward replied to John T. Vonachen's discussion Animatronics
"Yes, not necessarily faster at all! If the animatronic has pre-determined moves, then it's really just automata with a stepper motor. I will depend on complexity of motion, repetition of action, length of labour (and budget...) as to whether…"
Jan 22
StopmoNick replied to John T. Vonachen's discussion Animatronics
"True, Go-Motion does use a combination of stop motion and computer controlled motor movements.  But it does not let the operator just sit back and sip a latte (or work on something else) while it all happens automatically, as the original…"
Jan 21

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Applying physics to stop-motion

I have created a wonderful technique.  What I do is put a figure to be photographed on a lazy susan and take 360 photos, one for each degree.  I then use a program I wrote to arrange and reuse the exposures to make as many frames as I need reusing many exposures for multiple frames.  I apply physics to the movement.  Here is an example using acceleration.  I also have friction but this does not show this feature.…

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Posted on May 13, 2021 at 3:16pm — 5 Comments

camera rig for product video made with mostly 3D printed parts

Camera sits on a block which is 3D printed and hot glued with just a small drop.  Lazy Susan with pointer and armature for product.  Background held up with supports.

Posted on May 2, 2021 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

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