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billdoor
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Now I've finally tidied up the study and the missus has bought about 20kg of lego, I fancy having a go at some brickmotion stuff. Anybody done this? I have a webcam and some software and am currently in the set design stage but was wondering about the FPS. Is 15 FPS enough do you reckon?
#1 at 10:59:34 - 27/05/2010
peej
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Easily enough. I did 3 months of stop motion at College and 15-20 fps is more than enough to get a decent reel done. Any more than that and you could be still doing it when your pubes turn grey (if they haven't already)

Re: the webcam idea, invest in (or make) a decent multi-position "rig" for whatever camera you're going to use. Even if you're just doing simple stuff, it's a godsend to have the camera absolutely fixed and minutely adjustable across a plane / pan view. It's as fiddly as arseholes otherwise.
#2 at 11:02:32 - 27/05/2010
billdoor
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I've got a logitech quickcam pro 4000 which can mount on a mini tripod if I take the screws on the base out. Some blu tac to the desk and hopefully I'll be away.

Just need to finish scripting Tourrette Stormtrooper now :)
#3 at 11:13:16 - 27/05/2010
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I'd imagine a spider tripod could come in handy if you are using a proper camera. Edit: Ah, you already have a tripod.
#4 at 11:13:36 - 27/05/2010
peej
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I ended up making a custom mount for my camera (a really cheap old digicam) with adjustable slide and tilt.

Can't wait to see the finished product, BD!
#5 at 11:29:53 - 27/05/2010
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Don't hold your breath, it could be months ;)
#6 at 11:41:04 - 27/05/2010
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billdoor said:
Just need to finish scripting Tourrette Stormtrooper now :)


I'm liking how this sounds already !
#7 at 14:37:42 - 27/05/2010
billdoor
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Basically my main man, TK421, is kicked out of the Imperial army for letting a couple of pirates knick his uniform. He absconds with the uniform and takes up a flat share with a couple of students. Hilarious hijinks ensue.
#8 at 15:41:40 - 27/05/2010
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This better be finished by tomorrow!
#9 at 15:51:36 - 27/05/2010
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Heh. Given my usual time frame on stuff, maybe late this year/early next. Regardless, it will be before George RR Martin releases Feast for Crows!
#10 at 17:44:44 - 27/05/2010
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peej said:I ended up making a custom mount for my camera (a really cheap old digicam) with adjustable slide and tilt.


You could make a quite sophisticated tracking rig using technical lego, if you can still get that stuff.
#11 at 15:40:18 - 28/05/2010
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Yep you can and yep you're right, you could potentially make a lovely little rig from a few cogs and bits. Good idea!
#12 at 15:42:45 - 28/05/2010
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Ooooh, I have a ton of technic lego! I really want to do a pull zoom shot but I think the camera will probably thwart me :)
#13 at 16:57:44 - 28/05/2010

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