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Lecture 1: Timing and Trajectory Charts Lecture 7: Flash Intro
Lecture 2: Presentations: List of Animators Lecture 8: Flash Animation
Lecture 3: Scanning, After Effects, Animating using PS CS3 Lecture 9: ---
Lecture 4: Stop Motion Pixelation using a Video Camera Lecture 10: ---
Lecture 5: After Effects Part 1 Lecture 11: ---
Lecture 6: After Effects Part 2 Lecture 12: ---
 Lecture 4: Stop Motion Pixelation using a Video Camera
The Video Camera:
It is important to use a video camera that has the PHOTO option. This means there is a button that you can press to take a still picture.

Most video cameras do not actually take a single picture and put it on a single frame of the video. They take a single picture and place it on many seconds of video. The Cannon GL video cameras in the ARC puts the image on 6 seconds of video.

Tips when Using Video Cameras
  1. Use a Tripod (always)
  2. Change the Focus to manual Focus (MF) - check the view finder to see the MF letters
  3. Use a paper with words on it and hold it the distance you want to focus on and adjust the focus ring on the camera.
  4. Use good lighting (low lighting will look grainy)
  5. Postion your person and click Photo
  6. Position the person just a little bit from the original position and click Photo
  7. Repeat forever (just kidding)
Digitizing the video using iMovie
  1. Connect the camera to the computer using the firewire cable
  2. Turn the camera ON and to VTR mode (not Camera) - the word may differ based on the video camera
  3. Open iMovie
  4. Click the Camera setting in iMovie
  5. You can now control the camera with the fast forward and reverse buttons in iMovie
  6. If the video is not showing up in iMovie check to see that the camera is turned on and on VTR mode, your tape should be in there also.
  7. Click RECORD (Red button) on the parts of the video you want to capture
Exporting the video from iMovie
  1. You can either export all your video at once or a small segment at a time and then reassemble it in AfterEffects
  2. Change to the timeline view in iMovie
  3. Drag the video you want from the bin to the clipview on the bottom of the screen (click the little filmstrip icon - not the clock) (if you want to keep a copy in both the bin and timeline drag using the OPTION button held down
  4. Go to the File Menu and select Export
  5. Select Quicktime and pulldown to Expert Settings
  6. Click Share
  7. You could use the Share Selected Clips Only button if you only wanted to export the ones you have selected in the Timeline or ClipViewer
  8. Click Share
  9. Eport: Select Movie to Quicktime
  10. Click OPTIONS
The best settings for exporting and saving full quality: Video Settings:
  • Compression Type: Animation
  • Frame Rate: Current
  • Key Frame: Automatic
  • Depth: Millions of Colors (NOT Millions +)
  • Quality: High
  • OK

  • No Sound and No Prepare for Internet Streaming
  • OK
  • Name it and Save
Changing 6 second images to 2 frame images using After Effects
  • Import your iMovie Exported video into After Effects: File - Import
  • Drag the video to the timeline
  • Select the video layer in the Timeline and Go to Layer - Time - Time Stretch...
  • Stretch Factor: 1.11111 %
  • Layer In point
    The 1.11111 is based on the following calculation:
    1 picture = 6 seconds 
    1 second of video = 30 frames
    therefore 1 picture = 30*6 = 180 frames
    if we want 1 picture to equal 2 frames we have to do some algebra
       180 frames               2 frames
    _________________  =   _________________
    100% Time Stretch       X% Time Stretch
    So we multiply 180 * X = 180x
    and 100 * 2 = 200
    (the foil method)
    180X = 200
    Divide both sides by 180 to make the X stand alone
    180X    200
    ____ = ____
    180     180
    X = 200/180
    X = 1.1111
    If you have a video camera that takes pictures and puts them on more or less than 6 seconds, then replace the number of seconds in the first part of the equation.

  • Check the Compostion Settings to make sure they are correct.

  • Composition - Make Movie ...