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 New Product Stopmotion Easy Animation Studio 
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Post New Product Stopmotion Easy Animation Studio
Its that time of year again and I am obligated to buy offerings for my brother's kids. When I saw this, I had to get it so i could see what it does.

There is this human shaped armature with little motion capture targets all over it, and a stand to hold the armature up. The idea is that the kids draw a character with colored pencils, crayons or whatever. They photograph the drawing and an app reads poses of the armature and makes a movie of their drawn character moving around the way they moved the armature. Because kids don't have the attention span to do all the frames needed for a stopmotion movie, the app generates a lot of frames in between each pose of the armature (which they call a mannequin supposedly because that word is "easier"?).

It does several things that are impressive for a toy. It takes views of their drawn character and wraps the mannequin in them to make an animated 3-D character. It also reads the motion capture targets on the mannequin and warps the drawing to match the pose. Then it takes just a few frames form the kid's mannequin poses and generates lots of in between frames to create seamless movement. I'm so old, that actually impresses me.

If anyone can get Dragonframe to work with it so the camera can move about, capturing a set while the mannequin performs, I'll be even more impressed. Using just a few frames to generate a much longer sequence just has to increase productivity. Wrapping the mannequin with a 2-D drawn character would save a lot of time making muppets. Why can't my "pro" software do any of the things this toy can?

Here's a link in case anyone else wants to get one for "the kids".

http://shop.crayola.com/toys/new-items/ ... 20000.html


Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:29 am
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Post Re: New Product Stopmotion Easy Animation Studio
This is great, thanks for sharing. I'm so gonna get one.

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