Stop Motion Animation Tech and Set-Up Guide[1]

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR STOP-MOTION ANIMATION USING ADOBE PREMIERE IN STUDIO B: Setting Up: Even though you have been shown in a workshop up in the control room of Studio “B”, you will actually only work on the floor in Studio “B”. This is the only place with the software and inputs to do animation. You will need: ã ã ã A beta-camera with a digital back on it (it’s very small, the size of a thin paperback) with a power-supply. Enough BNC (blue) cable to reach from your set-up to the Trunk lines at th
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    HOW TO CREATE YOUR STOP-MOTION ANIMATION USINGADOBE PREMIERE IN STUDIO B:Setting Up: Even though you have been shown in a workshop up in the control roomof Studio “B”, you will actually only work on the floor in Studio “B”. This is theonly place with the software and inputs to do animation. You will need : ã A beta-camera with a digital back on it (it’s very small, the size of a thinpaperback) with a power-supply. ã Enough BNC (blue) cable to reach from your set-up to the Trunk lines atthe base of the stairs. ã You also might need the animation table if you are shooting down onto atable. This is stored in Studio “B” control room. To Set Up: ã Once your cameras is on your stand or tripod and on, take the BNC andplug it into the digital back in the camera (it’s the only hole it will fit into). ã Run the BNC over to the wall trunk lines. Make a note of which you’veplugged it into. ã Upstairs in the Control room, go to the patch bay and patch from yourtrunk (out) to the digi (in) . This will feed your signal directly to theinscriber computer.NOTE: You do NOT need to bring up your feed in any of the preview or programmonitors. If you want to check your work on an alternative monitor, you cansimply look at the Inscriber monitor. Getting started: ã Double-click the Adobe Stop Motion icon on the desktop   ã   Before you begin the program, you will be asked to enter a series ofsettings – you need only enter values for General Settings , VideoSettings and Capture Settings – all of which can be accessed using thepull-down menu.   ã Enter the values as follows:   kewatson Page 1 9/2/2004  General Settings: Editing Mode: Video for WindowsTime base: 29.97 fpsTime Display : 30 fps Drop-Frame Time code Video Settings: Compressor: Microsoft Video 1Depth: ThousandsFrame Size: 720X480Aspect: 4:3Frame Rate: 29.97Quality: 100% Capture Settings: Capture Video   Rate: 29.97 fps   ã Once you are done entering these values, click OK   Once you are in Premiere: ã Click File   ã From the pull down menu, select Capture   ã From the Capture menu, select Stop Motion   ã Once the preview screen is open, right-click the mouse to reveal the Stop Motion Option menu ã Select Capture Type   ã In the capture type menu, select Manual Capture   ã Ensure that “Final Movie will play back” at 30 fps ã Once you are done entering these values, click OK   YOU ARE NOW READY TO BEGIN YOUR STOP MOTION ANIMATION!Creating a stop-motion animation: ã At the top of the preview window, click the Start button (once you’vestarted, this button will be labeled Step , rather than start)    EACH CLICK OF THE ‘STEP BUTTON’ WILL RECORD ONEFRAME OF VIDEO (ie. 5 mouse clicks = 5 frames of video) ã There is a counter located at the bottom of the preview window – this willhelp you keep track of the total number of frames captured.   ã Once you have finished capturing the desired number of frames, click onthe Done button at the top of the preview window.  kewatson Page 2 9/2/2004  ã IMMEDIATELY go to the File pull down menu   ã Click on Save   ã   Enter a filename and save it as an AVI movie file (This will save your fileas one, big sequence)   ã Click Save   ã You can now play your sequence using the controls at the bottom of thepreview screen.   But you’re not quite done yet, because the AVI you’ve created isn’t compatiblewith editing software. You need to complete one more step – exporting your AVImovie into a targa sequence. ã Select file – export – movie ã This will bring up a save window, but you have to change some settingsfirst. Click on the Settings button. It will take you to a new window.Change the file type to targa sequence and ensure the export video box ischecked. ã Now you can click okay which takes you back to the save window andexport to the hard drive into your own folder. This can take a VERY longtime – be prepared! ã Now you can grab any labbie and have them transfer your work onto thenetwork (ginger) enabling you to take it anywhere. You must removethese files within one (1) day of putting them on Ginger by either burningyour targa’s to a CD or a DVD. This ensures you have a disk copy thatcannot crash. HOW TO CREATE YOUR STOP-MOTION ANIMATION USING ADOBEPREMIERE 6.0, the Laptop and the Sony PD 150 Digital CameraSetting Up: The best thing about using the digital camera and the laptop is you can do itvirtually anywhere! Just set your scene up, light it and go. Plus, Premiere 6.0includes an editing platform; so ideally, you could end up with a finished roughcut by the end of a weekend. ã Plug in the laptop with the power cord. Then plug in the camera with thepower cord (hint: it’s in behind a little rubber plug on the back of thecamera.) ã Then run the fire wire from the camera (on the side hidden by anotherrubber plug) to the laptop and you’re ready to go! kewatson Page 3 9/2/2004  You will need : ã The Sony PD 150 Mini DV camera with its power supply. ã A mini DV tape. ã The laptop with power cord and fire wire cable. (Make sure you have this,each will be useless without it!) To Set Up: ã Once your cameras is on your stand or tripod and on, do all the regularcamera things you always do, white balance, check your zoom and focus ã To log on to the laptop, the username is “animate” as is the password ã To capture, the camera input must be Camera   ã Open the larger viewfinder for a better way to see what you’re taking Getting started: ã Double-click the Adobe Premiere icon on the desktop   ã The first window you will come to is the “Load Project Settings” - click OK  Once you are in Premiere: ã Click Project and from the pull-down menu choose General . Under Project – Project Settings - General Settings :   Editing Mode: DV PlaybackClick on the DV Preview button on this screen. It will take you to another windowwhich will give you the choice of where your preview will appear while you work.Go into Playback Settings and choose only the Playback on Desktop mode. Ifyou choose the DV camera playback too, the laptop will slow down from sendingand receiving so much information to and from the camera.Time base: 29.97Time Display: 30 fps Drop-Frame Time codePlayback Settings: Playback on desktop (only), just click on eitherof the others to turn them both OFF Video Settings: Compressor: Microsoft DV (NTSC)Depth: MillionsFrame Size: 720 x 480Pixel Aspect Ratio: D1/DV NTSC (0.9)Recompress:    kewatson Page 4 9/2/2004
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