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hughchilles replied to the topic 'Stop Motion DSLR Murder?' in the forum. 4 years ago

Thanks that's excellent help, great to know the next level to aim for I have used a little arduino but didn't know Dragon actually controlled things like that.
Going to get the 1200D it has 1080p video thanks again you have halved my costs from the 6D


hughchilles replied to the topic 'Stop Motion DSLR Murder?' in the forum. 4 years ago

Thanks for the info, it looks like DSLR is the way to go I still haven't found any articles on using the EVF live view as a digital shutter.

1100D/t3 looks like a great idea, the specs look about the same as 50d but latter has slightly more pixels and no video, I don't understand the mirror comment, is that the pentamirror? looks like 50d uses a prism mirror maybe I'll go with that though having another 720p video camera sounds pretty cool.

Haven't delved into the stepper world I was looking at the Nikkor 55mm micro lens with whatever body, so you are using a physical stepper to control focus? Is this a pre-manufactured thing? That sounds really cool.

Thanks again it's reassuring to know it's not a big mistake to go with cheaper model I thought maybe higher end video camera could do live view capturing and save the mechanical shutter but it seems no one is doing it. I haven't owned any DSLR camera so far so have been doing maximum research to save stress later and have maximum compatibility with Dragonframe


hughchilles created a new topic ' Stop Motion DSLR Murder?' in the forum. 4 years ago

I've been looking into different cameras and lenses to upgrade from my very basic 720p webcam and have come into the territory of understanding shutter failure and shutter counts,
I was looking into a 6D Canon but have heard they get quite hot after 30minutes of filming and having live view,
the other concern is if I can use a digital shutter on Dragonframe or if using any EOS you have to use the mechanical shutter every frame?

I read elsewhere that due to this it's better to use a DV camcorder to capture the live view and not destroy a mechanical shutter?
Working at 24fps I can imagine a DSLR will get hammered and I don't want to be turning it off every 30 minutes for heat issues.

At this point I'm leaning towards getting a 800D to have the balance of a good DSLR but still have hi quality video but curious what experiences people have had and how fast their cameras wear out?
Is it better to just keep picking up 50Ds and running them into the ground like a used car?
Is there better cameras for heat/digital shutter?

Sorry that's a lot of questions in one thanks for any ideas,
I was surprised looking up overheating/shutter stop motion issues not a lot comes up


Those links don't work for me except the zip, they worked on this page though... here will have a go I think


hughchilles replied to the topic 'hughchilles thread' in the forum. 4 years ago

That's pretty cool, I am looking into getting this setup eBay 600d I like the 50mm prime, would love full frame but this is current budget goal


hughchilles created a new topic ' hughchilles thread' in the forum. 4 years ago

Thought I would start a thread for myself and WIP stuff.
This has nothing to do with me but I just thought the potential for the technology is a game changer why not start my thread with it:


Anyone had experience with it yet?
I am only just at the point of investing in a decent camera I heard Laika did 3D with 2 cameras on angles for each eye but this needs 3D scanning camera I imagine costs way more


I also just realised replies go above the topic, I'm more used to the opposite...
I'm leaning towards stopmotionmagic now, I think it will come up in search engine next to and will look good/get the most hits/unambiguous

Hope I have been of some help


Hey I just joined today so I have no idea about a lot of things, I assumed it was more than claymation but do think it's limiting name like a subculture within a subculture of animation haha.

I couldn't join says come back another time? I don't know if that's because of excessive members at capacity or something else?

I am in favour of all those suggestions I like dark themes and I'm pretty handy with design programs if you wanted help with any of it. I think URL is tricky stop motion magic sounds good but it is close to and does it cover puppets? do people do puppets here? Maybe that's another area? The whole concept of stop motion is magic to me so I think it's a great word to have in there whatever you go with.

I hope I'm not being that new person that posts a lot annoying veterans but maybe my perspective is good/fresh.

I had a brief look at the challenge section, I have seen similar concepts fail on other forums sometimes people are busy sometimes it's the same people over and over sometimes it's just the theme people don't want to be limited. I would suggest more open vague titles like WIP or Sketch/model battle maybe people pick a topic and someone does a concept for it then picks the next poster's theme? I dunno it is hard when it's a time consuming thing like puppet making you kind of want that long deadline but I would do away with it anyway it's hard work to maintain the energy of competitions better to have them once off occasionally I reckon.

I am mostly here to be inspired by people who are better than me at this stuff and read Q&A things, I think things that are easy to be involved in are best like "What equipment do you use currently?" "Favourite/inspiring films?" The more open ended and free the vibe is the more people will post and make a community it's when forums are being run by like a showrunner that it's hard especially for new people to partake.
I used to be on a music forum that slowly died, the only threads that refused to die were 'Post random shit for lols' and 'What are you listening to right now' I guess the equivalent here would be 'What are you into at the moment?'

So yea tl;dr version: Less is more, make it more accessible to newbies and a safe haven for sharing anything and asking questions


hughchilles replied to the topic 'Introduce Yourself Here' in the forum. 4 years ago

Hey there,
I'm Hugh, I am long term artist just starting my study of Stop Motion.
Joining when I'm allowed but stoked to find this forum too.
Will be posting progress to here ( youtube ) if anyone wants to subscribe or can add me on here too instagram