Thursday, September 20, 2012

Filming Your Animations

We all know how difficult it can be to remember to do every single thing correctly when filming an animation so here are some helpful tips and steps to follow when filming your animation:

1.) When filming your animation, it's good to have a buddy or a partner with you to ensure that you are doing everything correctly.

2.) Make sure that the lights in the classroom are on. The light of the lamp isn't always enough and it can make your animation film look dark and grainy.

3.) Place your animation on the peg bar so that all of your pages are lines up correctly.

4.) Open the Flip Book software. (If you have trouble getting in at the school, click the "unlock" button and type "educational" in the code field given. If that doesn't work, get help or you may have to select the "Try It" button for the demo mode. Warning: There may be a huge water mark over your work, but I don't think it is permanent.)

5.) Once inside Flip Book, click on Create New Scene. This will start you on a completely new film process. The frame rate should be set to standard; Frame Rate: 24, X Sheet # of Frames: 500.
Notice the new scene is set to standard.

6.) Next, adjust the camera above your animation to get a full view of your page.

7.) Open the X Sheet aka the exposure sheet to keep track of your progress. The X Sheet displays a sort of column with every shot of your animation taken. (Side Note: If the other tabs for other columns are distracting you, for example: the sound tab, you can click the little box for that tab to collapse the tab and turn off its functions.
Notice the 3rd sound tab is collapsed.

8.) To film your Arrow, go to "File" and "Capture". Keep the Video Capture on Gray Scale and adjust the Gamma for contrast and White for brightness. Film on Level 1. You will need to adjust the "Hold" a couple times when filming. The recommended hold for your Title/Name page is 24. The first page of your animation should be on hold 24 as well. Afterward you are to film the rest of your pages on 3's 2's and 1's. To film your animation on 3's, set the hold to 3; for 2's set the hold to 2; for 1's set the hold to 1. This means for the first time around you should have three shots of each page, the second time around you should have two shots of each page and the 3rd time around you should have 1 shot of each page. This is all done on one scene. Click "Capture" to take a shot of your animation pages. Every time you remove a page you need to record the next one displayed by clicking capture again.
Notice the video capture is set to grayscale and the hold is on 24.

9.) Short Cut Arrow: You do not have to keep going back to film it. For the short cut you should visit your X Sheet and select the first page that begins your animation, (not the title page) hold down the shift key and scroll downward till you reach the last page.
3's: Notice how there are 2 spaces between each tab with red numbers.

(Note: Not the last one with red numbers, select down to the second one below that.) Click "File" and copy, deselect what you have selected, click the next blank frame and paste. You will now have two sets of your animation. To make the second copy a 2's format you would have to go to the beginning of the second copy and delete one frame every two frames you skip down to.
2's: Notice how there is only 1 space between each tab with red numbers.

When you are finished you will find the very first page of your 2's format and select it from top to bottom using the shift key again. (Note: Not the last one with red numbers, select the one under that.) Copy, deselect what you have selected, click the next blank frame and paste. You will have two sets of your 2's format now. Lastly, you will find the first page of your second 2's format and delete every other page turning it into a 1's format.
1's: Notice how there are no spaces between each tab with red numbers.

Congratulations you now have your animation filmed in 3's, 2's and 1's.

10.) Our Character Hit will be filmed all on one speed so your 3 versions of it should look like below with the required number of holds.
1st Version:
Title/Name: 24 holds, Blank Page: 24 holds, 1st page-8th page: 1 hold each, repeat 7th page: 1 hold, repeat 8th page: 24-48 ho holds.
2nd Version:
Blank Page: 24 holds, 1st page-5th page: 1 hold each, leave out/delete page 6, 7th page-8th page: 1 hold each, repeat 7th page: 1 hold, repeat 8th page: 24-48 holds.
3rd Version:
Blank Page: 24 holds, 1st page-4th page: 1 hold each, Elongated 5th Character: 1 hold, 7th page-8th page: 1 hold each, repeat 7th page: 1 hold, repeat 8th page: 24-48 holds.

DON'T FORGET THE BLANKS!

11.) When adding a background to your animation you may place it in the backgrounds tab, however you will not have the option to adjust the brightness or the contrast. The professor suggests putting the background picture on Level 2 so that you may adjust the brightness and contrast as you wish.

12.) Remember, your Arrow and your Character Hit are to be filmed separately. When you are done filming your arrow you are to click "File", "Export", "Export Movie". You should have 185 used frames by the end of your filming, so adjust the start and end frames. They should be set like this:

Start Frame: 1
End Frame: 185
Start Level: 1
End Level: 1

Select the folder for your class, create a folder within that folder including your full name and save your movie export there. Don't forget to put the name and title of your animation movie. (Otherwise, you are stupid children, as the professor would put it. LOL!) You may also save a copy of your work to your flash drive.

Side Note: The folder for the Wednesday Class would be called "Wednesday Animation Class Fall 2012 5pm", so I'm guessing the folder for the Thursday Class would be called "Thursday Animation Class Fall 2012 4pm".

Hope this helped! Let me know if I missed anything, class! :)

See The Arrow Film! Click Here!

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