I got the wonderful framegrabber, Framethief, software that enables a digital camera to capture still images for stop motion animation, to work again yesterday. I was so elated I made this shorty clip:
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I played with unregulated pans, pulled arty focus, and went it without tiedowns. Don't worry though, I wasn't trying to make anything good with this, just messing around in happiness at my renewed abilty to grab frames with Strider's trusty cam o'joy. One great thing, I ditched my tripod and fastened a metal "L" bracket to my peg board base and securely clipped the webcam to it. Much more compact, more stable, and no more legs in the way to bump into.
Next up: an iron mask reads a little poem to you and a mermaid's shimmering tail is spotted at the bottom of the sea (as minuscule mini clips). The idea is to make little sketches with the equipment I have here on hand. In this way, I'll be able to get a better feel for working with various types of puppets and a bit of my first familiarity with character movement.