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Elliott Dunwody
Stop Motion with Varicam
on Feb 26, 2008 at 3:02:58 pm

Been asked to do a stop motion shoot with our Varicam. Anyone have any experience with that?

Thanks,

Elliott



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john sharaf
Re: Stop Motion with Varicam
on Feb 26, 2008 at 5:14:39 pm

Varicam is not particularly stop frame friendly, although it can be programmed as an intervalonmeter but shooting 10 frame bursts from which the single or double frame must be edited into the stop motion sequence in post.

Cameras with cache or that write to solid state media (like P2) are much better suited to this purpose. I'd recommend you look into a Panny 2000 or 3000 for this assignment.

JS





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Noah Kadner
Re: Stop Motion with Varicam
on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:19:23 pm

You mean stop motion animation? Heck no- you want to do this with a nice Digital SLR. For example a Nikon D300 gives you a big fat RAW file at 12 megapixels, suitable to for going to 35mm film with zero compromises and has live view for composing. There's really no video or HD camera that can match that.


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Elliott Dunwody
Re: Stop Motion with Varicam
on Mar 10, 2008 at 6:19:18 pm

This is a very ugly sample of what the client is thinking.







Stop Motion may not be the correct name for this.

Thanks

Elliott



Bright Blue Sky Productions
4811 Rivoli Dr
Macon, GA 31210

http://www.brightbluesky.com


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Sam Painter
Re: Stop Motion with Varicam
on Mar 22, 2008 at 5:16:07 am

Noah is right.
Shooting with a DSLR will give you a much better image.
Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" is the first feature to be made with commercial digital still photography cameras (31 Canon EOS-1Ds MARK II SLR cameras with Nikon Lenses) instead of film cameras.
It was also the first stop-motion feature to be edited using Apple's Final Cut Pro.

You don't need 31 of course, but even a Canon 20 or 30D will give you a beautiful shot for what you want to do.



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