Dragonframe download (latest 2023)

Put dragon frame at the heart of your next stop motion film! Bring your animation to life. Professional on-screen tools for precise movements. Step, Play, Capture, Repeat. Compose and light the perfect shot with camera controls, test shots and advanced image review tools. Import and edit multiple audio tracks. Perform dialogue track playback for multiple characters. Program animated lighting with simple keyframes. Automate work lights for the animator. Simple front/backlight programming. Use the intuitive GUI to program advanced camera movements.

Features and strengths

Switch directly from live view to captured images or switch to automatic switching. Loop playback to get the sense of movement you’re aiming for. Playback and progress features are fully customizable to your needs.

Load multiple still images or reference videos and view them with your animation. Blend them with opacity, fire a chromakey (blue screen), and even assign a trash cache to see only the part you want. Output reference videos in a synced player if desired on the side.

With the Dragonframe keyboard, you can stay focused on the animation instead of searching with the mouse. And the hotkeys are fully configurable, so if you really like a feature that’s not on the keyboard, you can move it there.

Adjust camera settings such as shutter speed, ISO, and white balance directly from the program. Check and adjust focus with cannon, Nikon, Olympus or Fujifilm. Take test shots and get your shot right before you start.

Compose for multiple formats with confidence. Create custom aspect ratio masks. Combine masks with TV-safe guides. Add grid overlays to help with composition. Add an insert mask to allow inserting or panning in post-production.

Check out full resolution images. Check overexposed or underexposed areas with clipping view. Load images from other scenes to compare exposure and composition. Compare the contrast of the image with the digital densitometer.

Import multiple audio tracks and make basic edits. Split tracks and drag segments to adjust timing on the fly. You can even move waveforms and character track playbacks together, to keep them in sync.

Create characters, browse your audio, and assign words and phonetics to all your dialogue. Display this data during the animation, in the X-sheet, timeline, or audio HUD.

Control up to 512 lighting channels in conjunction with DDMX-512, DMC-16 or DMC+. You set your lighting schedule before you take the shot, then watch the app control your lights as you shoot, leaving your animators to focus on the animation.

Define your lighting schedule with keyframes. Adjust the smoothness in each direction with a simplified “Bezier” handle, giving you a great degree of control while maintaining an efficient programming interface.

It’s easy to create custom lighting programs for different exposures. You can directly customize the exhibition lighting schedule or create a new schedule for one or more exhibits to share.

Integrated motion control means you can program camera movements and lighting effects from the same system. This means you can quickly preview movements using the same camera you will be animating with. This means lighting and motion control will be in the right place at the right time. So if the animator needs to retake a few frames, Dragon frame can safely put the rig back in the right position, every time.

Once you’ve programmed a move, you’ll want to test it out. Run a test move in the Arc workspace and see what it looks like. The walk test only captures video support images, to speed up the testing process. During a long move, you can pick up only the section you are working on. You will perfect the movement in record time.

You can use a wide range of hardware, from a do-it-yourself Arduino-based DFMoco sketch to ready-made kits from the eMotimo or Slidekamera.

Note: 30 days trial version. Limits you to 50 images per take. Images will have a watermark which cannot be removed. Camera RAW formats are not supported in the demo version.

Also available: Download Dragonframe for Mac

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