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#1 Marcus Taplin

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 11:34 AM

I was wondering monitors or software people use to accomplish "Onion Skinning" on set? I know the small HD DP7 has that capability but would love to have a bigger on set field monitor then just a 7''. We are match cutting an action with different actor and cutting them together like a flip book or stop motion sequence.

 

Any thoughts or ideas are greatly appreciated.

 

 

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#2 Phil Connolly

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Posted 30 April 2016 - 03:40 PM

Dragon Frame is the go to stop motion tool and has lots of features to line shots up and nail composition as well - most the animators I know use it mainly for its onion skinning.


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#3 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 01 May 2016 - 12:42 AM

This is a pretty good reason to hire a VTR person to handle all of your playback and overlay requirements. That's the way I have seen it done most often.

Otherwise, I use the old school method and use a white china pencil to trace the outline of the objects that need to stay locked on the plastic monitor screen protector. It's also a good idea to take lots of camera notes. It's a little rough, but works ok if you have enough resolution to resize and slide the frames around in post.
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