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Fxhome "Watching Clay Move" Software

Posted: Mon, 31st Dec 2007, 12:56am

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DaFlea

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Sorry if this has been brought up before, however I did do a brief search on the topic and there were way more results than I cared to read through (300 plus pages)..

Is there or has there ever been any planes for Fxhome to produce a stop motion animation software package.

I have been looking into different packages and it occurred to me that you guys have I would say more than 60% of what you need to develop another product to add to your impressive line up.

Doug
Posted: Mon, 31st Dec 2007, 6:08am

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Axeman

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There have never been plans to do this, no. The primary function of a stop-motion package would be to capture footage from a camera (on a frame-by-frame basis), and this is something none of their current software is capable of doing in any form, so it would really be an entirely new field.

I don't actually work for the company, so my answer isn't 100% reliable I suppose, but I do work with them closely in beta testing, and I have never heard any mention of anything of the sort. Of course, I can't rule it out as something they might do in the future, but i would say the chances are slim. An official answer will have to come from one of the actual team though.
Posted: Mon, 31st Dec 2007, 3:00pm

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DaFlea

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Well that’s why I mentioned that 60% of the work is done for them.

For example:

1- CromaKey - Done
2- Ram and Hard Drive Preview - Done
3- Slick Interface - Done
4- On-screen TV-safe and over scan boundaries - Done
5- Full HD video compatibility - Done
6- Timeline editing and canvas - Done
7- Masking tools - Done
8- Rendering - Done

Among other things that would be useful

Things that would need to be added

1- Onion Skin
2- Rotoscope/Lip-Sync
3- Direct Capture from Hardware

Among other things that could be added to enhance the product.

Regardless if you take the PhotoKey product and add some VisionLab Studio tidbits most of the works is done and you have another product to market with not allot of work behind upfront.

Also look at the market, the fact Fxhome products support Both PC and Mac allows for a wider market share. Almost every product I looked at was one or the other. So looking at it from a business and developer stand point, it makes since to capture that market share due to the fact the development time is greatly reduced.

Anyway I hope my suggestion is looked at.

Doug
Posted: Fri, 4th Jan 2008, 9:27am

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Simon K Jones

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Hi DaFlea! While this would be a cool tool to create, the main problem would be in the size of the market, which is rather small and unlikely to cover the actual costs of creating and marketing such a product.

I agree it would be a cool thing to make, but we don't have any plans at this time to do so.
Posted: Sat, 5th Jan 2008, 1:04pm

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petet2

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http://animatordv.com/pr_ent.php

Animator DV simple is free and does the job very well. I would always recommend adding effects afterwards rather than trying to add them on the fly at the time of shooting. Animation takes enough concentration just to get the movement right without having to worry about chromakeying or cg effects.
Posted: Sat, 5th Jan 2008, 3:13pm

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DaFlea

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Tarn wrote:

Hi DaFlea! While this would be a cool tool to create, the main problem would be in the size of the market, which is rather small and unlikely to cover the actual costs of creating and marketing such a product.

I agree it would be a cool thing to make, but we don't have any plans at this time to do so.
Well thank you for the response.

I was looking at all the other packages out there and figured I would run it by ya. It just seemed like a good project to tackle due to the fact you guys have a majority of the code done and due to the fact your quality of work and support is overwealming top that off with a strong community you cant go wrong.

Even though I have not done much with my Fxhome product yet, I purchased mainly on the aspect of your strong community.

Even though its a nitch market it may be something to consider further down the road.

Doug