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  • Latest Version

    Dragonframe 2024.05.1 LATEST

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    Sophia Jones

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Put Dragonframe 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 reading for multiple characters. Program animated lighting with simple keyframes. Automate work lights for the animator. Simple front light/backlight programming. Use the intuitive graphical interface to program advanced camera moves.

Features and Highlights

Step directly between live view and captured frames or switch to auto-toggle. Loop playback to get the sense of movement you’re aiming for. The playback and stepping functions are fully customizable for your needs.

Load multiple reference stills or videos and view them with your animation. Blend them with opacity, pull a chromakey (blue screen), and even assign a garbage matte to see just the part you want. Pop-out reference videos into a synchronized player if you want it off to the side.

With the Dragonframe keypad, you can stay focused on animating instead of hunting around with the mouse. And the hotkeys are fully configurable, so if you really like a feature that is not on the keypad, you can move it there.

Set camera settings such as shutter speed, ISO, and white balance directly from the program. Check and adjust the focus with Canon, Nikon, Olympus, or Fujifilm cameras. 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 for help with composition. Add a push-in mask to allow post-production push-in or panning.

Check images at full-resolution. Check for over or underexposed areas with the clipping view. Load images from other scenes to compare exposure and composition. Compare image contrast with the Digital Densitometer.

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

Create characters, scrub through your audio, and assign words and phonetics for all your dialogue. View this data while animating, in the X-Sheet, Timeline, or Audio HUD.

Control up to 512 lighting channels in conjunction with DDMX-512, DMC-16, or DMC+. You define your lighting program before you shoot, and then watch as the app controls your lights during the shot, leaving your animators to focus on animating.

Define your lighting program with keyframes. Adjust the smoothness in each direction with a simplified “bezier” handle—giving you a large degree of control while maintaining an efficient programming interface.

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

Integrated motion control means that you can program camera moves and lighting effects from within the same system. It means that you can quickly preview moves using the same camera you will be animating with. It means that the lighting and motion control will be in the right place, at the right time. So if the animator needs to reshoot a few frames, Dragon frame can safely move the rig back into the proper position, every time.

Once you’ve programmed a move, you’ll want to test it out. Run a move test within the Arc workspace and see how it looks. The moving test captures video assist frames only, in order to speed up the test process. On a long move, you can reshoot just the section you’re working on. You’ll have the move perfected in record time.

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

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

Also Available: Download Dragonframe for Mac

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What's new in this version:

Dragonframe 2024.05.1
- Basic color management via OCIO, for converting sRGB source to monitor color profiles
- Live view magnification views each get their own grid
- Cine: Added sort options in Cinematography Test and References areas
- Cine: Added camera notes pop-out window
- Arc: Added group lock to lock entire group of axes
- Arc: See and change indexed exposure assignments directly
- Arc: Added 'Extend Curves' option to extrapolate past last keyframe
- Added 'burst mode' for some cameras

Dragonframe 2024.01.3
- Fixed sluggish DMX workspace live view
- Fixed Color Palette tool being stuck in corner of window
- Improved Nikon live view compression on cameras that support it
- Allow user to assign scene layer to a toggle group

Dragonframe 2024.01.2
- welcome screen preview of scenes with hidden/tagged frames
- using mouse wheel to scale animation view
- floating tool palette randomly moving to the wrong monitor
- floating tool palette buttons toggling instead of playing animation when pressing SPACE

- When shooting in middle of sequence and out point is with camera, keep moving out point
- Changed default hotkeys to toggle guide layers to SHIFT + 1-8
- Fixed Preferences dialog going behind main window
- Fixed crash when deleting large section of empty frames beyond end of timeline
- Arc: Fixed jogpad mode using wrong axis group (virtuals or non-virtuals)
- Arc: Updated SDL library to fix macOS bluetooth gamepad disconnections
- Arc: Fixed indexed axis go-motion on DMC
- Arc: Ensure dmc-lite shows up in triggers UI
- Arc: Fixed last axis dropping out group when clicking on it
- DMX: Added Aputure Amaran F21x/c and F22x/c DMX fixtures
- DMX: Added EclFresnel DMX fixtures
- DMX: Added Forza 60B II and 150B light fixture definitions
- DMX: Added Cineroid FL400 and FL800 light fixture definitions
- DMX: Added PavoTube II 15C & 30C fixture definitions
- DMX: Added Gemini 1x1 and 2x1 fixture definitions
- DMX: Added Nanlux Evoke 2400B fixture definition
- DMX: Added Prolycht Orion 300 FS and 675 FS fixture definitions

Dragonframe 2024.01.1
- Improved hot key toggling of guide layers
- New dmc-lite Arduino real-time motion control sketch, for Giga R1 and Portenta H7
- Playback performance improvements
- NDI Input: Direct NDI input integration
- Option to lock NDI/Blackmagic/Syphon/Spout live view output to specific camera
- DMX Generate Effect: Auto-generate flicker, pulsing, or static
- Arc: Added jogpad mode that uses jogpad keys but stays in main Arc workspace