Dragonframe Tether is a free app that allows you to use your an Android or iOS device as a capture source in Dragonframe 5.
- 1 Getting the Apps
- 2 Getting Started
- 3 Configuring Dragonframe
- 4 Set Up Artwork
- 5 Lighting
- 6 Cinematography Window
- 7 Capturing Animation
- 8 Playback Animation
- 9 Onion Skininning
- 10 Exporting
Getting the Apps
- On the iOS device get Dragonframe Tether from the App Store.
- On the computer install and authorize Dragonframe
- On the computer open Dragonframe
- Select Create New Scene from the dialog box, or open a previously created scene with Open Scene.
- Name your production, 5 characters maximum.
- Set the Frame Rate and click OK.
- In the new window that opens browse to your desktop.
- Click New Folder and give it a name and hit Create.
- Select that folder and click Save.
- Connect the iOS device to the computer via USB
- Open Dragonframe Tether on the iOS device
- Dragonframe should detect the back camera of the iOS device
- If you do not see the live camera feed from the animation stand press command R to refresh the live camera feed.
- a red outline will appear around the window signifying that live view is enabled.
- Set the frames per second for playback speed:
- 1's = 30fps
- 2's = 15fps
- 3's = 10fps
Set the Aspect Ratio for the project
- In the Animation window, click on the Guide Layers tab.
- Select Aspect Ratio Mask and choose 16:9 (rectangular), 4:3 (square) depending on the requirements for your assignment.
- Adjust the mask opacity as needed.
- Select Aspect Ratio Lines and select Outline and/or Crosshairs as needed.
- In the Aspect Ratio Mask section set the Aspect Ratio to match the 16:9 or 4:3 setting above.
Set Up Artwork
- Arrange your artwork
- Adjust you lights
- Check for reflections
- Try to have uniform lighting over your artwork.
- Try not to mix different light color temperatures if possible.
- Watch out for light sources that could change
- Light from a window might change as clouds block the sun
- Different lights will have different color temperature ranging from red to blue
- The temperature is measured in a unit called kelvins
- Many bulbs will come with a specific kelvins label
- "Soft white" bulls around 2500 - 2700K
In Dragonframe Tether you will need to select a color temperature for the white balance setting.
- Auto - This setting could change from shot to shot. Try not to use.
- Daylight - 5200K. Use if you are using daylight or daylight balanced bulbs
- Tungsten - 3200K - For studio lights
- Or choose a specific kelvin setting
- If you have bulbs with a specific kelvin rating try to match that setting
- White Balance - See above
- Image Quality - JPG
- Flash - OFF
- Set the ISO dial to be 100
- Click the focus check button.
- A focus slider and focus buttons will appear over the camera image
- Use the slider and buttons to adjust the focus
F-Stop and Shutter Speed
With Dragonframe Tether the f-stop setting is not available. The Shutter speed and ISO can be set.
- Adjust the shutter speed dial by clicking and dragging to the right or left to adjust exposure
- Take a test shot after each adjustment to confirm the exposure
- The Test Shot button is located underneath the camera settings of Cinematography
- Click the camera icon to return to live view
- Set the ISO to 100
- Adjust the shutter speed for the desired exposure
- Take a test shot.
- After changes any camera settings take a set shot
- Test shots will look better than the live view images
- They will have better focus and exposure
- Click on a test shot to look at it in the view pane
- The camera settings will be viewable in the top right corner of the Cinematography window
- Click the camera icon below the view pane to return to live view.
- Return to the Animation window
- To begin capturing frames press return key
- This will take a moment to transfer the still image file from the camera to the Dragonframe software
- Do not capture frames too quickly - this will cause Dragonframe to crash and may corrupt your last captured frame. Please encourage yourself to practice patiences when working on animation in the Dragonframe software
- Activate the hi-res button on the remote to set the playback source to preview the hi-res stills instead of the lo-res video assist images.
- To playback your captured frames the spacebar
- or use key 1 and 2 to step through frame by frame.
Onion skinning is a technique used in animation that allows an animator to see several frames at once. Check the Onionskin article for more detail
- When you are done you will need to export a video from Dragonframe
- Read the Exporting article for details