Webcam Animation StudioOAKLAND, pasadena CA

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Webcam Animation Studio

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Quick Intro

Our inspiration was to build an app for storytelling, specifically frame by frame animation, stop motion, flip books, and gifs. We also wanted people to be able to collaborate in the creation process. Both of these were achieved.

Description

Capture images with your webcam, and export gifs. You can control exposure settings for your camera. You can exposure a single image multiple times. You can export single images, too. Share the URL with somebody, and collaborate in real time. Data is persisted at your URL, so you can return to it.

Judging Instructions

Tested on Chrome. To use, take webcam shots, fiddle with exposure settings. Set each frame's duration. Export gif. Share your URL with somebody else create together! Protip: use an external webcam, create a puppet film studio.

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  • judge

    10gen, MongoDB Company

    Nice little app could be the basis for a more general video editing suite.

  • contestant

    YouNeedABudget.com

  • judge

    Triv.io

    Fun app! I wasted allot of time making stupid stop animations of my dog. I found the overall app to work well though felt the interface could have been more polished. Given the limited amount of time though I think the team prioritized right and built something that works.

    • soldair
      contestant

      if you have the link it would be great to see :) we didn't have time for the video catalog.

  • contestant

    Congratulations, pretty cool entry. Took a little while to figure out settings that worked to capture images.

  • judge

    I am a big fan of stop motion animation and have made a few back in film school. The interface was a big confusing, and it took me a while to get the exposure to look like the video feed itself. I found the workflow a bit awkward. Usually with these systems you have a WYSIWYG interface where any tweaks you make to the video are visible directly on the live feed. Also, you should find a better spot for the duration form as switching back to live video was annoying.

    Overall I was able to produce a clip of a moving paperclip across the desk which was fun. I am not sure of the value of all the filters and the tool can use a lot more features to make stop motion (like displaying a grid and marking the video with a path or outline for the action.

    • NHQ
      contestant

      thanks for the notes. we wanted to have motion tracking features (like detecting when the scene goes still and then capturing the image).

      it was probably due to the fact that my webcam was so crap that I focused on exposure options first, but they have proved to be useful. I agree about the monitoring, you should be able to see what a render will look like.

  • judge

    Universal Mind

  • contestant

    Activimetrics LLC

    Cool project. I played with it but some stuff was a little wonky...it kept taking pics when I didn't intend to. But I gave it 4 stars for utility because a real artist type could probably do some very cool work with this.

    • NHQ
      contestant

      thanks!

  • contestant

    SocialTables.com

    I couldn't figure out how to reset the exposer.

    • NHQ
      contestant

      refresh >_<

  • contestant

    Attachments.me

    I like the idea, animated images are lots of fun and I love how many options you allowed for customization.

    Unfortunately, the app was about 2 times as large as my screen. I had a hard time figuring out how to use the interface and since it was so large i got annoyed by the UI slipping around all the time.

    Still, novel approach to creating an animated gif and very unique.

    • NHQ
      contestant

      thanks!

      yeah UI was a monster to reign in. I wanted to break it into component interfaces...

  • contestant

    Cuttle

    Really great idea but got lost with the settings very quickly.

  • contestant

    Had fun creating a couple of goofy GIFs!

IMPORTANT DATES

REGISTRATION
SEP 17
COMPETITION
NOV 9-11 UTC
JUDGING
NOV 11-17
WINNERS
NOV 18

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