idragosani wrote:It says they support both Windows and OS X. It outputs video via USB, bet it can be used with any software that can capture via USB like TVPaint or DragonFrame (stop-motion app). Seems like it could be used as an animation camera for scanning hand-drawn frames (instead of using a scanner) ... though don't see any pricing or availability info.
We have tested the SimplicityCam on Linux (Ubuntu and Pardis) and it works fine. We just don't have a Linux app so our Linux customers are using the opensource Cheese app. However, this will not matter to you since you are intending to use the camera with your TVPaint application. The camera also works fine with Mac and Windows of course.
Fabrice wrote:According to Recordex USA, it should work also on Linux.
Fabrice wrote:PS : there is no peg bar with it, you have to find one. ok ... I leave
Fabrice wrote:ok, we got the material and tested it. (SC5e)
There is no driver CD and it's actually working fine on TVPaint Animation 9.5 on MAC and PC.
On Linux, we need to do a few changes in the software, so you will need TVPaint Animation 10.
It's basically a webcam so you don't need to install anything, plug the USB cable and use it !
The lens doesn't have a perfect quality to get the colors exactly, but if you work in black and white for line testing, it's goog enough. (in addition, if you use the TVPaint Scan-Cleaner after line testing, it's pretty good, since 95% of the pixels are removed, and you keep the black lines.)
The max resolution is 2560 x 1944 so it's actually higher than HD. The refresh rate is not really good in Hi-Res, but usable for line-testing or I should say image grabing purpose.
You will probably need additional light (the one available is not powerful enough), but once again, the Scan-Cleaner will be your friend if you plan to do animation.
It's hard to set the height of the lens, but I don't think it's a real problem.
I think it's a good tool to use TVPaint and paper.
I'm going to take it with me when demo-ing TVPaint.
Feel free to ask any question !
PS : there is no peg bar with it, you have to find one. ok ... I leave
Elodie wrote:Fabrice wrote:PS : there is no peg bar with it, you have to find one. ok ... I leave
Damn, we should find a software that has a peg-holes registration feature....
slowtiger wrote:Uhm, if you work with punched paper already I bet you've got a peg bar as well.
D.T. Nethery wrote:Thank you for the report ! I think I will add this to the list of recommended camera/capture devices for my students . I think if it captures at high-resolution (2560 x 1944) then with adequate lighting on the drawings and then running the Scan Cleaner FX on the captured images it could be good enough quality to color the captured images , yes ? Even with slow refresh rate you mention I bet it is still faster than scanning on a flatbed scanner .
How does it manage with different aspect ratios in TVPaint ?
Say I want to capture a small , low-res. pencil test for quick upload to a website or YouTube at 640 x 480 . The camera resolution is actually 2560 x 1944 so obviously it will scale down to 640 x 480 and look good (in terms of line quality/sharpness) but how does the aspect ratio look ? Does it automatically put in the "black bars" at top and bottom of image or on sides to keep the 4:3 aspect ratio ? Or does the camera adapt to whatever aspect ratio the user sets in TVP , so 4:3 or 16:9 is used depending on whether the project size is set to 1280 x 720 (16:9) or something like 1600 x 1200 (4:3) . Does that make sense ? I am wondering if the camera has settings that can change the aspect ratio of the image being captured or if it automatically sets itself to the aspect ratio used in the TVPaint project size.
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