Re: Boats Animator - free, open-source stop motion program

Awesome! Could you provide a screenshot with the new look?

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Re: Boats Animator - free, open-source stop motion program

Hey you lovely Boats people! Just downloaded 0.11.1 and gave it a try. Unfortunately when I try to select my webcam as the camera source, the program gets stuck on loading. Screenshot here. Earlier versions of Boats have Animator have the same issue. Other programs seem to be able to boot up my camera just fine.

EDIT: Unplugging and plugging the webcam back in while Boats was running has fixed the issue, even after restarting Boats.

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Re: Boats Animator - free, open-source stop motion program

I had to restart Boats 0.11.1 nearly every time to get the webcam to come up. I never needed to unplug the camera, but it always took plugging in the camera, launching the software once, then closing it and trying again.

Once I did that, all was well. 

Logitech Webcam Software got the camera every time, so it's a Boats thing, not a camera thing, I think.

Re: Boats Animator - free, open-source stop motion program

BertL wrote:

EDIT: Unplugging and plugging the webcam back in while Boats was running has fixed the issue, even after restarting Boats.

Glad you were able to fix this.

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I had to restart Boats 0.11.1 nearly every time to get the webcam to come up. I never needed to unplug the camera, but it always took plugging in the camera, launching the software once, then closing it and trying again.

Once I did that, all was well. 

Logitech Webcam Software got the camera every time, so it's a Boats thing, not a camera thing, I think.

Thanks for reporting this. It seems like an odd issue. The list of cameras is always fetched when you first start BA so I'm not sure why restarting the app would solve it.

Which camera are you using? And are you on Windows?

I will give the camera detection code a review when I'm next working on BA since it seems to have a few hiccups! I want to eventually add an error logging system, where users can send me a log file to make solving this kind of issue easier.

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Logitech C910, and I'm on a Windows 10 laptop.

Usually, the integrated laptop webcam will load just fine, but when I select the C910, the video feed stays black. After closing and reopening, it works fine. It's kinda wierd, but was easy enough to work around.

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For me what happens is when I use my C920, the feed shows live for a few seconds, then goes green. However, once I take the first shot, if I use Onion Skinning, I can see the live feed.

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Re: Boats Animator - free, open-source stop motion program

Hello,

We've been using Boats Animator for 2 years now, and we wanted to thank you, Charlie, for this great software. Before that, we used jpgvideo, Helium Frog and Heron Animation which were great as well but with older computers. Now, thanks to Boats Animator, we have a reliable, easy to use software which supports 1080 pixels.

We used it recently during a whole week-end for stop motion workshops at Lego exhibition Fana'briques 2022 (in Colmar, France). We had no bug at all, and we recommended it to lots of people who were really happy to learn that there existed such a good software for free.
So, thanks a lot again for your wonderfull work on this!  mini/smile

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Videos made by the public at stop motion workshops with Boats Animator :  https://youtu.be/RMu0dqhAikY

Maybe what could be improved is that the previsualisation is a bit slow when you don't have a fast computer (the video is faster when encoded), but it's ok when you know it.

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Re: Boats Animator - free, open-source stop motion program

@France & Alex this is so awesome to hear! It always makes me so excited to see people using Boats Animator. Thanks for sharing.

By the way, I haven’t said much publicly recently but I am currently working on completely rewriting the software. Progress is very slow but the end result will be a much more reliable and feature filled app.

I actually noticed a flaw with the current playback code that I think affects the playback speed, so hopefully this will be resolved when I release the next version (v1.0).

If anyone wants more frequent Boats Animator news, consider joining the Discord server. mini/smile https://discord.com/invite/SUPWr8fDWN

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You're welcome, BoatsAreRockable.  mini/smile

It's good to know that you're still working on your software and that you're completely rewriting it so as to have a reliable and feature filled app. We're looking forward to it!

It would be cool if you could add the possibility of marking the screen with dots in order to anticipate movements and see in advance where we want to stop objects.

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