Finding a good program for capturing frames is quite a task. I use Cinecap myself, but that comes only after donating a (modest) financial contribution. Therefore I would like to get in contact with someone who can help me writing an application.


The software is an important part of the telecine machine. When designing and building this machine there was an application available called CineCap. The application was cheap and available via the internet. For whatever reason the writer of the software decided to discontinue to sell it via his own website. It now free available to owners of Moviestuff equipment. Otherwise you will have to pay around 40 dollar for it.

There are a hand full of other applications available on the internet though. Search for StopMotion programs. The disadvantege of stop-motion programs however is that they are not designed with the word "speed" in mind. They are very slow.

There is one program however, designed by an unknown Frenchman. On his website he also describes a Telecine machine and he has written his own software. Although it is version 0.1 and no longer supported, it seems to do the job. Because the software is a bit dated, it might run into the 2Gb barrier. That is not really a problem, as long as you know it. You just have to record your movie in a few pieces of less than 2Gb. How many minutes that is, is something you have to find out yourself.

Another choice may be Stop Motion Animator. The program is widely used in clay animation. There are good results reported in other telecine projects.

If you look around on the internet you will find a whole bunch of programs. Just Google for "Stop Motion" and try one of the programs. Be aware that clay animator programs are generally not very fast though.


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