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A tool for opportunistic stop motion - taking many (unrelated) photos of a single subject, and creating animation. http://wp.sporksmith.net/travels-of-c…
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EepEepMotion is a tool for opportunistic stop motion animation. It was created as part of the Travels of Code Monkey project: http://wp.sporksmith.net/travels-of-code-monkey/ The idea is to take many photos of one subject, annotate that subject's location, scale, and orientation in each photo, and then use that information to create animations. This software was originally intended as a one-shot creation. There's a lot of ugliness as a result. Depending on the level of interest, and how my time permits I'll try to clean this up and generalize it to make it more straightforward to create animations of subjects other than Mr. Monkey. Included: blender/ Blender plugin for exporting animations EepEepMotion/ Processing application for annotating photos, matching individual photos to a chosen position, and for creating animations from the exported blender specification. Travels/ Project data specific to the Travels of Code Monkey video. Installation: To get started, you will need Processing (http://processing.org/). Currently, you will need to install the peasycam Processing library (http://mrfeinberg.com/peasycam/), though this is only actually used for 'viewallmode'. There are currently a number of hard-coded paths in EepEepMotion.pde that you will want to change. Minimally, you'll need to change project_root_path. To create animations, you will need Blender (http://www.blender.org/). To export blender animations to a form readable by EepEepMotion, you need to use the included blender plugin blender/export_ascii.py. You should link this into blender's scripts directory. The subdirectory Travels/ includes most of the sources necessary to reconstruct the Travels of Code Monkey video. Notably missing are the source photographs, which I could not include here for sake of space and IP issues. I've asked the photographers about making the photos available under creative commons, but have not been able to get a response from all of them. There is a skeleton directory tree under Travels/pictures. In each subdirectory, there is a file called 'View Online.url' with the url for that album. The easiest way to download these albums is probably using the Picasa application, though it can also be done using a combination of GreaseMonkey and DownThemAll.