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Creating Animated GIFs and Movies from a Multi-Camera Rig

DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera includes a utility called Multi-Camera Animator which can be used to automatically create animated GIFs and MP4 videos from the photos taken using a multi-camera rig. Multi-Camera Animator can adjust for pan, tilt, roll and zoom to stabilize the images from the cameras and compensate for camera alignment errors. It can then monitor the folder where the photos are downloaded from cameras and automatically create animated GIFs. This process is fast enough for events where the finished results need to be avaiable as quickly as possible e.g. processing the photos from a small 5 camera rig takes less than 10 seconds including the time it takes to download the photos from the cameras. The animated GIFs or MP4 videos can be viewed and shared using our Breeze Kiosk software.

Key features:

  • Automatically creates animated GIFs and MP4 videos from photos downloaded using DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera
  • Adjusts for pan, tilt, roll and zoom to compensate for camera alignment errors
  • Crop the photos to removed unwanted areas
  • An optional overlay can be added to all the photos for branding or separate overlays for each photo for special effects
  • Images can be chroma-keyed to replace a green or blue background with a virtual background and overlay (a different background and overlay for each photo)
  • The center photo can be saved so that it can be printed (e.g. using our Hotfolder Prints software) to provide a hard copy with optional branding
  • The animated GIFs and MP4 videos can display the photos in a loop forwards then backwards for semi-circular rigs or forwards only for full 360 rigs
  • An optional "intro" or "outro" title sequence can be added to the animated GIF
  • The stabilized photos can be saved as PNG images ready for further processing e.g. post processing using Adobe After Effects to create more sophisticated effects
  • An anaglyph stereo image from the middle two cameras can be saved for 3D stereo viewing with red/cyan glasses. This can be automatically printed using our Hotfolder Prints software

Please note: Breeze Kiosk and Hotfolder Prints are separate products which need to be purchased separately.

Here are some examples of animated GIFs created using the Multi-Camera Animator with a 5 camera rig controlled using DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera:

"Freeze frame": 5 cameras with flash

"Painting with light": 5 cameras, 3 second exposure and flash

How it works

Step 1: Place a vertical pole in the center of the camera array. Use a spirit level to check that the pole is vertical or fix a plumbline to the pole to provide an accurate vertical reference. Place a marker on the pole at the same height as the cameras and a second marker at the top or bottom to provide a reference for correcting zooming

Step 2: Use live view in DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera to accurately focus and visually align each camera

Step 3: Take a set of test photos to calibrate the set up

Step 4: Use the calibrate tool in Multi-Camera Animator to adjust the alignment of each camera using the pole or plumbline for reference

Step 5: Adjust the crop settings in the calibrate tool in Multi-Camera Animator to remove unwanted portions of the photos

Step 6: Remove the pole and place a marker on the floor so that people know where to stand

Step 7: Set Multi-Camera Animator to "Run" mode and take photos using the camera rig. Multi-Camera Animator will monitor the download folder and automatically create the animated GIFs and MP4 movies. It will also update DSLR Remote Pro Multi-Camera so that the next set of photos are saved in a different folder

Please see the help file for more information on how to use the Multi-Camera Animator.