In both Man Drawing a Reclining Woman and the Sword of Damocles I have what looks like ghosting in the animation. My process is to shoot 12 photos for each second of animation then stretch that sequence in Sony Vegas to 24fps. Vegas then blurs every other frame. When analyzing the footage within Vegas frame by frame I would see one clean frame followed by blended frame composed of the the previous frame and the next frame.
What I found out a few months ago is a setting in Sony Vegas called “disable resample” which eliminates the blending and will render each frame cleanly. The result is that every frame is shown twice with no blending. The default in Vegas is set to resample which blends every other frame automatically for image sequence clips. I still haven’t found a way to disable it permanently but in the meantime I am re-mastering my films to remove the ghosting. Jason, on a thread for a related topic at the stopmotionanimation.com forum, mentions the same fix in Adobe Premier by unchecking “blend speed changes”.
Here is my breakdown of the process:
- Shoot 12 photos for each second of animation with my DSLR camera (the spy cam is the same)
- Import the frames into Vegas as a numbered image sequence
- For each sequence/clip I set the frame rate to 24fps and a field order of None (progressive)
- Drag the sequence to the timeline
- For each clip or sequence on the editing timeline I:
Right Click > Choose Switches > Choose Disable Resample