Middlebury

Dragon Editing

The following instructions serve as an introduction and a step by step guide to edit frames within a Dragon Stop Motion Project in the Film and Media Culture Labs.

  • Frames can be copy, pasted, deleted, and reshot using either the Nav-Line or the X-Sheet.
  • Editing Frames Using the Nav-Line
  • The Nav-Line is located at the bottom of the Dragon interface.
Nav-Line
  • COPYING FRAMES USING THE NAV-LINE
  • In order to copy frames, in and out points must be established.
In and Out Points
  • Step through the Nav-Line and press I to set an "in point" and O to set an "out point".
  • If the in and out points are already established, they can be readjusted by dragging them or by pressing I and/or O again.
  • Press COMMAND X to cut the frames and COMMAND C to copy the frames.
Copy Frames
  • PASTING FRAMES USING THE NAV-LINE
  • Once frames have been captured they can be pasted into another part in the sequence.
  • Move the playhead on the Nav-Line to the frame where the copied frames will be pasted.
  • Press COMMAND V to paste the frames into the sequence.
  • A dialog box will appear that asks you to choose how the frames should be pasted into the sequence. Choose the appropriate paste option and press OK.
Paste Frames
  • DELETING FRAMES USING THE NAV-LINE
  • Define the in and out points using the I and O keys or by moving the in and out point markers.
  • Once the section of frames is defined, delete the frames by selecting EDIT | DELETE.
Delete Frames
  • NOTE: Actions can be undone using COMMAND Z. All files and frames you delete are moved into a backup folder along with the other source files.
Backup Folder
  • RESHOOTING FRAMES USING THE NAV-LINE
  • Move the play head on the Nav-Line to the frame you wish to reshoot.
  • Double-click on the play head. The "Live" marker moves to the play head.
Playhead
  • Shoot the frames as you would normally, by pressing SHOOT. Shooting new frames will overwrite your old frames.

NOTE: Dragon will continue to shoot new frames moving forward in the sequence. If you only want to reshoot a few frames, be sure to move your play head to the appropriate place in the Nav-Line (and double-click it), before shooting a different group of frames.

  • Editing Frames Using the X-Sheet
X-Sheet
  • The X-Sheet can be accessed by WINDOW | SHOW X-SHEET
Show X-Sheet
  • COPYING FRAMES USING THE X-SHEET
  • Select a group of frames by clicking the row of the first frame to be copied and then dragging the cursor to the row of the last frame to be copied. The selected rows will turn red.
Select Frame Groups
  • You can also select a group of frames by clicking the row of the first frame to be copied, pressing and holding COMMAND and SHIFT, then clicking the row of the last frame to be copied. Again the selected rows will turn red.
  • Press COMMAND X to cut the selected frames or COMMAND C to copy the selected frames. You can also cut/copy by right-clicking on the selected rows and selecting Cut or Copy.
  • PASTING FRAMES USING THE X-SHEET
  • Click the row where you would like to paste the cut/copied frames. This row will turn red.
  • Press COMMAND V to paste the frames. A dialog box appears with four pasting options. Select the appropriate paste operation and click OK.
  • You can also paste by right clicking the selected row. The four paste options are in the drop down menu.
Use The Mouse Two Paste
  • DELETING FRAMES USING THE X-SHEET
  • Select the row(s) of the frame(s) you wish to delete using the above described method.
  • Right-click on the selected row(s) and select DELETE.
  • Frames deleted or overwritten in the X-Sheet are also moved to the Backup folder located with the source files.
  • RESHOOTING FRAMES USING THE X-SHEET
  • Double-click on the row of the frame you wish to reshoot. In the exposure column a C moves to the row you selected.
Select Frame to Reshoot
  • Shoot your new frames as you would normally by pressing SHOOT.

NOTE: Dragon will continue overwriting frames, shooting in sequence. If you wish to move to a different part in your sequence, double-click the row you wish to move to and continue shooting.

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