Can QS 4.x assemble QuickTrace line are frames into a repeating animation (yes/no) ?

Discussion in 'Lasershow Designer QuickShow' started by Lasermaster1977, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. I'm new to QS, bought it 2017, played with it a bit, became very discouraged because the manual is outdated and screenshots do not always resemble those in 4.x. QS has been set for Advanced mode from the beginning.

    My Apple IIe laser software is far, far easier to take 9 digitized image frames and create a repeating animation loop of "n" number of repeats. It takes many hours to digitize the line art on an Apple graphic tablet where QuickTrace does it almost instantly from a JPG file. But it takes a few minutes to create an animation loop sequence, where I spent hours last night with QS "placing" the 9 image frames (aka cues) into a separate cue set for repeating.

    I think it worked and sequence through the 9 frames once, then it started doing frame morphs that seems to relate to the Effects and Animate button in the Edit Frame/Animation window.

    I get the impression that QS does not allow one to assemble QT acquired image frames into an animation.

    If this CAN be done in QS (all updates applied), please explain the steps to go through.

    AND

    How the hell does one turn OFF the darn EFFECTS contortion animation?

    Thanks
     
  2. Well finally after many, many attempts over many, many hours, I unraveled the the steps to create an animated cue from original artwork.

    One note of importance, when constructing an animation queue, never click on Effects or Animation buttons because if you do, it seems you will have permanently changed the cue to do frame morphing transition animations as I've fine no way to "undo" them.
     
  3. Igor Strakhov

    Igor Strakhov Staff Member

    Hi, Lasermaster1977!
    Please take a screenshot or video of the source material and what you got. Maybe there is a shorter way you don't know about it yet.

    Please take a screenshot what "he darn EFFECTS contortion animation" you mean by that.

    You don't have a "Undo" button working?
     
  4. Igor, thanks for your responses. My apologies for not replying earlier as I did not receive any email notices that I had received replies to my post.

    Here is the QS Cue Editor screenshot toolbar with the "Effect" and "Animate" button at the top. Clicking either of them seems to invoke their default actions. I saw no screen feedback indications that either of these two function button were "active" once clicked.

    I now see the undo button and see its resulting effect, but missed seeing it before.

    I had "placed" 8 frames into a cue and clicked "Animate" believing that is where frame animation parameter settings would be. I could not understand why my 8 frames turned into 48 frames with a strange morphing animation effect....but now I do. The Cue Properties controls the frame animation parameters.

    Many thanks
     

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  5. Igor Strakhov

    Igor Strakhov Staff Member

    Hi, Lasermaster1977!
    I think you need to set up your profile to receive notifications of responses in our forum.

    As for animation: in this dialog box, we will be able to select the first and last frames for animation. And also the number of animation frames.
    What difficulties did you experience at this step?
    View attachment upload_2019-12-16_13-57-47.png
     
  6. Igor, thank you for your reply. Sorry I haven't responded sooner, but I've been sick, but hopefully better now.

    My profile has been setup since I joined this forum in 2017, it is set to notify me on responses to my posts BUT I IT IS NOT HAPPENING, NOT EVEN YOUR LAST REPLY TO ME.

    Yes, I understand your PNG file example and it is the very thing I referred to in my initial posting "it started doing frame morphs that seems to relate to the Effects and Animate button in the Edit Frame/Animation window".

    I am referring to TRUE animation not this MORPHING ANIMATION between 2 frames in as many transitional frames as one desires. This at best is a loose form of animation and at best should be described as an animating "melting" between on image and another image over a defined number of incrementally image frames transitions.

    TRUE ANIMATION examples would be like cartoon animation, Disney animation, such as a rotating globe showing the Earth's continents, or a human being walking or running, a horse trotting along, etc..

    Having the "EFFECTS" and "ANIMATION" buttons appear in the attachment you provided after selecting the "EDIT/FRAME ANIMATION" cue menu item misleads one to believe it has something to do with TRUE ANIMATION control and configuration.

    QUICKSHOW's actual TRUE ANIMATION settings are found obscurely in the CUE PROPERTIES menu and are referred to in small type in the IMAGE and PLAYBACK tabs. In addition, the QS documentation for these tab IMAGE and PLAYBACK functions relating to TRUE ANIMATION is horribly explained and documented FULLY in the user manuals. Boo hiss.

    I sure expected better from Pangolin.
     
  7. Igor Strakhov

    Igor Strakhov Staff Member

    Hi, Lasermaster1977!
    Sorry! I didn't know what your question was right away.

    Thank you for your feedback to description about Cue Properties.
    We are constantly working on quality documentation and training videos.

    You can find a lot of new training materials on our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/PangolinShows.
    We post more recent documentation on the program to the 1st line on our channel on Wikipedia https://wiki.pangolin.com/doku.php/

    Also, I'm here to talk to our system administrator about your problems with notifications.

    We'll be happy to be of service.
     
  8. Bob@Pangolin

    Bob@Pangolin Staff Member

    Hello Lasermaster1977,

    Could you please check your spam folder? According to our forum software, the messages are send.
     
  9. Many thanks for the links, Igor.

    Bob, I'm a retired IT network executive director, former email administrator for one of the 10th largest school districts in the nation. Checking my spam folder was the first thing I did.
    When I was not receiving Pangolin emails my login and contact email was axxx@swbell.net, so last week I changed both to axxxxxxxx@gmail.com and started receiving email notices for my forum posts. ( I purposely obscured these actuals emails in this reply)

    I checked the axxx@swbell.net spam folder and it was empty of any items as I hardly ever mark items as spam and prefer to unsubscribe.

    Thanks