Dragonframe 4 + USB Controller

Dragonframe 4 + USB Controller
Key Features
  • Pro Stop Motion Animation Software
  • Image Capture and Frame-Based Editing
  • Wired USB Keypad Controller
  • On-Screen Tools for Precise Movements
Dragonframe 4 is a digital image capture software that lets you make professional stop motion animations. The included USB Controller will help you stay focused on your animations by providing you with shortcuts for many of the functions you would normally use a mouse for. Furthermore, the hotkeys of the controller are fully configurable, so you can assign your favorite features into them.
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Dragonframe Dragonframe 4 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2New Features
  • 3Project Management
  • 4Cinematography & Composition
  • 5Image Capture
  • 6Animation Tools
  • 7Stereoscopic 3D Tools
  • 8Time-Lapse
  • 9Export
  • 10Supported Cameras

Dragonframe 4 is a digital image capture software that lets you make professional stop motion animations. The included USB Controller will help you stay focused on your animations by providing you with shortcuts for many of the functions you would normally use a mouse for. Furthermore, the hotkeys of the controller are fully configurable, so you can assign your favorite features into them.

Dragonframe is provided to you on an installation CD but you can also download it from the Dragonframe website. The USB Controller is a wired keypad with a 10 ft cord that allows for easy on-set positioning and repositioning. It features rugged, two-tone, screen-printed keys, offers locator nubs on the stepping keys, and includes numbers for remote data entry with functions like Cut Back.

Dragonframe offers professional, on-screen tools for precise movements. You get the functions to compose and light shots with camera controls, test shots, thoroughly review images, program animated lighting with simple keyframes, automate work lights for the animator, apply simple front light / back light programming, and program advanced camera moves using the intuitive graphical interface. Dragonframe also allows you to import and edit multiple audio tracks, as well as perform dialogue track reading for multiple characters.

Dragonframe lets you manually step directly between live view and captured frames or switch to auto-toggle, to loop playback to better review movement; plus, both the stepping and playback functions are fully customizable. You can also load multiple reference stills or videos, blend them with tools like opacity and chromakey, and view them with your animation.

Dragonframe features a frame-based, drag-and-drop timeline where you can adjust timing, reshoot sequences, restore deleted frames, and more. You also get vector-based drawing tools, camera controls, composition guides, multiple exposures, color detection, color palettes, stereoscopic 3D tools, multi-track editing, dialogue track reading, waveform views, time warp, custom face sets, automated lighting, feathering, markers, an X-sheet side panel where you can plan your scene and track progress, and so much more to work with.

New Features

Improved Camera Support
Support for over thirty new models, including many from Sony, Olympus, Fujifilm, and Panasonic.

Windows 64-Bit Support
Dragonframe 4 provides both 64- and 32-bit Windows versions, for maximum performance and compatibility.

Cross-Platform Hi-DPI Support
Dragonframe 4 provides Hi-DPI support for Mac, Windows, and Linux, rendering crisp text and graphics on hi-DPI capable systems like "Retina" Macs or the Surface Pro 4.

Linux Support
Use Dragonframe 4 on Ubuntu, Fedora, or similar 64-bit Linux systems.

Guide Layers
New interface for configuring composition guides, line-up layers, and drawings.

Improved Reference Material System
Load multiple line-up layers with separate opacity, chromakeying, and masking.

Reference Video Player
Move reference videos into a separate window and keep them off to the side.

Timeline Pre-Roll
Use a reference movie as a lead-in clip to preview transitions.

Multiple Drawing Layers
Create multiple drawing layers, name them, and blend them as required.

Improved Live View Magnification Tool
Punch-in on up to three locations while animating.

Focus Check In Animation Workspace
Check focus without having to move into Cinematography.

Color Palette Tool
Create and compare color palettes (swatches).

A/B Tool
High-resolution image comparison tools.

Movie Recording
Movie recording and playback for supported cameras.

Multiple Audio Clips
Improved audio clip handling, with multiple tracks, separate volume, muting, etc.

DMX Light Control
With the new DDMX-512 (or an updated DDMX-S2), you can now control 512 DMX channels.

Custom DMX Light Profiles
Create a light profile to better match the DMX level and the light output.

DMX Test Shots
Improved live view and test shot setup in DMX.

Virtual Axis Configuration
Configure the DMC-16 or DMC+ to control a boom/swing/track camera crane using x/y/z axes.

Project Management

Production/Scene/Take Naming
Name your project based on the classic clapboard naming convention.

Manage Multiple Takes for a Scene
Create multiple takes within the same scene project. This carries over all of your camera settings, exposures, camera moves, notes, etc.

Customizable, Printable X-Sheet (Dope Sheet)
Manage the project from a dynamic exposure sheet that updates automatically as you add exposures, audio phonemes, camera moves, and change scene length.

Pop-Up Notes
Enter notes that pop up when it's time to capture a frame.

Copy and Rename Scenes and Takes
Duplicate a scene or take from within Dragonframe.

Cinematography & Composition

Multiple Exposures (Sub-Frames)
Shoot multiple passes for each frame for effects like front light/backlight or stereo pairs.

Graphical Camera Control
Adjust your still camera's shutter speed, aperture, and ISO with visual sliders.

Depth of Field Slider
Adjust shutter speed and aperture together to affect depth of field without adjusting exposure.

Exposure Preview Offset
Adjust live view exposure simulation to match final shot (Canon EOS only).

Save Camera Settings In Scene
Dragonframe saves your camera's settings and restores them when you re-open the scene.

Exposure Lock
Lock camera settings for each exposure.

Integrated Test Shot System
Save test shots separately and view them during any take of a scene.

Compare Images from Other Scenes
Import any images and view them at full resolution.

Clipping View
Quickly see if you are clipping in the highlights or bottoming in the blacks.

Digital Densitometer
Compare and match areas of exposure regardless of monitor inconsistencies.

Adjustable Background Gray Value
Adjust the area around images in Cine widow to give your eyes a rest -- or to suit the imagery.

Aspect Ratio Mask
Add a standard or custom aspect ratio mask and adjust opacity.

Separate Mask and TV-Safe Overlay
Frame for both 16:9 and 4:3 in one view.

Push-In Mask
Add an adjustable push-in mask for checking TV-safe and framing for pre-planned push-ins.

Grid Layers
Add up to two custom grids to help with horizon line-up and composition.

Advanced Composition Guides
Emulate ground glass with composition guides in the guide layers.

Image Capture

Camera Support
Full integration with most cameras: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, HDV, HDMI, and more.

Folder Watching
Use Dragonframe with many unsupported DSLRs.

Capture Black-Out
Darken your monitor while capturing to keep its glow from interfering with your lighting.

Auto-Detect Cameras
Automatically connect to cameras.

Automatic Live View Rest
Pause live view after configurable period of inactivity to avoid overheating.

Video Frame Averaging
Average 2 - 60 frames to reduce video noise (video only).

External Shutter Control Option
Capture live view and then wait for external shutter release (for timing motion control shots).

Animation Tools

Step to Live
Step directly from captured frames to your live view.

Blend the live view over any frame in your animation.

Auto Toggle
Toggle between live view and captured frames with adjustable speed.

One keypress toggles between live and captured frames, then back again when released.

Quickly navigate your animation sequence, as well as select frames for playback.

High-Res Playback
Play back either your video assist frames or proxies of your full-resolution captures.

Short Play
Play back the last twelve frames (configurable).

Drawing Tools
Draw paths and lines on screen to assist with animation.

Difference Mode
Useful for re-lining up a shot if camera or set is bumped.

Lights Prominent / Darks Prominent
Useful when character is dark and background is light, or vice versa.

Rotoscope Layers
Import images, movie files, or Dragonframe scenes as a line-up layer for easy double-pass line-ups, chromakey, or onion-skin.

Chromakey / Greenscreen
Use basic chroma key (green screen) pull for lineup of effects shots.

Layer Position/Size/Orientation
Adjust rotoscope layer orientation, scale, and position.

Play/Loop Markers
Mark in and out points for playback and looping using the Nav-Line.

User-Assigned Hot Keys
Simple interface for re-mapping the default keyboard commands.

Punch-In for Animation
Use Canon, Nikon, Olympus, or Fujifilm live view magnification to punch in on a section of the video assist image.

Auxiliary Monitor
Send main view to second monitor (video village).

Stereoscopic 3D Tools

Integrated 3D Shooting
Automate 3D shooting with a stereoscopic slider.

3D Stereo Review
View anaglyphs, set convergence or edge float, and adjust interocular distances.

3D Test Shots
Take 3D test shots and use the 3D review tools to evaluate them.

3D Playback
Play 3D sequences using anaglyphs or transparencies in color or black and white.

Export Stereo (3D) Movie
Export 3D sequences to various movie formats.


Set an interval in hours, minutes, seconds.

Start Time
Start time-lapse at a future date or time.

End Time
End time-lapse at a future date or time.

Total Frames
End time-lapse after specified number of frames are captured.

High Precision
Capture within 0.1 second of the specified interval with most cameras.


Direct Access to Source Raw/JPG/TIFF Files
Your camera's high-res source files are saved in an easily-accessible directory.

Export Movie
Create a QuickTime, AVI, or MP4 movie with many export options.

Export Image Sequence
Export your frames in different image formats, customize naming, etc.

After Effects
Import image sequence directly from scene source location.

Supported Cameras

Canon EOS
1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1D X, 1D X Mark II, 1D C, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 5Ds, 5Ds R, 6D, 7D, 7D Mark II, 40D, 50D, 60D, 60Da, 70D, 77D, 80D, 100D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, Digital Rebel SL1, Digital Rebel XSi, Digital Rebel T1i, Digital Rebel T2i, Digital Rebel T3i, Digital Rebel T4i, Digital Rebel T5i, Digital Rebel T6i, Digital Rebel T6s, Digital Rebel T7i, Digital Rebel XS, Digital Rebel T3, Digital Rebel T5, Digital Rebel T6, Kiss X7, Kiss X2, Kiss X3, Kiss X4, Kiss X5, Kiss X6i, Kiss X7i, Kiss X8i, 8000D, Kiss X9i, Kiss F, Kiss X50, Kiss X70, Kiss X80

Canon EOS cameras are the most widely used cameras for stop motion. They have a large live view and support for many camera settings. The Canon EOS M cameras are not supported because Canon does not provide tethered shooting support for them.

D3, D3S, D3X, D4, D4S, D5, D90, D300, D300S, D500, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800e, D810, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, Df, D2X (No Live View), D40 (No Live View), D40X (No Live View), D50 (No Live View), D60 (No Live View), D70 (No Live View), D70s (No Live View), D80 (No Live View), D100 (No Live View), D200 (No Live View)

Nikon cameras do not have live view exposure simulation. This means that the live view brightness will not match the brightness of your high-resolution still image. Make sure to capture test shots and adjust exposure levels before animating. The Nikon D3000 and Nikon D3100 cameras are not supported because Nikon does not provide tethered shooting support for them.

Sony Alpha
A7, A7 II, A7R, A7R II, A7S, A7S II, A77 II, A99 II, A5000, A5100, A6000, A6300, A6500

OM-D E-M1, OM-D E-M1 Mark II, OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus cameras are the best MFT option for Dragonframe. They have a large live view and support for many camera settings.

X-T1, X-T2

Lumix DMC-GH4, Lumix DMC-GX8

These cameras require two connections to the computer (USB and HDMI) and extra hardware (Blackmagic Design capture device) to get both live view and capture control. They are not recommended.

Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

iPhone, iPad, Pod Touch

USB Webcams
Webcams are an inexpensive option for getting started with stop motion animation. They can also be useful as a video assist for still cameras that do not have live view. Dragonframe should support any UVC compatible (USB Video Class) webcam.

*Additional cameras may be added to the supported list over time. Feel free to check the Dragonframe website to see if there are any updates.
UPC: 019962366604

Dragonframe Dragonframe 4 Specs

Delivery MethodCD
License TypeStandard
System Requirements
Supported Operating SystemsLinux
Windows 7
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
macOS 10.8
Memory Requirement2 GB
CPU Requirement1.33 GHz and Faster  
OpenGL Graphics Requirement2.1
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.805 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.4 x 5.8 x 1.6"
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