Here's an example of artwork done by Leaftracker,
using just the simplest of internal brushes, no
layers, no fancy extra features. Dogwaffle can do
that and a lot more. Look for more examples here
We are continuing to show new capabilities here
from combining the new with the old, so be sure to
come back again for another look. For example,
when using Mirror mode (old) with the 3D Designer
(new). See some examples here, amongst other
features such as Orbicles:
3D is pervasive, it's coming everywhere. So is
video. PD Pro enables the fusion of visual art
including 3D and video with still images and
Here's what's particularly new and noteworthy in
PD Pro 7 Howler:
What's new in
to Project "Carrot Juice"
Here is a list
of new features and enhancements included with
PD Pro Howler version 7.1.
Changes to the architecture in version 7 are now
allowing us to move forward on a number of
things we've wanted to do for years. This
is a very ambitious non-integer update.
version 7.1, codenamed "Carrot Juice",
introduces a number of these features:
enhanced Curve tool: Roto tools,
better editing, Alpha add/Subtract,
Anti-aliasing, ....and much more - see
here for details
There is now a set of tools for basic
rotoscoping and creating v7.1: Tracking
garbage mattes (tracking
mattes). This will be useful to
those desktop filmmakers who need to touch
up greenscreen work by eliminating
parts of sets or other objects, or
for creating a matte where greenscreen
wasn't employed at all. There's also a
tool that will take a shot at automating the
process. Results will vary depending
on the image sequence in question.
Roto curves can also be used for matting and
picking up an animated brush, and probably
other creative uses. This one is fresh out
of the lab.... We're still discovering
just what kind of a beast we created here.
Since Rotoscoping can be an intensive
process, this may not be the best choice for
users who need to do large amounts of heavy
duty rotoscoping. We're a
"Burn-and-go" bitmap editor. That sort
of work would be better left to project
that allow for going back in and tweeking
and rerendering hundreds of times, when
needed. If you've got a compositing
department, let them do it. That's why
they make the big bucks :) On the
other hand, this will probably be well
suited for those who need to clean up an
image sequence, or do some weekend film
making, etc. Hey, let's make a movie,
animated filter lets you merge all
frames through the alpha(!)
without going to the timeline. What you
merge is the Swap buffer's image and the
Main buffer, i.e. the current frame of the
animation. The Swap buffer can also be an
animation, through a designated .dwa
(dogwaffle animation) file.
You can also
selection using the current fill
style for every frame automatically. It
too uses the alpha channel to determine
which parts of the image gets to be
affected by the fill tool and which parts
the brush along an animated(!) Path
of the Curve tool. The enhanced Curve tool
lets you key frame the curve. The changing
shapes of that curve can be used as a path
for the brush to be rendered along.
of drawing tools.
Curve Tool Editing
Enhancements: There are some
enhancements to curve editing too. You
can now move existing points while still in
add (insert) mode, as well as add points
anywhere in the curve (not just at the
end). Antialiasing is optional for
filled curves and curves applied to the
alpha channel. The polygon mode is now
respected by the fill and alpha
options. There are now
replace/add/subtract options for applying
the filled curve to the alpha, which can be
used to make much more sophisticated shapes
by combining curves.
A 'repair dropout'
feature replaces the imagery in a selection
with that from a previous frame, which can
be useful for repairing video dropout from
old video tapes.
functions that were handled by the Graphics Server are now
and the Graphics Server has thus been
removed, which among other things allows for
The circle tool, lasso tool, and curve tools
now support optional anti-aliasing.
selections: There's a new spline mode
for the lasso tool.
picker: First introduce in v7.0,
we've made further enhancements to it. There
are some refinements to the quick color
picker. There's now a Slider for
saturation and quick access to pigment
profiles. As before, you access the quick
color picker while painting simply by
pressing and holding the SPACEBAR.
a new color
curve editor in the Adjust group of
tracking: There is now faster and
more precise motion tracking.\
we've made enhancements to the brush
keyframer: Alpha support was added,
i.e. if a mask is present in the alpha
channel, it will be noticed and used in the
keyframer too. (this is immense!)
video files is now faster in
certain cases. Also, Loading avis no
longer show a preview of what it's loading
while it loads, but it should therefore load a
lot faster especially if you use a codec that
decodes quickly and the overhead centers on
contrastfilter (contrast of the
value channel only) had a weird
internal/external dependency issue that
could result in a deadlock, so it's been
given a rewritten panel.
plugin may not have been included with the 7
distro. (included now for sure)
Stabilizer: Stabilization of
animation frames and motion removal.
buffer from Animation file:
Animated swap buffer is being moved from the
timeline out into the main program. It is
still also available in the Timeline editor,
but not exclusively. There are some filters
in the Filter menu or options in the Image
menu that can benefit from this as they use
the Swap buffer already, now also with
animated alternative from a .dwa file.
There were several areas where the user
could become confused because there was no
hourglass indicating that the app was busy,
such as cropping and saving animations.
Copying: There is a new copy/paste
behavior. Previously copying with
CTRL-C would copy the entire image, but now
it will copy the selection if there is one,
otherwise it will copy the entire image as
usual. You do not NEED to make a
selection to use CTRL C.
a custom brush to the clipboard was
previously handled through a plugin and has
to the plugin interface. This is for
programmers who wish to add their plugins to
Dogwaffle through the
The Time Slice by
Alpha was added late in 7.0, if you
hadn't notice it, so it's worth mentioning
here again. It creates funky distortions
along the timeline based on values found in
the alpha channel. Anyway, it's still there
now, and it's fun. There will be tutorials.
overhaul: for speed improvements with
anything that's animation related, the
Timeline, etc. Also an attempt to reduce
flickering with roto-curves.
animation: Retiming with frame
blending should be much faster now
What's new in
There is now a smooth scaling mode for zooming.
is much faster.
The Wireframe designer has been renamed the 3D Designer
and greatly(!) enhanced. It now uses the
internal 3D API and is much(!) faster.
Many additional features have been added. See
sneak previews and examples here
and also in our Youtube
There is a new quick color picker accessed by
pressing the space bar. It is dubbed "The Quicker Color
Picker" by the beta team.
Using the adjust value filter would
interfere with the histogram panel.
The context strip for the paint bucket did
not have an opacity slider so you had to go to
the fill settings panel. That has been
The fill tools and drawing tools such as
line/box and circle, now operate in real
time (with immediate feedback showing
the result as you go).
There's a new color filter called Adjust All
based on a color matrix. The idea is to
allow a number of color adjustments all from
the same panel at the same time.
There is now the option to store a brush as
an image instead of a brush.
There is now the ability to crop an animated
Available memory was previously calculated
incorrectly on 64 bit systems on the animation
control panel. (fixed)
There's now a memory bar to show the amount of
available physical memory. (e.g. when
creating a new animation)
Hot! 3D API
improvements. (There's a lot of
work that goes into those 3 little words.)
Interface tweaks. Things like "Explore
temp directory" being changed to "Explore temp
folder" because they're generally called
Folders in Windows and that's what people are
probably familiar with.
CTRL-V has a new option to paste into a new custom
There's a new plugin to render particle
Clearing the fill settings with the quick
clear button now adds the option to also clear
the paper texture settings.
While paper texture can still be toggled on
the "icon" tab on the sidebar, there's now a
quick button to clear all paper texture
Browser now has a context menu that
lets you select the various functions, and
"Path to clipboard" and "Explore" are added as
Fixed a bug where the Batch Browser
would not show images in some cases (e.g. if
their extension was not lowercase - and often
times, the pictures from a digital camera
would indeed be in uppercase).
Changes to animation
control panel. The panel is now
on a bar across the top or bottom
There's now an option to delete the recently
used files list.
There's now an option to set the default
jpeg quality level.(in
Sizzling Hot! (and...
drum roll please!) Introducing Orbicles! A new
tab was added to the particle brush panel: Orbicles.
These are orbiting
that mimic a swarming set of bees or termites
(either way, you'll want to get out of the
way), animated and contained in a shaped
region (cube, sphere, torus,...), flying
around the center of the mouse - in 3D(!), and
leaving their mark in form of interesting new
trails. Our first incarnation of 3D brushes,
yeaeeh!! To probe further: [screenshot]
Hot! Running on
Windows 8 - looking goooooood! We've
installed Windows 8 on an old netbook (the one
we used for development of PD Pro 5 last year
- yep, that's already an old netbook ;-) and
it works rather well. It's exciting to know
that some future tablet devices with stylus,
powered by Windows 8, should be able to run PD
Pro 7 very well.
(Dogwaffle Animation) format now supports
frame rate. The way it works is
the same as before for an old file. If
you load an old file, it just uses the current
frame rate, but if you load a new file created
since PD Pro 7, then it uses the frame rate
from the file as the initial (default)
playback frame rate. Of course, thereafter you
can still also change the rate to other values
to view it slower or faster.
The story of
why there was no frame rate in the file...
In the old days of PC's, there were
no high performance timers, and thus
timing was limited to a fidelity of about
1/18th of a second, sketchy at best,
certainly not great for animation
playback, and thus frame rate never went
into the original file format.
That, or it was originally just
intended as a working format to store a
sequence of lossless frames in one
convenient file dump and not as a final
pick of which sounds more likely.
Saving to uncompressed .dwa was fast on fast
drives when processors were slow to compress
it. Nowadays, there's competition: multicore
processors have gotten so fast that it may be
faster overall to compress (encode) the video
and save it faster to disk as a highly
compressed, much smaller file. The delay
caused by compressing is compensated by
the reduction in the time when writing the
smaller file. The free Lagarith codec, which
is lossless and fast to compress, further made
it attractive to use AVI instead of .dwa...
but just at the same time, a new faster trend
has been developing: ultra-fast solid state
disks (SSD). So now, saving to .dwa files is
again a very fast proposition.
Presets: there are additional popular
preset sizes such as 360p, HDTV 720p when
creating a new document or changing the size
(menu: Image > Resample). See
physical and dpi reality: In the same
size setting dialog, there is now also a unit calculator
tool to help you convert physical dimensions
and DPI to the actual number of pixels needed.
It will tell you how many pixels that is for
72 dpi, 150dpi, 300 dpi (default) or any other
value, really, whichever you enter. See
an image from the Clipboard using
Ctrl+V, you now have an additional
We have added a 3D SDK for
programmers. If you are a developer
who already has a great application that could
benefit from a connection to PD Pro (running
at the same time - see examples of standalone
or plugin apps here), then we highly recommend
a look at the free SDK and especially
Cosmetic changes to the Keyframer,
Exposure Sheet, Batch Processor, Histogram to
the newer style.
transform filter (menu: Filter >
Transform > Twirl) has a new checkbox
twirl" to switch to a mode with more