How much does Take5 cost ?
Do any need any experience to use Take5 ?
Can you give an example of a PC setup ?
Does Take5 work with digital still camera's ?
How do i choose which camera Take5 should use ?
Is Take5 compatible with Adobe After Effects ?
Will there be a Mac version of Take5 ?
Can i use Take5 as an ink and paint tool ?
What happened to Take3 and Take4 ?


How much does Take5 cost ?

The price of a single license is 75
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Do any need any experience to use Take5 ?

Absolutely not. Take5 is used in animation workshops by
8-year old children and above. They are creating animations
within a couple of minutes. There is only a minimum of
computer knowledge needed to use the software. Using
Take5 is mostly about moving figures in front of a camera
rather than 'working with the computer'.

Can you give an example of a PC setup ?

Get a quality motherboard and a recent 'games' graphics board,
preferably using an Nvidia or ATI graphics chip. Add as much
memory (ram) as you can afford, say 1 Gigabyte or more.
And finally get an analog or digital (firewire) capture board.

Does Take5 work with digital still camera's ?

Still camera's that can be used as a webcam will also work
with Take5. The image quality will only be as high as the quality
on the lcd-screen, probably not better than a webcam.
Take5 supports Canon EOS camera models with LiveView
(EOS 1200D/1100D/1000D/700D/650D/600D/550D/500D/450D
70D/60D/50D/40D/7D/6D/5D Mark II/1D Mark III/IV/X/C).
The 'video signal' from these camera's has a quality that is
superior to webcams and standard video.

How do i choose which camera Take5 should use ?

Just turn on the camera that you would like to use and Take5
should find it. It is also possible to set the camera type that
Take5 should look for first by choosing 'Video Source' in the
Settings menu and select the camera type in the 'input' field.
If you want Take5 to remember this setting you can choose
'Store' in the Settings menu.

Is Take5 compatible with Adobe After Effects ?

Take5 files can be used with Adobe After Effects in several ways.
A scene can be imported as an image sequence or as a movie.
Take5 scene folders contain a 'timing.txt' file for each level. The
contents of this file can be copied and pasted in a 'Time Remap'
layer effect of After Effects. The Timing Remap effect is activated
bu choosing 'Time > Enable Time Remapping' in the Layer menu.

Will there be a Mac version of Take5 ?

Unlikely in the near future. Take5 is as closely tied to the game
hardware of the PC as Take2 was to the Amiga's game chips.
This is what makes it possible to avoid a rendering stage before
playback, but also makes it necessary to write the program from
scratch for each computer platform.

Can i use Take5 as an ink and paint tool ?

Take5 is not intended as an ink and paint package nor as
a compositing tool, since these needs are currently well catered
for. Instead, the software concentrates on helping the animation
artist to improve and fine-tune the artwork and timing of the
animation in progress. It does this in a quick and intuitive way,
so that the animator can spend more time animating.

What happened to Take3 and Take4 ?

Take3 was born on the Amiga as Take2's younger brother.
At an early age he decided to give up a career as a linetester.
Take4 was born on the PC as Take5's older brother.
Unfortunately he didn't make it as a linetester either.