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You didn't miss anything; CS3's stop motion features didn't make it into CS4.
While rewriting OnLocation and porting it to Mac OS X, we prioritized creating a high quality cross-platform product, over including every feature present in previous releases.
We recognize that stop motion was used by a small-but-exceedingly-passionate(!!!) subset of OnLocation users, and apologize for any inconvenience.
Yes, I still have CS3 version, but I was hoping for more improvement rather than a complete drop.
Even with the CS3 version, when you took a few frames and then played back, you then could no longer capture frames to the same timeline. Capturing another frame started another timeline, which was a nuisance.
Anyway we bit the bullet as we need to use tools that do what we want rather than using a tool that restricts us to doing things according to what it decides we should do, so we purchased Stop Motion Pro HD on Friday.
Anyway Onlocation should never have been the tool to do stop motion, if you are out on a location, when do you get the time needed to do it? How many people would have actually used the stop motion option while out on a location like a beach or street or field. Maybe thats why it wasn't used very often.
Stop motion should be an option with Premiere Pro as this would be a studio environment anyway?
I bet if it was available in Premiere Pro, Adobe would see more activity of the stop motion "feature"?