Thank you for joining us for a wonderful week in Stop Motion Animation Tech Camp!
If you are interested in continuing your education from Stop Motion Animation Tech Camp, below is information about how to purchase the technologies we use in Tech Camp.
Please note that there are several things you need to make Stop Motion Animation movies. You will need:
- video capture software
- post-production editing software (optional)
- a webcam (or other digital camera)
- props and sets.
Software Programs for Stop Motion
In Tech Camp, campers use iKITMovie software to take the pictures for their movies, insert green screen backgrounds (chroma key), record voices, insert sounds and music, add overlays, and edit individual frames with rig removal. This type of software is known as “video capture software”. There are other programs that accomplish this too, like iStopMotion (Mac), Stop Motion Pro (Windows), and Dragonframe (Mac/Windows). We use iKITMovie (Windows) in camp because it’s easy to use and feature-rich.
Campers can also use Windows Live Movie Maker for putting the finishing touches on their movie. This type of software is known as “post-production software”. With the most recent version of iKITMovie, using post-production is becoming less necessary, as many of the post-production tools are being added to the video capture software. However, if you wish to enhance your movies, post-production software like Windows Live Movie Maker can add transitions between scenes, title screens, and credit screens.
Purchasing a Webcam
- Amazon link: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD Webcam $45-ish
The next item you’ll need to start making movies on your own is a digital camera. In camp, we use a high-definition webcam. We suggest using an external webcam that connects to your computer with a USB cord. This will allow your camper to move the camera where they would like without moving the computer. Trying to use the webcam that’s attached to your monitor is not recommended, as it’s very hard to position and use in stop motion animation.
Webcams range in price from $20 to over $200. However, we have found that some of the cheapest webcams often times work just as well as the more expensive options. We use the Microsoft LifeCam webcam in camp.
Props and Sets
When it comes to creating props and building sets for your movies, you are limited only by your creativity. In camp, we have created green screens for chroma key (like what the weatherman uses on TV). We have made these backdrops with simply plywood and lime green paint. You can also use bright blue to make a blue screen, which is another excellent color to use for chroma key.
LEGO minfig people and bricks are what we use in camp to make stop motion movies. You can also use clay, Play-Doh, or anything else around the house. A quick YouTube search on “stop motion animation” will provide lots of ideas.
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