Entire books have been devoted to lighting and many professionals have spent their entire lives perfecting the craft. However, with knowledge of the basics, you will be able to create quality videos. For a professional looking video, lighting makes all the difference. Natural light is not an option for any type of animation as it will change throughout the day and affect your image. It [read more →]
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As most know, there is a huge price difference between professional and consumer cameras. Most of this difference is attributable to the quality of the lens. The quality of an image is directly related to the quality of the lens. With this in mind, go for the highest quality lens you can afford.
Before going into too much detail, a discussion about lenses may not matter [read more →]
So it is time to choose a camera. If you are like most people starting off, you will probably work with whatever is already around— or maybe it is what your parents have. Not long ago, most people would have said to never use a webcam for stop motion animation. Though it is still not the recommended choice, webcams have progressed and there are now [read more →]
One of the most necessary requirements of filming smooth, fluid animation is keeping the camera rock steady. Ideally, find a tripod with solid legs and the ability to tilt, pan, and a head that firmly locks into place. As you begin learning stop motion you will probably keep the camera in one position, but as you develop your skill, you can add zooms, pans, and [read more →]
There is a lot of different video editing software to choose from. This is not a complete list, but gives some options to choose from.
Final cut http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/
CyberLink PowerDirector http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector/overview_en_US.html?&r=1
Microsoft Movie Maker http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/get-movie-maker
Apple iMovie www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/
Avid FreeDV http://www.avid.com/us/resources/freedv
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