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In this digital age stop-motion animation can be aided greatly by making use of a computer. This page lists a variety of software supported by Windows that may be useful in the various stages of production. Note that usually the division below is artificial: for example, set construction is typically interleaved with animation.
With pre-production software you write your script, draw storyboards and do everything before you're ready to animate. A basic word processor can get you a long way, but sometimes you just need to "go pro". See also Category:Pre-production software for a more complete list of all Pre-production software.
CAD/CGI can be used in preproduction for models, to add effects/enhance your production, or create an entire CGI Brickfilm. See also Category:CAD/CGI_software for a more complete list of all CAD/ CGI software.
The following CAD/CGI programs do not have a page in the Brickfilms Encyclopedia yet.
If your film requires voice acting, it is a good idea to gather the voices in advance so that you can synchronize the animation to it. A lot of editing software is also able to record audio, but this software is dedicated to the audio side of films. For a full and unorganized list of audio software for all platforms, check Category:Audio software
Recording and Editing software
Music Composition software
The following audio programs do not have a page in the Brickfilms Encyclopedia yet.
Animation consists of repeatedly taking a picture of your scene, after which you change the scene ever so slightly. When played rapidly one after another, the illusion of motion is created. Several programs capture animation from various types of cameras. Most will immediately output it as a video file or a series of still frames. Features such as onion skinning are often included to assist with animating. See also Stopmotion Software Comparison Chart and Category:Animation software.
By this time, you'll have several separate scenes sitting on your hard disk, waiting to be put together and to be provided with a soundtrack. The software in this section can help with this.
Since the programs in this section become more general-purpose, the choice is much wider and the prices vary greatly. See if you can get your hands on the trial versions of one or more of the non-free ones and determine which will best suit your needs. Quite a few brickfilmers manage to work exclusively with free software.
Some films need minor effects, such as colour correction or painting out support structures. Others may require lightsabers, fireballs, lightning flashes, explosions, computer-generated landscapes or one of a hundred other things. Surprisingly, many effects can be done in-frame with some inventiveness, but sometimes you have to resort to using the computer. There are some highly specialized programs that can help you here. We mention a few.
File Compression, Encoding, and Conversion
When you've completed your masterpiece, it's time to show it to the world. But the files you've been working on can easily grow to be several gigabytes in size. Compression is needed. Alternatively, you may wish to burn your own or someone else's movie to a DVD, and need to convert a file into an appropriate format for the DVD software; Ulead for example cannot handle RealMedia. Try these programs to compress and transcode files. See media formats for help on choosing a format.