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December 1, 2008 at 4:48 am #403640
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Cameramatt

I’m wanting to become a successful animator on Brickfilms and other sites, and need some help with programs. I want to do stop motion on PC, but I don’t know any good programs that are easy to use but do a lot too. Any suggestions? I will research them and see if they will work for me.

December 1, 2008 at 6:03 am #403643
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BertL

For animating: MonkeyJam.
For editing: VideoMach, VirtualDub, DDClip Free (if you can get it to work).
For audio recording/editing: Audacity
Image editing (for ‘special effects’ in your footage, like masking): GIMP

All of those programs listed above are free and work like a charm. The only thing you might want to invest in is a non-free editing program like Sony Vegas. Nonetheless, having VideoMach and VirtualDub on your computer is always good: I find that I often use them for simple tasks like converting frames to video (or the other way around).

December 1, 2008 at 3:21 pm #403653
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justkidden

I found this cheap animating software at target. Its really good too! You can do most things that expencive animating softwares do. So, if your ever at Target, get Honestech Claymation Studio 1.0 . Its from $20 to $40.
I use it and its really good. (just in case you can’t afford the expencive animating software.)

December 1, 2008 at 3:23 pm #403654
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Image editing (for ‘special effects’ in your footage, like masking): GIMP

WHAT? AWESOME!!! I ALREADY HAVE THAT!!! I didn’t know that it could help with ‘special effects’!!! Awesome! :D :D :D :D :D :D

December 1, 2008 at 3:46 pm #403657
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Cameramatt

Thanks, I looked at their websites and am thinking of downloading them. And just so you know, price is no object, so I just want to know what the better brickfilmers think about what is best. Before I use even more of my PCs memory, any other suggestions?

December 1, 2008 at 7:42 pm #403664
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BertL

“justkidden” wrote: Image editing (for ‘special effects’ in your footage, like masking): GIMP

WHAT? AWESOME!!! I ALREADY HAVE THAT!!! I didn’t know that it could help with ‘special effects’!!! Awesome! :D :D :D :D :D :D

Some (digital) special effects are little more than photoshopping with multiple frames. Making a ghost effect and masking are just that.

A lot of brickfilmers use MonkeyJam, which is completely free. Some popular non-free frame capturing software include AnimatorDV or Stop Motion Pro.

December 1, 2008 at 9:46 pm #403678
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justkidden

Does monkeyjam do Onion Skinning?
Just wondering… :)

December 1, 2008 at 10:33 pm #403681
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Squash

No, Monkeyjam does not do onion-skinning, although the free AnimatorDV does, along with Anasazi.

September 8, 2012 at 6:19 am #417038
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Northrop

Also, get your hands on Blender, Adobe Premiere Pro as well, which will be very handy in conjunction with AnimatorDV

September 10, 2012 at 2:29 am #417189
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By the way, besides audacity what other softwares have you used to record voices and sound effects for your films? I need another because for some reason audacity doesn’t seem to be compatible with the OS that I’m using right now.

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