Here’s a list of everything you need to start animating!
- Animation Software
- Video Editor
You’ll need something to animate!
2 or 3 desk lamps will work just fine.
I recommend using Cree LED lightbulbs because they run cool and use less power. Buy at your local hardware store or at http://amzn.com/B00BXFP0SS
Tape a piece of paper to diffuse the light. You can also tape a colored gel over the light to change the color to get the look you want. (Just make sure the paper isn’t too close to the light!)
I recommend starting out with a webcam. I’ve made many great films with the c920! In the future you can always upgrade to a DSLR if you really need the extra quality.
If you’re current computer isn’t fast enough. These are my recommended specs for a new computer.
- Intel i3, i5, i7 CPU at 1.33+ GHz
- 4GB+ RAM
- 512MB VRAM
- 120+GB Hard drive/SSD
5. Animation Software
PC – HeliumFrog Animator [FREE]
Mac – iStopMotion [$50]
Mac – Dragonframe [$295]
iPhone/iPad/iPod touch – iStopMotion [$9.99]
6. Video Editing Software
Windows has Movie Maker built in for free and Mac has iMovie (also free). Here are some free optoins: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/applications/best-free-video-editing-software-9-top-programs-you-should-download-1136264 But if you’re looking for something a bit better, then here’s a list comparing your options: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2397215,00.asp If you have the money to spend on professional options, then I recommend Sony Vegas Pro or Premiere Pro (What I use).
Feel free to comment with any questions!