Getting Started With Stop Motion Animation – What You Need

Here’s a list of everything you need to start animating!

  1. LEGO
  2. Lights
  3. Camera
  4. Computer
  5. Animation Software
  6. Video Editor

 

1. LEGO

You’ll need something to animate!

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2. Lights

2 or 3 desk lamps will work just fine.

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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

Tips:

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!)

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3. Camera

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.

4. Computer

If you’re current computer isn’t fast enough. These are my recommended specs for a new computer.

Recommended specs:

  • Intel i3, i5, i7 CPU at 1.33+ GHz
  • 4GB+ RAM
  • 512MB VRAM
  • 120+GB Hard drive/SSD

 

5. Animation Software

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PC – HeliumFrog Animator [FREE]

Mac – iStopMotion [$50]

Mac – Dragonframe [$295]

iPhone/iPad/iPod touch – iStopMotion [$9.99]

6. Video Editing Software

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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!

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One comment on “Getting Started With Stop Motion Animation – What You Need
  1. Damian Games says:

    Nice page! I didn’t learn much but I’m sure some people will find this very useful 🙂

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