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    I want to learn 'stop motion'

    Hi all :

    i got 5 dvd's from Stan Winston that teach stop motion, and 2 that teach sculpting the figure and head with clay.
    I also have 6 dvd's on sculpting by marc Alfrey, a few other dvd's by Stan Winston, and a book called 'the sculpting
    techniques bible'.
    I searched amazon for 'stop motion animation kit' and found 2 camera kits for doing your own stop motion (they both
    cost about 59 dollars). I really want to learn to do stop motion on the side, just for fun and hobby.
    I also bought one of Stan Winston's sculpting kit (from amazon) is very good and include all tools needed to follow
    along with the sculpting dvd. I am very excited about doing this, just for fun.
    Do you have any suggestions for a newbie to 'stop motion' ?
    What is the best (inexpensive please) camera, and what other dvd's and books would be good for learning ?
    thank you !!!
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    you should check >

    Richard Williams - The Animator's Survival Kit

    all the same principles apply.

    http://www.theanimatorssurvivalkit.com
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    Search brickfilm on youtube. There are a ton of people making stop motion movies with lego type bricks. Lots of them are using a webcam or cell phone.

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    Definitely go the digital route rather than film largely for cost reasons.

    This is probably the state-of-the-art place for stop motion productions these days.
    https://www.laika.com/

    On the supplementary material for "Coraline" Blu-ray there's some good behind the scenes stuff touching on various technical aspects and considerations oft overlooked.

    I don't have the name at the moment, but there was (still available as of a year or so ago, free) a collection of scripts for After Effects that gave you all sorts of control to achieve that look.
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    If you have an iphone/ipad, istopmotion is cheap and easy to use (also runs on apple computers).
    I can run it on my ipad and use iphone as a camera on a tripod.
    It provides ‘onion skinning’ also to make it easier.
    Might be a good starting point.
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    well can't say much about cameras, although since blackmagic releaserd their cheap 4k 6k cams, prices are shaking uo for a second hand camera.
    Wich I do recommend for initial tests. Usually those are in good conditions. But for you as a beginner I would go with a good cheap dslr canon (the amd of cams) or
    nikon (the nvidia of cameras). These are investments you can use even if you are switching interest.
    I _do_ redcommend to check aliexpress for some cheap base skeletons..simply search for stop motion.

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    Look for a camera with remote software to prevent jittery recordings. I've been using software from Canon that came with their cheap cameras and their more expensive cameras. Both were very useful.

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    Does anyone remember this? One of my fav animated series.

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    If you're on a budget, OpenToonz can use any webcam, and displays the last captured image as an onionskin, if needed.

    Although I have no experience with this myself, SparkoCam turns any Nikon/Canon DSLR into a webcam.
    https://sparkosoft.com/sparkocam

    SparkoCam works with OpenToonz (or at least, the previous release did, I just read there might be some issues with the latest version).

    Digicam is free:
    http://digicamcontrol.com/

    Grab your frames with Digicam, and put your production together with OpenToonz.

    And I agree with Erikals: if you are semi-serious about doing motion capture, just get Dragonframe.
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