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    Stop Motion Pro alternative

    Morning guys,

    I am looking for a new package for animation, we currently use SMP but we find the support to be non existent and we are having lots of issues with it so we would like to try something else.

    We currently use it on our laptops with camcorders but I am open to anything really, we have iPads in schools so that could be a solution.

    What would you recommend?

    Thanks


    John

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    movie maker (the old XP one, which you can download for 7) will allow you to make stop motion. We use it every activities week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    movie maker (the old XP one, which you can download for 7) will allow you to make stop motion. We use it every activities week.
    We have used MM in the past but were after something a bit more professional. SMP has been great until we moved to Windows 7 and now it is really unreliable.

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    When I used SMP back in highschool, I gave up on it and subsequently used it only to capture the frames from the webcam. If memory serves me correctly I ended up creating my project in either Adobe Premier (iirc) or the Ulead package for videos.

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    The problems we have is that the school wants to use it with camcorders and not webcams as they want to be able to zoom in etc to make more professional animations. We can't connect the camcorders via usb and have to use capture cards inbetween the camcorder and the laptop. Sometimes they work fine, sometimes you need to unplug the capture card then plug it back in again before you get a picture and sometimes we don't get a picture at all, just a black screen.

    We cannot get any help from SMP and we are using the cards they advise on their website.

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    I'm told you can use Serif Movie maker to do stop motion, I can't talk to that particular strength but I doo like the software. It's cheap for a site licence and easy to deploy. (Made for education too)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I'm told you can use Serif Movie maker to do stop motion, I can't talk to that particular strength but I doo like the software. It's cheap for a site licence and easy to deploy. (Made for education too)
    will take a look, thanks

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    I use Helium Frog in my primaries - just use it as the capturing prog and then convert movies to HuffYUV format (WMM doesn't seem to like MJPEG for some reason) and use WMM to add narration/titiles etc

    Definitely works in Win7

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