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    Hi there.

    Not sure where best to post this.

    I'd like to do a starter set up for my kids for stop motion video. There seems to be lots of decent software but I'm not sure about the hardware.

    What camera and facilities do I need for simplicity and decent quality? Do the video camera need to have a usb feed and be able to take single shots?

    Any advice or links to suitable sites would be appreciated.

    Dave

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    Probably the cheapest way is to get a cheap (£80) digital stills camera, use it to take individual pics and then import them into a basic editing program. The missus did that for ages and it works very well.

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    So just take a series of jpeg photos on a digital camera and then the software will bring them together as video?
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    Quote Originally Posted by djrobs View Post
    So just take a series of jpeg photos on a digital camera and then the software will bring them together as video?
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    Yes, it's not quite that simple, but that's the general idea. The software won't do it all for you (in most NLE's), you will still have to set things like the duration of each image and ensure the image (which will be bigger from most still cameras than required for video) is properly resized/oriented.

    There is a short stop motion example at 0.31sec in this vid that was done with exposures at 30 sec intervals, and you can see I got the resizing wrong on a couple of them!


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