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Claymation Studio 3.0 – EdTech Review

When we got out hands on the Claymation Studio 3.0 Deluxe we were looking forward to becoming the next Nick Park of Wallace and Grommet fame. Yet whilst a product that costs £39.99 obviously won’t allow you to create the next ‘Wrong trousers’, students can effectively use it to storyboard their ideas and to make short movies to great effect.

Claymation Studio 3.0 Deluxe is both fun and educational for students. Creating stop-motion animation not only encourages the development of story-telling, it also provides an opportunity for kids to use the PC as a movie productions tool. By combining the power of your PC and stop-motion animation, users can to bring figures, objects or drawings to life. Honestech’s Claymation Studio 3.0 Deluxe can create output in WMV, MPEG1, MPEG2 and high-definition MPEG video resolution up to 1920 x 1080 (requires HD webcam or camcorder). The storyboard allows users to view the frames in sequence for easy editing, and users can add onscreen text, subtitles, sound effects, voice, and background music. Chroma Key effects allow you to easily change the background to create the best setting for your subject using a blue/green screen. In addition, auto capture, grid, and rotoscope features help users create more flowing movements with ease.

The delay function is superb for getting things done! You can set it to 5, 10, 60 second intervals and this speeds up the time consuming process that is stop-motion animation. Use lego, plasticine, army figures etc to create what you want. The Doggie Cam is clearly a gimmick but who cares? This tool belongs to students, and it engages them even further – perhaps even igniting their imagination even before the installation CD in put into your PC.

Overall, I remember using figures and a webcam to create a stop-motion animation whilst using printed images for backgrounds a few years ago in a City Learning Centre in the UK. It was extremely tricky to combine music, the imagery and the story boarding planning process. Well, Claymation Studio 3.0 Deluxe helps you to make that tiny little step further to becoming that famous movie Director as it brings all of these components together into a single piece of software that enables students to create their own masterpiece. Buzzin!

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