Do you remember my post about how my kids loved making stop motion animation movies with our OgoBild Animate It Studio Kit*? During spring break, they decided to take their stop motion to a new level! It was a wonderful spring break activity – they spent hours making their movies! This is a wonderful way for kids to work on storytelling, plot, and character development!
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Stop Motion Animation for Kids Using a DSLR
The Animate It software is incredibly easy to use, but the camera that comes with the kit is your typical webcam-quality camera. So I put my DSLR camera on my tripod, and gave the kids my camera remote control* so they could take pictures without actually touching the camera (side note: I did try one of the cheap no-name remote controls before buying this one, but it worked very inconsistently so I finally paid the money for a brand name one). This was key to making the movies work, since touching the camera the image around. It also meant I didn’t have to worry about the safety of my camera as much.
I couldn’t get my camera to communicate with the Animate It software, so we downloaded Windows Live Movie Maker (it’s free) and used that instead. It is pretty easy to use, and I am sure we aren’t coming anywhere near making full use of its capabilities.
Here is Johnny’s first movie: