Jim's Animation Page
First Posted March 23, 2011
I recntly purchased a couple of animation programs for the PC.
Anime Studio 7 Debut, and Claymation Studio. As of today, I
have only "played" with these programs, getting familiar with what they
do. Here are my initial thoughts.
This is, by far, probably the easiest program to use. It is very
simple. You make figures out of plasticine clay, and using a
camera, you shoot one frame at a time, moving the figures a little bit
each time. I used to do something similar wihen U was in high
school using all sorts of objects to animate. You can do the same
with claymation studio. It also has tools for modifying photos,
etc. You then arange all of the frames and then can turn
them into a movie.
Now, I got the Claymation
Studio Delux package, that comes with a camera. On my Dell
Dimension 9100 runing XP SP3, the camera causes problems on the USB
bus. If you have a nice camera with a USB port, use that and save
Anime Studio 7 Debut
This program is a more advanced animation system. You draw
figures that you can then animate. I have not explored all of the
posibilities yet, but it is very simple to use, although, much more
involved than Claymation Studio. It does have the tools so you
can create your characters and make them do things. It looks very
The only problem I have experienced so
far is that when I try to close the Library Content window, the program
crashes. So...I just don't close this window.
Another problem I had is with the Tutorial. When I got to the
point of adding bones to a figure, I could not find the tools for doing
this. Turns out, I had the program in beginner mode. By
prutiting it in expret mode, things went a lot easier. There is
probably no reason to have a beginners mode, the expert mode does not
seem to be any more difficult to understand.