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E'llo. i'll be showing you how to use stop animation to get claymen to move. Be patient, as hours of work turn into minutes of film with hundreds, sometimes thousand of pictures. But, if your time is worthless, its worth your time and more. usually.

Here's a link to one such video 
 
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Step 1: Get the stuffs

To make a claymation, you need a few things: Animation software (i used a free version of Stop Motion Pro), clay, (Claytoons works the best), patience, a camera (webcam works) and a lot of time and patience.

addition: the video at the end was using 'monkey jams', it works so much better.

Step 2: Make the clay peoples

Take some of your clay andmash it into a ball. Than pinch it into the arms and head. Place the figure in you palm and flatten it with your other (not too much). Then decide if you want a flat head or a round head. the blue\grey guy is a round head and the purple is a flat head.

Step 3: Take the pictures

open up your animation program and select new project. fill out anything you want. Note, the F.P.S stands for frames per second. the lower the frames, the longer it takes for the frame to move, but also means more time elapsing with less pictures. My movie used 4 fps and took 365 frames and lasted for 1:31:37, or 1 minute, 31 seconds, 37 milliseconds. Anyway, a lot of frames. All you really have to do it take a picture, move a guy a little, take another picture. if you want to make the scene with that one picture take longer, take more than one picture. make sure while you're making it that you have time to put it audio so they can talk. also, there is a button that takes the picture so you don't have to press the shutter on the camera and risk throwing it off.

addition: i was using 24 fps and got 1Minute 8 seconds after taking over 1600 photos. i suggest a lower fps for beginners, like 4-7.
JohnJY4 years ago
boooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!stop animation is lammmmmmme!!! See, it's annoying when people make unproductive comments that only offend, and don't do any good.
knoxarama (author)  JohnJY4 years ago
little hypocritical, isn't it? Well, time to waste your time. Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries. now, go away before i taunt you a second time
It's sarcastic,not hypocritical.
knoxarama (author)  JohnJY4 years ago
ah, well, if you were serious it would have been hypocritical.
AndyGadget5 years ago
(You haven't posted the video!!)
I've just been playing with exactly the same thing - I'll post my earliest results later. AnimatorDV Simple+ is similar to StopMotionPro but is freeware without any nag screens etc.
(I was going to do a claymation for the video contest but couldn't get it together in time.)
knoxarama (author)  AndyGadget5 years ago
i posted the video now. i also got rid of DV and replaced it with monkey jams. it works alot better, gives you better options, and really is alot like any professional version, except it's 100% free and is not a trial version. Plus it still only takes seconds to download and is independant of the internet to work.
I like the video. Very smooth and very . . . interesting in a quirky sort of way ;¬)
OK, here's my first two attempts - very rough and no audio. I now have a better webcam and can control focus and white balance so next will be better.

knoxarama (author)  AndyGadget5 years ago
pretty good shorts. I take it you used about 5 fps with about 30 - 40 frames. Just a note though, i saw your fingers in one of the movies.
Yep, fingers. I did say it was a very early attempt. It was more a test than anything else. I think I used 8FPS. I thought monkeyJam only worked with an internet connection, but if it works away I'll try it.