Monday, 8 July 2013

Review: Hue Animation Studio

A couple of weeks ago we were sent something really special to play with - The Hue Animation Studio - which combines easy-to-use software with the award-winning Hue HD webcam and contains everything a budding animator needs to begin creating stop motion animation videos.

My regular reader will know how fond I am of iPhone film-making. You may even remember my short-lived 'how to' video series earlier this year. No?

But I digress. Because, as the blurb says, with the Hue Animation Studio...

'Children can discover, imagine and create stop-motion animation through powerful, easy-to-use, animation software complete with Hue’s market leading Plug ‘n’ Play HD camera with built-in microphone and a unique flexible neck for unlimited positioning options.'

And for 'children', read also 'big kids'. Especially dads.

Sometimes something hi-tech comes along promising endless fun but hours later you're still struggling installing software, downloading drivers and generally having about as much fun as a day on the centre court at Wimbledon, clearing up after Andy Murray's victory and with just a few pigeons and a roll of rubbish sacks for company.

Well, in true Blue Peter style, here's one we made earlier. And we did it within, oh... about ten minutes of taking the kit out of the box. That's how long it took to install the drivers, download the software and start making a simple animation. The software is about as straightforward as it could be with split screen monitor and what we *ahem* animators call 'onion skinning' allow you to see where the object was when the last frame was snapped.

So, big tick for being easy to install, set up and use. And now it is, we'll be creating some more adventurous animations and generally testing the kit to the limits. It's compatible with both Windows 7 and Mac OS and you can find out more about Hue Animation products on their website, as well as their Facebook page and Twitter feed.

So move over Aardman... Atkinson's here.

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