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The more preferable option is to do it on a computer. I installed a graphics
card that let us hook the camera directly into the computer .... no tape, the
computer was the capture device. We used Adobe Premiere which we got at
educational discount for under $300. The students would create the set-up,
hit the space bar to make the shot, then move on to the next one. Every ten
minutes or so they would run the movie to see how it was progressing.
Immediate feedback ... much better than waiting for film to come back from the
Two of the students experimented with animating at home. They filmed in their
house in real time on tape with their own camcorder. They would set the shot
up, get out of the way for a few seconds while the camera continued to record
a clean shot, step back in front of the camera to adjust the set, then get out
of the way again. They did this until the tape ran out. They brought the
camcorder to school, hooked it up to the computer and played the tape back in
real time on the computer screen. They kicked back and watched the tape,
hitting the space bar to do a single frame capture whenever it came to a
section with a clean shot. When they got all their shots off the tape, they
ran the new animated movie off the computer.
In a message dated 10/21/98 4:48:55 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< I have several students (high school) who are trying to use standard
camcorders to do claymation and anamation. The problem is that todays video
equipment unlike old movie 8mm cameras do not single frame. Has any one solved
this problem? Thanks ahead of time......John Bundy..Anderson High
School...Anderson IN. >>