Video making is becoming exceedingly popular among young people now, and our family is no exception. It doesn’t matter if it’s funny skits or stopmotion (the act of taking a photo of something, moving it slightly, and repeating until it becomes a film), it’s all a way of expressing their creativity.
Harry and Eddie especially have been getting motivated to do some filmmaking, so when we were offered a chance to test out Honestech Stopmotion Studio 4.0, a stopmotion animation set geared towards young children, we thought it would be a great product to use for education as well as recreational purposes.
We tried it out with our short film When The Toys Came To Life, and we must admit, it took us several tries before we managed to work it properly, although that was mostly our fault.
First of all, we took the photos before connecting the camera to the program, and while the film we created was admittedly quite creative and fun, it was ultimately useless.
We tried a second time after learning that you had to take the photos with the camera and the program together. When we tried to connect our Nikon DSLR camera, it would not connect to allow us the option of taking photos via the camera rather than the webcam. Several infuriating hours we spend trying to get it to work, watching and reading countless tutorials.
We went onto the Honestech website and found, in smallprint, that it works with ‘Most Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras with Live View support.’ That would explain why our attempts to connect the Nikon failed.
After wondering what to do for a little while, and not really wanting to resort to the webcam because of how awkward it would be to press the buttons, not to mention the awful quality, we remembered we had our Panasonic camcorder. This was our last hope before admitting defeat and using the webcam.
Thankfully, it worked! We were finally able to start taking photos, and although it was very time consuming (it took about an hour to film, as we had to make sure that the lighting was good, and the camera was roughly in the same place), it was definitely fun to do.
When it comes to editing the video, there are several things you can do, such as add intro and ending titles, remove unwanted objects, add text, change the background, and so much more. You also have the option to add audio, but you need to create it yourself as there is none included.
Take a look at our short stopmotion film (music made using our Magix Music Maker 2015 Premium, which you can read about here):