Claymation Studio 3.0 Deluxe by Honestech review

Make your own Wallace & Gromit with this stop-motion software
Photo of Claymation Studio 3.0 Deluxe by Honestech
£29.99

Ever wondered where Nick Park, Oscar-winning creator of Wallace and Gromit gets the patience to make entire movies using clay figures that move a tiny bit at a time so he can capture them frame by frame? Wonder no more. Thanks to Claymation, you can find out for yourself.

Everything you need
Thirty quid buys you the software and a funky little USB webcam that looks like the Sony AIBO robot dog and is capable of capturing your animations at VGA quality (640×480).

The whole thing’s a doddle to set up, and the main screen displays the standard preview window in the middle, frame-by-frame timeline along the bottom, and various controls
in a panel down the right. Having found a subject, you can capture frames with a mouse-click, by pressing the space bar or by using Autocapture, which automatically grabs pictures every few seconds, enabling you to create time-lapse animations.

YouTube and Facebook
You can import music from your hard disk to use as a soundtrack, or use the camera’s built-in mic to record voiceovers and dialogue. The ability to shoot against a plain background and then use the Chroma Key feature to replace it with your own opens up all sorts of creative possibilities. Finished results can be saved as MPEG or WMV movies, shared straight away via YouTube and Facebook, or exported so that they’ll play back on the PSP and a range of iOS devices such as the iPhone or iPad.

Entertaining and easy to use
Given that you get a decent little USB webcam included in the price, Claymation Studio 3.0 Deluxe is very good value. You’ll need to put some effort into coming up with story scenarios (or help the kids, if you’re buying it for them) but if you can, you’ll find that Claymation Studio is an entertaining and straightforward program.

Company: Honestech

Website: http://www.honestech.com/

Contact: Honest Technology on +1 512 346 3700

Positives
  • All you need to create stop-motion movies.
Negative
  • Occasionally crashed when importing MP3 files.

Verdict

Excellent, easy to use introduction to the art of stop-motion movie making, which includes the relevant software and a handy, flexible USB camera as well as support for external services like YouTube and Facebook. Note: patience of a saint is not included in the price.