Zu3D Animation Kit for Windows PCs, Apple Mac OS X and iPad iOS: complete stop motion animation kit with camera, software and animation handbook
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- Everything you need to create amazing animations, Zu3D software is used in thousands of schools on PC, Mac OSX and iPads.
- Includes two everlasting licenses (no ongoing costs) for the fully featured Zu3D Animation software (complete with a library of sound effects, music, artwork and effects ) As well as animation webcam, animation handbook ,mini set, green screen and modeling clay!
- PC Pro recommended - *5 stars* - "Powerful stop-motion animation, with tools to suit both primary and secondary school children
- High quality webcam & mic on a sturdy adjustable stand, ideal for animation
- Mini animation set and green screen fabric to create a green screen studio and 8 strips of top quality modelling clay
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Bring Your Imagination To Life!
Get animating with the Zu3D Animation Kit, includes:
-Zu3D animation software
-Quality animation webcam
-Zu3D Animation Handbook by Helen Piercy (author of The Animation Studio)
Stop-motion is a brilliant way to bring out everyone's creativity & imagination. The Zu3D Kit makes it incredibly easy to get animating. Used in thousands of homes & schools across the UK, Zu3D allows you to create complete animated films with sound effects, music, titles & credits quickly & easily.
Now containing the Zu3D Handbook. Helen explains how to get started and packs the book full of all her favourite tips & tricks. She'll help you to create exciting characters, produce storyboards, show you green screening, special effects & more!
Zu3D is an ideal gift, children can create films about anything & everything, using; Lego, Playmobil, Plasticine, the sky's the limit.... ! Zu3D can be used independently or in groups, once you have finished your animations, upload them to YouTube to share with friends & family.
-Playback your film at any time
-Speed up and slow down your film
-Copy, edit, move & delete frames
-Import sound effects and music or record your own
-Extended library of sound effects & music
-Unlimited audio & video tracks
-Add titles, credits & speech bubbles with exciting styles.
-Import images & video
-Import animated gifs/special effects
-Export as MP4 and upload to YouTube or the Zu3D Gallery
-Automatic green-screening/chroma key
-Create drawn animations & draw onto captured frames
PC: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
MAC: OSX 10.8 & up
1.4Ghz or equivalent processor
512MB RAM (1GB recommended)
350MB disk space
Top customer reviews
The software interface is very friendly and simple to use.
All controls are straight forward and intuitive.
Drag and drop from frame to frame is flawlessly executed.
I created a short animation in less than five minutes on my desk. (see uploaded video)
The camera with the kit is adequate to simple captures and has built in lighting with a dimmer control.
The kit includes; a green screen cloth that works very well with the software, some backdrops suitable for kids, an easy manual,
multiple colours of clay for claymation, a quick start guide, and the software CD.
The LED lighting on the included camera washes out anything white or glossy even at the lowest setting, so use some old school incandescent.
Once any of the limited effects are applied You are stuck with them unless undo is applied before
closing the software or applying another effect, so you cannot remove an effect, at least I cannot find a way so far.
There is a link in the Readme file on the disk to download media content if you install the older version for Windows XP,
however the the link is brings you to a 404 page not found and their main website has no link to download said content.
I highly recommend this package for anyone wanting to dabble in simple stop animation, and for anyone with children
who interested in making their own animations. Kudos to the Zu3D company for putting together a truly good package for learning stop animation.
My son and I had no problem producing a short little movie from his story. Real work time for us was probably a couple of weeks, though we spread it out over a few months of weekends.
I like that the Zu3D software will import video from my camera (or stills) and drop it right into the timeline. The working files are bitmaps (.bmp) and .wav audio files. I used Zu3D to record an audio clip, then dug the .wav file out and used Audacity to add a few more effects, before returning the audio file to my movie. The software also recognized the other webcam on my computer and gave us the option to use that instead. However, the Starcam in the box has a much better lens for shooting close-ups of toys and clay. If you're not running this on a laptop, plan to buy some USB extension cables. The webcam cord is generous, but didn't reach from my tower to the "studio".
The program gives you a single row of "video", a single row of titles, and a large number of audio tracks. So, you can't cross-fade video...unless you use different software to edit those bitmaps. The title generator is basic and fun, it will cross-fade in and out. ZuLogic even includes a small library of sound effects. It's a good collection (unless you're working sci-fi or fantasy) and will allow imports to the library. You can even edit sound effects or audio for length.
The little tutorial book in the set was good for my son to review. The book explains the stop-motion process well.
I looked over three major stop-motion sets and this one came out on top of my research. It's as good as the reviews say.
UPDATE: It wasn't the program that had bugs, you need you setup microphone in your windows and when you start recording you have to change camera to USB 2.0 camera. It works with the help to Francesca from customer service!