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Animation Station is a fantastic stop-frame animation machine which lets you create your own stop-frame movies.

Create your own 42 frame movie! This awesome Animation Station comes with a stop frame camera which allows you to take load of frames to create an incredible cool animations made by you! Use one of four coloured cards to backdrop each frame you take! Each frame needs to be just slightly different to that the movement looks real! Let your imagination run wild!

Attach the cable to the TV or PC to watch your animation! Saved files on your PC and you can use the editing software on the DVD to convert your files into a Window Media File movie! Animation Station comes with full instructions and all you'll need to create your very own animated short film! A wonderful way to encourage creativity, imagination and an instil an interest in animated film!
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#1
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51gtjUNo05L._SS500_.jpg
#2
absolutely class project/toy for the older kids, great spot h+r added
#3
Are you limited to a movie of only 42 frames in length?
#4
cgcrute
Are you limited to a movie of only 42 frames in length?


Well pointed out. Sounded good up until that part. 42 frames is going to be less than a minute of film surely.
#5
I suppose the idea is to take a 42 frame clip, upload it to your pc and then make another 42 frame clip and so on and then put them all together.
#6
On Flair's website, It's says it takes SD cards "The Animation Station is compatible with Digital SD cards (not included) to expand the number of frames and for easy transfer to your computer"

http://www.flairplc.co.uk/pages/animationstation.shtml
#7
I couldn't find anywhere with a review of this, or anything on the resolution of the images. Sometimes toys like this are built down to a price.

Instead I bought one of these sets http://www.amazon.co.uk/studio-including-Lights-stands-tripod/dp/B000NHBN7E which was £35.49 including 1st class delivery through their ebay store (no connection other than as a customer). You get a couple of lights, a tripod and some diffusers. I doesn't come with a camera, but I've got an old digital camera that should be fine for my son to use, and I've been looking for a reason to buy a replacement :)
#8
this is awesome. I got my kids toon twister and similar computer animation kits,, but plasticine is better. Im gonna have to wait til jan sales tho. nice post.
banned#9
funky toy thanks HOT :santa:http://www.avatarjunkie.net/cimg/71a58e8cb75904f24cde464161c3e766.gif
#10
looks cool - I just daren't spend another penny!
1 Like #11
Webcam: £10
MonkeyJam: Free ( http://www.giantscreamingrobotmonkeys.com/monkeyjam/ )

Wasting money? Priceless.
#12
Will someone please steal my credit card?!?

Buy yourself a car, go on holiday... Save me a ruddy fortune!!!
#13
please don't quote me but i'm sure i saw this in home bargains today if anyone has one near them? might be worth checking..
#14
mr.velvet
Webcam: £10
MonkeyJam: Free ( http://www.giantscreamingrobotmonkeys.com/monkeyjam/ )

Wasting money? Priceless.


cool...my son's probably too young to take the gamble on the animation station, but would probably love it. This looks like a neat in-between...

rep...
#15
Thanks to the OP. Almost bought this a few days ago for full price. Will be ideal for my daughter's birthday at the end of January. A good item for those creative kids out there. Cheers!
#16
My 12 year old son has just recently become interested in this kind of thing and computer animation, it looks good, but my other half has more knowledge of this stuff so will let him have a look,I think that second link may be better and use with digital camera?

I was in home bargains near us today and nothing like that in ours.

Can't possibly buy anything else right now anyway, this site is costing me a fortune!
#17
these are brilliant for kids
#18
loveabargain
Well pointed out. Sounded good up until that part. 42 frames is going to be less than a minute of film surely.


42 frames is actually less than 2 seconds at the standard 24/25 fps (frames a second) most films play at. And still less than 3 seconds at the reduced 15 fps used by some animations.

The Memory card option to increase this sounds promising though, and the fact that you could download these onto your PC and attach them together to make longer clips might make this worthwhile. :thumbsup:
#19
labdab
please don't quote me but i'm sure i saw this in home bargains today if anyone has one near them? might be worth checking..


:p
#20
Jonnym;3839893
This looks like a neat in-between...
I give up. This was supposed to indicate that this "animation station" is a waste of money, given you can do something more flexible for less money using free software and a cheap webcam. You can even plug the finished animation from MonkeyJam into Windows Movie Maker (again free with WinXPSP2), use free sound effects from freesound.org, and you have yourself a very decent project.

Use plasticine. Use Lego. Use drawn images. Use toys (ala Robot Chicken). A huge range is possible as you can MOVE THE CAMERA.

A webcam and MonkeyJam works brilliantly for classes of 30 obnoxious 12-13 year-olds so it should work for one who's interested.

Why pay extra for something as simple as this? Something you don't have to expand with memory cards or has an arbitrary limit on frames?
#21
mr.velvet
I give up. This was supposed to indicate that this "animation station" is a waste of money, given you can do something more flexible for less money using free software and a cheap webcam. You can even plug the finished animation from MonkeyJam into Windows Movie Maker (again free with WinXPSP2), use free sound effects from freesound.org, and you have yourself a very decent project.

Use plasticine. Use Lego. Use drawn images. Use toys (ala Robot Chicken). A huge range is possible as you can MOVE THE CAMERA.

A webcam and MonkeyJam works brilliantly for classes of 30 obnoxious 12-13 year-olds so it should work for one who's interested.

Why pay extra for something as simple as this? Something you don't have to expand with memory cards or has an arbitrary limit on frames?


You may be right ,but perhaps a child with no idea of how animation is made , this could be a kick start to a new Nick Park or Bob Barker, just a thought ;-)
#22
mr.velvet
I give up. This was supposed to indicate that this "animation station" is a waste of money, given you can do something more flexible for less money using free software and a cheap webcam. You can even plug the finished animation from MonkeyJam into Windows Movie Maker (again free with WinXPSP2), use free sound effects from freesound.org, and you have yourself a very decent project.

Use plasticine. Use Lego. Use drawn images. Use toys (ala Robot Chicken). A huge range is possible as you can MOVE THE CAMERA.

A webcam and MonkeyJam works brilliantly for classes of 30 obnoxious 12-13 year-olds so it should work for one who's interested.

Why pay extra for something as simple as this? Something you don't have to expand with memory cards or has an arbitrary limit on frames?


sheesh...merry christmas to you too.

If your 12-13 year old kids are obnoxious,which I'm assuming you teach - then I guess you might want to look at where they get it from?

In reference to your post - If my son is into this, he'll tie up the computer for the house...so If it looks like something he'll like, then I don't mind spending £25 on something that he'll get enough value out of. Enough stuff is going to be unwrapped and left aside this Christmas so presents that are going to be used are always welcome.
#23
Wow. So I'm a scrooge and useless at my job.

Nice.

Enough stuff is going to be unwrapped and set aside - which is why i thought that pointing out you can do something with stuff you probably already have, rather than spending extra cash on something unnecessary would be a good thing.

But hey - what do I know. I'm a useless teacher who hates Christmas, right?
#24
You're certainly good at making a rod for your own back. The point about this device is its simplicity and convenience - you can use it where there's no computer available, and don't have to make some precarious arrangement to try to hold a camera still.
#25
Mr V, I think it is more your tone than your opinion which is causing offence.

Wasting money? Priceless. Better just to helpfully point people in the direction of a different product. Thanks for the pointer to Monkeyjam, I will check it out.
#26
ame;3845500
Mr V, I think it is more your tone than your opinion which is causing offence.

Wasting money? Priceless. Better just to helpfully point people in the direction of a different product. Thanks for the pointer to Monkeyjam, I will check it out.

Ruddy do-gooder!!! Heheh!

Oh yes... Bah humbug;-)

And yes I am rough as a bear's rough bits :whistling::giggle:

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