Tuesday, 25 August 2015

HUE Animation Studio - Review!

The kids love being on the computer.....Usually you can find them playing on Minecraft or The Sims but over the last few days we have been playing with the HUE Animation Studio

HUE Animation Studio contains everything that you need to create your own stop motion animation videos...


The kit includes:

The HUE HD camera, a flexible plug and play USB camera with built-in microphone.
The fully-featured HUE Animation software designed for children by teachers.
The HUE Book of Animation - It has step-by-step instructions for creating 20 hilarious stop motion videos and ideas for even more.

HUE Animation Software Features:

Play your movie back at any time
Import music and sounds, or record your own
Add text and special effects
Copy, edit, move and delete animation frames
Share movies on YouTube
Timelapse
Green screening

The kit was easy to set up....It was just a case of putting the CD in the laptop and going through the setup process....It took a few minutes and then we were ready to go....


In fact it took us longer to decide where to put the camera and scene than to set the programme up....lol The camera looks very funky and was easy to move due to it's flexible neck but we positioned it on a stool....We positioned our Lego Castle in front of the camera and got started on making our first animation.....

We put our characters out, pressed the space bar to take the photo, moved them, took another photo and repeated until we had finished....It was so simple to do! The girls didn't need much instruction once I had explained it to them.....

This is our first animation....It was a joint effort between the girls and I.



 I thought it was pretty good for our first try......It is that simple to use you can't really go wrong unless you move your character too far then it just looks a bit odd...hehehe

Ellie decided to go it alone and make her own animation. She is seven years old and is a whizz with a computer so this was no trouble for her....



We then decided to have a bit of fun with it.....The girls love to pull funny faces so I put their talents to use....



The first video we made lasted 16 seconds but it took us a good half hour to make....It wasn't a problem we had great fun but it just goes to show how much work goes in to making the films and TV shows we see using this type of animation.....

Everything worked like it should and most importantly it was a lot of fun to use.....Everything about it is child friendly and my girls who are 7 & 12 understood it....The only issue I had was that when using the programme it automatically defaulted to my webcam and not the HUE camera....Just a quick click of the mouse to change the camera fixed that...

We still have a lot to learn and features to use but I can see us getting a lot of use out of the HUE Animation Studio especially after the girls birthdays....Someone is getting a lot of play doh and someone is getting a lot of Minecraft figures which will be ideal to use with this....The possibilities are endless....

The HUE Animation Studio is available to buy for £41.63 excluding VAT....

We were sent the HUE Animation Studio in exchange for our honest review....This is is! All thoughts and opinions are of course our own... 

66 comments :

  1. Your girls are very talented. I love the little animations, they brought a smile to face.

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    1. Aww! Thank you! They had such fun with it :)

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  2. That looks like a lot of fun, I love the funny face video! It's amazing how much time it takes to get a small amount of footage!

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    1. I was! Thank you! The people who make films must be so patient x

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  3. You can make some pretty cool little films with these, they do take ages though, moving the things cm by cm!

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    1. They do take a lot of patience and time but it is a lot of fun! Thank you! x

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  4. That is fab, it looks so much fun but I'm not sure I would have the patience haha.

    #triedtested

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    1. It is a lot of fun! It does take a lot of patience though. Thank you! :) x

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  5. What a great product and so much fun, Grace would love this x

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    1. It is so child friendly too! Thank you!

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  6. That last video of your kids pulling faces was great lol I wouldn't have the patience for it but glad to hear your kids enjoyed it.

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    1. Aww! Thank you! They had a wonderful time x

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  7. My son had this a few years ago and it really made him want to make films! He would spend hours making stop frame Lego movies. He has just been accepted to study visual effects at uni. I am so proud of him :) I would highly recommend the Hue Animation package.

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    1. I know I spoke to you on Twitter but this is so amazing! Wishing him the best of luck at uni x

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  8. woah too cool! I am going to add this to my kids' Christmas list. Looks absolutely brilliant!

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    1. It is fantastic....Well worth the money x

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  9. Wow! I want one. It looks amazing. I love the funny faces video. Sounds like there is so much more fun to be had.

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    1. There is so much we can do with it....We haven't even got around to using the timelapse setting or the sound! Thank you x

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  10. This sounds great, I'd not heard of this before..

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  11. I loved the face pulling, it was absolutely brilliant x

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  12. This is such a cool idea, I know my eldest 2 would spend hours playing with this! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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    1. My girls have spent hours with it and show no sign of losing interest yet!
      Thank you!

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  13. This set looks fantastic! I have just started doing animation in my videos! This looks like something that I may buy in the future. Great review, thank you.

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    1. I know nothing about making animations but this is so easy to use and was a good start for us!
      Good luck with the videos xx

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  14. What a cool little gadget! My three year old loves watching youtube and kept shouting "Whats that?" over my shoulder!

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    1. Aww! How cute! lol
      It really is a great thing x

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  15. This looks amazing fun. I really liked the owl video. I think my OH might enjoy this as much as my LO :-D

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    1. It is!! Aww! Thank you! It's not just for little one's....I really enjoyed using it x

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  16. This is such an amazing idea for kids. Looks like you had so much fun!

    Daniella | Freshly Pressed Beauty

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  17. Oh wow this is brilliant!! We love Wallace and Gromit in our house, i wonder if we could do some model animation with this!

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    1. The only reason we didn't was because we didn't have any dough or plasticine....hehehe That's our next project x

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  18. Oh wow this looks amazing - I totally thought of Helen when I saw this (and I see she has already commented) looks like something that would be great for her videos (which I adore) x

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    1. Thank you! It is fantastic! Glad to be of help :) x

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  19. This looks great! We use a stop motion app on the iPad but this looks better as it is more still. I usually wobble about. Your animations are fab. Love the funny faces one! :-)

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  20. Ah this is so cool! Never seen a post like this before :)

    Catstello | www.cattitudeandco.uk

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    1. Thank you! It was fantastic fun :) x

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  21. This looks so much fun and you girls look great doing the cool stuff. Thanks for sharing x

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  22. What a fun idea for a gift! My stepson would totally love it

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    1. It would be a fab idea for Christmas....Loads of fun :)

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  23. This is great!, I love the girls funny faces video,
    reminds me of grab the ads on Saturday night takeaway!. :) x

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    1. hahaha! Thank you!
      Ahhh! Stu & I were saying it reminded us of something but couldn't remember what! That's it!!

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  24. Oh wow this looks great, and how amazing was your first attempt!! Love the owl clip it's so cute. The faces are hilarous too. I can see this been lots of fun and the possibilities really are endless. I look forward to seeing more of your videos!!

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    1. Thank you! It has been great fun! We can't wait to make more :)

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  25. Wow; the effect is super cute!
    Want one too.

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  26. This looks like so much fun. I want a go, such clever girls you have, it would take me hours to make a video.
    Becky xx

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  27. Oh! I want one too. This looks absolutely fun. Your girls are so clever, the funny faces are so cute too. lol xx

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  28. Wow,I love this! I think my kids would have a great time making videos with it and the cost isn't too expensive. I love all your videos they are just fab :)

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  29. That looks like so much fun! Great for kids nowadays, they know more about technology than anyone!

    - A

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    1. Oh yes! My two certainly know more than I do x

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  30. They're so talented, this brought a smile to my face! I would have loved this as a kid, it looks so fun.

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  31. I love it. I don't have children, but i would get a lot of fun out it. x

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    1. I think it could be for anyone not just for kids....

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  32. Oh this looks so much fun! My eldest son would love this - and it would entertain him for ages! Kaz x

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    1. My girls have played with it for hours and hours and show no sign of losing interest.....Thank you!

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  33. My boys would absolutely love that! They love grabbing my phone and doing videos of themselves so I would rather have something that's just for them as I fear for its safety! And they clog up the memory. A great Christmas gift idea. Thanks for the review.

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  34. I could see my boys using this but with Lego minifigures to act out a mini film. ;)

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