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HUE: Technology for Learning

HUE Animation Studio contains everything that your children (ages 7 and up) need to learn how to create stop motion animation videos. Really, children of all ages can create their own stop motion films minutes after first installing HUE Animation Studio.

The HUE Animation Studio, winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award and Mom’s Choice Silver Award, comes with –

  • Animated software (single user license and CD)
  • HUE HD camera
  • Camera base
  • 1.8m USB cable
  • The HUE Book of Animation (very helpful!)

The HUE HD USB camera is a flexible plug and play camera with a built-in microphone. It’s great for stop motion animation, as well as for taking still pictures, recording real-time videos, video chatting, document imaging and visualization. The camera has unlimited positioning options. Users can either leave the HUE in its base or connect the camera’s flexible neck directly to a laptop’s USB port for mobility.

The HUE Animation Studio software has been specifically designed for educational use, with a user friendly, fully-featured interface. It can be used by anyone from novice animators creating their very first film, to experienced animators looking for a fully featured animation suite. Sounds can be imported either from your computer (did you know you can google for free sound effects?), or recorded directly in the software itself using the HUE camera’s built-in microphone.

The HUE Book of Animation Step by Step Guide walks you through the setup process and includes lots of fun ideas for creating your first movies.

What are the system requirements for HUE Animation Studio?

Windows

  • Windows XP, 7, 8 & 10
  • 1.4GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM (1GB recommended)
  • 350MB hard disk space
  • USB 1.1 connection (USB 2.0 recommended)

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • Intel processor
  • 512MB RAM (1GB recommended)
  • 350MB hard disk space
  • USB 1.1 connection (USB 2.0 recommended)

I really like this product for the following reasons:

  • Everything you need to get started is included. The HUE software includes sound effects, videos, printable backgrounds and activity sheets; and the HUE Book of Animation has step-by-step instructions for creating 20 stop motion videos.
  • The product comes with great getting started directions in the book. I really don’t like it when something arrives and putting it together/getting started is a difficult task.
  • If you get stumped, there are tutorials.
  • Plus, the HUE website has a constantly updated list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any questions which aren’t covered in the manual or online help pages, their customer support team is ready to help through the contact section of the website. Also, there is excellent customer service (very important when starting something you’ve never done before).
  • But don’t worry – it’s not difficult! In fact, the process is easy. It’s a breeze to add text and effects to animated frames, and to use the onion-skinning feature (onion-skinning is when a transparent image of the last frame you took appears over the live camera feed so you can create a smoothly animated sequence).
  • Animation develops and encourages creativity. Kids (and Moms!) come up with a story create characters, make them from clay or plasticine, design and make sets, compose soundtracks or select appropriate recorded music, and more.
  • Children (and again Moms!) have fun making a film, often not realizing that they are working hard, learning new skills, applying new theories and sharing fresh ideas. And budding film makers can easily work together. Who says socialization is a problem!?!
  • Homeschooled children can develop and demonstrate their understanding of STEM and the 21st century skills of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving, all while having fun!
  • There is a wonderful pride of ownership over the end product, and it’s so easy to share with others. You can export your finished films ready for sharing on YouTube or share them with friends directly. Think how much the grandparents will love them!

HUE – fun for learning animation. Fun for learning new skills. Fun for learning technology.

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