Creating your first movie

Creating your first movie

When you open HUE Animation, you will see see the video stream from your camera in the panel on the right side of the window. This is the ‘Live’ panel.

Live Panel

Position your character or object in front of the camera, then focus the camera using the manual focusing ring around the lens.

To take a picture, either click on the capture button or press the space bar on your keyboard. The image will now appear in the left side of the screen, and in the timeline below.

Move your character slightly and take another picture. Keep doing this until you have 20-30 pictures in the timeline.

You can play back the pictures you have taken using the Play button.

Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure you have a clear idea of where you are going and what you need before you start animating.It’s a good idea to jot down a simple storyboard before you begin.
  • Check your lighting and contrast early – before you invest too much time into the animation. Shoot a couple of frames then watch them, to see if anything needs to be adjusted.
  • Make sure your props are large enough to be seen and recognized easily when captured.
  • Use small movements to create a smooth animation flow. It is easier to eliminate extra frames than it is to insert additional ones later.
  • Watch your animation often and adjust as necessary. Note if any parts seem to move too slowly or if others seem to move too quickly.
  • Consider taking multiple captures of each frame in case you accidentally delete one. Again, it is easier to eliminate extra frames than it is to insert additional ones later.
  • New frames are always added to the end of the animation by default. You can change this in the Settings if you would prefer to choose where new frames are inserted.