Hey guys,

I know most of you are basically experts and as of now I am very, very new and just use legos . I was deciding on getting Dragonframe or an armature. What do you suggest getting? If I got the armature I would just have to get an a lot cheaper program and if I got Dragonframe I would have to use basic stuff for stop motions. Also can anyone give me suggestions on how to get started off?

Thanks so much!

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Based on how you described yourself as new to stopmo, I would honestly hold off on purchasing a copy of Dragonframe. I would personally recommend Stop Motion Pro, which has many versions scaling many different prices. A far cheaper program can be as much use as a pricier version or Dragonframe would be to you. (I know I certainly don't need most of the bells and whistles that Dragonframe has!)

As far as moving from LEGO to hand made puppets, it's not always required to buy any sort of expensive armature kit. A relatively simple wire armature can easily be made for about $20. Wire is also especially conducive to learning animation as they are quick and easy to assemble and at a much lower cost.
You can check out Nick's or Mark Spess' armature tutorials to get a general sense of the materials you'll need for an armature: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbF6m3BeGUQ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkEcCZQeTyM

You will be far better off gradually building up into stop-motion. Immediately diving into the deep(er) end can very easily become overwhelming with a steeper learning curve.

Thank you so much! I means a lot! I will definitely look into Stop Motion Pro and making my own armature. Again, thank you :D

I'd start off with a freebie like Monkeyjam. It will get you started, and if you want to upgrade later you can always get a more expensive grabber. 

Also, always test drive a framegrabber before buying. They all have free trial versions. Check Uncle LIO's list: http://www.stopmotionworks.com/stopmosoftwr.htm

Thanks! That's what I will probably do. And I will probably build my own armature.

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