I've been facilitating a small informal adult learners group to make our own animation. Despite my facilitating role I am learning at the same time myself. We have access to a Canon 1100D camera and have been using this alongside the Canon EOS Utility software for capturing the images. I was wanting the group to be as economical as possible, although we do have access to funds if absolutely necessary. As most of the free software appeared more geared towards webcams we have been making do with the Canon software, despite not having any animation specific functionality, like onion skinning. We are almost at the end of filming and I will be looking to edit the film together myself on my Windows Vista laptop. The first of my questions is what software would you recommend for this purpose considering the limitations of my computer (as an aside the Dragonframe trial wouldn't work on my laptop and I am not tech savvy enough to resolve this). We have been using Windows Movie Maker to play back what we have shot, and although I appreciate that we could use this for editing purposes I'm sure that there must be better software than this for this purpose. I have MonkeyJam and Wax 2.0 downloaded and I believe that I can import my photographs to them if these programs are better.
As well as editing the photographs together we've still to record the audio which at the moment is also an unknown. I have downloaded an mp3 recorder app to my smartphone, but also have a microphone with jack that I could use with the p.c. we've been using if there was suitable software. After recording the audio, I will attempt to lip sync. Is there an editing program (preferably free) which would help with this, even if it is to see the sound recordings as sound waves, or is there additional software that could help?
I appreciate that the answers to my questions are probably out there but I've reached that point where I probably could do with some help to steer me in the right direction.
Recommendations regarding software etc. greatly appreciated (whether free or purchase).