FAQs

You may review commonly asked questions regarding HUE Animation (formerly SAM), myCreate, and the HUE HD Camera.

If your question is not answered, please do not hesitate to contact us and we’ll respond within 48-hours.


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Editing Videos (4)

How do I make my video go “slower” or “faster”

To increase or decrease the speed of your movie, you can adjust the frame rate, also referred to” as frames per second (fps).

Below the left-hand playback window in the SAM Animation software or myCreate app, you will find a horizontal slider. You also have the option to type in the exact frame rate in the adjacent text box.

The default frame rate is set to 10fps.

Remember: the higher the frames per second, the faster your video will play!

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Can I add text, shapes, or other drawings to my frames?

Yes, you can add text, drawings, or other simple shapes (lines, rectangles, and circles) to your image(s). First, choose a frame on which to draw. Then click the “Edit Frame” button to the left of the playhead controls. (You can also double click on the frame you want to edit). A screen with paint toolbox menu on the left side will appear. Select the icon of your choice and begin editing your frame!

When you are finished editing, press the done button (bottom right) to return to the main screen, and your edits will appear on the previously selected frame.

 

**Clicking the “Undo” button will remove edits you’ve made, and clicking “Revert” will clear all edits made on that image**

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How do I apply the edits to one frame to a different frame?

Once you have finished with the edits that you wish to duplicate:

  1. Click on the “Set” button in the templates menu (while still in the “edit frame” function). This makes your frame the “Template”.
  2. Click on another frame, then click the “Apply” button below the “Set” button to apply your edits to another frame.  Note: you can click “Apply” to as many frames as desired.

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Can I group frames together into a clip?

To group clips together:

  1. Go to the “Manage Timeline” tab.
  2. Click on the first frame you wish to group, hold down the shift key, and then click on the last frame you wish to group into the clip.
  3. Click the icon with the pictures and an arrow that is going toward the film strip to group your selected images together.
  4. To ungroup the clip back into individual frames, click on the icon below the one described above (the one with the arrow pointing at the pictures)

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Getting Started as a School or Parent (3)

How do I install HUE (formerly SAM Animation) on my school network?

Windows
Mac OS X

Currently the MSI does not support license deployment and the best way to approach license distribution to all computers on your network is via a config file located in the folder where the application is installed. Once HUE/SAM Animation is installed, there is a *animation-app.config.example file located in the programs installation folder. You can fill out the fields in this file following the directions in the file. Once you have made all of your edits you can save the file as “samanimation-app.config” or “hueanimation-app.config” if you are using HUE Animation. Please reference examples below. Should you need further assistance please drop us a line at support@icreatetoeducate.com.


Note this capability is only available in v1.5.3 and greater

Typical Configuration File

Keywords:
%current_user% = Replaces with currently logged in user.

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<ApplicationConfig>
    <License>
        <key>0g760b72-0d4g41ec-cd99b83e-cf90a149-533f4843</key>
<!-- required (Single, 5pack, 10pack, School, Offline)-->
        <license_type>Single</license_type>
        <email>info@icreatetoeducate.com</email>
<!-- required (Path to a folder to save application settings) -->
        <save_path>C:\\ProgramData\samanimation</save_path>
        <offline_key>289ab89eb0e0a02390</offline_key>
    </License>
<!-- If you have a generic path for each user you can place it here and 
SAM will auto replace %current_user% with the currently logged in user (path must exist)-->
    <workspaces>
    <workspace user="%current_user%">C:\Users\%current_user%\SAMWSpace</workspace>
    </workspaces>
</ApplicationConfig>

Conditional Configuration File

Keywords:
%current_user% = Replaces with currently logged in user.
%default% = Replaces with “My Documents” folder of currently logged in user. Note that if %default% is used the folder “SAMWorkspace” is appended to the path and auto created if it doesn’t exist.

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<ApplicationConfig>
    <License>
        <key>0g760b72-0d4g41ec-cd99b83e-cf90a149-533f4843</key>
<!-- required (Single, 5pack, 10pack, School, Offline)-->
        <license_type>Single</license_type>
        <email>info@icreatetoeducate.com</email>
<!-- required (Path to a folder to save application settings) -->
        <save_path>C:\\ProgramData\samanimation</save_path>
        <offline_key>289ab89eb0e0a02390</offline_key>
    </License>
<!-- If you want to check if a path exists and use a path based on redirection rules you can use the syntax below.--> 
<!-- SAM will check if the path exists for the "try" attribute and if valid it will use the value in between-->
    <workspaces>
    <ifpathexist user="%current_user%" try="C:\Users\%current_user%\Documents\samwspace">%default%</ifpathexist>
    </workspaces>
</ApplicationConfig>
Currently the installer does not support license deployment and the best way to approach license distribution to all computers on your network is via a configuration file. Once you have deployed SAM Animation via your OS X based network, you create a configuration file similar to below that you can distribute across all your computer stations.. You can fill out the fields in this file following the directions below. Once you have made all of your edits you can save the file as “samanimation-app.config” and distribute/copy it to “/Users/Shared/SAM Animation”. Should you need further assistance please drop us a line at support@icreatetoeducate.com.


Note this capability is only available in v1.5.3 and greater

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
	<key>OFFLINE_KEY</key>
	<string>289ab89eb0e0a02390</string>
	<key>LICENSE_EMAIL</key>
	<string>myemail@example.com</string>
	<key>LICENSE_KEY</key>
	<string>aaaaaaa-bbbbbb-ccccccc-dddddd-eeeeee<</string>
	<key>LICENSE_TYPE</key>
	<string>single</string>
</dict>
</plist>

*You can generate your license key here.

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How do I start a project in HUE (formerly SAM)?

To create a new project, double click the HUE/SAM Animation icon on the desktop or find it in the “Programs” or “Applications” section of your computer.  When the program starts, it will give you two options: Create a New Project or Open a Saved Project.
Click the “Create New Project” icon.

A “save as” screen should appear to name the project.

Click the “Create Project” icon, and begin creating your animation!

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What if I’m not located in the United States, are there any international restrictions?

We sell and ship to any school or parent outside the United States. Our ship rates for CDs and webcams follow the flat rate international USPS rates. There are no restrictions, however, as a heads-up some countries charge a 20% VAT tax, so please be aware of your country’s policies prior to ordering.

If you are in the UK, please visit our partners website: http://www.hueanimation.com/

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HUE Animation (SAM Animation) (16)

What is HUE Animation?

HUE Animation (formerly SAM Animation) is a simple-to-use application that captures a series of still images from a webcam and plays them back as an animated stop motion movie. It also includes tools to help you to add sound, edit individual frames and export content from your movie projects.

HUE Animation can be purchased through our online store, through Amazon worldwide or through major educational suppliers. It’s available bundled with the HUE USB camera or as a standalone download, and there are volume licensing options for schools.

If you need help finding a vendor in your area, please contact us for further assistance.

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Installation (Windows PCs)

Please check the full Installation guide on the HUE Animation website.

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Installation (Mac OS X)

Please check the full Installation guide on the HUE Animation website.

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Activating HUE Animation

To activate your software, you will need your license key or HUE code.

Finding your HUE code

  • If you purchased HUE Animation Studio with The HUE Book of Animation, check the back cover of the book for your HUE code. It should be printed just above the barcode.
  • If you have an older version of HUE Animation with a turtle on the front of the box, there should be an activation sheet inside the kit which contains your HUE code and instructions for using it. If you don’t have an activation sheet, check the paper wallet which holds the CD as well.
  • If your copy of HUE Animation Studio is even older than this or your code is missing, please contact us with your original order details so that we can help.

If you purchased your license digitally or registered a HUE code online before November 2014, you will have received an email with a long license key. Please check your email for this key or use our Lost License form to retrieve your details. You can also view your licenses by logging in to your online account.

Activating the software

1. Install HUE Animation using the instructions for Windows or Mac OS X.

2. Launch the HUE Animation software. If you can’t find it on your system, check this guide. The first time you open the software, you should see the following screen.

activation

3. Enter your email address and HUE code in the area marked with a red box, then click the Activate button. It’s very important to use the correct email address so please check your details carefully.

Note: If you’ve already registered your software before or have a long license key, use the boxes labelled Have a License Key? instead.

4. The software will take a few seconds to confirm your details, then your software will be ready for use.

Please keep your license details in a safe place as you might need them again if you upgrade your computer.

Choosing a Workspace

If it’s the first time you’re using the animation software, you’ll also be asked to choose a Workspace folder. This is where your animation projects will be saved. The Default location will be best for most users.

workspace selection

Click Select Folder (Windows) or Create Workspace (Mac) to continue.

If you decide you want to use a different folder as your Workspace later on, you can change it in your settings.

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Starting a new project

To create a new project, launch the HUE Animation software.

On Windows, there will be a shortcut for the software on the desktop or in the Start Menu.

launching the software on windows

If you’re using a Mac, it will be in the Applications folder.

launching the software on a mac
When the program starts, it will give you two options: “Create a New Project” or “Open a Saved Project”. Click the Create a New Project button.

new project

Name your project and click Create.

Note: Your project will automatically save in the Workspace folder you chose during installation unless you choose Save As… from the File menu and choose to save it elsewhere.

name your new project

Next, the main screen of the software will be shown. You are now ready to start taking pictures.

Note: If you opened the software before connecting the camera, you may need to select Refresh Camera from the Camera menu when you begin.

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Opening an existing project

The HUE Animation start screen lists your recent opened projects on the right side of the screen under “Recent Projects.” If your project is listed, simply highlight its name and click Open below the list.

open a saved project

If the project you want does not automatically appear under “Recent Projects,” click the Open a Saved Project on the left side of the screen.

open a project from your computer

You will see a new window. Find the folder where your animations are saved. This will be the default “HUE Animation” workspace folder you specified during installation. Select your project and click Open Project in the bottom right.

select the project

Note: If you’re not sure which is your project file, look for one with a name which ends in .hue or .sam

Once you’ve selected your saved project, the software will display the main animation screen.

Autosave

HUE Animation automatically saves your projects. If the auto saved version is more recent, a window will open asking you whether you want to open the autosave version instead. Always say yes, unless you did something before you closed the program that you don’t want to keep.

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Creating your first movie


Video Tutorial: How to Take & Import Images

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Importing images


Video Tutorial: How to Take & Import Images

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Adding audio

HUE Animation makes recording audio easy. All you need is a microphone, which many computers already have built in. If yours does not, any USB microphone will work. HUE Animation Studio owners can also use their HUE Camera as a microphone.

The HUE Animation software gives you two tracks for audio, so you can record background and narrative separately.

Recording Audio

Begin by clicking on the Audio tab at the top of the screen, then select the frame where you want the audio recording to begin. Click the Record Audio button.

location of the record button

The Record bar will turn red, to indicate that you are recording.

recording in progress

To stop recording simply press the Record Audio button again.

Importing Audio

Begin by selecting the frame where you want the music to start playing. Click the Import Audio button.

Note: File -> Import can be used for videos and photos only. You must use the Add Audio tab to import audio into your animation.

import audio

A menu will pop up and allow you to choose an audio file from anywhere on your computer. Once you have chosen the file, click the Import Audio File button in the bottom right.

import audio selection

The window will close, and your audio will appear in the track below your frames.

Editing Audio

Note: Audio clips can overlap, so if you already have an audio clip in the first track, they will overlap. This can make it easy to “lose” your clip, so try keeping them in separate tracks.

audio in timeline

Cutting the length of your audio is easy. Simply place your cursor at the end or beginning of the track. Your cursor will turn into the shape pictured below.

clip audio

Click and drag your cursor to cut the clip. You can use the same trick to lengthen the cut audio track if you decide to make it longer again later.

Check the Managed Timeline tutorial for another way to easily match your animation frames to an audio clip.

For a list of supported audio file types, please see the Supported File Types FAQ.


Video Tutorial: How to Add Audio

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Timelapse

Timelapse photography is a great way to show things happening much more quickly than they do in real life. By automatically taking pictures while you do something, you can turn the pictures into a movie.

You can use timelapse to show yourself drawing a picture or decorating a cake, or you can use it to show flowers growing or food being eaten. A dedicated timelapse mode is included in the HUE Animation software.

1. Click on the Timelapse tab (it’s the one with a stopwatch icon).

timelapse icon

2. Once you’re in the Timelapse screen, you will see two sliding tabs on the timeline below the image. The blue tab (on the top) is the Interval tab. You can slide it back and forth to change the amount of time between each picture. The red tab (on the bottom) is the Duration tab. You can slide it back and forth to set how long you want the software to keep taking pictures.

timelapse screen

3. Click the large Timelapse Capture button when you want to start. You can also use the start time function at the bottom of the time lapse display to indicate when you want the picture taking to begin.

4. Once the software begins taking pictures, the timer at the bottom will tell you how much time is left until the next picture. There is also a counter which shows how many frames have been recorded.

You can see an example of a timelapse movie recorded with the software below.

Timelapse tips

  • If you want to use time stamps, remember to check the box before you start recording.
  • Test out different intervals to find the best one for your project. When in doubt, choose a slightly shorter interval. You can always delete frames if it’s too slow.
  • Remember to use the fastest moving part of the event to select your capture interval.
  • Consider the duration of the event you want to capture. Choose one a bit longer than you think is necessary, just in case it takes longer than you expect!
  • If you’re unsure of the duration, remember you can always set it at 24 hours and stop it when you’re done.

timelapse ideas

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Onionskinning

What is ‘onionskinning’?

Onionskinning is a way to see two frames at once. One of these represents an image already captured in the timeline, and the other represents the picture you are about to take. The partially transparent image is the one you have already captured.

The onionskinning feature can be used to align objects in your animation from frame to frame; useful if you accidentally knock your model over or are resuming work on a project which had been put away.

Onionskinning also gives you greater control over the action as the “shadow” lets you see exactly how far everything has moved in between shots, as well as which elements have not moved. This allows you to coordinate and control the movement of each of your props.

onionskinning

The onionskinning controls are located just under the live camera view (next to the large Capture button used to take pictures).

onionskinning controls

  • When the Onionskin on/off button is darker, it means that onionskinning is switched on.
  • If you want to use a different frame as your reference rather than the last picture you took, use the Onionskin next/previous frame controls to select the right frame from your timeline.
  • The Onionskin opacity slider lets you control how easy it is to see the “shadow” of the other frame. You can change it at any time to enable you to check what’s going on.

Note: You can also switch onionskinning on or off by clicking once on the live camera view window.

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Editing movies


Video Tutorial: How to Edit Movies

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Your settings

Windows
Mac OS X

You can select Preferences… from the HUE Animation menu to access the software’s settings screen.

Windows settings

Default Tab
This setting determines which tab you see first when you open HUE Animation. It’s usually best to leave it on Snapshot, but if you use Timelapse more often or spend a lot of time editing your movies you might find that one of the other tabs is more useful.

Enabled Tabs
If you want to disable any tabs in order to make it easier to find the features you use most, uncheck them in the list. This is helpful when using HUE Animation in a classroom. You can disable unnecessary features to control what students are able to access and work on. Your Default Tab will be greyed out, so to disable that you will need to change your Default Tab first.

Mute while recording
You can choose whether other audio tracks will be muted when you’re recording audio. This is helpful if you have background music and want to use narration as well.

Reset Workspace
This button will allow you to choose a new Workspace folder the next time you open HUE Animation. It doesn’t delete any of your projects. If you click it by mistake, you can simply pick the same Workspace you were using before the next time you start the software. For more details about the Workspace folder, see the Activation tutorial.

Note: The option to Force Standard Definition Capture currently has no effect.

Always append new frames to end of movie
If this option is checked, new frames will always be added to your animation at the end of your movie’s timeline. If it’s not checked, the new frames will follow whichever frame is selected in your timeline when you press the Capture button.

The Windows edition has an extra setting at the bottom of the window for configuring a Proxy Server. If you’re using HUE Animation in a school or office environment with a proxy, you can enter your settings here.

Once you’ve made your changes, click the OK button to save them and go back to the main HUE Animation screen.

Note: You can return to the default settings at any time by selecting Default before clicking the OK button.

You can select Preferences… from the HUE Animation menu to access the software’s settings screen.

Mac settings

Default Tab
This setting determines which tab you see first when you open HUE Animation. It’s usually best to leave it on Snapshot, but if you use Timelapse more often or spend a lot of time editing your movies you might find that one of the other tabs is more useful.

Enabled Tabs
If you want to disable any tabs in order to make it easier to find the features you use most, uncheck them in the list. This is helpful when using HUE Animation in a classroom. You can disable unnecessary features to control what students are able to access and work on. Your Default Tab will be greyed out, so to disable that you will need to change your Default Tab first.

Mute while recording
You can choose whether other audio tracks will be muted when you’re recording audio. This is helpful if you have background music and want to use narration as well.

Always append new frames to end of movie
If this option is checked, new frames will always be added to your animation at the end of your movie’s timeline. If it’s not checked, the new frames will follow whichever frame is selected in your timeline when you press the Capture button.

Reset Workspace
This button will allow you to choose a new Workspace folder the next time you open HUE Animation. It doesn’t delete any of your projects. If you click it by mistake, you can simply pick the same Workspace you were using before the next time you start the software. For more details about the Workspace folder, see the Activation tutorial.

Once you’ve made your changes, click the OK button to save them and go back to the main HUE Animation screen.

Note: You can return to the default settings at any time by selecting Default before clicking the OK button.

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Saving your movie

To save your project so you can go back to work on it later, go to the File menu and select Save.

Tutorials - Saving From the Menu

If you have finished your movie and want to export it as a standalone movie file to share with your friends, go to the File menu and select Export.

Tutorials - Exporting

If you want to adjust the quality of your final movie before exporting it, click on the Settings buttons to make changes.

Export dialog box

There are various video compression types to choose from, such as H.264 or MP4. Click OK when you’re done.

Depending on the number of frames and audio files you’ve got in your animation, exporting the movie file from the animation software may take between few seconds and several minutes.

By default, your project will be saved in the HUE Animation folder, which is located in your Documents folder on Mac OS X or My Documents folder on Windows.

See our separate Sharing tutorial to learn how to upload your video directly to the web.

Autosave

The software automatically saves your work regularly. As it is possible to make important changes between automatic saves, we recommend that you save often to ensure you do not lose any work.

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Sharing your movie

Once you have saved your finished video to your computer, it is ready to be uploaded to your chosen video streaming website. Browse to a site like YouTube, Dailymotion or Vimeo to set up your account then start uploading your animations for the world to see.

If you already have a YouTube account, you can share your finished animation straight from the software. Select YouTube from the Share menu or click the Share button at the top of the screen.

Export button

If you used the button, you will be asked to choose whether you want to export to QuickTime or YouTube. Select the button next to YouTube then click OK.

Export dialog

After choosing a name and description for your movie as shown below, all you have to do is press Upload. The video will be available on your YouTube account once it has been processed.

Sharing with YouTube

Please note that when you Share a finished animation, the software will automatically save a copy of the movie in the project’s folder on your computer.

If you want to export a movie file without sharing it online, check the Saving tutorial for the instructions.

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Tips and tricks

  • Make storyboards! Plan what you want to do and what props you need before you start.
  • Visit the Downloads page for printable backdrops and storyboards.
  • Point your Hue Camera at the table and move the props around on the flat table space.
  • Avoid moving your camera; instead, make your props “move”.
  • Animate with small movements to make the animations look realistic.
  • Use text sparingly. Make imagery the focus. Animation is a “dynamic model” of things that
    change over time.
  • Use non-reflective backgrounds like fabrics, construction paper, and foam.
  • Think about color and contrast when creating your props. Make them large enough to be seen and recognized when captured in your movie.
  • You’re no longer stuck in reality. Play in worlds we can’t interact with using a video camera. Focus on the unseen. Animation allows you to stop time and show how things change.
  • Speed up or slow down time. You can stop time from frame to frame and show things in slow motion (e.g., how molecules move) or in fast motion (e.g., digestion in a cow).
  • Work with a friend or group! Discussing, defending positions, and deciding are powerful exercises.
  • Contact our team if you need help.
  • Have fun and be creative!

Video Tutorial: Special Effects

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HUE Cameras (2)

How do I focus the HUE HD or HUE HD Pro camera?

Our cameras use manual focus, which means you have to turn the ring around the camera’s lens until the picture is sharp. This means that if you move the camera closer or farther away, you may need to turn the ring again to bring the image back into focus.

If you’d like to know more about manual focus and why we’ve chosen to use it for all of our cameras, please read this blog post on the subject.

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Can the HUE Camera read QR codes?

Coupled with third party software or a web application designed to read QR codes, the HUE Camera can be connected to a computer to live stream and read a QR code.

There are several QR code reader web applications out there, but we’ve found one called Web QR to be quite simple. It also works well with the HUE Camera.

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Klutz Book of Animation (2)

Where do I register my free license from the Klutz Book of Animation?

To register for your free animation software license visit: http://icreatetoeducate.com/about/partners/klutz/

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Where are the Klutz example videos?

You can view the example videos referenced in the Klutz Book of Animation on our Klutz Creations Channel here.

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Quick Answers (12)

The download link in my email will not work.

If the download link in your email has expired, you can access your download page directly here.

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I can’t find my license key.

If you have purchased the full version of HUE (formerly SAM Animation), but cannot find your license key, you can do one of the following:

1) Check your SPAM folder for the order confirmation and license key email.

2) Submit your email in the form here.

3) Log into your account with your email or username and password here.

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I received an OpenGL warning that I need to update my video card.

If you receive a warning message upon launching SAM/HUE that recommends you to update your video card, then you can follow the steps below to update:

1) Find out who is the manufacturer of your video card by going to Control Panel –> Display Settings –> Appearance –> Advanced. Here you should see some tabs, one of which will have the name of your video card manufacturer.

You can also download and run an executable that will identify your card type and prompt you where you can download the latest update here.

2) The video cards are usually Intel, ATI Radeon (AMD), or nVidia, and each of these manufacturers have websites where it’s easy to detect and download the right driver update — and it’s all FREE!
ATI Radeon: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx
Intel: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/
nVidia: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the appropriate driver, you should be ready to start creating!

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HUE (formerly SAM Animation) crashing on startup on Mac OS X

This could mean that there is a plugin conflict on your mac with the DIVX and 3vix plugins on your computer.

1. Open Finder
2. Clicked on Macintosh HD
3. Clicked on Library
4. Clicked on Quicktime
5. Deleted files referencing DIVX & 3vix in the name

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My license key won’t activate.

If you are having trouble activating the full version of SAM Animation, please be sure to review the checklist below. If you are still having trouble, please do not hesitate to contact us.

1) Update to the latest software, SAM Animation 1.5.8 (PC) and 1.5.4 (Mac) released in December 2013, from your downloads page by logging into your account using your email address and password here.

2) Check that your computer is connected to the internet. If it is not connected to the internet, you can generate an offline key here.

3) Check that your proxy or firewall is not blocking SAM Animation from connecting to the iCreate website to activate the license. Even if your computer is connected to the internet, the firewall or proxy in your school may be blocking the activation process. To activate, disconnect your computer from the internet, launch SAM, and enter the offline key generated as indicated in Step #2.

4) Check that both your email and license key are free of typos, and the license type matches the purchased license bundle.

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HUE (formerly SAM Animation) displays error saying that it can not write settings.

Please ensure that the settings file at the following path is readable & writeable by all users:

SAM Animation:
/Users/Shared/SAM Animation/samanimation-app.config
HUE Animation:
/Users/Shared/HUE Animation/hueanimation-app.config

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When I start HUE (formerly SAM Animation) I get a message similar to, “this application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect.”

If you are using Windows XP, download and install:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29

If you are using Windows 7 or 8, download and install:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5555

*In some cases you may need to install the above link for Windows XP, if you still get the error.

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I am receiving an Error -1 message when trying to download HUE (formerly SAM Animation).

HUE (formerly SAM Animation) requires access to the internet to download. If you are receiving this message it indicates that you are not connected to the internet.

If you do not have internet access you may generate an offline key by clicking HERE.

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Are there short cut keys for HUE (formerly SAM Animation)?

There are a couple of short cut keys to increase the ease of capture and playback. To quickly capture images, you can press the spacebar key. If you have not yet taken a picture in a project, click on the capture preview screen for the camera to focus with the mouse, and then click the space bar.

To quickly play back, click the enter key.

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How do I uninstall HUE (formerly SAM) and remove all associated license information from my computer?

For PC users, uninstall the program through control panel. Then, remove licensing details, by locating the path for AppData(normally C:\ProgramData) and following the folder path “icreatetoeducate/(sam/hue)animation/(sam/hue)animation.config” to delete.

For Mac users, move the program from Application to the Trash. Then, remove licensing details by locating the path “/Users/Shared/(HUE/SAM) Animation/(sam/hue)animation.config” to delete.

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What is the difference between SAM and HUE Animation software?

There is no functional or aesthetic differences between the SAM Animation and HUE Animation software. SAM Animation is the original name, yet since the spin-out and acquisition of iCreate by UK-based HUE, all branding is now under the HUE name.

The software remains the same, the SAM logo is simply replaced with the HUE logo.

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Will my license key for SAM Animation work with HUE?

You license key for SAM Animation will work with HUE. To update to the latest version of our software, log into your account: https://icreatetoeducate.com/my-account/ Under the “downloads” tab on the right hand side you will see the latest software download for PC and Mac available.

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Recording and Importing Audio (5)

Supported File Types

If you’re planning on importing files into your animation project, you can check this list to see whether they will be compatible.

Supported Video File Types

3GPP2 Multimedia File (.3g2)
3GPP Multimedia File (.3gp)
Audio Video Interleave File (.aiv)
Digital Video File (.dv)
H.264 Encoded Video File (.h264)
Joint Photographic Expert Group (.jpeg)
Joint Photographic Expert Group (.jpg)
MPEG-1 Video File (.m1v)
MPEG-2 Video (.m2v)
Motion JPEG Video Format (.mjpg)
Apple QuickTime Movie (.mov)
MPEG-4 Video File (.mp4)
MPEG Movie (.mpeg)
MPEG Video File (.mpg)
Sony Movie File Format (.mqv)

Supported Audio File Types

Compressed Audio Interchange File (.aifc)
Audio Interchange File Format (.aiff)
Audio File (.au)
Core Audio File (.caf)
CD Audio Track Shortcut (.cda)
Raw Audio CD Data (.cdr)
iTunes CD Information File (.cidb)
MPEG-4 Audio File (.m4a)
MIDI File (.mid)
Apple QuickTime Movie (.mov)
MP3 Audio File (.mp3)
WAVE Audio File (.wav)

Supported Still Image File Types

Bitmap Image File (.bmp)
Flashpix File Format (Including Layers) (.fpx)
Graphics Interchange Format (.gif)
JPEG 2000 File (.j2c)
JPEG 2000 File (.j2k)
JPEG File Interchange Format (.jifi)
JPEG 2000 File (.jp2)
Joint Photographic Expert Group (.jpeg)
Joint Photographic Expert Group (.jpg)
JPEG 2000 File (.jpx)
MacPaint (.macp)
MacPaint (.paint)
PICT File Format (.pct)
Photoshop File (Including Layers) (.pdd)
Portable Document Format (.pdf)
PICT File Format (.pic)
PICT File Format (.pict)
Portable Network Graphics (.png)
MacPaint (.pnt)
MacPaint (.pntg)
Photoshop File (Including Layers) (.psd)
Silicon Graphics IRIS Graphic File (.sgi)
Targa File Format (.tga)
Tagged Image File Format (Including Layers) (.tiff)

Supported Animation File Types

FLIC Animation File (.flc)
Animated Graphical Interchange Format File (.gif)
HUE Animation File (.hue)
Generic Picture File (.pic)
SAM Animation File (.sam)
Flash File Format (.swf)

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How do I record audio?

To record audio:

  1. There are four tabs on the top of the camera view area. Click the microphone tab (second from the left). A screen with two bars will show up. The top bar represents the sound level and the lower bar represents the current state of recording. Underneath these two bars there are two other icons: a record button and an audio import button.
  2. Click the record button (on the left, with a big red circle) and the recording bar will turn red. This means the software is recording sound.
  3. To stop recording, just press the recording button again and the recorded audio will appear on the movie automatically.

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How do I import music?

To import music, click on the Audio tab (denoted as a microphone), click on the icon with a musical note and a downward pointing arrow. Select the file you wish to import, and click the “Import Audio File” button.  You can also go to File–>Import to bring an audio file into your project.

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How can I edit the length of my audio?

There are a couple of ways to edit your audio clip:

  1. To shorten the length of an existing audio clip, hover the mouse over the end of the clip.
  2. The cursor will change from an arrow to a line with a perpendicular arrow pointing inward – toward the audio clip.
  3. Click and drag to change the length of the audio.

Additionally, you can lengthen a previously shortened clip using the same procedure, only by dragging to make the clip longer.  In the “Manage Timeline” section, there is an icon with a music note symbol, a picture, and a double-ended arrow. This “Fit to Audio” feature allows you with one click of the mouse adjust the frame rate of the film so that the images will last the exact length of the audio clip. In other words, the audio clip length determines how long the movie will be, and the frames will be adjusted to fit that duration.

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Can I have more than one music track?

In the free version of SAM Animation and the myCreate iPad app, you are limited to just one audio track.

However, in the full version of SAM, you can add additional tracks of audio, so a project can have narration with background music. These tracks will appear in the timeline and can be selected and adjusted for appropriate placement and length.

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Requirements for HUE, SAM and myCreate (5)

Do I need a camera before using HUE (formerly SAM Animation) or myCreate?

If you are running the HUE (formerly SAM Animation) software, you can use the webcam built into your computer or a separate external webcam that plugs into a USB port. We suggest the HUE HD camera with the software: http://icreatetoeducate.com/shop/hue-usb-camera-2/

If you are wanting to use myCreate on the iPad, the camera built into the iPad 2 or 3 can be used – no external USB webcam required!

We recommend webcams for the HUE/SAM software that are driverless, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you need recommendations on camera types.

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What operating system do I need to run HUE (formerly SAM Animation)?

HUE (formerly SAM Animation) runs on Mac OSX 10.5 and above, and Windows XP, 7, and 8. We unfortunately cannot support Mac OSX 10.4, Windows Vista, or Linux.

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Does HUE (formerly SAM Animation) work on mobile or tablet devices?

HUE (formerly SAM Animation) only works on a PC or Mac computer. However, we do have an iPad, iPhone and iTouch app that is based on SAM called myCreate, available for $4.99 from the app store. The app allows for volume education pricing at 50% discount for a purchase of 20 or more.

As of right now, we do not have plans to offer the app for Android tablets, Android phones, Windows tablets, or Chromebooks. However, we are looking to release a web-based version of myCreate towards the end of 2014.

The myCreate app has a similar look and feel as the HUE Animation software, without the editing capabilities. However, movies can be created with the app, exported to a movie file, and then imported into SAM Animation for final editing.

myCreate does offer options to share direct to YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo as well.

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I cannot open the HUE (formerly SAM) install file on the newest Mac OS – Maverick

If you have the latest Mac operating system – Maverick – there are restrictions automatically set that will allow only software registered with Apple.

In the latest release of HUE (formerly SAM Animation) for Mac (December2013), we have updated the software to include the registered certificates by Apple, so if you have Maverick, you simply need to log in to your iCreate account and select the Mac download file from the Downloads sidebar.

If you continue to see an error preventing install, go into Settings on your computer and make sure that the option for allowing applications from BOTH the app store and as approved by Apple is selected.

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What iOS version do I need for the myCreate app?

Our app – myCreate – works with iOS 6.1+ on the iPad 2 or 3, iPhone, and iTouch. You can download the app directly from the app store here.

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SAM and myCreate (5)

What type of camera can I use?

HUE/SAM Animation only works with cameras without flash memory, such as digital cameras, video cameras, and flip cameras.

HUE/SAM is designed to work with webcams and some document cameras with a USB connection.  These cameras are capable of real time video streaming.  If you are testing a camera on your computer, make sure that your computer has the correct driver software to run the camera, although we recommend webcams without drivers.

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Can I use a digital camera or video camera with HUE (formerly SAM)?

Non web-cam digital or video cameras will not work directly with SAM. However, it is possible to take pictures with a digital camera or video with a video camera and import the picture or video.  See “How to import images in SAM” for instructions.

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How do I import image or video files?

To import image or video files into your SAM Animation project, go to File –> Import and select the appropriate file(s). You can import more than one at once by holding the shift key and selecting all, but we recommend only importing a few at a time so as not to overload your computer’s memory.

Note that the myCreate app currently does not have the ability to import images or video, but this is a feature we look to add in the future.

Before you import a video or image, remember to note where your cursor is on the video timeline, as the images/video will drop in to the right of the cursor.

If you import a video, the video will be a clip of images, which you can separate using the clip to image button in the edit timeline tab.

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Why is my streaming image blurry after I take a picture?

The image in the right-hand side of your screen appears blurry because of a feature called “onion-skinning”, which is a helpful way for animators to see the position of their props in the previous frame, in order to align the props appropriately prior to capturing the next frame.

The image taken previously is partially transparent on purpose to give you an opportunity to actually “see” both images.

The onion-skinning button is located just under the right-hand camera streaming window.

You can turn onion-skinning on and off and move the actual onion-skinned frame by using the appropriate arrow control buttons.

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What if I cannot see an image from my camera?

If you do not see a live image in the right hand side of your screen upon launching HUE Animation, make sure you go through the following checklist:

1) Make sure that the camera you are using is not a video camera, flip cam, or other type of camera that stores images in flash memory.

2) Make sure that the camera is plugged in via a USB port before launching HUE Animation.

3) Make sure that no other program that uses a webcam, such as Skype or the camera’s diagnostic application, is open. Only one program can be used with a USB camera at a time.

4) Go to the Camera menu item, select Settings from the drop-down, then select Source, and you should be able to select your camera type.

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Saving and Sharing Videos (10)

Cannot open SAM project files with HUE Animation

If you have created projects with SAM Animation in the past, and have updated to the latest software version of HUE Animation, then in order to open older projects with .sam file extension, you made need to change the extension to .hue.

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How do I save my movie?

You can go to File–Export …

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How do I save my project?

To save your project so you can go back to work on it later, go to File–>Save.  If you are done with your project and want to export it as a stand-alone movie file to share, go to File–>Export. 

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Where is my project saved in HUE (formerly SAM)?

By default, HUE/SAM saves your project in a “SAM Animation” or “HUE Animation” folder, which is located in your “Documents” folder on a Mac or “My Documents” folder on a PC.

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I lost my pictures, is it possible to get them back?

If you lost your pictures in a HUE/SAM Animation project, you can look in the project folder under the sub-folder “Images” to see all images that you have taken.

You can then re-import these images into your old project or a new one by going to File –> Import.

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Can I upload my video directly to the web?

In the current HUE/SAM Animation version 1.5.8, you can share your videos directly to YouTube. In the future you will have the capability to share direct to Vimeo and other commonly used video communities.

Currently to share to video communities outside of YouTube, you can first save your HUE/SAM Animation project as movie file (File –> Export) and then separately — outside of HUE/SAM — upload that movie file to the channel of your choice!

For additional editing and sharing online, we recommend our partner HapYak, that allows anyone to add commentary to a video on YouTube or Vimeo.

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Why is the myCreate video resolution less than the iPad’s camera resolution?

Currently when sharing a video via social media channels and email, iOS down samples the video to save on size when transmitting. If you would like to work with the original high definition version of the video, you will need to export the video to albums from myCreate, and then connect your iPad to your computer via USB and transfer the movie from albums onto your computer.

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myCreate app will not export my video

Earlier versions of myCreate required you to manually adjust privacy permissions issues in order to export your video.

However, we have since released an updated version that auto-prompts you to allow myCreate to access your photos. Please update to the latest version of myCreate (2.0.5 as of December 2013) by downloading from the app store.

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My video will not export to my album using myCreate app.

There was a bug in myCreate full version 2.0.5 and myCreate lite version 2.0.1 that caused the export to album function to crash.

However, we have released an update that fixes this crash, so you can download the latest versions from the app store here.

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How do I change my workspace location?

If you select a workspace upon initial installation of HUE (formerly SAM Animation), but then want to change it later, you can go into the HUE menu, and under the Preferences option, click the button to reset the workspace folder.

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Time Lapse (1)

What is time-lapse and how does it work?

Time-lapse is a function that allows the user to select an interval and a duration that instructs the software to take pictures automatically. For example, you can set time lapse up such that HUE/SAM will take a picture every 10 minutes for 4 hours, giving you 24 pictures.  To use time-lapse:

  1. Click on the “Time-lapse” tab (the one with the clock).
  2. Once in the time-lapse display, you will see two sliding tabs on the timeline below the image.  The blue tab (on the top) is the interval tab. You can slide it back and forth to change the amount of time between each picture. The red tab (on the bottom) is the duration tab. You can slide it back and forth to change the total length of time you want it to take pictures.
  3. Use the “time to begin” function at the bottom of the time lapse display to indicate when you want the picture taking to begin.
  4. Once the picture taking begins, the timer at the bottom will tell you how much time until the next picture. There is also a count of how many “snaps” have already been taken out of the total number of images.

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Tutorials (0)

What is HUE Animation?

HUE Animation (formerly SAM Animation) is a simple-to-use application that captures a series of still images from a webcam and plays them back as an animated stop motion movie. It also includes tools to help you to add sound, edit individual frames and export content from your movie projects.

HUE Animation can be purchased through our online store, through Amazon worldwide or through major educational suppliers. It’s available bundled with the HUE USB camera or as a standalone download, and there are volume licensing options for schools.

If you need help finding a vendor in your area, please contact us for further assistance.

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Installation (Windows PCs)

Please check the full Installation guide on the HUE Animation website.

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Installation (Mac OS X)

Please check the full Installation guide on the HUE Animation website.

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Activating HUE Animation

To activate your software, you will need your license key or HUE code.

Finding your HUE code

  • If you purchased HUE Animation Studio with The HUE Book of Animation, check the back cover of the book for your HUE code. It should be printed just above the barcode.
  • If you have an older version of HUE Animation with a turtle on the front of the box, there should be an activation sheet inside the kit which contains your HUE code and instructions for using it. If you don’t have an activation sheet, check the paper wallet which holds the CD as well.
  • If your copy of HUE Animation Studio is even older than this or your code is missing, please contact us with your original order details so that we can help.

If you purchased your license digitally or registered a HUE code online before November 2014, you will have received an email with a long license key. Please check your email for this key or use our Lost License form to retrieve your details. You can also view your licenses by logging in to your online account.

Activating the software

1. Install HUE Animation using the instructions for Windows or Mac OS X.

2. Launch the HUE Animation software. If you can’t find it on your system, check this guide. The first time you open the software, you should see the following screen.

activation

3. Enter your email address and HUE code in the area marked with a red box, then click the Activate button. It’s very important to use the correct email address so please check your details carefully.

Note: If you’ve already registered your software before or have a long license key, use the boxes labelled Have a License Key? instead.

4. The software will take a few seconds to confirm your details, then your software will be ready for use.

Please keep your license details in a safe place as you might need them again if you upgrade your computer.

Choosing a Workspace

If it’s the first time you’re using the animation software, you’ll also be asked to choose a Workspace folder. This is where your animation projects will be saved. The Default location will be best for most users.

workspace selection

Click Select Folder (Windows) or Create Workspace (Mac) to continue.

If you decide you want to use a different folder as your Workspace later on, you can change it in your settings.

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Starting a new project

To create a new project, launch the HUE Animation software.

On Windows, there will be a shortcut for the software on the desktop or in the Start Menu.

launching the software on windows

If you’re using a Mac, it will be in the Applications folder.

launching the software on a mac
When the program starts, it will give you two options: “Create a New Project” or “Open a Saved Project”. Click the Create a New Project button.

new project

Name your project and click Create.

Note: Your project will automatically save in the Workspace folder you chose during installation unless you choose Save As… from the File menu and choose to save it elsewhere.

name your new project

Next, the main screen of the software will be shown. You are now ready to start taking pictures.

Note: If you opened the software before connecting the camera, you may need to select Refresh Camera from the Camera menu when you begin.

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Opening an existing project

The HUE Animation start screen lists your recent opened projects on the right side of the screen under “Recent Projects.” If your project is listed, simply highlight its name and click Open below the list.

open a saved project

If the project you want does not automatically appear under “Recent Projects,” click the Open a Saved Project on the left side of the screen.

open a project from your computer

You will see a new window. Find the folder where your animations are saved. This will be the default “HUE Animation” workspace folder you specified during installation. Select your project and click Open Project in the bottom right.

select the project

Note: If you’re not sure which is your project file, look for one with a name which ends in .hue or .sam

Once you’ve selected your saved project, the software will display the main animation screen.

Autosave

HUE Animation automatically saves your projects. If the auto saved version is more recent, a window will open asking you whether you want to open the autosave version instead. Always say yes, unless you did something before you closed the program that you don’t want to keep.

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Creating your first movie


Video Tutorial: How to Take & Import Images

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Importing images


Video Tutorial: How to Take & Import Images

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Adding audio

HUE Animation makes recording audio easy. All you need is a microphone, which many computers already have built in. If yours does not, any USB microphone will work. HUE Animation Studio owners can also use their HUE Camera as a microphone.

The HUE Animation software gives you two tracks for audio, so you can record background and narrative separately.

Recording Audio

Begin by clicking on the Audio tab at the top of the screen, then select the frame where you want the audio recording to begin. Click the Record Audio button.

location of the record button

The Record bar will turn red, to indicate that you are recording.

recording in progress

To stop recording simply press the Record Audio button again.

Importing Audio

Begin by selecting the frame where you want the music to start playing. Click the Import Audio button.

Note: File -> Import can be used for videos and photos only. You must use the Add Audio tab to import audio into your animation.

import audio

A menu will pop up and allow you to choose an audio file from anywhere on your computer. Once you have chosen the file, click the Import Audio File button in the bottom right.

import audio selection

The window will close, and your audio will appear in the track below your frames.

Editing Audio

Note: Audio clips can overlap, so if you already have an audio clip in the first track, they will overlap. This can make it easy to “lose” your clip, so try keeping them in separate tracks.

audio in timeline

Cutting the length of your audio is easy. Simply place your cursor at the end or beginning of the track. Your cursor will turn into the shape pictured below.

clip audio

Click and drag your cursor to cut the clip. You can use the same trick to lengthen the cut audio track if you decide to make it longer again later.

Check the Managed Timeline tutorial for another way to easily match your animation frames to an audio clip.

For a list of supported audio file types, please see the Supported File Types FAQ.


Video Tutorial: How to Add Audio

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Timelapse

Timelapse photography is a great way to show things happening much more quickly than they do in real life. By automatically taking pictures while you do something, you can turn the pictures into a movie.

You can use timelapse to show yourself drawing a picture or decorating a cake, or you can use it to show flowers growing or food being eaten. A dedicated timelapse mode is included in the HUE Animation software.

1. Click on the Timelapse tab (it’s the one with a stopwatch icon).

timelapse icon

2. Once you’re in the Timelapse screen, you will see two sliding tabs on the timeline below the image. The blue tab (on the top) is the Interval tab. You can slide it back and forth to change the amount of time between each picture. The red tab (on the bottom) is the Duration tab. You can slide it back and forth to set how long you want the software to keep taking pictures.

timelapse screen

3. Click the large Timelapse Capture button when you want to start. You can also use the start time function at the bottom of the time lapse display to indicate when you want the picture taking to begin.

4. Once the software begins taking pictures, the timer at the bottom will tell you how much time is left until the next picture. There is also a counter which shows how many frames have been recorded.

You can see an example of a timelapse movie recorded with the software below.

Timelapse tips

  • If you want to use time stamps, remember to check the box before you start recording.
  • Test out different intervals to find the best one for your project. When in doubt, choose a slightly shorter interval. You can always delete frames if it’s too slow.
  • Remember to use the fastest moving part of the event to select your capture interval.
  • Consider the duration of the event you want to capture. Choose one a bit longer than you think is necessary, just in case it takes longer than you expect!
  • If you’re unsure of the duration, remember you can always set it at 24 hours and stop it when you’re done.

timelapse ideas

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Onionskinning

What is ‘onionskinning’?

Onionskinning is a way to see two frames at once. One of these represents an image already captured in the timeline, and the other represents the picture you are about to take. The partially transparent image is the one you have already captured.

The onionskinning feature can be used to align objects in your animation from frame to frame; useful if you accidentally knock your model over or are resuming work on a project which had been put away.

Onionskinning also gives you greater control over the action as the “shadow” lets you see exactly how far everything has moved in between shots, as well as which elements have not moved. This allows you to coordinate and control the movement of each of your props.

onionskinning

The onionskinning controls are located just under the live camera view (next to the large Capture button used to take pictures).

onionskinning controls

  • When the Onionskin on/off button is darker, it means that onionskinning is switched on.
  • If you want to use a different frame as your reference rather than the last picture you took, use the Onionskin next/previous frame controls to select the right frame from your timeline.
  • The Onionskin opacity slider lets you control how easy it is to see the “shadow” of the other frame. You can change it at any time to enable you to check what’s going on.

Note: You can also switch onionskinning on or off by clicking once on the live camera view window.

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Editing movies


Video Tutorial: How to Edit Movies

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Your settings

Windows
Mac OS X

You can select Preferences… from the HUE Animation menu to access the software’s settings screen.

Windows settings

Default Tab
This setting determines which tab you see first when you open HUE Animation. It’s usually best to leave it on Snapshot, but if you use Timelapse more often or spend a lot of time editing your movies you might find that one of the other tabs is more useful.

Enabled Tabs
If you want to disable any tabs in order to make it easier to find the features you use most, uncheck them in the list. This is helpful when using HUE Animation in a classroom. You can disable unnecessary features to control what students are able to access and work on. Your Default Tab will be greyed out, so to disable that you will need to change your Default Tab first.

Mute while recording
You can choose whether other audio tracks will be muted when you’re recording audio. This is helpful if you have background music and want to use narration as well.

Reset Workspace
This button will allow you to choose a new Workspace folder the next time you open HUE Animation. It doesn’t delete any of your projects. If you click it by mistake, you can simply pick the same Workspace you were using before the next time you start the software. For more details about the Workspace folder, see the Activation tutorial.

Note: The option to Force Standard Definition Capture currently has no effect.

Always append new frames to end of movie
If this option is checked, new frames will always be added to your animation at the end of your movie’s timeline. If it’s not checked, the new frames will follow whichever frame is selected in your timeline when you press the Capture button.

The Windows edition has an extra setting at the bottom of the window for configuring a Proxy Server. If you’re using HUE Animation in a school or office environment with a proxy, you can enter your settings here.

Once you’ve made your changes, click the OK button to save them and go back to the main HUE Animation screen.

Note: You can return to the default settings at any time by selecting Default before clicking the OK button.

You can select Preferences… from the HUE Animation menu to access the software’s settings screen.

Mac settings

Default Tab
This setting determines which tab you see first when you open HUE Animation. It’s usually best to leave it on Snapshot, but if you use Timelapse more often or spend a lot of time editing your movies you might find that one of the other tabs is more useful.

Enabled Tabs
If you want to disable any tabs in order to make it easier to find the features you use most, uncheck them in the list. This is helpful when using HUE Animation in a classroom. You can disable unnecessary features to control what students are able to access and work on. Your Default Tab will be greyed out, so to disable that you will need to change your Default Tab first.

Mute while recording
You can choose whether other audio tracks will be muted when you’re recording audio. This is helpful if you have background music and want to use narration as well.

Always append new frames to end of movie
If this option is checked, new frames will always be added to your animation at the end of your movie’s timeline. If it’s not checked, the new frames will follow whichever frame is selected in your timeline when you press the Capture button.

Reset Workspace
This button will allow you to choose a new Workspace folder the next time you open HUE Animation. It doesn’t delete any of your projects. If you click it by mistake, you can simply pick the same Workspace you were using before the next time you start the software. For more details about the Workspace folder, see the Activation tutorial.

Once you’ve made your changes, click the OK button to save them and go back to the main HUE Animation screen.

Note: You can return to the default settings at any time by selecting Default before clicking the OK button.

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Saving your movie

To save your project so you can go back to work on it later, go to the File menu and select Save.

Tutorials - Saving From the Menu

If you have finished your movie and want to export it as a standalone movie file to share with your friends, go to the File menu and select Export.

Tutorials - Exporting

If you want to adjust the quality of your final movie before exporting it, click on the Settings buttons to make changes.

Export dialog box

There are various video compression types to choose from, such as H.264 or MP4. Click OK when you’re done.

Depending on the number of frames and audio files you’ve got in your animation, exporting the movie file from the animation software may take between few seconds and several minutes.

By default, your project will be saved in the HUE Animation folder, which is located in your Documents folder on Mac OS X or My Documents folder on Windows.

See our separate Sharing tutorial to learn how to upload your video directly to the web.

Autosave

The software automatically saves your work regularly. As it is possible to make important changes between automatic saves, we recommend that you save often to ensure you do not lose any work.

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Sharing your movie

Once you have saved your finished video to your computer, it is ready to be uploaded to your chosen video streaming website. Browse to a site like YouTube, Dailymotion or Vimeo to set up your account then start uploading your animations for the world to see.

If you already have a YouTube account, you can share your finished animation straight from the software. Select YouTube from the Share menu or click the Share button at the top of the screen.

Export button

If you used the button, you will be asked to choose whether you want to export to QuickTime or YouTube. Select the button next to YouTube then click OK.

Export dialog

After choosing a name and description for your movie as shown below, all you have to do is press Upload. The video will be available on your YouTube account once it has been processed.

Sharing with YouTube

Please note that when you Share a finished animation, the software will automatically save a copy of the movie in the project’s folder on your computer.

If you want to export a movie file without sharing it online, check the Saving tutorial for the instructions.

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Tips and tricks

  • Make storyboards! Plan what you want to do and what props you need before you start.
  • Visit the Downloads page for printable backdrops and storyboards.
  • Point your Hue Camera at the table and move the props around on the flat table space.
  • Avoid moving your camera; instead, make your props “move”.
  • Animate with small movements to make the animations look realistic.
  • Use text sparingly. Make imagery the focus. Animation is a “dynamic model” of things that
    change over time.
  • Use non-reflective backgrounds like fabrics, construction paper, and foam.
  • Think about color and contrast when creating your props. Make them large enough to be seen and recognized when captured in your movie.
  • You’re no longer stuck in reality. Play in worlds we can’t interact with using a video camera. Focus on the unseen. Animation allows you to stop time and show how things change.
  • Speed up or slow down time. You can stop time from frame to frame and show things in slow motion (e.g., how molecules move) or in fast motion (e.g., digestion in a cow).
  • Work with a friend or group! Discussing, defending positions, and deciding are powerful exercises.
  • Contact our team if you need help.
  • Have fun and be creative!

Video Tutorial: Special Effects

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