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Hey Dhilly, it definitely is possible to use real smoke, fire and even explosions using things like fireworks in stop motion. The way it is usually done is by filming those things against a black background. Then keying out the black so only the light is able to come through in the shot. It's the same process used in green screen, but of course you'll need to use some editing software. That way you can overlay the live action onto the animation you've made.

If you want to do it in a safe way there are free stock videos you can grab over here: www.pexels.com/search/videos/explosion/

You can also use programs like Blender to create those effects. This is a video tutorial on hw to do it:

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I put up a new article in the news section. If you haven't seen Blink-182's Christmas video, it's really well done.

animateclay I've also added a new page where you can download the preserved Yahoo Claymation group messages. If you don't know about it I've written about what we did and why here: animateclay.com/index.php/articles/13-free-downloa… Loading content, please wait. 1 month ago
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animateclay HoserLu has a new news article on the site about the Oscars. It's great news for Stop Motion! 1 month ago
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Toss a coin to your witcher, clay animation

stop motion clay animation tribute about The Witcher series. The bard Jaskier plays his lute to Geralt de Rivia.

It was said that on January 1st, the COPPA rules on YouTube would take effect. We are supposed to lose our video comments due to the changes, but... Show more

Xiakeyra I have chosen yo set manually if my videos are for children or not. I moved my adult content to another channel, so there is less trouble. So for example if I make a gore animation I upload it to Clay Yandere channel and if I do my Xiyos animations which are more suitable for children, I upload it to Xiakeyra plastilina. 1 month ago
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animateclay Very interesting idea Xiakeyra. Maybe two channels is something most of us could do as well. It's definitely something to consider. 1 month ago
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Lukas I was kind of torn on this. So far my animations are pretty much intended for kids. They are completely kid friendly and don't break any the rules. However, I enjoy getting feedback and didn't want to lose my comments. Unfortunately for that I had to switch my videos over to "not for children." 1 month ago
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animateclay commented on charuhas's video 1 month ago

Looking good Charuhas.

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 Happy New Year! May everyone have a very creative 2020!

Xiakeyra Thanks, Mark, Happy New Year! 2 months ago
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Merry Christmas everyone and happy new year! Hopefully everyone will get the chance to be creative in 2020!

I think the term is persistence of vision. I might be wrong but some people can get by with 14fps and it can look good to them. To me it's a bit low unless there's some kind of blur. One person I know thinks 30fps is the gold standard, but I think that's a bit too much. Mainly because if you have to animate so many additional frames it takes forever. The right balance is definitely somewhere around the 20 range you picked in my opinion.

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Hey Lukas, nice to see your work here again. You guys and gals did a really top notch job. It looks like you all had fun too. When I was a kid I made a similar Christmas tree with presents around it one time, it feels nostalgic :)

20fps will make a huge difference in smoothness compared to 10. I believe the minimum for smooth animation is somewhere around 14-16, if you shoot on 1's. With the ginger bread family, I did notice the drooping. If I remember right they used some sort of foil inside the Gumby puppet to prevent that. Either way, great job and thanks for sharing!

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I have updated our forums a bit to make posting photos easier. I increased the file size limit, dimensions and number of photos allowed per post. I... Show more

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animateclay I've also updated our network files and PHP version so things should work a little faster around here. I also got rid of or updated many broken links around the site. So much to do....so little time 2 months ago
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Do you want to show off your latest stop motion project? You can post drawn or digital design sketches, photos, or other art for us to talk about. You can also ask questions that you need answers to. Members can then see your work and give you their opinions, advice or offer support.

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Post your work in our forums right here in our latest created thread so we know show it during our live broadcast. Copy and paste your links and video URLs right into the post. If at all possible, please don't use copyrighted music or clips in your videos or YouTube will give us a strike.

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Do you want to show off your latest stop motion project? Or maybe you want some helpful ideas or have questions about how to build a puppet or build your sets? That's what this Feedback section is all about.

You can post drawn or digital design sketches, photos, videos, kickstarter or other campaigns for us to talk about. You can also ask questions that you need answers to. Members can then see your work and give you their opinions, advice or offer support.

How to Post Your Stuff:

Post your work in our forums right here in our latest created thread so we know show it during our live broadcast. Copy and paste your links and video URLs right into the post. If at all possible, please don't use copyrighted music or clips in your videos or YouTube will give us a strike.

To post your photos in the forums, first make sure to press the Action button, then click Reply. This gives you the special options for posting attachments, such as your photos.

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Next, click the Attachments button, then the + Add Files button to select the file on your computer for upload.

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Finally, click the In Message button for your attachment to show up in the message body for everyone to see.

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