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Back to School with Boinx

Discounted Mac Software for animators and filmmakers

By Ko Maruyama

Back to School with Boinx
Discounted Mac Software for animators and filmmakers

Boinx software has been a helpful aid to instructors at many levels. Most notably, their simple Mousepose cursor highlighting and keystroke callouts has been the widely used and recognized.  There are a few other applications by the company you may want to check out while their school sale period is in session.  Many apps are 10% off and come with a Mousepose license.

Oh - and you can (as with any confident software) download and try out their applications for a limited time.

Having made several instructional videos in the past, Mouseposť (even in its early form) was a considerable help to students.  It was an effective tool, conveying the most complicated shortcuts with on-screen prompts.  It also helps students to focus on essential parts of the screen.  When used with screen capture, it provides students with quick annotations, sometimes without the addition of voice over.

The Boinx software extends to your students as a creative development tool as well.




BoinxTV is software that allows your Mac to capture video feeds and create well produced live or recorded presentations.  It performs a task similar to what you might find with the gear that lives on a professional network TV truck, but for less than $500.
The trick here is that you?ll probably want someone else, or a team of someone elses helping to run the setup.  But if you?re teaching students how to create these polished presentations, it?s a very effective use of time.  (I?ve never considered recording a lecture with something like this, but it would probably be a great tool for that as well)
BoinxTV is on sale for under $200.

iStopMotion for the desktop and the iPad are incredibly useful tools.  Not only for the animation pipeline that it obviously caters to, but for it?s ability to allow students to quickly create simple narratives that are fun to watch.  I?ve written a few articles about iStopMotion for the iPad, and I really love its accessibility and ease of use.  It?s not just for grade school students, but higher ed as well.  I haven?t used the desktop version, but the only feature I really miss from iStopMotion is the ability to have the application run the sequence in reverse.
Both iStopMotion Mac and iStopMotion iPad are on sale.

If you?re a teacher looking to outfit your classroom, there may be additional volume discounts available by contacting their educational department too!


Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.

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