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An animation camera manufactured by Crass, Berlin, in 1957. An animation camera manufactured by Crass, Berlin, in 1957.

A motion picture camera specially adapted for frame-by-frame shooting animation or stop motion, also called a rostrum camera. It consists of a camera body with lens and film magazines, a stand that allows the camera to be raised and lowered, and a table, often with both top and underneath lighting. The artwork to be photographed is placed on this table.

Some manufacturers of animation cameras:

  • Acme (USA)
  • Crass (Germany)
  • Neilson-Hordell (UK)
  • Oxberry (USA)

Since most animation is now produced digitally, new animation cameras are not widely manufactured. Video cameras and scanners have taken their place.


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