Honestech today announced the release of “Claymation Studio Deluxe,” an easy-to-use stop-motion authoring software suite that enables novice users to create claymation, stop-motion video, animation and cell-based videos from imported images, photographs, music audio and recorded sound tracks.

The price is currently set at $39.99 on the company’s website. Quite a bargain for those looking to get started with stop-motion animation.

The software allows users to capture images using a digital camera, webcam, DV camcorder or any digital image source, create characters, apply small changes, and add background images and music to create complete claymation movies.

You obviously won’t create the next Wallace & Gromit but this will help you get started even if you don’t plan on making it a career and simply want something fun and different to do.