By Andrew Liszewski
Like many kids my siblings and I made a lot of home movies when we were younger. I remember one time in particular when we set the video camera to a high shutter speed, filled the living room with every lamp we could find in the house and filmed Hot Wheels cars crashing into each other. It was definitely crude but watching the slow motion replays of the crashes was remarkably entertaining. Of course those ‘special effects’ were pretty crude when compared to the home video technology today’s kids have at their disposal.
The Rip Roar Creation Station for example gives any kid with a drop of imagination the ability to shoot their own green screen footage and then easily replace the backgrounds with included software. The camera is apparently ‘full-rez’ capable which I assume means at least 640×480 and has a built-in LED light which to be honest is probably pretty useless. The kit also includes 2 fabric green screens, a tripod and the aforementioned software that also has basic editing and soundtrack functions. As someone who does this kind of stuff for a living I’m skeptical as to how great the results look but if I was a kid trying this type of thing for the first time I’d probably be thrilled.
The Rip Roar Creation Station will be available from Amazon near the end of September for $129.99.