I think you must have set it up wrongly. For best results you do need either a decent USB webcam eg aGent V5) or an old mini dv camera with a firewire connection. I've used it successfully with special needs pupils at my school on iMacs and they love it-made some really entertaining short animations in no time at all. I'd say persevere-it is really simple to use and export the movies. If you'd still got the software I'd buy it from you!