Stop Motion Studio for Android

Stop Motion Studio for Android

The most powerful animation studio ever designed for a mobile device. Create beautiful animated stop action movies wherever you are.

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What is a stop motion movie?

If you’re familiar with movies like Wallace and Gromit or those groovy Lego shorts on YouTube, then you’re probably already familiar with stop motion. Stop motion (also known as stop action) is an animation technique to make any object you choose to appear to move on its own. The object is moved or manipulated slightly in small increments and captured in individually photographed frames. This creates the illusion of movement when a series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Ready to start with your first stop motion animation?

Where do I begin?

First get objects and figures to star in your movie. Good choices include clay or Play Doh®, Lego® or similar building block figures, small dolls with a lot of flexibility, or paper cutouts – really almost anything. Set up the figures (characters) in a particular position on your stage or set. Tap the to create your first project.

  1. From the Projects browser, tap the add project add_project symbol.
  2. On a phone, tap the camera symbol to switch to capture mode.
  3. Tap the capture button to capture an image.

Setup the Camera

Place your camera in front of the set that you are going to photograph. Check to make sure the entire frame is in view. It is very important to make sure the camera is firmly supported so it doesn’t shake as you shoot each frame. Otherwise, the end result will appear jumpy and lack continuity. Keep in mind that the more frames you capture, the smoother the results will appear in your final video.

Animate

Begin shooting the stop motion sequence. Move each figure bit-by-bit in very small increments each time. It may be the entire body if the figure is walking, or it may just be an arm, head or leg. If you are moving only one body part and you find that the figure is tilting or threatening to fall over, make use of poster tack or stickum under the feet or other area touching a part of the set. Repeat the movement sequence until your action step is completed.

Tip: If you want your figure to look like it’s flying you can use a string to secure it in place. Later use the Erase Objects from the Frames to remove the string. Just make sure to take a picture without the string at first."

Using Grid and Onion Skinning

Use the Grid and Onion Skin controls to help you position animated objects more easily and precisely. The onion skin overlays the last captured frame on top of your camera’s live view. This way, you can see how far you have moved your character between the last frame.

  1. When in capture mode, use the slider on the left to change the onion skin opacity.
  2. Drag the slider down to make the previous image more visible or up to see the camera’s live view.

The Interval Timer

The built-in timer will help you snap pictures automatically at a given interval.

  1. When in capture mode; tap the timer button to set up the timer interval.
  2. Use the slider to change the interval.
  3. Tap anywhere outside to close the timer controls.
  4. Tap the capture button to start capturing using the timer. Tap the capture button again to pause the timer.
  5. To disable the timer, tap the timer button and move the slider all the way to the left.

Select a Camera

Select the camera you would like to use for your movie. You can use a regular camera, or a green screen camera or a remote camera. With the green screen camera you can replace the background of your scene. Or use a second device as a remote camera to get really close to the action.

  1. From the movie editor, tap the camera symbol .
  2. Tap in the camera settings to change the camera.
  3. Swipe to select a new camera from the list.

Choose the best Camera Mode

Before you start to capture the first frames make sure to select the right camera mode for you. Use a camera mode you feel comfortable with. A fully automatic mode may be best for beginners but will result in a movie with more light flickering.

  • AUTO: In automatic mode the camera will continuously adjust focus and exposure.
  • AL: In automatic locked mode, a tap on the screen will lock exposure and focus. This is best for beginners.
  • P: In program mode, a tap on the screen will change the focus but will not change the exposure. A good tradeoff between the complexity of changing all camera settings manually and light flickering.
  • M: In manual mode, all camera settings are set manually. A tap on the screen will not change the focus. This is best for advanced filmmakers to minimize light flicker.

Change Camera Settings

With the camera control you manually adjust camera settings. Use manual control to obtain a more cinematic look, manual control will also give you a more steady movie. If you feel the scene needs to be more darken or brighter you can control the exposure manually using the exposure compensation. Depending on the Camera Mode you have selected some options may not be available to you.

  • Camera Selection : Switch between regular camera, Green Screen and Remote Camera.
  • Exposure Compensation : Changes the exposure bias. A lower value will darken your image whereas a higher value will lighten your image.
  • White Balance: Change white balance temperature. A lower value will create a cooler image whereas a higher value will result in a warmer image.
  • Focus: A lower value will sharpen objects close up to the camera lens while blurring objects far away whereas a higher value will sharpen objects in the distance but blurry objects close to the lens.
  • ISO: The ISO controls the light sensitivity of the camera sensor. A lower value results in a less light sensitive sensor whereas a higher value increases the sensitivity of the sensor. In a low light situation use ISO together with the shutter speed to reduce noise in your image.
  • Shutter Speed: The shutter speed or exposure time is the length of time the image sensor is exposed to light. The faster the shutter speed, the shorter the time the image sensor is exposed to light; the slower the shutter speed, the longer the time the image sensor is exposed to light. In a low light situation use ISO together with the shutter speed to reduce noise in your image.
  • Zoom: Zoom in and out of your scene.

Tip: Use the volume button on your headphone to capture each image. Using the volume button means you don’t have to touch the device, which might cause the device to move. You can also use a Bluetooth remote shutter or your Apple watch. Also consider using the remote camera feature to use a second device for capturing.

Edit your movie

The Movie Editor

This is the central hub where the magic happens. The movie editor allows you to capture, preview and edit your movie. It consists of three main parts. The live preview, where you can see the current frame, the timeline and the the frame-by-frame editor the frame-by-frame editor. The frame-by-frame editor shows you all the images you took in chronological order.

Adjust the speed of your movie

You can adjust the speed of your movie in the project settings. The speed is defined as frames per second or FPS. Keep in mind that the more photos you shoot, the smoother the video will be. A regular movie on TV contains about 25 frames for each second in the film. Start by using 6 frames for each second in your movie. If you feel your movie looks unsteady use 12 or more frames per second. If you would like to have an animation that lasts one second you need to split it into 12 images if you working with 12 FPS. If you use 6 FPS you only need 6 images for one second of your movie. More images per second will get you a smoother animation, but it may be a whole lot more work for you.

  1. While in the movie editor, tap the Project Settings button .
  2. Tap to change the frame rate.
  3. Drag the slider to the left to slow down the movie or to the right to speed it up.
  4. Tap Done to close the project settings.

Tip: If the scene doesn’t contain movement you can make use of the pause feature to hold a frame for a given time.

Image Quality

Change the project quality with resolution up to 4K UHDTV to select between less storage usage or higher image quality. A higher resolution like 4K will increase the image quality dramatically but will also increase the project size by a lot. Please bear in mind, changing the project quality will not affect images already taken.

  1. While in the movie editor, tap the Project Settings button .
  2. Tap 4K to change the project quality.
  • Select SD to save space on the device by lowering the quality and resolution of the images captured.
  • Select HD for regular HD quality.
  • Select HQ for high-quality HD. The project size will increase.
  • Select 4K for Ultra High Definition with four times the resolution of Full HD. This is the best quality but will increase the project size significant.
  1. Tap Done to close the project settings.

Short Play and Loop Playback

Within the project settings you can control how the movie is played back when tapping the play symbol. Remember both options are for the preview playback only and do not affect the rendered movie.

  1. While in the movie editor, tap the Project Settings button .
  2. Tap to change the playback.
  3. Do any of the following:
  • Enable or disable Loop Plackback. The movie will not start from the beginning after the playback has finished.
  • Enable or disable Short Play. The playback will only play the last frames you captured to allow for more precise control over your animation.
  1. Tap Done to close the project settings.

The Frame-by-Frame Editor

The unique frame-by-frame editor shows you all the images you took in chronological order, much like the single frames of a movie. Each frame is represented by a thumbnail image. You can scroll around to see all the images you’ve captured. Taping a thumbnail will open the frame edit menu to edit, copy and paste or delete the frame and more.

Frame Counter, Playhead and Capture Frame

The playhead is a rectangle in the middle of the frame-by-frame editor that indicates the current position in your movie. In the timeline the playhead is a vertical line. Drag your finger back and forth to move the playhead position in your movie. If you add an image or an audio clip it will be inserted at the playhead position.

The frame counter displays the frame number of the playhead position as well as the total number of frames in your movie. If you move the playhead the frame number will reflect the new position.

The capture frame is a special frame within your timeline. It has a camera icon on it. The capture frame is a placeholder for the next image you capture. If you move the playhead to the capture frame position you can see a live view from your camera (tablet only). The frame counter will tell you the frame you are about to capture.

Tip: You can move the capture frame to any position within your movie. For example, you would like to add more frames in the middle of your movie. Just open the frame edit menu and select Capture to insert the capture frame at the new position. All images you capture from now on will be added there.

Delete, Copy, Paste and more.

If you shot a frame you don’t like or one that jiggled, you can easily delete it. Or you want to copy and paste frames, add a text, paint on it. All of those options can be reached from the frame edit menu.

  1. While in the movie editor, tap a frames thumbnail in the frame-by-frame editor to open the frame edit menu.
  2. Do any of the following:
  • Tap to set the capture frames position.
  • Tap to pause or freeze the frame.
  • Tap to add or edit the audio clip attached to the frame.
  • Tap to edit a frames image. You can crop and adjust the image, draw on it or add text.
  • Tap to use the Magic Eraser to erase unwanted parts from the frames image.
  • Tap to merge multiple frames to simulate movement.
  • Tap to select or unselect frames within the frame-by-frame editor.
  • Tap to cut selected frames.
  • Tap to copy the selected frames into the clipboard.
  • Tap to paste frames from the clipboard into the movie.
  • Tap to reverse the selected frames.
  • Tap to delete all selected frames.
  1. Tap anywhere outside to close the frame edit menu.

Cut, Copy and Delete can be used on multiple images at once. Use the Select tool to choose a selection first. After that select Cut, Copy or Delete to cut, copy or delete the selection. You can use the Reverse tool in the same way. First use the Select tool to choose the sequence of frames. After tap Reverse to reverse the order of frames in the selection.

Thumbnail Symbols

The symbols on each thumbnail show more information for each frame in your movie. A number appears if you pause a frame. The symbol shows you that the frame has an attached audio clip.

Hold or Pause a Frame

Want a frame to be displayed for a few seconds? You can do so one of two ways: you can either capture the image several times in succession; or just choose the pause option. Pausing, also known as holding or freeze frame, is the same as copying and pasting the frame multiple times.

  1. While in the movie editor, tap the frame in the frame-by-frame editor to open the frame edit menu.
  2. Select from the frame edit menu.
  3. Select how long you want to pause the frame. If the frame has an audio clip attached to it you can also opt to pause the frame for the duration of the audio clip.
  4. Tap Done. The number on top of the frames thumbnail shows the length of the pause.

Tip: If you mess up, you can change or adjust the image duration at any time. Just redo the steps.

Never get lost even if you take hundreds of pictures. Use the timeline to navigate to various sequences or frames in your movie. The timeline also visualizes the audio of your movie as a waveform. The shape and form of the waveform represents the music and audio clips added. A low waveform symbolizes a softer sound whereas a large spike symbolizes a louder tone. The waveform display also shows a little dot indicating the beginning of an audio clip.

Zoom in or out

Zooming in lets you see more detail. Here you can see every single frame in your movie. Zooming out, lets you see your entire movie at a time without much scrolling. This makes it easier to trim audio clips or scrub within the movie.

  1. Double tap in the frame-by-frame editor to zoom out to the timeline.
  2. Double tap in the timeline to zoom in to the frame-by-frame editor.

Scrub video

Scrubbing is another way to quickly preview your movie. When you scrub, you manually move backward and forward through the movie so that you can view the animation in detail. Audio is disabled during scrubbing.

  1. Double tap in the frame-by-frame editor to zoom out to the timeline.
  2. Drag your finger back and forth along the timeline to scrub through your animation.
  3. When done, double tap in the timeline to zoom back into the frame-by-frame editor.

Add and adjust audio

Add audio

Now it’s time for the finishing touches. You can add background music, audio clips, or your own recorded audio to your movie. Stop Motion Studio comes with dozens of sound effects for you ready to use.

  1. With your project open, scroll the timeline so that the playhead appears over the place where you want the audio to begin.
  2. Tap the Add Media button , then tap Audio.
  3. If prompted, allow access to your music library.
  4. Do one of the following:
  • Tap Recordings to select a voice over that was previously recorded.
  • Tap Theme Music to select a music clip from the included music library
  • Tap Sound Effects to select an audio clip from the included audio effects.
  • To find music previously synced to your device from your computer, tap Shared
  • Tap Library to select music from your music library.
  1. To listen to the music and audio clips before adding it, tap the play symbol.
  2. To add an audio clip to your movie project, tap the item.
  3. Once imported you can see a symbol on top of the frames thumbnail within the frame-by-frame editor.

If you add another clip to the frame it will replace the current audio clip. Need to add two clips to a frame? Don’t worry just use the frame next to it. You won’t hear the difference.

Record audio

You can record audio, such as voiceovers, directly into your Stop Motion Studio project. After you record audio, it becomes also available in the audio Recordings tab.

  1. With your project open, scroll the timeline so that the playhead appears over the place where you want the recording to begin.
  2. Tap the Record Audio button , and when you’re ready, tap Record. After a 3-second countdown, begin recording.
  3. When you’re done, tap Stop.
  4. Do one of the following:
  • To delete the recording and dismiss the recording controls: Tap Cancel.
  • To start the countdown again and record a new audio clip: Tap Record again.
  • To listen to the recording: Tap Play.
  • To keep the recording and add it to your project: Tap Done.

Adjust audio

After you’ve added your audio clips, you can fine-tune volume levels or trim the audio clip. Perhaps you want to shorten the audio to fit the timing of your scene. The audio editor visualizes the audio as a waveform. A low waveform symbolizes a softer sound whereas a large spike symbolizes a louder tone.

Adjust the duration of an audio clip

  1. With your project open, tap the frame containing the audio clip in the frame-by-frame view to open the frame edit menu.
  2. Tap to open the audio editor.
  3. Drag the trim handles at either end of the clip to the points where you want the audio to begin and end. While moving the trim handle the preview shows the frame the audio clip will end.
  4. Tap Play to check the timing.
  5. Tap Done to close the audio editor.

Adjust the volume

  1. With the audio editor open, tap the volume symbol .
  2. To adjust the volume: Drag the volume slider left or right.
  3. Tap Play to check the volume.
  4. Tap Done to close the audio editor.

Remove audio

  1. With your project open, tap the frame containing the audio clip in the frame-by-frame view to open the frame edit menu.
  2. Tap to open the audio editor.
  3. Tap Delete to remove the audio clip from the frame.

Customize your movie

Add an opening title and closing credits

Finally, you may want to customize your movie. Add an opening title and closing credits, or add a movie filter effect, a foreground, or fade-in and fade-out transition. You can also select a different aspect ratio like a square or cinema for your movie.

Add an opening title and closing credits to your film using different themes. You can customize elements such as the cast list, the studio and movie name, the text size, color and font. This is a great opportunity to express your creativity.

  1. With your project open, scroll the timeline so that the playhead appears over the place where you want to add the title or credits.
  2. Tap the Add Media button , then tap Title and Credits.
  3. Tap the title or credit you want to add.
  4. The chosen design will be opened in the image editor to customize the text, size, font and color of the titles.

Set Foreground and Background

Choose a foreground image. The image will be in the foreground of your entire movie. Use it to simulate an underwater scene or a scene that takes place in outer space.

  1. While in the movie editor, tap the Project Settings button .
  2. Tap to change the foreground.
  3. Swipe left or right to select a new foreground.
  4. Tap Done to close the project settings.

You can also import your own image as foreground. Make sure the image you import has some transparent parts otherwise you won’t be able to see anything else besides the foreground when playing back the video.

  1. Create a 16:9 - 1920x1080 transparent image and save it as a PNG file.
  2. Upload the image to Google DriveDrive or Dropbox.
  3. While in the movie editor, tap the Project Settings button .
  4. Tap to change the foreground.
  5. Tap Import and select an image from the image chooser or tap the import symbol to import an image from Google DriveDrive or Dropbox.
  6. Tap the image you want to use as foreground.
  7. Tap Done to close the project settings.

Tip: If you use the Green Screen you can also choose a backdrop image. A backdrop image will appear in the background of your movie. Try different foreground and background images to see what fits best to your scene.

Add Fade-In and Fade-Out

Give your movie a professional polish by adding a fade transition. Use either a fade in from black at the beginning or fade out to black at the end or both.

  1. While in the movie editor, tap the Project Settings button .
  2. Tap to change the transition.
  3. Swipe left or right to select Fade in from black, Fade out to black or Fade in and out.
  4. Tap Done to close the project settings.

Add Movie Effects

Stylize your movie to add an extra touch of creativity by applying a movie filter effect. When using movie filter effects, the preview playback may skip some frames on some older devices in order to keep the audio in sync.

  1. While in the movie editor, tap the Project Settings button .
  2. Tap to change the movie filter.
  3. Swipe left or right to select a new effect.
  4. Tap Done to close the project settings.

Set aspect ratio mask

With Stop Motion Studio you can create movies in a different aspect ratio like square, cinema, 19:9 or traditional 4:3. Choosing the right aspect ratio is an important creative choice that can affect the feel of your movie. Stop Motion Studio will apply a semi-transparent mask to visualize the aspect ratio. When exporting the movie the transparent part of the preview screen will be removed.

  1. While in the movie editor, tap the Project Settings button .
  2. Tap to change the aspect ratio.
  3. Swipe left or right to select a new aspect ratio.
  4. Tap Done to close the project settings.

Tip: Independent of the selected aspect ratio, Stop Motion Studio will still capture all images in the native aspect ratio. This way you can change the aspect ratio at any time. Even after images are taken. Stop Motion Studio will use the mask settings to determine the aspect ratio of the rendered movie.

Add Text to a Frame

Add text to a frame to visualize scene effects or add speech bubbles.

  1. From the Movie Editor, tap the frame to open the frame edit menu.
  2. Tap to edit the image.
  3. Tap the Add Layer button to open the layer menu.
  4. Tap to add a new text layer. You can also add shapes, like speech bubbles, funny icons or symbols. Tap the to add a new shape layer.

See here: Add Text, Shapes and Images

Add a Frame from Themes

You can add a new frame from the theme library. This can be a simple as a solid color background or a different background image.

  1. With your project open, scroll the timeline so that the playhead appears over the place where you want to add the new frame.
  2. Tap the Add Media button , then tap Title and Credits.
  3. Swipe down to select a style or background for the new frame.
  4. Tap it to add it as a new frame to your movie.

Draw and Erase

Draw a laser sword to a figure or fireworks in the sky.

  1. From the Movie Editor, tap the frame to open the frame edit menu.
  2. Tap to open the image editor.
  3. Tap the Add Layer button to open the layer menu.
  4. Tap to add a new draw layer.

See here: Draw onto an image.

Merge Images

Merge frames together to simulate fast movement.

  1. From the movie editor, tap the frame in the frame-by-frame editor to open the frame edit menu.
  2. Select Merge to merge the current image with the two images before. If the object in your scene is moving it will look like it’s moving really fast.
  3. Repeat the above steps for the next images.

Tip: This effect works best when the camera is still and only the character is moving. Sue Merge with the third image of the movement and apply Merge to all other images until the figure is out of the picture or stands still again.

Watch and share your movies

Share your movie with friends

Now that you’ve finished your masterpiece, it’s time to share it with the world. You can upload your video to YouTube, Facebook, Dropbox, Google Drive or another service. You can also export your project in a variety of different formats.

  • Movie: Export your project as a rendered movie file. This is best to share with friends or upload it online to Facebook, YouTube or any other social service.
  • Animated GIF: Export as an animated GIF. Choose this to create a sticker for iMessage.
  • All Images: Export all images. This option is best if you plan to import all images into another app on a computer. It will produce a numbered and ordered list of images.
  • Flipbook: Export as a pdf file for printing as a flip book.
  • Project: Export the project as a backup or to export it to another device. Use this option to export the project to the Mac version of Stop Motion Studio.

Export movie in square or cinema aspect ratio

Stop Motion Studio will use the mask settings to determine the aspect ratio of the rendered movie. To export your movie in a square, cinema or any other aspect ratio.

  1. Tap the project settings symbol in the Movie Editor.
  2. Tap to see the mask settings.
  3. Select a mask.
  4. After that the movie will be exported as you see it in the Movie Editor.

See here for more information on mask settings.

Share to Facebook or any other app

You can send your finished movies to Facebook, Google Drive or any other app that supports that.

  1. From the Projects browser: tap the project you want to share.
  2. Tap the share symbol and select the export format.
  3. If prompted, tap the size you want to export.
  4. Tap the app you want to use. If you don’t see the app, the app is either not installed or does not support the selected export format.

Tip: This way you can also export a project from the free version to the Pro version. When prompted simply select Stop Motion Studio (pink icon). The Pro version of the app is started and the project is imported. Afterward you can delete the project from the free version of the app.

Save video to your sd-card

If you want to save your finished movie to your sd-card or else.

  1. From the Projects browser: tap the project you want to share.
  2. Tap the share symbol and select export movie.
  3. If prompted, tap the size you want to export.
  4. Tap Save Video. If you don’t see the option, you may have to swipe up or down.

When the export is complete, the finished movie appears in the photo library or gallery app.

Save to Google Drive or Dropbox

If you have a Google Drive or Dropbox account set up, you can save a movie or project file to Google Drive or Dropbox or any other supported share service so that it can be accessed from another device.

  1. From the Projects browser: Tap the project you want to share.
  2. Tap the share symbol and select the export format.
  3. If prompted, tap the size you want to export.
  4. Tap Google Drive or Dropbox. If you don’t see the option, you may have to install the Dropbox app first.
  5. Choose the folder where you want to save the file, then tap Done. A project can use a huge amount of memory space so it may take a while to upload it.

Share to YouTube

You can share your finished movie directly to YouTube if you have a Google account. To set up a free account, visit www.youtube.com.

  1. From the Projects browser: Tap the project you want to share.
  2. Tap the share symbol and select export movie.
  3. Tap YouTube.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to sign in to your Google account.
  5. Enter the title and add a description.
  6. If prompted, select the movie size.
  7. Enter the title and description.
  8. Tap share in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Tip: To sign-out or switch to another account swipe down, within the YouTube options until you see a sign-out button. Tap it to sign-out.

Export All Images

In case you would like to export all images you took as ordered and numbered list of images i.e. FRAME-00001.jpg, FRAME-00002.jpg and so on, do the following.

  1. From the Projects browser: Tap the project you want to share.
  2. Tap the share symbol .
  3. Tap All Images to get a zip file containing all images.

Import images

From your photo library

Import pictures from your device into the animation.

  1. From the Movie Editor, tap the add media symbol .
  2. Select Add Images.
  3. If presented, allow access to your photos.
  4. Tap the album where the photos are located.
  5. Tap the images in the order you want to have them appear in your movie. If you made a mistake you can always drag and drop the order of images.
  6. Tap the more symbol and do any of the following:
  • Choose Select All to select all images.
  • Choose Deselect All to deselect all images.
  • Choose Inverse Selection to toggle selection on all images.
  • Choose Select in between to select all images in between the selected images.
  • Switch Crop Images to Off to disable image cropping or On to enable cropping. As per default portrait images will be cropped in the center to fit the landscape format. You can also use the image editor to crop the image manually after import.
  1. Tap done to start the import. Depending on the number of pictures chosen, it may take a few minutes to import all the images.

Tip: You can also change the order later on using the Frame Edit menu. Just tap a frame within the frame-by-frame editor to open the menu. To reverse all imported images, simply select all images and tap .

Change cropping after import

If you don’t like the way an image was cropped during import. You can edit the image in the image editor. Here you can also change the brightness and saturation of it.

  1. From the Movie Editor, tap the frame to open the frame edit menu.
  2. Tap to open the image editor.

Import a video clip

From your photo library

Turn a video clip into a stunning animation. Import a video clip from your photo library or any share service into your movie project.

  1. From the Movie Editor, tap the add media symbol .
  2. Select Add Clip.
  3. If presented, allow access to your photos.
  4. Tap album name.
  5. Tap the video clip you want to import into your movie. Please bear in mind the app will import a maximum of 100 frames from the clip in order to keep the workload manageable for you. If the video clip contains more than 100 frames the app will omit frames.

Rotoscoping

With Rotoscoping you can create an animation from a video clip. It’s an animation technique used by animators to trace over motion picture footage, frame by frame, when realistic action is required.

  1. Start by importing the video clip you want to trace over.
  2. Once the video clip import has finished go to the first frame and tap it to open the frame edit menu.
  3. Tap to open the image editor.
  4. Start by adding a solid image layer on top. This will make it easier to trace over the image.
  5. Use the layer tools to change the opacity of the solid layer.
  6. Add a drawing layer and start tracing over the image. The more effort you invest in each frame the better will be the final rotoscope animation. Don’t forget for static parts of the image you can copy and paste content between frames. This will save you considerable time.
  7. Once the drawing is completed change the opacity of the solid layer until only your drawing is visible.
  8. Use the frame selection to go to the next frame.

Green Screen

Using the Green Screen

This is a really awesome feature that professionals use all the time. Using Green Screen, also called Chroma Keying, you can change the background of your scene to make the figures you capture fly or appear anywhere you can imagine – just by changing the background image. But first, you’ll need to find something solid green or blue as background for your master shot. Use the color that is not or very little in your scene. If your character wears blue pants use a green background. Otherwise your character would end up with no legs.

Start by placing a green or blue towel in the background of your scene. Make sure that the surface is wrinkle-free and evenly illuminated. Place your figures in front of the green background.

  1. From the movie editor, tap the camera symbol .
  2. Tap in the camera settings to open the camera list.
  3. Swipe to select the green screen camera as a new camera from the list.

Change the background

  1. Tap background from the camera settings.
  2. Choose one of the following:
  • Tap Import to import a background image from your camera roll.
  • Swipe to choose an image from the provided background images.

Color and Sensitivity

The green portion on the screen should now be showing the image you selected with the figure(s) you are shooting in front of it. If you can still see parts of the green background showing through:

  1. Tap from the camera settings to change the green screen sensitivity. Adjust the sensitivity slider a little bit until your background picture appears clearly with no artifacts.
  2. Tap to choose the color to remove from the image. Select either green or blue.

Remote Camera

Using your Headphones as Camera Shutter Remote Control

Using an external camera shutter remote control means you don’t have to touch the device, which might cause the device to move. The easiest way to remote release the camera is to use your headphones that came with your device. Tap the volume control button on your headphones to take an image. Make sure the device is not set to mute. The volume control doesn’t work if the device is muted.

Wireless Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control

Unfortunately there is no support from Android for any of those Bluetooth shutter devices nor the volume button shutter use which it is based on. However we managed to get most of the Bluetooth shutter work. Just make sure the device is not set to mute. The volume control doesn’t work if the device is muted.

Using the Remote Camera App

Get a new perspective! Use a second device as a remote camera connected via a WI-FI connection.

  1. Download the Remote Camera app for iOS or Remote Camera app for Android on a separate device you want to use as a remote camera.
  2. Start the Remote Camera app on the other device. You can use multiple remote camera devices. Each remote device will appear with their name in the camera list.
  3. Tap in the camera settings to open the camera list.
  4. Select the remote camera devices name.

Manually connect to the Remote Camera

If the remote camera device does not appear automatically, you can enter the remote camera address manually.

  1. Tap in the camera settings to open the camera list.
  2. Select Remote Camera.
  3. Tap Configure and enter the address as shown in the remote camera app.
  4. Tap Connect.

The Image Editor

Using the Image Editor

Draw onto a frames image or add text, shapes and backgrounds. Crop, flip or rotate the frame image. You can do all of that and more using the Image Editor.

  1. From the Movie Editor, tap the frame to open the frame edit menu.
  2. Tap to open the image editor.
  3. Tap when done.

When opening the image editor you will see all the tools on the navigation bar, the overlay controls on your left and the layer overview on your right. The overlay controls allow you to change the opaque to the previous frame. This will help you to create a continuous animation. The layer overview shows you all the layers you have in your image.

The image editor allows you to zoom in and out of the image at any time. Zooming in lets you see the image in more detail and may make it easier to make changes. Zooming out, lets you see more of the image at once. Use the following gestures:

  • Pinch with two fingers to zoom in or out. Pinch closed to zoom out, or pinch open to zoom in.
  • Drag two fingers in any directions to pan around the image.
  • In case you lost your way, simply double tap with two fingers to reset pan and zoom.

Tip: You can use a swipe gesture to swipe the overlay controls and the layer overview out of the screen. This will give you some more room to edit the image.

Edit an Image

If you don’t like the way an image is cropped or would like to change the brightness and saturation of it.

  1. From the Movie Editor, tap the frame to open the frame edit menu.
  2. Tap to open the image editor.
  3. Tap the image layer to select the frames image.
  4. Drag the image to change the position within the frame.
  5. Use a pinch gesture to enlarge or shrink the image.
  6. Use any of the tools from the bottom toolbar to rotate or flip the image, change brightness and saturation or add a filter effect.

Draw onto an image

Colorize your movie and paint directly onto the image. Draw a laser sword to a figure or fireworks in the sky.

  1. From the Movie Editor, tap the frame to open the frame edit menu.
  2. Tap to open the image editor.
  3. Tap the Add Layer button to open the layer menu.
  4. Tap to add a new draw layer.
  5. Do any of the following:
  • Tap the brush symbol to draw onto the image.
  • Tap the eraser symbol to erase parts of the drawing.
  • Tap the move symbol to move the drawing around.

Tip: You can undo and redo at any time in case you made a mistake.

Brush color, size and opacity

When you are ready to draw, select the color, size and opacity of the brush from the bottom toolbar. Every time you change the brush size or color a preview will be shown with the brush in the correct size even when you are zoomed in or out of the image.

  • Tap to change how big the stroke will be.
  • Tap to make the stroke more transparent.
  • Tap to select a new color for the stroke.

Stop Motion Studio comes with a set of predefined colors called swatches. You can change the color of a swatch at any time.

  1. Tap to open the color swatches.
  2. Tap Edit to open the color picker.
  3. Select a new color.
  4. The current color swatch will automatically change to the selected color.
  5. Tap Done to close the color picker.

Add Text, Shapes and Images

Add multiple layers to separate background, foreground and animation. This way you can copy and paste layers between drawings. This will save a lot of time since you don’t have to draw those over and over again.

  1. From the Movie Editor, tap the frame to open the frame edit menu.
  2. Tap to open the image editor.
  3. Tap the Add Layer button to open the layer menu.
  4. Tap to add a new text layer. You can also add shapes, like speech bubbles, funny icons or symbols. Tap the to add a new shape layer. Or add an image layer .
  5. Double tap to enter the text.
  6. Use a pan gesture to move the text.
  7. Use a pinch gesture to enlarge or shrink the text.
  8. Use any of the tools from the bottom toolbar to change the font, color, style or opacity.

Add Facial Expresions to LEGO® figures

Add mouth and eye shapes to your LEGO® figures to create facial expressions or let them speak. Of course you can change the head of the figure while animating, but you would need a large selection of heads. With Stop Motion Studio you can change eye and mouth shapes at any time. Make sure to capture the character with an empty face, just turn your head so that mouth and eyes disappear behind your hair. After you have captured all images, you can start adding facial expressions in the image editor.

  1. From the Movie Editor, tap the frame to open the frame edit menu.
  2. Tap to open the image editor.
  3. Tap the Add Layer button to open the layer menu.
  4. Tap to add a new Face layer.
  5. Use a pinch gesture to enlarge or shrink the face.
  6. Use a pan gesture to move the face.
  7. Tap the mouth or eye symbol to select a mouth or eye shape that fits best to the characters feelings you want to express.
  8. Since your character probably does not always look straight into the camera, you can use the rotate tool to adjust the rotation of the face. Tap to rotate the face around its axis.

Selecting and Rearranging Layers

On the right side of your screen you see all the layers you have in your drawing. The blue bordered layer is the layer that is active and editable. A tap on a different layer will make that layer active and editable. Only one layer can be active at a time. To change the order of your layers, tap and hold a layer until it moves. Drag it to its new position.

Copy, Paste or Delete a Layer

  1. If not active, tap a layer to activate it.
  2. Tap the active layer to open the layer tools.
  3. Do any of the following:
  • To make a copy of a layer, tap .
  • To copy the content of a layer to the clipboard, tap .
  • To revert the layer, tap .
  • To delete a layer completely, tap .
  1. Tap outside to close the layer tools.

If you copy a layer you can use the Add Layer Menu to paste the content of the clipboard as a new layer. This way you can copy and paste layers between frames.

Erase Objects from the Frames

Sometimes it is necessary to attach objects to the figure like a string or other prop, such as when your character is about to fly or jump. If you want to shoot such a scene, then it is important that you first make a ‘clean’ picture of the set, so only the background without figures or the supporting elements. Afterward use the eraser or masking tool to remove the string or other supporting elements. The eraser has two brush types, conceal and reveal. The reveal brush will reveal the clean frame image wherever you touch the screen, whereas the conceal brush will restore the original frame image.

  1. Capture an image of the background of your scene before you place any figure. This frame will be your clean frame.
  2. Capture an image with the figure hanging on a string or place it on top of a block.
  3. Tap the frame to open the frame edit menu.
  4. Select Erase.
  5. Tap the square symbol to select a clean frame, a frame without the string. If you don’t select a clean frame the previous image will be used as a clean frame.
  6. Swipe over the unwanted parts, the string or block, to remove it from the image.

Tip: You can undo and redo at any time in case you made a mistake.

You can change the eraser size using the palette in the lower part of the screen. Tap the size view to change the brush size. The eraser allows you to zoom in and out of the image at any time. Use the following gestures:

  • Pinch with two fingers to zoom in or out. Pinch closed to zoom out, or pinch open to zoom in.
  • Drag two fingers in any directions to pan around the image.
  • In case you lost your way, simply double tap with two fingers to reset pan and zoom.

Manage Projects

Project Browser

The Projects browser displays all of your projects in one place, and it’s where you open your projects to edit, play, share, or delete them.

Open a project for editing

  1. Use a swipe gesture to scroll until you see the project you want to open.
  2. Tap it to open it.

Play a project

You can play a project at any time to watch it from the beginning or to check your work in progress.

  1. Use a swipe gesture to scroll until you see the project you want to play.
  2. Touch and hold the project to select it.
  3. Tap play symbol .
  4. The project begins playing from the beginning. If the playback controls aren’t showing, tap the screen to make them appear. Tap Done (in the upper-left corner) to return to the project details screen.

Rename a project

When you create a new project, Stop Motion Studio assigns it a default name, which you can change at any time.

  1. Use a swipe gesture to scroll until you see the project you want to rename.
  2. Tap the project name.
  3. Type a new name, then tap Done.

The project file name file will be changed as well to make it easier to find the project on your device.

Share a project

You can share a project or export it to another device or create an online backup from the details screen.

  1. Use a swipe gesture to scroll until you see the project you want to share.
  2. Touch and hold the project to select it.
  3. Tap the share symbol .
  4. Tap Project.
  5. Select the location where you want to export your project to.

Delete a project

Please bear in mind, when you delete a project it cannot be restored.

  1. Use a swipe gesture to scroll until you see the project you want to delete.
  2. Touch and hold the project to select it.
  3. Tap the Trash button , then tap Delete.

Duplicate a project

You can duplicate a project to test changes without altering the original project. Duplicate a project will duplicate all content.

  1. Use a swipe gesture to scroll until you see the project you want to duplicate.
  2. Touch and hold the project to select it.
  3. Tap Duplicate to create a copy of your project.

Import a project

If you have a Google Drive or Dropbox account set up, you can import a Stop Motion Studio project from Google Drive, Dropbox or any other service. Or you can use a file transfer app on your computer to import Stop Motion Studio projects created on another device.

Import from Google Drive or Dropbox

  1. From the Projects browser: Tap the Import button
  2. If you do not see the app or service you are looking for tap Locations to see more options.
  3. Navigate to the folder containing the project you want to import.
  4. Tap the name of the project you want to import.
  5. When the import is complete, the project can be edited in the same way as any other project.

Tip: You can also import a Stop Motion Studio project from any other app that supports it. Tap the project in the app and select Open in. When prompted choose Stop Motion Studio.

Manage Projects Files

With the latest version of the app, you can copy, move or delete projects directly on the device file system. This is very useful if you want to copy all or multiple projects at once to a new location.

  1. Open a file explorer app on your device.
  2. Navigate to Android, Data folder.
  3. Select com.cateater.stopmotionstudio or com.cateater.stopmotionstudiopro, depending on the version of the app installed, to see all your project files.

Stop Motion TV

Get the Stop Motion TV App

Stop Motion TV shows you some of our favorite movies people have created using the app. Download Stop Motion TV App for iOS or Stop Motion TV App for Android. With Stop Motion TV you can see the latest and coolest movies uploaded to YouTube. You can even search for a specific movie here. Also access all the movies you uploaded with the app. Find and watch your movies in one place.

Using the Stop Motion TV App

Within Stop Motion TV you can switch between four categories. Or you can use the search field to search for a specific keyword.

  • Favorites: Shows our stuff favorite movies.
  • Popular: Shows movies popular right now.
  • Newest: Shows the latest movies uploaded.
  • Me: Shows movies you have uploaded from Stop Motion Studio.

Upload to Stop Motion TV

When you upload the movie to YouTube from Stop Motion Studio, it will appear in Stop Motion TV for others to see. Please allow some time until the project can be found.

Advanced features

The Feature Store

Stop Motion Studio comes with many more exciting features, like green screen, audio, paint and import. If you are using the PRO version, that’s great, it means you already have all features installed.

  1. From the Project Browser, tap the basket symbol with the pink background on the right upper corner to open the feature store. Here you can access and install all features as you go or buy the Feature Pack to get all features at once and save big time.
  2. Select a feature you like and tap the price tag.
  3. You may have to enter your AppStore user credentials.
  4. Once finished, start using the new feature.

The in-app store also allows you to restore your previous purchases in case you had to reinstall the app.

  1. From the Project Browser, tap the basket symbol with the pink background on the right upper corner to open the feature store.
  2. Tap the Restore button at the upper left of the screen.
  3. You may have to enter your AppStore user credentials. Make sure to use the same user account you purchased the item originally.
  4. Once finished all purchases will be restored

Tip: If you don’t like in-app purchases or want to share features using family sharing, download the Pro version of the app. The Pro version includes all features of the free version with the feature pack installed. Download Stop Motion Studio Pro.

Keyboard Shortcuts

You can quickly accomplish many tasks in Stop Motion Studio if you have a hardware keyboard connected to the device.

  • : Delete Frame
  • ⎇←: Jump to Beginning
  • ⎇→: Jump to Live
  • : Next Frame
  • : Previous Frame
  • : Increase Onionskin Opacity
  • : Decrease Onionskin Opacity
  • B: Toggle between live and frame
  • : Capture
  • : Play

Stop Motion Studio for Mac

Stop Motion Studio is also available for the big screen. If you want to edit your movie on a more powerful device. You can export your project to the desktop version at any time. Download Stop Motion Studio for Mac.

Export a project to Stop Motion Studio for Mac

Running out of space on your device? Do you want to share projects between devices or create a backup of your valuable work? To transfer your project to your computer you can use any file transfer app.

  1. Connect your device to your computer, then open the files transfer app on your computer.
  2. Navigate to Android, Data folder.
  3. Select com.cateater.stopmotionstudio or com.cateater.stopmotionstudiopro, depending on the version of the app installed, to see all your project files.
  4. Move the project file from the Android data folder to a location on your computer.
  5. If your computer has Stop Motion Studio for Mac, you can double-click the transferred file to open your project in Stop Motion Studio for Mac.

The Making of Nitro Warriors

Nitro Warriors – A Stop Motion Animated Film Made Using Stop Motion Studio!

A super-charged Ford Mustang is under hot pursuit by the law and throws them off its tail one by one. But it may have met its match when it comes up against a mysterious black police Chevy Corvette. The action is fast and furious…and captured one frame at a time. Nitro Warriors is available on YouTube. This entertaining and cool stop motion action film, with a run time of just under three minutes, took 6 months to shoot using toy cars and Stop Motion Studio on a Phone. It is produced by Brenden Kent and directed by Paul Greer, who was kind enough to provide us with some inside information on the production. Here’s how the film was produced, as they described it.

Stage 1: Tests

First we tested various animation techniques using Stop Motion Studio. We used a couple of toy cars to see how we could achieve the fluid but fast animation for the high-intensity action needed in the film. We found that we could achieve this by pushing the frame rates as high as possible – 32fps on Stop Motion Studio – then speeding it up faster (though not needed in all shots during filming) in Final Cut on a desktop Mac.

Stage 2: Preparation

To begin with, we collected all the objects/toys needed for the various scenes. This included lights (household desk lamps), toys and camera rigs. We bought an iPhone Joby Gorilla stand that allows you to attach and stabilize the iPhone to most surfaces and fixtures. We also used a little dolly with wheels that we could attach the camera to for shots where we wanted it to move the iPhone, as well. We used a large table for most of the animation and the floor for wide shots. Finally we made the props for the scenes – all the roads, scenic elements etc.

Stage 3: Filming

The most important skill we needed for this production was patience! It sometimes took 2-3 takes before a shot worked and filming required between 100 and 300 captures per shot. Consistent light was needed so we tried to avoid natural light as much as possible. Elements (toys) were moved anywhere from a quarter to half an inch, depending on the speed needed. The button on the headphones was used to take shots to avoid touching the camera, which could disrupt the shot. The focus was always fixed on Stop Motion Studio for every single shot. The movie took around 6 months to film, completing between 3 and 5 shots per week. During filming each shot was then opened in iMovie for iPhone and edited further to refine shots.

Stage 4: Post Production

At the end of filming, the footage was placed into Final Cut and sound design began. The soundtrack took 3 weeks to create. The last stage was adding titles and final tweaking of the edit. Check out Vanguard Pictures on Facebook to learn more about their production expertise and new projects.

Troubleshooting

First Aid

A lot of issues can be solved easily by simply restarting your device. If you are having problems, try this first.

  1. Press and hold the Sleep or Power button on your device for a few seconds, until a prompt appears.
  2. Select Power Off.
  3. Wait till the device is shut down.
  4. Then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Android logo appears.
  5. After that start the app again.

FAQ

All the features I purchased are gone!

You can easily restore all previous purchases.

  1. Make sure you have a working internet connection.
  2. Open the Google Play Store.
  3. Make sure you are logged in. You may have to enter your user credentials. Make sure to use the same user account you purchased the item originally.
  4. Once you are logged in, Google will restore all previous purchases automatically.

Even if you attempt to buy the feature again, you won’t be charged if you use the same iTunes account.

I can’t get the sound to work?

Check the volume level of your device. Make sure it’s not set to mute. When you mute your device, you won’t hear any sound from the app. Even if the built-in apps have sound, the device may be muted. Also make sure the volume is set to a sufficient level.

I have trouble to export the movie?

Unfortunately some (very few) Android device is unable to render the movie correctly. Please try to export the movie in a lower resolution.

Remote camera not working?

If you can’t get the remote camera to connect try to disable and enable the Wifi connection. Open the settings app and select Wi-Fi. Tap the Wi-Fi slider to turn the connection off. Wait a few seconds and tap the slider again. Do that on both devices. If the connection still doesn’t work, try to restart both devices.

I can’t upload my movie to Youtube?

Please try to login to your YouTube account using the internet browser on your device. After that, try to upload the video again. Also make sure the time and date on your device are correct. You could also try removing the app from your YouTube or Facebook account. Make sure you are using a Wi-Fi connection. If nothing works, you can export the video to your camera roll and upload it to Youtube from there.

My movie is too fast. How do I slow it down?

You can adjust the speed in the project settings. See frame rate settings.

Not all frames are shown in the preview. Why not?

Depending on the device speed and movie effect selected, some frames may be dropped when played in preview mode. These frame drops happen automatically, otherwise your audio would no longer be in sync. But don’t worry, when you play your rendered movie it will display all of the frames.

More help

Email us

If you have any questions about using Stop Motion Studio, please email us at support@cateater.com.