Stop Motion Studio for Windows

Stop Motion Studio for Windows

Do you want to create movies such as Wallace and Gromit or those groovy Lego shorts on YouTube, then let’s start with your first stop motion animation.

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, bendable wire, Lego® or similar building block figures, Playmobil® figures, small dolls with a lot of flexibility, or string and wooden bead characters – really almost anything. Set up the figures (characters) in a particular position on your stage or set. Tap the ‘+‘ icon located in the project explorer to start your first project.

Tap the “Capture” icon to add some frames to the movie.

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. 24 frames are equal to one second of the film.

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.

Use the timer.

The built-in timer will help you snap pictures automatically at a given interval. Tap the timer button to set up the time interval. You can choose between 5 and 90 seconds. Tap the timer button to enable or disable the timer

Camera Controls

With the camera control, you can switch between the front and rear camera at any time. 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.

GRID and OVERLAY.

Use the Grid and Overlay controls to help you position animated objects more easily and precisely. The overlay (also known as onion skin) shows the last captured image. The slider control allows you to change the opacity of the previous image.

Project Settings.

These controls allow you to change the speed of your movie. 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.

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. You can tap a frame to see the picture or scroll around to see all the images you’ve captured.

Delete and more.

If you shot a frame you don’t like or one that jiggled, you can easily delete it.** Tap a thumbnail** to open the “Frame Editor” menu. In the frame editor, you can edit, delete or hold a frame.

The Timeline.

Never get lost even if you take hundreds of pictures. Just double tap to switch between the timeline and the frame-by-frame view. Use the timeline to navigate to various sequences or frames in your movie.

Hold or Pause.

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 hold option. Holding a frame is the same as copying and pasting the frame multiple times. Tap a thumbnail to open the frame editor menu and then select “duration”. Select how long you want to pause the frame. If you mess up, you can change or adjust the image duration at any time.

Themes.

Add movie titles and credits using different themes. You can add awesome looking titles and credits to your movie using the “Theme Settings.” Tap the clapper-board icon to open the “Theme Settings” dialog. Select a theme and tap the outline register to enter your movie credits.

Import.

With the ‘Import Images’ feature, you can import pictures from your photo library into your movie with a single touch. Tap the “Add Media” icon and select “Add Images” to add pictures from your photo roll. Tap “Done” to start the import. Depending on the number of pictures chosen, it may take a few minutes to import all the images.

Please bear in mind portrait images will be cropped in the center to fit the landscape formate.

Share your movie.

Now that you’ve finished your masterpiece, it’s time to share it with the world. Just tap the “Share” icon on the first screen. From there you can upload your video to YouTube, Facebook, Dropbox and co.