The computing horsepower required to create dinosaurs, Death Stars, and super hero powers is enormous. Mac users can create a little King Kong with stop-motion animated movies the old fashioned way. One picture at a time.
Stop Motion Animated Moves Made Easy
Assume for a moment that you’re the creative type and you have an enduring and growing interest in computer generated animation. Where are the tools of the trade?
Get started on the road to animation with iStopMotion for the Mac. If you have a story to tell, and you truly need to use the latest tools, this is the app for beginners.
iStopMotion creates stop motion animation that blends the old fashioned way of one frame at a time with your Mac’s ability to blend and meld photos and movies in an intuitive work flow similar to what the professionals use.
Use a video camera to capture images and drop them into iStopMotion in a sequence. Instant Playback gives you an option to see the animation before it’s finished.
There’s a Tilt Shift Filter which makes a video scene look like a miniature scene. iStopMotion features a built-in chroma key effect so an actor or object can be dropped into an animated scene.
Capture single frames, one at a time, to create your animation. Then, export the whole shebang to iMovie, Final Cut Pro X or other non-linear video editor to add titles and sound effects (you can also use Garageband).
The app handles full 1080p high definition video and images, but can also print animations that can be folded into a flip book. For iPhone and iPad users there’s a free iStopMotion remote camera app on the App Store which lets you use the camera to record frame sequences.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s a video of iStopMotion animation worth?
Frankly, iStopMotion is a lot of fun. It’s a good way to dabble in computer animation without much expense. There’s no iStopMotion for Dummies book to worry about.