by Megan - Monday, April 30, 2012 - Permalink
We introduced you to the Supercols back in March with their heart-warming animation, “The Best Christmas Gift,” and now the pair is back for their Biggest Adventure yet: their wedding! The new iStopMotion animation, created by Colin with the help of his fiancé Li Yi (hence, the name the Supercols), puts the animator’s artistic chops on display, as he skillfully illustrates a hot air balloon, which is then inflated and launched into the air.
The balloon is floating through a timeline of the couple’s many exciting adventures when Colin jumps out of a photo in the mountains and into the balloon’s basket. Mid-tree pose Li Yi, of course, follows suit, abandoning her yoga practice to join Colin for their next great adventure. The animation, made using Boinx Software’s iStopMotion, was created for Colin and Li Yi’s upcoming wedding, so we’d like to propose a toast: here’s to a lifetime of happiness and many more fantastic iStopMotion animations to come!
by Megan - Thursday, April 26, 2012 - Permalink
It’s so fascinating to watch gradual events, such as slow changes in weather, sped up and played out in seconds rather than hours, and iStopMotion for iPad’s time lapse feature is perfect for achieving just that. Add in Losmandy’s cool new product, the StarLapse, a rotating motor used for celestial observation, and you’ve got the perfect panoramic view of any scene. The StarLapse was originally created for tracking stars through a telescope, but it can also be used for creating a panning effect while filming – simply mount on a tripod and begin shooting.
Achim gave it a “spin,” hooking the iPad 2 up to the StarLapse using the Makayama Movie Mount. He recorded a time lapse of different landscapes in his hometown of Leoben, Austria, with the StarLapse set to gradually pan the scenery as iStopMotion for iPad captured frame after frame. From a bird’s eye view of the village and rolling hills, to the street side traffic scene, the Star Lapse combined with iStopMotion for iPad captured some beautiful footage, which was then edited by our 14-year-old intern, Svenja, using Final Cut Pro.
by Megan - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - Permalink
Been wanting to take a trip to Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California but haven’t gotten around to it yet? Join Oliver as he takes a drive through the famous park with iStopMotion for iPad in tow. An iPad 2 rigged securely to the dashboard and iStopMotion for iPad set to time lapse, Oliver takes us on the road trip of a lifetime – right from our computers, iPads, iPhones or any iOS device. Shot over the course of two days in sun AND snow, believe it or not, and edited by our 14-year-old intern Svenja, the time lapse footage of Joshua Tree shot using iStopMotion for iPad is quite beautiful. Plus, the drive sped up to 600mph makes it feel a bit like a scenic roller coaster ride. Enjoy!
by Megan - Monday, April 23, 2012 - Permalink
Meet Robbie Ryan, an iStopMotion and Kikkoman soy sauce enthusiast – oh and a writer, director, producer and composer. To show his love for Kikkoman soy sauce and status as a “Kikkomaniac,” (and hopefully win a trip for two to Japan), Robbie created a short animation called "Kikkoman Party" using Boinx Software’s iStopMotion. So cast your vote now for Robbie’s deliciously fun animation "Kikkoman Party," and remember to party on with Kikkoman soy sauce (goes great with sushi and iStopMotion).
by Megan - Saturday, April 21, 2012 - Permalink
"In stop motion animation, the magic happens in between the movie’s frames: It’s what you can not see — namely the animator’s hands — that makes seemingly inanimate objects spring to life.
With iStopMotion, Boinx Software promises to turn your iPad 2 or new iPad into a stop motion studio with all the tools you need to capture, edit, and publish your own animation clips.
And action … one frame at a time!"
by Megan - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - Permalink
We recently caught an interesting article on Macworld.com written by Christopher Breen called “Embracing the educational iOS device,” in which he discusses the educational value of iPads, iPods and everything in between. He argues against the belief that “exposing a child to an iPad would lead to a machine-dependent future, devoid of fresh air, firm muscle tone, and true human interaction,” and maintains that, at least in his experience with his daughter, technology has brought a great deal of positivity to their lives and, in particular, to her experience with learning.
In case you haven’t already noticed, we at Boinx are huge proponents of technology enriching the learning (and living) experience – not hindering it. Hearing Christopher’s account of all the ways in which he and his family use tools like the iPad to enhance their lives is quite inspiring. From exploring terrain both physically and virtually to sparking a lively discussion over fruit, their iPad, iPhone, or whatever’s handy at the moment, plays an important part in learning. Plus, as Christopher points out, it’s a whole lot more engaging than flipping through an outdated encyclopedia.
One of the tools Christopher and his daughter are using on the iPad to get the most out of it? iStopMotion for iPad. He says, “Thanks to Boinx’s iStopMotion for iPad (and its accompanying remote iPhone camera app), The Girl and I have tried our hands at claymation. As we’ve done so we’ve had to spend time learning about lighting, composition, time, and motion.”
Amazing! So to all the naysayers out there who don’t yet see the value and opportunity that comes with technology, take a tip from Christopher: “But the answer doesn’t lie in denying a child technology because you either fear or don’t understand it. Rather—as it’s always been—the answer is in parents paying attention and participating.”
Read the full article and be amazed at all the ways you can use technology, and in particular, iOS devices, to enhance your (and your children’s) lives!
by Megan - Monday, April 09, 2012 - Permalink
"Stop-motion animation can be a tricky process. But iStopMotion for iPad makes it very easy to do, since everything you need can be achieved straight from your iPad (version 2 or better).
The interface is incredibly simple: you can choose to use either the front or back camera, set up your shot and tap on the big round button on the right-hand side. You then have to either move the object you’re animating, the camera, or both, before taking another shot to give the illusion of movement when you play back your film.
To ease this, iStopMotion overlays the previous shot on to the current frame by default, so that you can see what needs to be changed. This makes shooting a short scene incredibly easy to do. You can then add a soundtrack and save your film to your iPad’s Camera Roll or upload it to the web."
by Megan - Friday, April 06, 2012 - Permalink
MacLife’s J.R. Bookwalter took a trip down memory lane and sat down with iStopMotion for iPad – something his childhood self probably never imagined possible while hovering over his mom’s Super-8mm camera making stop motion animations as a kid. The point is, he’s using the iPad for stop motion animation these days, and he likes it that way, giving iStopMotion for iPad 5 out of 5 MacLife stars for 'Awesome.'
J.R. has quite a few nice things to say about iStopMotion for iPad (thanks, J.R.!) in his review, and deems it “a brilliantly-done app for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad." He gives it a good rundown and offers helpful explanations of the app’s many awesome (in our humble opinion) features.
In J.R.’s review, he finishes saying: “Slick and fast, iStopMotion even managed to entertain my restless three-year-old son as we attempted a quick animation of Iron Man strutting across the dining room table. ... The bottom line. Nostalgia aside, iStopMotion is an app that truly shows the potential of an iPad. With deliciously detailed Retina Display graphics and 1080p HD video in the latest version, iStopMotion for iPad is a killer way to alleviate boredom on a rainy day, while remaining powerful enough to inspire the next generation of animators.”
by Megan - Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - Permalink
Marshal Rosenthal of 3DTV.com wanted to get the low down on all things stop motion - so he went straight to the source and asked Boinx's own Oliver Breidenbach for an insider's perspective on claymation and iStopMotion. They talk about the inspiration for stop motion animation, important set up factors and more.
Marshal starts the conversation off with a question many people might have: "What is the appeal of shooting stop-motion, be it of live or inanimate objects?"
To which Oliver responds: "Stop motion animation has a certain magic appeal: it can breathe life into anything, be it elaborate models or figures or plain everyday objects. It is also very easy, at least compared to any other type of visual storytelling. You won't need a lot to make a stop motion movie – no actors, no stage, no crew or even a script are required. Of course, films like Wallace and Gromit are no easy feat, but basically a 3-year-old can do stop motion animation and tell a story. That is also the appeal of the iStopMotion line of Mac and iOS products: 3-year-olds as well as big studios, makers of commercials and music videos, use it."
Read the rest of Marshal and Oliver's chat for insight on stop motion animation right from the expert himself!
by Megan - Monday, April 02, 2012 - Permalink
Another month, another positive review for iStopMotion for iPad! The fun app continues to receive rave reviews from tastemakers in the Mac community. This time, Steve Hammond of MyMac took a close look at iStopMotion for iPad – and liked it! In his review, Steve gives a rundown on the stop motion app, providing screenshots plus an in-depth walk-through of creating animations on the iPad. It's an extremely helpful review for anyone looking to get started with iStopMotion for iPad.
Steve ends his review with: “iStopMotion for iPad is an application that takes no time to learn. It is very intuitive, and fun to use. For creative users, this is another way to use the iPad as more than a consumption device. If you have GarageBand for iPad to create your stop motion soundtracks, your iPad will become a great creation device.”
Even if you’re not a self-proclaimed computer geek like Steve, we’re sure you’ll love iStopMotion for iPad!