by Bastian - Friday, May 06, 2011 - Permalink
iStopMotion 2.8 brings back capturing support for Canon DSLRs. A third public beta is now available. Please try it and give us feedback!
It also includes fixes for color correction and pixel aspect ratio issues.
by Cara - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - Permalink
The Magma Short Film Festival is held every year in New Zealand, encouraging filmmakers of all genres, from animation, to comedy, drama, documentary, and more, to share their work and hear from the industry's leading talent. This year's festival plays host to over 44 submitted films from around the world playing over the course of three nights and two days, from April 28th - May 1st. The festival also presents attendees with the opportunity to hear from wonderful guest speakers such as Hineani Melbourne and Alan Brash (Shoot First Productions).
The festival also offers attendees the chance to participate in a variety of filmmaking workshops, and this year it will feature a workshop soley dedicated to stop motion animation. Craig Lauridsen of the Newtown Movie School, as well as author of the iStopMotion Handbook, will work with children and young adults interested in making stop motion animations, teaching them the ins and outs of working with our very own iStopMotion.
When Newtown Movie School was invited to help grow the Magma Film Festival, we jumped at the chance. They were looking for a way to make movie-making accessible to younger movie makers," says Craig Lauridsen. "Over two full days we are offering two stop motion workshops, one for 8-12 year olds and one for 13-18 year olds, during which the children can write and produce thier own stop motion movies with iStopMotion."
To learn more about the Magma Short Film Festival click here!
by Cara - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - Permalink
Golego, makers of famous stop motion animation videos made with the toy-click-system invented by LEGO®, decided to film the assembly and testing of their new IKEA GALANT motorized desk with iStopMotion. They are using the new desk as a movable stop motion animation table for fancy camera movements for their brickfilm or puppet animations. Watch the video here!
All of Golego's stop motion LEGO® animations (or Brick animations) are made with iStopMotion. To watch all of their animations you can visit their YouTube Channel - happy animating!
by Cara - Monday, April 18, 2011 - Permalink
Digmo!, the tech-ed blog covering mini discoveries, tips, apps, and website finds from the creative education realm, recently posted an article on Easy Claymation Animation Techniques, highlighting our very own iStopMotion as "one of the best and easiest animation applications" on the market. The post provides a brief overview of iStopMotion, giving readers the skills and confidence they need to embark on their own Wallace and Grommet style creations.
"I have been using iStopmotion for five years and to be honest I use it in the same way each time it loads. I tend to keep the workflow simple, a digital camcorder connected to my Mac via Firewire and then simply hitting the red button to capture each single frame. It works but the quality isn’t great in low light. The good news is iStopmotion also supports direct capture from a number of different digital cameras and DSLR cameras offering the ability to create High Def animations," says Digmo.
The post walks readers through the various steps of using iStopMotion, acting as a type of written tutorial for the application. It breaks the stop motion animation software down into eight easy steps, from source to composition, providing examples and tips along the way. "iStopmotion is one of the best (and easiest) animation applications I think have used. The interface is simple and the quality of the output is brilliant coping with video sources from iSight to High Definition digital SLR cameras."
by Bastian - Friday, April 08, 2011 - Permalink
iStopMotion 2.8 brings back capturing support for Canon DSLRs. A second public beta is now available. Please try it and give us feedback!
It also introduces a new Russian locallization. Thanks to Борис Матвеев for his great work!
by Cara - Monday, April 04, 2011 - Permalink
Wired Educator recently reviewed BoinxTV and iStopMotion, giving both products A+ ratings! The source for integrating technology in classrooms, Wired Educator is known for taking a look at the latest and greatest software for the educational realm. Calling BoinxTV a "perfect tool for school video production," Wired Educator says, "BoinxTV's intuitive inferface and well-thought-out controls makes a quality first-time production not only possible, but fun. Often when adopting a new piece of software, especially for classroom use, the entry level of frustration is so high that the teacher and student become discouraged. Not so, with BoinxTV. This program is designed well. It's great the first time, and has enough layers of higher application and effects to keep you coming back to try it again and again. BoinxTV is a must-have for any school."
Reach the complete BoinxTV review on WiredEducator.com.
Wired Educator's review of iStopMotion is no less outstanding. "iStopMotion is quite simply the must-have software for any creative classroom, and every wired educator. This is an incredibly powerful educational tool that neither you nor your students will outgrow, and is only contained by the limits of your combined imagination. It is the single best piece of software for helping students become content creators and publishers we have ever reviewed. Period.
Read the complete iStopMotion review on WiredEducator.com.
by Bastian - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - Permalink
In Mac OS X 10.6.4 Apple introduced support for remote controlling Canon DSLRs. The Mac OS X 10.6.5 update broke that support again. With iStopMotion 2.8, support for using Canon DSLRs for capturing stop motion movies or time lapse movies is coming back.
The first public beta is now available.
by Cara - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - Permalink
Created and written by Lawrence Vincent (age 17) of North West England, Lancashire, this impressive and humorous iStopMotion animation series - Green Roots - depicts the curious lives of a group of vegetables living together in a vegetable patch. In this episode, the vegetables encounter a hungry snail. They must get rid of the snail, but how? Will they get rid of him before they are eaten? Watch and find out!
by Cara - Friday, March 25, 2011 - Permalink
Our latest search for new camera equipement to recommend to our iStopMotion users brought us to the Hue HD Webcam from www.huehd.com. Not only is the Hue HD Webcam great for video chats and recording your own YouTube videos, but also for creating dynamic iStopMotion animations. Its small size and flexible neck is great for capturing intricate animations at virtually any angle you want, while its manual focus ring is ideal for keeping the right objects in focus. The webcam comes complete with auto white balancing and supports a fairly high video resolution. The Hue HD Webcam's small size, flexible and adjustable frame, high-res image quality, and affordability make this camera an ideal choice for shooting great iStopMotion animations. We give it a thumbs up!
by Cara - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - Permalink
Ian Timothy adds another episode to his witty iStopMotion animation series, Beaver Creek. Ian's unique and expertly crafted short animations depicting the curious lives of beavers not only raise awareness for beaver conservation, but also portray the limitless possibilities of creative technology and the imagination.
Beaver Creek captures the life of Twigs the beaver, Drake the duck, and an unnamed largemouth bass - with the occassional antagonistic otter thrown in the mix to stir things up. Each character is carefully molded from clay, and placed in precisely built settings, fit with life-like streams, trees, and beaver dams. Every episode begins with a catchy tune sung by Twigs and Drake, and goes on to capture the everyday antics of the Beaver Creek residences. In Episdoe Six, Twigs the beaver travels back home to help fix his parent's dam.
Ian uses iStopMotion to create his Beaver Creek series. He is able to capture a single frame or sequence of frames at predefined intervals, time-lapse scenes with an interval smaller than one second, and schedule start and stop as well as frequency of time-lapse recording sessions with AppleScript support. The ability to record real-time events directly into your stop motion project also brings a real-life dimension to all of Ian's animations. You can watch all of Ian's Beaver Creek episodes on YouTube.