Christmas Comes Early for iStopMotion

by Megan -

'Tis the season of giving - and Boinx has just given iStopMotion for the Mac live view support for Canon DSLR cameras! For anyone still looking for the perfect gift for animators, photographers and all-around techies, why not bundle iStopMotion 3.5 and a Canon DSLR? Now that iStopMotion supports Canon DSLR cameras, the two make the perfect pair this holiday season. Support cameras include the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 40D, 60D, 60Da, Rebel XSi (aka the 450D in Europe / Kiss X2 in Japan), Rebel T2i (aka 550D / Kiss X4), and Rebel T5i (aka 700D / Kiss X7i). Click here for the full list.

In the past, when you wanted to use iStopMotion with a Canon DSLR camera, you had to do without the greatest feature of iStopMotion – the live preview with the semi transparent onion skinning effect that allows you to see your next shot and make adjustments before capturing the frame,” says Oliver Breidenbach, CEO, Boinx Software. “Finally we are able to provide this feature to customers using Canon DSLRs, and we are hard at work to offer support for Nikon DSLRs in a future release.

Cult of Mac writes:

Among a long list of cool new features added to Boinx’s iStopMotion for Mac, two stand out. The first is that you can hook up a Canon DSLR and see it’s live-view output right in the app. But the second is the one you’ll really be interested in: iStopMotion now outputs animated GIFs.

iStopMotion is the perfect way to spend Christmas with some kids, be they yours or somebody else’s (NB. I don’t recommend stealing kids to do this: just use any that are already on hand). You can quickly build a stop-motion movie using household objects, modeling clay, humans or anything you like.

Disclaimer: We second Cult of Mac's anti-kid-stealing policy.

Key Features in iStopMotion 3.5
NEW – Support for animated GIF export: save any sequence of up to 200 frames as an animated GIF right to the hard drive
NEW – Screen capture: Capture anything on your screen and turn it into an animation or time lapse movie
Onion skinning: See what the animation is going to look like before you capture the frame
Rotoscope: Use another movie as a guide for your animation to get the movements just right
Tilt shift filter: One of the most popular photo and video effects today, make your scene look like a miniature
Chroma keying: Animate dinosaurs into real background pictures or movies, or put an actor into an animated scene

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