iStopMotion for iPad

Tell your story,
one frame at a time

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Making movies on a shoestring budget? No need hunting for talented actors, building a stage or even writing a script. A bit of clay or a toy can be the star of your animated masterpiece. Spending quality time with your kids? Watch them tap their creative potential and be amazed at what they create. iStopMotion for iPad is also ideal for use in the classroom and in all disciplines, honing creativity, problem-solving and communication skills in students of all ages.

Stop Motion Animation

A movie is actually a sequence of photos paraded before your eyes at high speed, usually at about 25 frames per second. Things seem to move because of small differences from one picture to the next. Early film makers invented stop motion animation (also known as stop action animation or claymation) to create a giant gorilla climbing up the Empire State Building. The gorilla puppet would be moved a tiny bit in between taking images, coming to life when the images were played back as a movie.

With iStopMotion for iPad you can now easily create your own masterpiece at home.

Time Lapse

If you want to watch a flower bloom or the fog clearing the Golden Gate, you need a lot of time and patience or you can watch a time lapse movie. If you play back a sequence of images at a higher frame rate than you captured them, slow things seem to speed up. This technique also helps to discover patterns like how clouds form which happen too slowly in real time to notice.

iStopMotion for iPad can be set to capture frames automatically at a given time interval. It also allows you to control camera exposure and focus. helping you to easily create fascinating time lapse movies.

Theater - See What You Can Do With iStopMotion

A high speed police chase in a tiny world.

Stephen Coad - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

Stephen Coad created "A high speed police chase in a tiny world" with 1/76 scale cars and black sandpaper for a road.

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Goldfish in Space: Behind-the-Scenes

"My favorite part? I loved all of it!" - that's how the kids taking part in the Goldfish Smiles Animation Xperience Workshop summed up their experience at the studio creating a ...

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Animation Chefs: Shark Vs Rabbit #1: Spin Cycle

Animation Chefs - Made with iStopMotion for iPad

Our friends, the Animation Chefs, are at it again, rebooting their Shark vs. Rabbit cartoon series, using the lessons from their Animation Starter Kit.

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Kate’s Creative Catalyst: iStopMotion

Kate Churchward - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

Australia based illustrator and artist Kate Churchward believes in the importance of details, something that is plain to see when viewing her intricate and whimsical work. Having ...

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The Birth of a Star Wars BB-8 Droid

leoand1 - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

Have you ever wondered how a Star Wars BB-8 droid is born? Hint: According to our Youtuber friend leoand1, it starts with a golf ball and some magical sand! For this video, leoand1 ...

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Beep Beep! Here Comes Another iStopMotion Video!

Jelly Eyes - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

We’ve been getting some great iStopMotion submissions from Youtubers lately! Check out this animation by Youtuber Jelly Eyes. Not only is it a great example of how smooth your ...

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Spacedog and Alligatorman’s Interstellar Shenanigans Continue

Rachel Beaney - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

When we last heard from Rachel, the Sydney, Australia native was beginning to get comfortable with the ins and outs of iStopMotion, using the software to give life to her ...

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Walking Wiromals

Tessa Holmes - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

London artist, Tessa Holmes, has established herself as a successful printmaker, having taught the subject at the London College of Communication for over 12 years. Most recently, ...

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iStopMotion and LEGO: The Perfect Animation Combination

LEGO Cartoon Creator - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

When used together, LEGO and iStopMotion can bring to life some of the most imaginative scenarios. Take a look at this short by YouTuber LEGO Creator Cartoon for a peak into the ...

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Out of “The Box”

Sabra - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

This iStopMotion video was a “first try!” We know, we can’t believe it either! “The Box” was made by Sabra, age 11, with some help from her dad. It centers around a male ...

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Finding a Box of Light with iStopMotion

Box of Light Studios - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

At Box of Light Studios, creative thinking is king. Providing children ages 6-14 with an environment for creative learning, Box of Light features classes designed to teach students ...

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When Spiderman Fights Iron Man

Lego Creator Cartoon - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

Have you ever wondered how to create your own LEGO stop motion animation, also known as a brickfilm? Lego Creator Cartoon can give you some inspiration! The Lego Creator Cartoon ...

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A Day in the Life of Robin

Robin Beumier - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

Artist Robin Beumier submitted this awesome iStopMotion video that he made using a Nikon 5100, and we’re loving it! According to Robin, he had the ambition of introducing his ...

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Playing with Playmobil Bob

Richard En vacances - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

Here’s a cute little animation to start your week off on the right foot, thanks to a little Playmobil figurine named Bob! YouTuber Richard En vacances submitted this animation, ...

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Outer Space Is the Limit with iStopMotion

Pianini - Made with iStopMotion for iPad

Who says you can’t make an iStopMotion video with your iPhone?! Vimeo user Pianini came up with a short animated movie featuring a day in the life of a spaceship, and we think ...

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The Girl, the Crow and a Whole Lot of Awesome iStopMotion

Jess Wiltey - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

We love finding awesome examples of students who are using iStopMotion as part of a class assignment, and Jess Wiltey’s video “The Girl and the Crow” is one of a kind! ...

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A Little Christmas Cheer

TFOL Animation - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but what happens if you can’t seem to find a Christmas tree in time? TFOL Animation’s Christmas LEGO special this year is quite ...

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A Hopeful Christmas with Colin and Li Yi Foo

Colin and Li Yi Foo - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

Our friends Colin and Li Yi Foo are big fans of iStopMotion, and for 2015, their annual Christmas animation was made entirely using the program! “A Hopeful Christmas” has a ...

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Wonder Workshop Helps iStopMotion Fit into the Curriculum

Nicky Bourgeois - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

Although iStopMotion can be used for many different formal learning purposes in the classroom, sometimes the best things come from little to no guidelines at all. Nicky Bourgeois, ...

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A Short iStopMotion Lesson from Lake Travis ISD

Stephanie Cardarella - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

Stephanie Cardarella, educator in the Lake Travis Independence School District, recently thought of a new way to end one lesson – through Claymation! When her class was finished ...

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The Science of iStopMotion

Katie LeFrancois - Made with iStopMotion for iPad

In Katie LeFrancois’ classroom at Richmond Elementary School in Richmond, Vermont, the science of iStopMotion runs rampant – and it’s been a big help in her curriculum!

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Learn How to Braid with “Hair By Josh”

Laura Cusick - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

iStopMotion is showing up in the beauty salon! In the video above, we get to see the whole hairdo process in all of its animation glory, from start to finish.

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Royally InspirED!

Dawn Feather - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

Dawn Feather, an iStopMotion veteran, is back at it! In a previous blog post we detailed how Dawn and her colleagues are using iStopMotion at InspirED Workshops and why they chose ...

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On A Quest for Animation Domination

Hether Hoffmann - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

Hether Hoffmann is an art teacher at Quest Academy in Palatine, Illinois. A school for intellectually gifted children aged preschool through eighth grade, Quest Academy offers an ...

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When the Wind Blows

Susan Sey - Made with iStopMotion for Mac

iStopMotion – so easy, even a nine-year-old can do it! She’s at it again, by the way, and this time her animation is all about a windy day in autumn.

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Key Features

  • Camera Overlay
  • Instant Playback
  • Animated GIF
  • Audio
  • Remote Camera
  • Remote Control
  • Continuous Exposure
  • White Balance
  • Share
  • Theater

Camera Overlay

Better control, easier animation, a higher sense of achievement

The camera overlay is the magic sauce of iStopMotion for iPad. While animating, you can actually see what changes you make to the scene by seeing both the last picture you've taken and the current view from the camera overlayed. This lets you animate very quickly and with high accuracy. You can easily adjust the opacity using an innovative control that appears when you tap and hold on the iPad.

Instant Playback

Immediate gratification, more fun, better learning

At any time during animating your story, tap the play button to see what you've done so far instantly without "waiting for rendering to finish". This is immensely gratifying and the key to having fun with stop motion animation. This is especially important to kids to keep them interested and motivated, a prerequisite for a better learning experience.

Animated GIF

Looping videos for almost everywhere

Up to 200 frames can now be exported into an animated GIF. This new feature is a great way for animators of all levels to share snippets of their work in a quick and easy manner. It can be used in email and plays back automatically in many email apps. It can play on almost any browser without a plugin, so it can easily be used on many platforms that allow for the upload of images.

Audio

The perfect sound track for your video

Record audio for use in your iStopMotion project directly in iStopMotion or import a soundtrack from the iPad's music library, your Dropbox, SoundCloud, via iTunes File Sharing or from any other iPad audio app. iStopMotion for iPad lets you add a soundtrack to an existing animation, or helps you animating to a prerecorded soundtrack by showing the audio waveform and playing a preview to help you figure out a music title's rhythm or the dialog.

Remote Camera

Higher Quality and better camera position

You can use the front and rear cameras of your iPad 2 (or newer) with iStopMotion, but in some cases, you might want a better camera or one which can be more easily positioned. The iStopMotion Remote Camera app (available from the App Store free of charge) turns your iPhone 4 (or newer), iPod touch 4th gen (or newer) or a second iPad 2 (or newer) into a remote camera, connected via Wi-Fi.

Remote Control

Avoid to move the camera inadvertently

If you move the camera unintentionally between taking frames, there will be jerking in your stop motion or time lapse movie. To avoid this, connect a wired or bluetooth headset and use the "Play/Pause" button for capturing frames. There are also a number of bluetooth remote controis that can be used, some of which you can find on the Accessories page.

Continuous Exposure

Easily adapt to changing light

When making a stop motion movie, you usually want to make sure that the light doesn't change from one frame to the other and keep the exposure setting of the camera constant to avoid what is known as flickering. But when shooting time lapse movies of sunsets where the light changes considerably over time, you'll want to set the exposure to continuously adapt, creating a more natural looking movie.

White Balance

Get more natural looking colors

Some lights cause objects to look more orange, others more blue than they are. Normally, the camera tries to adapt to this automatically. This automation is sometimes distorted by the color of the objects in the scene themselves and might change when you add or replace objects. Manually setting and locking the white balance helps to get more natural, vibrant colors.

Share

Get it out into the world

iStopMotion for iPad uses iOS sharing to send your video to almost anywhere you want: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Sina Weibo, Dropbox and a lot more. Teachers can easily collect their students work in order simply to share it with the class or to collaborate on a bigger project. Students can easily send it to their family or friends to proudly show off their creations.

Theater

Be inspired by your fellow animators

The built-in Theater features a selection of cool movies made by iStopMotion users from around the world. You can learn animation tricks or get inspiration by watching them. And you can submit your own work to be featured and admired by thousands of viewers world wide!