iStopMotion for iPad
Tell your story,
one frame at a time
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.
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 created "A high speed police chase in a tiny world" with 1/76 scale cars and black sandpaper for a road.Read more ...
Goldfish in Space: Behind-the-Scenes
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Animation Chefs: Shark Vs Rabbit #1: Spin Cycle
Kate’s Creative Catalyst: iStopMotion
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 ...Read more ...
The Birth of a Star Wars BB-8 Droid
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 ...Read more ...
Beep Beep! Here Comes Another iStopMotion Video!
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 ...Read more ...
Spacedog and Alligatorman’s Interstellar Shenanigans Continue
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 ...Read more ...
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iStopMotion and LEGO: The Perfect Animation Combination
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 ...Read more ...
Out of “The Box”
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 ...Read more ...
Finding a Box of Light with iStopMotion
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 ...Read more ...
When Spiderman Fights Iron Man
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A Day in the Life of Robin
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 ...Read more ...
Playing with Playmobil Bob
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, ...Read more ...
Outer Space Is the Limit with iStopMotion
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 ...Read more ...
The Girl, the Crow and a Whole Lot of Awesome iStopMotion
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! ...Read more ...
A Little Christmas Cheer
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A Hopeful Christmas with Colin and Li Yi Foo
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 ...Read more ...
Wonder Workshop Helps iStopMotion Fit into the Curriculum
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, ...Read more ...
A Short iStopMotion Lesson from Lake Travis ISD
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 ...Read more ...
The Science of iStopMotion
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!Read more ...
Learn How to Braid with “Hair By Josh”
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On A Quest for Animation Domination
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 ...Read more ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!