How do you make stop motion?

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  1. Noise Maker

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    Just wondering what program you use. I have mac and windows, so if you could tell me how to string photos together to make stop motion using either OS, thanks!
     
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    There are two ways that I've used. Wikipedia has a ton of info.

    1. Mount a camera on a tripod, and take a photo of your subject. Slightly move your subject, take another photo. For any significant complicated movement (locomotion, walking, transforming) I'd suggest "storyboarding" your scene first. Its a labor intensive process, keeping in mind that you'll need at least 5 frames per second for even the most rudimentary motion to look convincing. a 30 second scene will have 200 individual photos, but to look good, it should have twice that.

    Also keep in mind your scene needs to be well lit, and you should not have your camera on "automatic" setting, as it will change the lighting.

    2. Video. Set up a videocamera and record your workspace, cutting out the "in between" scenes of you moving/adjusting your subject.

    Software...any sort of video editing software will work, many videocameras come with basic software these days. Adobe Premiere, iMovie, Pinnacle to name a few.
     
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    Yep just what deliciouspeter said.
    I use a video camera and import it to imovie and cut out what I don't want. Throw in some sounds and there you go.

    Tony
     
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    There's a free program called Monkeyjam that's invaluable. Works with most webcams, and you can load pictures from any source into it.

    -- MonkeyJam - Download

    Have some fun, try a few experiments before you attempt anything ambitious. I would do 24 frames per second, that's movie frame rate but 12 fps is smooth enough for most things. Try to make your animation as smooth as possible and try to make sure it gets the point across. You'll want to have pauses between some movements so the viewer has a chance to absorb what just happened. With monkeyjam it's relatively easy to change the timing. You can hold some images and put some animation on double frames if you animated it too fast.
     
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    Thanks for the tips, guys!

    I created a little test stop motion with iMovie, but I'm going to download Monkeyjam.

    I know it's bad, but the first time I did stop motion was yesterday. I'll get better.

    YouTube - bonecrusher2

    Don't know why it starts off so bad. Isn't like that on my computer; must have uploaded bad.
     
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    Wow that's great. It looks really good and fluid. It's a little slow though.
     
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    When a friend & I made our own Stop-Motion movie, I used a digital camera and took an image of each frame. It might have been a bit slower, but felt it was 'truer' to the idea of making a stop motion video. I also used Windows Movie Maker, which was a free official Microsoft download. It was easy to use, and turned out pretty well. -Of course, I'm no expert, so someone with more experience may have better advice, but I figured I'd toss in my two cents.

    EDIT: I attempted to link to the video in the middle of a sentence, but the video itself was visible; I've edited my post to repost it below:
     
  8. Noise Maker

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    Anyone know of a good video camera for around $200? I'd like to use for stop motion in addition to my regular camera.

    Thanks! I did one that's a little faster that I'll post in a sec.



    Thanks for the tip - I downloaded moviemaker and monkeyjam.


    Funny video!
     
  9. T16skyhopp

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    For FPS I recommend shooting at 24 FPS on twos, meaning shoot everything twice. It gives the look of 12 FPS which is adequate for most production animation, but gives you the freedom to shoot on ones for a full 24 FPS if you have to capture a smoother or faster movement. Ive used frame theif for simple stopmo stuff, which allows playback and onion skinning. FrameThief - Animation Software for the Mac

    I have some stopmo here : http://www.youtube.com/user/T16skyhopp
     
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    Thanks for the advice! I'll have to download that too.

    Another youtube stop motion. Just a test.

     
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    What video cameras do you guys use? I don't want to pay TO much over $300, can I get one for around that?
     
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    a cannon powershot a590IS is 179,and the 10 MP version is 189 USD, and has video mode
     
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