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See What's New in Version 2.3

April 22nd, 2014

Tell your story,
one frame at a time

Overview

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.

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.

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.

New in Version 2

Audio Recording

You can now record audio right inside iStopMotion for iPad, either before capturing frames or after while watching the clips play back. Already have the script written? Record it into iStopMotion for iPad 2 then animate frames to the soundtrack. Or work vice versa. Limit the soundbyte to the length of the current clip, monitor the audio signal coming into the iPad and preview the sound to ensure it’s just right. Use the iPad’s built-in microphone, or any microphone or other sound input device compatible with the iPad.

Audio Library

Now, iStopMotion provides more ways of importing audio files into a stop motion animation or time lapse film. In addition to pulling in music from the iPad’s Music Library, you can import music or a pre-recorded soundtrack from Dropbox or SoundCloud, or copy audio files prepared on a computer to iStopMotion for iPad 2 via iTunes File Sharing. You can even use other iPad apps to create audio and open it in iStopMotion. Imported audio files are automatically stored in iStopMotion for iPad’s audio library for future use

Get the Full Picture

iStopMotion for iPad 2 now features a Navigator in addition to the classic Timeline, which displays the full animation from start to finish at a glance, including the sound track visualized as a waveform. With a visual representation of your movie’s sound, you can easily recognize significant events in the soundtrack, making it easy to match sound with the animation. Click and drag the Navigator’s slider to scrub through clips or quick-jump to specific scenes by tapping the desired section. The Navigator can also be hidden to provide a larger workspace for animating.

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.

Animation by Charlie Collier

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

Quickly add a bit of music to your movie and share your creation online with friends, family or the rest of the world via email, on YouTube or on your Dropbox and tell everyone via Twitter, Facebook or Sina Weibo. Teachers can set up a server in their classroom with WebDAV and can now specify which export options should be available to the students.

iCloud Integration

Use iCloud to send large movies by email

Stop motion movies and especially time lapse movies in HD can become rather large, often larger than your email provider allows for attachments. If you've set up your iCloud account, you can upload your movie to iCloud and email your friends a link to it instead of attaching the huge file directly to your email.

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!

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