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Remember how you watched, fascinated, when King Kong climbed the Empire State building? When Luke Skywalker rode the ice beasts? When Wallace and Gromit hunted down the Were-Rabbit?

For centuries now, stop motion animation has made the fantasies of film makers come true. Whether you just want to spend a magic weekend with your kids (like New York Times tech columnist David Pogue) or are a serious animator, now it's time to tell your story, frame by frame with iStopMotion like many thousands of parents, kids, teachers, brickfilmers, pro animators and everybody with an interest in this fascinating movie making technique.

Support for DSLR Live View

For more than a year we have been working on iStopMotion for Mac to support the cameras that are now the most popular for stop motion animation: Canon and Nikon DSLRs.

The greatest feature of iStopMotion is the live preview with the semi transparent onion skinning effect that would let you see what your next step would look like before capturing the frame. But this is also the most challenging, because every DSLR does it a little bit differently.

With iStopMotion 3.6, we are adding live preview for selected Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras. See the iStopMotion support section on Boinx Connect for a list of supported models.

If your camera is not listed, please let us know via the Feedback assistant.

Key Features

  • Onion Skinning

    See what the animation is going to look like before you capture the frame.

  • Flipbook Printing

    Print your animations in a format that easily folds into a flip book to take them with you.

  • Foregrounds

    Overlay your animation with a picture or video with transparency to achieve amazing effects.

  • Animated GIF

    Up to 200 frames can now be exported into an animated GIF currently so popular on the Net because it can be used in email and on many platforms that allow for the upload of images.

  • iStopMotion Remote Camera

    Turn your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a versatile HD camera. iStopMotion Remote Camera, available free of charge from the App Store, transmits a live video feed via WiFi and supports 1080p remote capture.

  • Instant Playback

    Watch your animation before it’s finished to see if it worked out the way you wanted.

  • Tilt Shift Filter

    A popular effect as of late, make your scene look like a miniature.

  • Rotoscope

    Use another movie as a guide for your animation to get the movements just right.

  • Screen Capture

    Capture anything on your screen and turn it into an animation or time lapse movie. For example, watch Canadian artist Cody Creed create a drawing in PhotoShop.

  • More Supported Cameras

    iStopMotion can use many video cameras, USB webcams, video capture devices and digital photo cameras with support for OS X capture technologies. View a list of supported cameras.

  • Time Lapse

    Speed up slow processes, like a flower blooming or the sun setting.

  • Chroma Keying

    Animate dinosaurs into real background pictures or movies, or put an actor into an animated scene.

  • Sound Waveform

    Use a pre-recorded sound track and animate to it, for example to create a music video.

  • Sharing

    iStopMotion records and stores each frame individually for maximum quality and can export to any format supported by OS X, including Full HD and Apple ProRes.

  • Editing

    iStopMotion focuses on and perfects the art of capturing single frames. Export to iMovie, Final Cut Pro X or another video editing app to edit, add titles and sound effects.

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