by Megan - Friday, December 28, 2012 - Permalink
If you, like many others, happen to be traveling by plane this holiday season, here's a bit of what to expect at the airport. LEGO Airport created with iStopMotion in the "Christmas aftermath" at the Butterati household - courtesy of Twitter (@guybutterati). Safe travels, everyone!
by Megan - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - Permalink
Well, Christmas Day is finally here! For those that celebrate, depending on where you are, you may be enjoying a Christmas lunch or dinner, while for others, “visions of sugar-plums” may still be dancing in your heads. Others may be ripping presents open as we speak! No matter what time zone you're in, and whether or not you celebrate Christmas, one thing is true – there are a lot of great Christmas and holiday films to enjoy this time of the year! In particular, stop motion animation has really made a splash during the holiday season throughout the years, with classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which dates as far back as 1964!
There are some of us who can remember these films' original releases, while others simply enjoy watching them replay on television each year. Rankin/Bass, an American production company, was famous for creating these stop motion animation films, and added famous films like Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, The Year Without a Santa Claus, and Rudolph’s Shiny New Year to the original Rudolph’s family of holiday classics. So, which of these stop motion animation films is your favorite? Or do you enjoy an edgier Christmas film, like Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas? Let us know!
And while you think about it, we’ve posted one of OUR holiday favorites above – a repeat from last year but wonderful nonetheless. It was created by our friend Supercol, and it’s called The Best Christmas Gift – made (with love) using iStopMotion. Colin’s film is a great reminder that it doesn’t matter what gifts you get or give to loved ones for the holidays, it’s about spending time with those special people who love you for who you are!
PLUS, don’t forget to grab your very own iStopMotion for iPad or Mac at special prices for a limited time only (ends December 28) and start creating a holiday masterpiece of your own! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
by Megan - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - Permalink
It's been one year since iStopMotion made its remarkable debut on the iPad - and TEN years, believe it or not, since Boinx launched the critically acclaimed iStopMotion product family. To say the least, we're excited! So don't just STAND there, get iStopMotion for iPad 2 now (and for cheaper we might add: $4.99 special pricing!!!), and start creating your very own stop motion animations. Oh, and did we mention the brand new sound capabilities our app now offers? We really think you're going to like the sound of it... See what's new below. Happy holidays!
New Features in iStopMotion for iPad 2
Step Inside the App and Get Lost in the Music
Animators 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. The app provides ultimate control over recording, including an option to limit the sound bite to the length of the current clip and an audio reader displaying the audio signal coming into the iPad. By default, the app uses the iPad’s built-in microphone, but animators can use any microphone or other sound input device compatible with the iPad. Preview the sound to ensure it’s just right, then enjoy watching and listening to your original masterpiece.
An Endless Supply of Audio
With music libraries overflowing with songs, a multitude of programs to create original music and sound effects galore available on the Internet, we’re inundated with sound. Now, iStopMotion for iPad provides even more ways of importing those external audio files into a stop motion animation or time lapse film. In addition to pulling in music from the iPad’s Music Library, animators 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. iPad pros can even use a separate app, like djay from Algoriddim, to create audio and open it in iStopMotion.
Help Along the Way is Music To Your Ears
Getting started, iStopMotion for iPad’s “Working with Audio” guide will assist all moviemakers with adding in sound, whether they’re recording audio within the app or importing it from one of its many sources. After audio is recorded, an audio waveform appears on top of the animation’s timeline. With a visual representation of their movie’s sound, animators can easily recognize significant events in the soundtrack, making it easy to match sound with the animation. Imported audio files are automatically stored in iStopMotion for iPad’s audio library for future use.
Get the Full Picture With a Brand New Navigator
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. Animators can 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.
iStopMotion for iPad 2 SPECIAL Pricing and Availability!
To celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of the iStopMotion product family, for a limited time only, iStopMotion for iPad 2 is available from the App Store for just 4.99 USD (regularly 9.99 USD) or as a free upgrade for existing users. Its companion app, iStopMotion Remote Camera, is also available now from the App Store for free. Give the gift of animation by gifting iStopMotion for iPad 2 to friends and family. iStopMotion for the Mac is also on sale for just 19.99 USD. But hurry! Special pricing for both apps ends December 28th!
by Oliver - Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - Permalink
10 Years ago, on Dec. 18th, 2002, we released the first version of iStopMotion. Dubbed "Last Minute Christmas Preview" it was an instant success, despite being an ugly Java app. Several rewrites later, iStopMotion 3 for Mac still receives raving reviews from all over the world and was just named one of the "Best Apps of 2012" at the Mac App Store! The image on the left is a screenshot of an early version.
To celebrate, iStopMotion for Mac and iStopMotion for iPad will be on sale for 10 days until Dec. 28th, 2012!
iStopMotion for iPad is just US$ 4.99 at the App Store.
Did you know that you can gift iStopMotion for iPad?
by Megan - Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - Permalink
Being the new guy can be tough! In this iStopMotion short film by Adam Choules, watch and see what happens when some guys at work play a practical joke on the newbie.
Adam’s thoughts on iStopMotion for the Mac? “It was spectacular! It never crashes (unlike other software for the Mac) and it lets me see that last picture I took!”
by Megan - Friday, December 14, 2012 - Permalink
It’s the holiday season, which means – picture-taking time! By the time January 2nd rolls around you’re photo album is going to be overflowing with holiday memories – and what better way to honor those memories than by making a FotoMagico slideshow from them?! To make slideshow creation even easier for you, Boinx has updated FotoMagico to version 4.1.
So, what’s new in FotoMagico 4.1?
Media markers help users easily manage slideshows. Now, when image, movie or audio files are dragged into the slideshow document, a small green badge is displayed in the media browser in the sidebar to indicate that this media file is already included in the slideshow. This is useful when authoring large slideshows.
Sharing videos on Vimeo allows users with Vimeo accounts to keep all creative content on one channel (only available on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and newer).
Users can also now share slideshows in the ProRes video format for easy integration with professional video editing workflows such as Final Cut X. This option is only available if the Apple ProRes codec is installed.
We hope you enjoy FotoMagico 4.1! And don’t forget to share your work with us here. PLUS, check out the video above for a sneak peak at what’s to come in version 4.2. Tweet @Boinxsoftware or write on our Facebook wall with your guess as to what the new feature is – we’ll be giving away some special prizes for the best guesses. Until then!
by Megan - Thursday, December 13, 2012 - Permalink
There’s a new toy on Toy Street – and whatever he, she or it is, this new neighbor is different from the rest. An iStopMotion film made by WightKnight Studios, the film above is the trailer for The New Resident On Toy Street, a film “based on make believe.”
WightKnight created the trailer using iStopMotion for iPad paired with the iStopMotion Remote Camera on the iPhone to capture frames. He then used Apple’s iMovie app on the iPad to add effects and upload to YouTube. His favorite thing about the app – “The best thing I found using iStopMotion for iPad was it allowed me to set up a remote camera wirelessly so I could get in close and manipulate the scene with ease.”
Keep an eye out for the full-length film from WightKnight, and the next time a new family moves into your neighborhood, beware… before you end up on a “journey of no return.”
by Megan - Monday, December 10, 2012 - Permalink
Tom Piper of Mac User Group appleJAC recently tested out FotoMagico 4, and he thinks it is just what you need to take your presentation from snoozefest to captivating! Here's why:
“'Presenting a PowerPoint Slideshow' has almost become synonymous with boring and uninspiring. How about a tool that can change all of that, and make your information compelling, entertaining and informative?
Crafted by photographers for photographers, award-winning FotoMagico 4 is the slideshow tool of choice for thousands of photographers. You can turn your pictures and movies into a powerful story with a few simple clicks, then present it live in high resolution, or share it in a variety of formats, including on your iPad, iPhone, website or a DVD for your customers or peers. All with one powerful tool.
This FotoMagico 4 is easy to learn and easy to use because, as a photographer (amateur or pro or aspiring), you want to focus on the images, not the tool. You can achieve impressive results very quickly, and your slideshows are presented in the best possible quality whatever output method you choose. With brilliant transitions, layers, titles, music, narration and sound effects, FotoMagico 4 gives you the creative tools to create a magical slideshow immediately."
by Megan - Friday, December 07, 2012 - Permalink
If you celebrate Christmas, you know setting up and decorating the Christmas tree is one of the best parts of the holiday (minus stringing the lights – at least in my family). No matter what you celebrate, decorating in general with friends and family is such a heartwarming tradition we always look forward to at this time of the year. For iStopMotion enthusiast, Howard and his family, setting up the Christmas tree is still a work in progress.
“I've only been doing Christmas trees for a couple of years so I'm still learning … such as, plug the lights in before putting them on the tree, to ensure there aren't problems such as broken bulbs,” he tells us, sharing one of the wisest pieces of advice anyone can use when setting up lights of any kind. As a kid helping my mom string the lights on the Christmas tree, those pesky bulbs threatening the use of an entire set of lights were the bane of our existence, but I digress.
To show off their decorating skills, Howard recorded a time lapse of the Christmas tree set up, using iStopMotion for iPad, iStopMotion Remote Camera on an iPhone 5 and iMovie on the iPad to add a soundtrack, some titles and edit out some uneventful chunks. What does he love about iStopMotion for iPad? “The great immediate feedback, and the use of the iPhone as the camera wirelessly.”
But Tim Burton wannabes can relax – for now.
“With a three year old now, and a new baby due in February, I don't see me unleashing my latent skills as a master animator any time soon, but I hope Jacob, my son, will pick up my interest and run with it in a few years,” Howard tells us. “I was interested in stop motion in college (late 80's) but didn't have the stability of location, time, and discipline, to do anything with 8mm film at the time. iStopMotion really is a game changer!”
Thanks Howard! Happy decorating to all!
by Megan - Wednesday, December 05, 2012 - Permalink
After 25 years of operation, it’s important to check in, take a step back, celebrate your achievements and remember everything it took to get to this point. Which is exactly what Rima Design did to commemorate its 25th birthday! A design agency based in London that specializes in corporate communications and creative management, it may not surprise you to find out that our friend Colin, of the Supercols, actually works for Rima. So to wish his company a happy birthday, Colin baked his team a cake – but not just any cake.
Watch as Rima’s birthday cake makes and bakes itself in this iStopMotion film and find out what it takes to make a great design agency. Ingredients include ideas, strategy, experience, effective management, the Adobe Creative Suite and character (AKA a whole buncha nuts!). Take a look at some behind-the-scenes pictures of this iStopMotion birthday cake madness, and be sure to check out more of Supercol’s work here!
Happy birthday, Rima!