by Megan - Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - Permalink
MacLife's J.R. Bookwalter recently checked out iStopMotion 3 - here's a taste of the review:
"Few things in life are as magical as watching inanimate objects come to life--something about it brings out the kid in everyone. iStopMotion 3 for Mac is likely to rekindle that interest in a big way, particularly for those old enough to remember classics like the original King Kong in constant rotation on TV.
We've previously reviewed the cheaper iPad app ($9.99), which has the same basic feature set. But on the Mac side, the all-new version 3 offers some compelling advantages, not the least of which is the ability to export finished animations to iMovie or Final Cut Pro X, where you can begin assembling individual shots immediately.
The bottom line. While iStopMotion for iPad is plenty for novice users to start out with, the Mac version is a must-have for artists with greater ambitions. The extensive tools coupled with a larger, more comfortable workspace can make short work of even the largest animated or time-lapse projects.
Their final rating: 4 out of 5 - Great! Read MacLife's full review here.
MacLife is giving away two free copies of iStopMotion 3 for Mac! Click here and comment by October 1st for a chance to win!
Image of iStopMotion 3 Chroma Keying feature by MacLife
by Megan - Monday, September 24, 2012 - Permalink
If you were stranded on an island, what three things could you not live without? We all know this age-old question, and for these two shipwrecked pirates, it’s a catapult, a keg of ale, and, of course, Atari Pong (hey, this shipwrecking doesn’t sound so bad after all…). Watch as these two mate-ys attempt (and fail) and attempt again to escape their lonely fate on the island set in shark-infested waters.
Directed and animated by Jarren Harkema, Brickwrecked was shot using iStopMotion for iPad on a 3rd generation iPad, then edited on a MacBook Pro using iMovie. As for the animation process using iStopMotion for iPad, Jarren says, “It was so simple to use, and yet very flexible to allow for various fields of depth and lighting. Loved the instant playback and easy editing!”
by Megan - Friday, September 21, 2012 - Permalink
photokina, the photography event of the year (or of every two years, we should say) began just a few days ago on Tuesday. Since then, with the unwavering help of BoinxTV, the photokinaTV team has been producing a series of exclusive interviews with vendors, photographers, and more on FotoTV. The production is run entirely on BoinxTV using a Mac Pro, three Sony HDV cameras and one HDMI signal – oh, and an iPhone, which our resident video guy Bastian built in order to control BoinxTV.
Over the past four days, the crew has produced about 10 15-minute videos per day, which averages one show per hour. With about 30 minutes of pre-production prep and 10 to 15 minutes of production, the team has each video uploaded to the photokina website within the hour. If the photokinaTV crew had to rely on traditional editing, this fast turnaround just wouldn’t be possible. With BoinxTV, they’re able to get the news – and the latest scoop from exhibitors – on the site at the same time the news is announced to the world. One example of this was Canon’s announcement of its brand new EOS 6D. And with little to no room for any technical hiccups, the BoinxTV studio has proven to be a rock-solid production set-up.
In the above video, Bastian speaks with photokinaTV host Marc Ludwig about the latest upgrade to Boinx’s FotoMagico. They discuss the newest features in version 4 and how it differs from previous versions, as well as how professional photographers can use FotoMagico 4 to vastly improve their slideshow creation skills, even without a computer-science degree. Check it out – but be warned! The interview is in German, so if you’re not up on your German-speaking skills, simply check out this blog post where we spell out what’s new in FotoMagico 4. Not enough? Test drive the beta version and see for yourself!
by Megan - Monday, September 10, 2012 - Permalink
Now that you’ve got iStopMotion 3, it’s time to start making some animations of your own, and the first thing you’ll need is some characters to star in the show. Helping you get started is The Ani-Mat Guidebook – a book that will show you how to easily create and animate your own claymation models. In this guidebook by Mark Boylan, you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to sculpt clay figurines along with useful tips and tricks that will make your animations really stand out.
Ani-Mats were originally devised to help kickstart your stop motion animation projects by demonstrating how to make twelve models to animate.
This guidebook perfectly compliments the original Ani-Mats with clear text, pictures and interactive elements that illustrate the step-by-step process to create twelve amazing characters. Progressing from simple to easy and then onto tricky characters children and adults alike can soon craft a model to animate, ideal for the classroom or home.
As well as the guide to building amazing characters the book also contains chapters with lots of useful tips and tricks for stop motion animators and on how to bring your characters to life through expressions and basic lip syncing.
by Megan - Friday, September 07, 2012 - Permalink
iStopMotion has been around the world, making stops in places like Puchheim, Germany, home of the Boinx Headquarters, and Petaluma, CA at the TWiT studios. Recently, iStopMotion made its mark on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah with the Animation Chefs. If you haven’t already heard of these guys, let me start by saying that you’re missing out! They’ve got a great video podcast mini-series where they show viewers great animations, teach animating tips and tricks, and more. When their favorite show, Top Gear, took a hiatus for the London Olympics, the Chefs took it into their own hands to create a parody of sorts of the show.
The guys combined live action and stop motion animation – using iStopMotion – to create the effect of driving a toy car Lamborghini Murcielago (theirs happened to be in the shop that day... just kidding!). We absolutely love their fun and quirky take on Top Gear, and even though there was a hiccup (or two, or three) while shooting, the final product came out pretty great. If this is your first time hearing about the Animation Chefs, not to worry. We definitely plan on catching up with these guys. If we can, that is; they move pretty fast – wouldn’t you if you were driving a Lamborghini Murcielago?!
by Megan - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - Permalink
We recently met the Clay Alchemist (others might know him simply as Jon Lopez) on his animation of Grandpa the Grump, and when we spotted his talent, we became fast friends. In fact, Jon was kind enough to create the main claymation figure - the mustached, whistle-blowing dog - for iStopMotion 3! He is quite the talented sculptor and has a bevy of fun, crazy and clever figurines. An iStopMotion enthusiast himself, Jon was kind enough to create somewhat of a promo video for iStopMotion 3 – AND he even used FotoMagico to create it! Here is what Jon has to say about the latest stop motion animation software from Boinx:
“If you haven’t tried this software out – it’s just plain amazing, it’s never been so good. This is the best product release yet and it’s never been so affordable, so you’ve gotta give it a shot.”
Don’t forget to share your work with us! We love getting to know our customers and seeing what they’re able to create with iStopMotion. Be sure to submit your work here – you might even see it in our theater one day!
by Megan - Monday, September 03, 2012 - Permalink
The beginning of a new school year is upon us, and with every new school year comes new teachers, new lessons and new tools to help make those lessons come alive. Leading the pack is iStopMotion 3, which has already received its first A+ of the year from the Wired Educator.
“It’s no secret I’m a fan of Boinx software. I’ve reviewed it, and loved it, again and again. Boinx is a company that clearly understands what teachers and students need. They continually produce exciting software, and refining existing applications, that engage learning and implement wonderful easy-to-navigate user interfaces.
iStopMotion from Boinx has been one of my favorite applications for both the iPad and my MacBook, and now it just got even more amazing.
Boinx’s award-winning stop motion and time lapse standard has just been redesigned with several incredible new features.
First of all, Boinx detonated a nuclear bomb with their new pricing of this product. iStopMotion 2 originally sold for $499.00, but this new updated release has dropped the price to just $49.99 for iStopMotion 3. (It was even on sale this Labor Day Weekend at $29.99.) Despite the lower price point, iStopMotion 3 has all the features of its predecessor and several new ones too. The pricing is perfect for educators. You can purchase it on the Mac App store.”
A teacher himself, the Wired Educator uses iStopMotion with his students for digital story telling projects. He reports his students' stop motion animations and time lapse movies are not only impressive, but clearly help develop and display their critical thinking skills. We strongly believe in the power of technology in the classroom, and we’re so happy to hear they’ve had such a successful implementation of the software! Check out the Wired Educator's example above to see what is possible with iStopMotion.
The Wired Educator’s final comments? “This is an incredible application at an incredible price. Wired Educator gives it our highest recommendation. We want this installed on every MacBook so students can create digital stories and projects that Wow! their audiences. Never before has animation and stop motion animation been so simple yet so powerful, and so affordable. The possibilities for what this great software can do is limited only to the imagination of those using it.”
Thank you to the Wired Educator for helping us start the school year off on such a positive note!