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The world is in extreme danger and it doesn’t seem as if anyone can stop the alien invasion of Earth! Will the Lego citizens be able to fend off their galactic enemies or is the world as we know it one step away from becoming extinct? MegaSpaceFighter teases us with a trailer of its epic, upcoming cinematic experience. With the help of a Nikon D90, iStopMotion Express, and Final Cut Pro, we are transported to an alternate reality, hopefully not by UFO! MegaSpaceFighter cites the “simplicity and functionality” as the best attributes of using iStopMotion. Make sure to check out their YouTube channel and return for the heroic conclusion of Target Earth.

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Film has never looked so delicious. From peeling bananas to slicing apples, this fruit salad can do it all. Through the use of iStopMotion for iPad and an empty stomach, the dream of self-preparing meals comes to life. Cam Bardell brings us a yummy display of the power of stop-motion. He says that the “app is loaded with features that are actually useful and easy to learn.” Now, if only we could teach our kitchen to do this for dinner.

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Unless you have been living under a rock (no offense or anything), you’re probably already aware of the “Harlem Shake” phenomenon that has been sweeping the nation as of late. Seriously, EVERYONE is getting in on the fun these days, even Jeff Gordon and Pepsi. Needless to say, we were pretty excited when we saw our friend, Artismia with its famous Face Mugs joining in – courtesy of iStopMotion!

Watch in the above video as one rampant Mug ignites the Harlem Shake party. Even Artismia sculptor and owner, Brandon can be seen getting down in the back. Well, we’ve got to say, we think this is the best way to start off the weekend! We love a good dance party here at Boinx, just like the rest of you. So, what’s your take on the new dance craze? Will you be gathering your friends and family together this weekend to make one of your own? Already have one?! Whether you’re making your own video or simply scouring through the many already available to view on YouTube (that’s me), we think the Harlem Shake is one of the most fun and funniest phenomena to hit the scene lately. Happy Friday, shakers!

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What started as a backyard barbecue for shutterbug enthusiasts to share their most recent work with colleagues and friends has exploded into a three-day photography extravaganza. The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph is a celebration of photography, created by photographers, for those who share a passion for images frozen in time. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, LOOK3 aims to not only share the beauty of photographs with the world, but to also educate at the same time. With a jam-packed schedule comprised of exhibitions, interviews, presentations, and workshops, there is something for everyone.

Designed to bring together the international photography community, LOOK3 attracts thousands of attendees during its June festivities. Since the Festival’s inaugural beginning in 2007, it has grown to become one of the largest photography festivals in the United States. Hanging photographs from trees, projecting images in outdoor pavilions, and building galleries around town, Charlottesville is transformed into a photographer’s paradise. But while onlookers are only aware of the fun and excitement that occurs for three days, months of long nights and early mornings go into making the Festival a success. Jenna Pirog, Producer of the LOOK3 Festival, cites one thing that makes her life a little easier come festival time: FotoMagico.

“At the first LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in 2007, we used a different software to run the presentations in the historic Paramount Theater. At some point and for reasons unknown, the audio components to the show started playing out of sync from the visual components,” Pirog recalls. “We had to find software that would ensure all the components would lock together and play flawlessly at show time.”

Billed as “3 days of peace, love, and photography,” the Festival is designed to create opportunities for attendees and artists to inspire and be inspired, to share images and ideas. The Festival features exhibits and on-stage appearances of featured artists, as well as exhibitions, outdoor projections, workshops, and interviews. Galleries feature work from around the world while many artists have the opportunity to stand in front of a packed outdoor conservatory that’s seats over 3,000! With over 20 hours of video presentations displayed, there is no shortage of digital media. The LOOK3 team needed easy-to-use software that would keep media in sync across all systems and whose performance was worthy of the artwork it displayed.

“We needed a quick way to build shows for presentations that didn’t take too much time or cause too much stress,” Pirog said. “FotoMagico creates dynamic presentations with its ability to have multiple audio tracks and video layers. Having a flawless presentation from the perspective of the audience was really important to us, and with the Present Full Screen mode, the audience never needs to see the computer desktop start screens."

“FotoMagico has been a blessing for us,” said Jon Golden, photographer and founder of LOOK3. “I can’t imagine doing the Festival with any other product that does what we do with the ease that we need.”

Not only does the LOOK3 team use FotoMagico for all of their presentations, the featured artists use it as well to construct their photography presentations. The end result is a seamless, streamlined slideshow presentation that never fails to impress not just the audiences but also the LOOK3 team – due to both the stunning visual quality and high technical achievement.

“FotoMagico has been a lifesaver,” said Golden.

But one of the most important goals of the Festival is to bridge the gap between emerging and established artists, allowing the two groups to learn from one another. By creating a platform that not only encourages the sharing of photography but also provides a stage for expressing ideas, experiences, and stories, LOOK3 established itself as an international success in the photography industry.

The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph will take place June 13-15, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. To see a list of the featured photographers or buy tickets for the even, visit the LOOK3 website at www.look3.org. Free exhibits will also be available all of June.

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For the launch of FotoMagico 4.2, we knew a second webinar was due. With the brand new layer visibility and masks features, there really was enough exciting stuff to show you. We'll cover these in detail and answer the questions asked by the viewers.
You can get the mentioned "Bonus Content" from our knowledgebase

If you want to play along or feel the urge to give it a try, download the free trial over at our Web site.

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For the launch of FotoMagico 4, we held an online webinar to show you the great new features that come with this new major version. So in this webinar we create a slideshow step by step from scratch, showing you how to use the new features. And while we go throgh the technical side of things, Peter shares a lot of insights into story telling and what to do to keep your audience at the edge of theirs seats.

If you want to play along or feel the urge to give it a try, download the free trial over at our Web site.

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As kids grow up, it seems they lose the need for those childhood toys they played with everyday. They lose their places in beds and toy bins, instead finding themselves in the trash to be lost forever. Enter Exploring senses and their new program, CommuniToy, an organization that gives these throwaways a second chance. By using iStopMotion for iPad, Photoshop, and GarageBand, Exploring Senses was able to seamlessly create a time-lapse animation sequence. The toy reuse, or “toy hacking,” workshops are totally free and attract more than 150 participants. To learn more about Exploring Senses, check out their blog at http://exploring-senses.blogspot.co.uk.

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When a young couple discovers a poster in the park advertising an “Arena Fight,” they get more than they paid for upon attending the event. The main attraction goes wild and becomes more than just the retro yellow circle from everyone’s favorite arcade game. Through an ingenious use of Legos and household fruit product, Maxi Kaiser uses iStopMotion to reinvent a timeless classic. Easily transitioning among software like iStopMotion, GarageBand, and Final Cut Pro X, Kaiser says that iStopMotion for Mac is "very easy to use" and "it’s also great for using SLR."

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Not one for puzzles or mind games? Then you need to get yourself a self-solving Rubik's Cube. From filmmaking enthusiast Ben Hartshorn, this mind-melting puzzle we’ve all spent hours irritated by finally gives us a break. Using iStopMotion 3 for Mac, Hartshorn shows us that the enigmatic block actually has a solution. To see more of his stopmotion creations, visit Hartshorn’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/returnofboredom.

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The accolades continue to pour in for the latest update of fan-favorite iStopMotion for iPad. Now in version 2, iStopMotion for iPad has been updated to include audio features that help bring any movie to life with music, dialogue, or sound effects either recorded directly in the app or imported from iTunes, SoundCloud, and Dropbox. Among a field of technological minds that continue to outdo themselves, this recognition is a great honor.

In their roundup of the best apps and products on display at the show, Macworld comments, “the update to this Best of Show winner from last year adds robust audio tools, including the ability to record through an iPad's mic and audio waveforms to help you perform your edits.” With its effortless user-interface, quick edit capabilities, and easy portability, iStopMotion for iPad 2 encompasses the best features for any budget-friendly, on-the-go filmmaker.

“iStopMotion is something that Boinx software came out with 10 years ago and about a year ago we finally brought that technology to the iPad,” said Megan Linebarger of Boinx during Macworld in an interview with All Voices, “which is very exciting because it is a very accessible tool these days.”

And that accessibility isn’t meant just for serious filmmakers either. “It’s a great education tool,” Linebarger claimed. “You put the iPad in the hands of a three-year-old and he just knows what to do with it already. Giving kids the ability to create film and use it in an educational way is brilliant. Kids love it.”

In fact, just across the street from the Moscone Center where Macworld is held is the Children’s Creativity Museum, a nonprofit, interactive art and technology museum for kids. Eli Africa, Multimedia Producer and Educator at the museum, joined us at our booth. He showed booth visitors how easy it is to make short, stop motion films and talked about the museum’s use of iStopMotion, which they have set up in their Animation Studio.

“When people visit the museum, it doesn’t matter how old they are or what their level of tech savvy is. Whether a visitor is three or 55, it’s the magic of being able to create something from scratch that excites them,” Africa said. “We’re showing our visitors the tools, but how and if they even use them is totally up to them. And with those decisions, they are able to express how they feel – through a song they love, an interview they want to conduct, anything.”

The booth was not only raising awareness about the Children’s Creativity Museum, but also, money to support the museum’s continual efforts to educate children in the arts. By giving away bright orange bendy pens to expo attendees with a suggested donation of one dollar, the Boinx booth raised $450 to donate to the museum. We want to give a giant thanks to everyone who visited and contributed to the development of multimedia teaching for kids! To learn more about the Children’s Creativity Museum, visit them online at www.creativity.org.

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