by Megan - Friday, May 31, 2013 - Permalink
Hey! Happy Friday, everyone! It's time to let loose, so throw on your favorite record and jam out. Watch the video above for some inspiration on how to get down. Whether it's head banging, arm flailing or breakdancing, everyone has a preferred dancing method, and the weekend is the perfect time to show off those moves.
In the iStopMotion animation above, the filmmaker created his character "using a copper wire puppet with a wooden head and a mouth of plasticene." He adds, "The backdrop was an old shirt, I sewed the puppets shirt and screen-printed on a logo from a Winnipeg landmark, glued on some denim pants... Oh, and I used lots of hockey tape." As for iStopMotion for Mac, he tells us it was easy, simple to use and intuitive.
Hope everyone has a rockin' weekend!
by Megan - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - Permalink
We're halfway through the week (even more than halfway, depending on what side of the globe you live on!), and to celebrate, we just launched an update to our stop motion animation app of choice (wink, wink), iStopMotion for iPad 2.1. The latest update to the app for the iPad® 2 or higher now offers WebDAV support and push notifications. With WebDAV support, teachers using iStopMotion for iPad to enhance the curriculum can easily set up a local server to collect work created on multiple iPads, allowing students to collaborate on class- or school-wide projects. This eliminates the need for a cloud service such as YouTube or Dropbox, which is especially important since using the cloud is often restricted in many schools. We're excited to see how schools and summer camps and workshops will use iStopMotion for iPad to make learning a more immersive and fun experience!
Additionally, users can now enable the new push notifications feature in both iStopMotion for iPad and the iStopMotion Remote Camera app (available for iPhone 4 and newer, iPod touch 4th generation and newer, iPad 2 and newer, and iPad mini) to receive an alert whenever great new iStopMotion examples are available in the Theater, so they do not need to check periodically themselves. So if you're stuck inside on a rainy day (like we are today), you can check out any of the animations available in the theater to help entertain and inspire.
Not sure how exactly to get started? Check out the Animation Chefs' blog to watch their awesome web series, read and watch tips and tricks on animating, and much more. We posted an oldie-but-goodie video above from them - Episode 5 from the Chefs' series, featuring Justin Bieber and Godzilla. It's awesome and will be sure to inspire! Whether you're looking for an exciting and interactive way to tell stories for educational purposes or just want to have some fun bringing some inanimate objects to life, iStopMotion for iPad is a great way to do it.
iStopMotion for iPad 2.1 and Remote Camera Pricing and Availability
iStopMotion for iPad 2.1 is now available on the iPad App Store for 9.99 USD or as a free update for existing users. iStopMotion Remote Camera is available for free in the App Store.
by Oliver - Thursday, May 23, 2013 - Permalink
Animation Chefs make a delicious 2.5 D clay fish animation. With Bubbles!
by Megan - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - Permalink
This past April, a few of our dear friends made the brave trip out to Las Vegas, Nevada for the National Association of Broadcasters Show, otherwise known as NAB. It’s one of the biggest broadcast shows of the year, where industry professionals of all shapes and sizes come out to meet and do business.
The Padcaster was one of our friends to make the journey to the busy conventional halls filled with over 1,500 exhibitors and over 90,000 media and entertainment professionals. If you’re unfamiliar with the Padcaster, it’s a pretty nifty iPad case that transforms the iPad into a moviemaking machine (you can see why we like this). It allows filmmakers to mount the iPad to a monopod or tripod for smooth shooting, as well as to attach accessories like mics and lights to help enhance the shoot. With the Lenscaster, a separate accessory, users can attach their preferred lens to the device, giving them control over the iPad camera’s focus and depth of field.
With the Padcaster in tow, “Padcastin’ Gary” set out to, um, “interview” show exhibitors. These unsuspecting victims were expecting a press interview – what they got was something entirely different. Watch above as they get hilariously spoofed in this NAB wrap-up from the Padcaster, which was shot, edited and uploaded directly from the iPad, all from the NAB show floor.
About 53 seconds into the short film, you’ll notice a certain filmmaking technique Boinx is famous for – timelapse. Padcastin’ Gary zips down the crowded NAB aisles as he shoots a timelapse of all the action (…happening behind his head…) using Boinx’s iStopMotion for iPad. Days one and two start out the same, with Gary (aka Katie Holmes, aka Fred Flintstone, aka Elmer Fudd…you’ve gotta see it to understand) wreaking havoc on NAB exhibitors. By day three, you can see Las Vegas is beginning to catch up on Gary…and gets him completely by day four, and iStopMotion for iPad catches it all.
All that aside, the Padcaster is an awesome tool to use with iStopMotion for iPad. By mounting the Padcaster-held iPad to a tripod, shooting still frames in iStopMotion becomes so much easier. The camera is no longer shaky and animators can achieve great, smooth shots. Plus, lights can really enhance the entire shoot, with consistent lighting throughout the entire film. And if you want to get real fancy, throw in your favorite lens using the Lenscaster. You’ll be on your way to Hollywood in no time!
by Megan - Monday, May 20, 2013 - Permalink
...The Photography Corner, that is! Tim Walker of the leading photography resource website recently took a (long) look at FotoMagico 4. Here is his review:
A while back I was asked to review slideshow software “FotoMagico 4” by Boinx Software. I’ve played around with it a couple of times, and it’s probably one of the most comprehensive pieces of slideshow software I’ve played with to date (one of the reasons it’s taken me so long to review - version 4 has been out over half a year!), functioning more like a full-fledged video editor as opposed to simply a slideshow creator. It will take users a while to figure out how to use the many features, but after learning the various techniques and tricks required, FotoMagico 4 can produce a fantastic montage of photographs.
...It really is an impressive piece of software. If you want to turn your photographs into a beautifully-crafted video - complete with movement, sound and graphics, FotoMagico 4 by Boinx Software is a great choice. While it has a fairly steep learning curve, once you make it over the hump, the projects you create will more than impress.
by Megan - Monday, May 20, 2013 - Permalink
Happy Friday, everyone! We want to kick off this weekend right – and to do that, we’d like to present: iStopMotion 3.1! The latest upgrade to our stop motion animation program, iStopMotion 3.1 now offers a feature you’ve been asking for – the ability to create stop motion and timelapse videos by capturing frames directly from your computer screen. Pretty neat, right? Pair iStopMotion with any of your favorite illustration programs (like Photoshop or Illustrator) or any other app you desire, and record your creation process. The possibilities really are endless – if you can think it, you can do it! We’ve also added in the ability to export to Apple® ProRes video format if the codec is installed, so you can directly import animations into Final Cut Pro® X without the need to transcode. And, as with all updates, we’ve fixed a few bugs to help give you an overall smoother animating experience.
We asked our newest friend Cody Creed, an art teacher from Manitoba, Canada to test out the new feature. He tells us:
“The iStopMotion screen capture feature is exceptional. It is a real pleasure to watch the application in action. As an artist, I wish to share my process. This feature makes it easy to show how I create images from scratch in a dynamic and interesting way. I also find it works great in spaces. That way you can capture without the visual clutter of two applications at once. It has a great deal of potential, which will be realized when the art community gets their hands on it.”
Creed has been using both the Mac and iPad versions of iStopMotion in the classroom for years and has students animate things like scientific processes and current events. He says the interactivity and ability to see certain processes sped up in a stop motion animation helps students better understand certain concepts. Watch Cody’s video above to see what’s possible with the new screen capture feature.
iStopMotion 3.1 is now available both from the Mac App Store and the Boinx website for 49.99 USD or as a free update for existing v3 customers. iStopMotion 3.1 requires OS X 10.7.4 Lion or newer.
More About iStopMotion
Boinx iStopMotion is the leading solution for stop motion animation and timelapse capture, used by many thousands of parents, kids, teachers, brickfilmers, pro animators and anyone with an interest in this fascinating movie making technique. From tilt shift and color correction to creating high quality HD movies, iStopMotion is a comprehensive application for the Mac that makes it possible for users of all skill levels to create exciting stop motion animations. In 2011, Boinx Software added iStopMotion for iPad to its family of stop motion animation products. Whether you just want to spend a magical weekend with your kids or are a serious animator, now it's time to tell your story, frame by frame with iStopMotion.
by Megan - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - Permalink
The newest installment of BoinxTV directly supports the global distribution of live news
The landscape of news distribution has changed dramatically since the dawn of the Internet Age. These days, the “Twitterverse” is usually the first on the scene with breaking news – albeit allegations at best in most scenarios – with credited online news organizations following shortly after with more legitimatized versions of the story. With these younger news sources delivering stories at what, at times, feels faster than the speed of light, broadcast television has had to find ways to adapt and keep up in the race to deliver news.
Television news broadcasting operates differently than that which is published on the vast online stratosphere. Needless to say, it requires a physical presence – journalists reporting from a newsroom or on the scene with a camera crew. Delivering a story isn’t always as simple as logging on and posting an article written from the comforts of one’s home. So when Chris Yates, an aviation analyst and regular talking head for stations like the BBC and CNN, was called on to correspond on breaking news stories, he’d often have to drive out to a station’s respective news center, or have a news truck sent out to him. That is, until he discovered BoinxTV.
“There’s traditionally been very little robust software available that would allow me to link into a live broadcast virtually. I checked out all manner of solutions but almost everything I tried turned out to be very low end and failed to deliver,” Chris said. “In late September I happened to get chatting with a couple of broadcast engineers about different ways to stream live video and audio from my home office to the broadcast screen, and they recommended checking out BoinxTV. I’ve been using it for several months now, and it’s proving to be very, very robust.”
Chris has worked in the broadcast and print industries for over 30 years. He cut his journalistic teeth with a decade-long stint in BBC radio, before switching to print media with the globally renowned defense publisher Jane’s Information Group as an editor and company spokesperson across radio and television. At the same time, he successfully ran his own aviation security, safety and terrorism consultancy business on the side, which went fully independent in 2009.
Chris has been across most of the major aviation-related stories for over a decade, including the Concorde disaster, 9/11, Air France 477, Underwear Bomber, Bin Laden death and many others. Although he knows his way around the radio or television studio like the back of his hand, Chris now has the luxury of broadcasting live from his own home office studio.
“Standard practice in the past was an alert call to request either a studio appearance or whereabouts for a satellite truck to attend,” Chris tells us. “Given we live and work in a 24-hour news cycle environment, it’s vital that mainstream broadcasters have access to informed comment around the clock. News organizations I’ve worked with across the globe for very many years know that whenever a major event is breaking within my areas of expertise, they can simply call for a talking head who is able to go live within minutes and provide extensive insight, thanks to the increased capability offered by BoinxTV.”
Being available for a live television broadcast would often require Chris to travel to the nearest studio at the first hint of trouble in the past. While the nearest BBC and ITV studios (both of which have reciprocal arrangements to feed other global broadcasters) are a mere 18 miles away, others, like Sky News, could be up to a 40-mile journey from his home office.
“Major news events that once consumed huge amounts of time are now responded to with a couple of mouse clicks, and at a fraction of the cost previously incurred in terms of personal travel. Not to mention studio booking fees and satellite uplink time incurred by others,” Chris says.
Given the immediacy of radio and television news nowadays, the majority of mainstream broadcasters are increasingly turning to telecommute solutions such as Skype to get on-air talent live as quickly as possible. Chris says that early tests with Skype demonstrated particular issues, such as out-of-sync audio and video, that could have a big impact on an effective performance in the live-to-air environment.
“With BoinxTV, I can bring audio and video together and have lip sync lock, thus making the stream look real, as opposed to something cobbled together at the last minute,” Chris comments. “I’m also really excited about the ability to do green or blue screen. This allows me to deliver a feed specific to whichever broadcaster I’m appearing on at the time, therefore maintaining appropriately targeted visuals.”
He adds, “BoinxTV is a very powerful piece of software with which I can do anything from virtual sets through picture in picture to standard lower thirds. Broadcasters I speak to regularly are extraordinarily astounded by the sound and video quality inbound to them and destined for live broadcast nationally and globally.”
In his office studio setup, Chris runs a primary quad core iMac workstation and dual core MacBook Pro, along with an iPad and a couple of iPhones. A Canon 3CCD camera, full digital audio, and color-corrected lighting enables live television appearances. Two 32-inch Toshiba monitors allow him to actively view live off-air scenes from the field, enabling him to appropriately react to an evolving story in real time as he broadcasts live. “Outbound feeds are achieved predominantly via Skype and delivered by standard or high-bandwidth broadband links. I typically feed out in standard definition, leaving broadcasters free to upscale to suit their own requirement at the other end,” Chris concludes.
Chris recently took to the air and clocked up 18 hours of solid television and radio broadcasting over a single day across CNN, BBC World, Al Jazeera, Sky News and multiple other domestic and international channels, aided in large part by BoinxTV software.
Now THAT’S something to Tweet loudly about.
by Megan - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - Permalink
Claiming the record for World’s Smallest Stop Motion Film by Guinness World Records, IBM has launched themselves from technology giant to filmmaker phenoms. The viral video was posted on April 30 and has already been viewed over three million times! The official description of the video says, “the ability to move single atoms — the smallest particles of any element in the universe — is crucial to IBM's research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times. A movie made with atoms.” Watch how this amazing stop motion movie was created and prepare to be blown away.
Stop motion animation is being used more and more for educational purposes because of the easy to use tools available (like, ahem, iStopMotion!) and quick comprehension for young students. Just as IBM transformed their lab in the video above, science classrooms are being turned into film studios. Stop motion is no longer just an artistic medium, but a powerful learning tool when put in the hands of students. Check out some other ways that stop motion, and iStopMotion in particular has been impacting the world of education (like this! And this!) and click here to read more about IBM’s continual contributions to the world of atomic memory.
by Oliver - Sunday, May 05, 2013 - Permalink
20-year-old iStopMotion prodigy Charlie Collier collaborated with Lincoln Durham on the new music video for Durham's song "Ballad of a Prodigal Son", a rather dark story. Read more about the project.
by Oliver - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - Permalink
Animation Chefs worked with a group of local kids to make an adventure movie about discovering an ancient pyramid in a jungle and finding ghosts there. They took pictures of them doing different facial positions which they then printed out on card stock white paper. They cut out just the faces, and then built some bodies out of construction paper.