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Stop-motion animation has a long history in Hollywood, from films like King Kong to Coraline, but it can also be a fun and relatively easy weekend art project. Whether you're a hobbyist looking for a creative outlet for yourself or your kids, or a professional who wants to try stop motion, this course will help you create your own short stop-motion films. Rich Harrington shows how to shoot the initial sequences with an iPad, smartphone, or DSLR camera, and then assemble them into a short animated movie using iMovie and the iStopMotion app. He'll also show how to export your final project and get it ready to share or move into a professional or semiprofessional video editing application.
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That was a lot of fun. Let's get the movie out so we can share it or edit it. Inside of iStopMotion, you need to save your work. So make sure it captures all the frames you've already recorded. The last thing you want to see is a crash and lose something. Once that's done, you could choose File> Export. Note there are a few options. If you want to go to an animated GIF, you could choose that, but my purposes here are to make a video file. One that I could either post directly or edit further.
Here we go. File> Export. I need to give it a name. There we go. And let's customize that export, note under Settings you could choose a Codec. If we want to go directly to the web we could choose H.264. Or, simply opening this up here, you'll find several presets available. Let's save this as an H.264 file, which is very similar to what might be recorded in a DSLR. I'm going to take this into iMovie next. So that's a good balance of quality and size. There we go.
Target the folder. And click Export. You see it writes the frames to disk. Now, under that Export menu, there are lots of choices. You'll find different codecs, different presets for different types of delivery, including options to make it easier to go directly to popular websites Keep in mind, it may take just a little bit depending upon the length of your animation. Alright, the export is done. And there you have it, that completes our shooting process. Remember, you can combine as many of these techniques together into your own shooting style. And please be sure to experiment.
It's a lot of fun, and the more you do it the more ideas you'll come up with that are truly creative. Now, the clips are ready to be posted, or we could take them into some additional editing.
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