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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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Now that the clip is built, I want to share my movie to my computer and to other devices. Clicking the Share button will bring up a simple dialog. I could choose to store it in the iMovie theater so it's accessible to other apps. Doing so will render out a preview movie and share this to other devices or even to my iCloud settings, so I can view this on things, like an Apple TV. While that's going, I can continue to share to other places.
For example, I can store this in iTunes, and this makes it easy to synchronize with other devices like my iPad or my iPhone. Let's share that file. That's running as well. Let's share this as well to a file. Now, I've already stored it in the theater, so I'll uncheck Add to Theater. I see my movie there, looks good. Clicking Next, I could choose to store that to a new location. So let's go back to the iStopMotion, and I will just call this Rough Edit.
And click Save. The file is written, and all of those things are background operations, so they go pretty quickly. Lastly, you could share directly to popular websites, such as YouTube, Facebook, or Vimeo. When I choose an option, such as Facebook, it shows me the file, and when I click Next, it asks me to log in. Now in this case, I don't want to share only to me, I'm going to share my friends, and friends of friends. Clicking Next, it asks me to log in. Facebook asks you to guarantee that the material you're publishing, you have the rights to.
If you do, click Publish. Make sure you're mindful, though, of publishing clips with music that you may not have explicit permission for. That's running in the background, and shortly, I could log into Facebook to see the clip. You'll note up here a progress indicator letting you know the activity. Clicking will tell you what's happening with the individual export, as well as give you a time estimate as to how long it's going to take to create the file. There we go. Once the exports are complete, you should launch the applications that you targeted to make sure the files made the jump.
Let's check iTunes really quick, there it is, under Movies, the edit that I created, so that's great. If we launch Safari and I log into my Facebook account quickly. You'll see that the video has been posted. Let's click Play. Alright, I'd call that a success. So, there you have it, just a quick assembly of the clips over in iMovie. Remember, feel free to use any video editing tool that you have at your disposal. You should find video editing tools built into both Mac and Windows computers. And, depending upon other software you might have loaded, that can work as well.
Remember, the clips that iStopMotion makes are simply based upon the QuickTime format, so it should be very easy for you to import them and edit them. Once edited, add some music, and start to share with the world, so you can get some feedback on your creativity.
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