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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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If you're using iStopmotion for the iPad, you'll need to transfer the movies from your iPad to your computer. One of the easiest ways to do this is with iPhoto. Once you've plugged your iPad into the computer, it will typically launch on its own. Select the iPad from the Devices list. And then, using the scroll bar, locate your clips. In this case, there's not a lot on this iPad so it's pretty easy to find. I'm going to bring all of these in. Even though these may not all be used in the finished project, I'll choose them, and we can decide later if we are going to use them or discard them.
An easy way to select all the clips is to click and drag. If you'd like to select individual clips, hold down the Cmd key, and you can click on discontiguous clips. In this case, though, I'll grab all of these. With them selected, click the Import Selected button. They'll then be added to your iPhoto library. I recommend that you leave these on the device still. Later, you can go back to your iPad and delete them from there, once you know you're finished with the clips. Click Keep Photos. Right now, they're stored in two different events, because we played with this at different times.
Let's combine these into a single event. Again, click and drag to select multiple items. Then choose Events > Create Event. This prompts you that photos will appear in a single event. There they are. And click on Events in the library list. I find that giving something a more descriptive name is a good idea. So click on the event itself and name it. Press the Return key when you're finished. At this point, all of the clips are stored in that event. Once we go into iMovie or even other Apple applications like Keynote, they'll show up in your media browser.
We can now quit iPhoto and move onto the next step.
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