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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 we have the clips on our computer, we can bring them into iMovie for some additional editing. Here, we'll add the clips together sequentially, as well as insert a music track to give it a little bit of extra life. Let's start by importing some of the files. Click the Import button, and you can easily see content. Note, you could directly import from the iPad, and this is an alternative to bring into the iPhoto library, like we did earlier. It's very similar, and you can use this to quickly browse the clips by dragging and scrubbing through them.
You also can navigate to your computer. In my case, I have a few files on the Desktop, and I've put them into a folder. So they were organized. Let's grab this music file, and this is a piece of music that we purchased to use in our production. I'll click Import Selected. Let's additionally import a few more clips, and from here, I'll go into the Exports folder. I have a movie file, which is of the banana, and I can click Import Selected, and it's added that to the project as well.
Let's grab one more clip, and for this, we'll go up a level, and take a look at the eye stop motion project directly. In this case, the eye stop motion project can actually be directly imported into iMovie, and it will optimize the clip on import. So you really have lots of different ways to go about the process. Earlier, you learned how to export directly from iStopMotion on the tablet or on the desktop. In any case, you just need to locate either your project file or an exported movie, and then use the Import command to bring them into iMovie.
If we look at the iMovie library, we can see that those two files have been added. Additionally, if we click on iPhoto library, you could see all of the clips that were previously imported using iPhoto. These are ready to use in our project.
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