Stop-motion animation is a popular animation technique which was widely used by animation exports in the 90’s. The object in a stop-motion animation usually moves by itself, which brings plenty of fun to audiences. When watching a stop-motion movie, you may wonder how it is made. In fact, stop-motion effect is easy to create if you get some basic rules. So in this post, we will give you some tips to help you successfully make a stop-motion video.
Step 1: Choose a Subject.
Before shooting, you should choose a figure and a subject of your video. Honestly, it is not too difficult to find one. Any element you would find in daily life can be added to it, such as clay, wire, bulb, Lego base, Lego figure, backdrop etc. However, instead of using a natural light, it is better to add a high light to your video background.
Step 2: Choose a Camera.
In order to create a high-quality video, a digital camera is always needed. However, if you have more professional facilities, for example, a SLR (Single Lens Reflex), then you will get a better output.
Step 3: Make a Script.
If you go straight to create a stop-motion animation without any planning, you are bound to reduce yourself to a terrible position. For example, you may waste lots of time in finding a good shooting angle and designing the progress of a story or the action of a figure. Indeed, though a stop-motion animation usually tells a short story or shows a series of sample actions to audience, a good preparation can always help you make your video stand out.
Step 4: Shoot Photos.
Shooting photos is one of the most important parts of making a stop-motion animation. Firstly, you must make sure that your camera is steady, your background is fine, and your high light works well. Then you could start to adjust the gesture of your figures, but remember to act slowly, and shoot pictures one by one according to your adjusting.
Step 5: Merge Photos Into a Video.
Transferring all the photos to your computer and saving them in a disk are easy task, but you may have some troubles in merging photos into a video. Actually, a video editing software can help you in this step. Though many video editors work well, as an example, here we introduce ApowerEdit to you.
- Download and install ApowerEdit.
- Launch the program and then import the photo folder.
- Right click the photo in media library and then choose “Add to Project”.
- Right click the photo in track and then choose “Edit”.
Step 6: Edit the Stop-motion Animation.
Once you have finished combining, you may want to touch up it to get a better result. Apart from the basic editing, for example, setting the duration of your photos, you can also modify it with advance effects, such as adding filter, text, sound effects, etc. With ApowerEdit you can edit the video directly after merging. You can check the following for further help:
- Right click text and filter in media library or import sound effect to media library, and then choose “Add to Project”.
- Right click them in track respectively and then choose “Edit”.
Click “Export” > “Export to video” to generate video.