Introduction: How to Stop Motion

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Ever Wondered how stop motion animations are made or have you ever wanted to make one? I'll show you in this instructable

Step 1: Get a Webcam

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You need a webcam or any camera that will connect directly on you computer and that can be used as a webcam. You can get a cheap webcam that will work fine online.

Step 2: Get the Proper Software

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You need the proper software to make a stop motion animation. I use Stop Motion pro 4 whis costs money, but before i used that i used Stop Motion Animator which work very well and doesnt cost anything. You can find this at

Step 3: Get You're Imagination Going

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The most important part about making a stop motion animation is imagination you need an idea and that will make you a good stop motion.

Step 4: Take Your Pictures

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A stop motion is a lot of pictures put together, you draw, sculpt, make or arrange something, then you take your hand out of the picture and take a picture, you repeat this until the animation is complete..

You are done!

If you have any Questions or need specifications, comment and i'll be happy to answer..I do look at all the comments.

(Sorry for crappy video quality, for better quality videos and for all of my stop motions go to stop motion animations


Steinvorth (author)2012-09-24

Best Stop-Motion maker

killerjackalope (author)2008-10-18

You need a front image, not to mention images for the other steps missing ones also you're best uploading your video to an embeddable to site, to let people view it easily and so you can embed in to your 'ible. It would be nice to see more detail and such, I've done some big stop motion projects with various software and cameras and there's a hell of a lot more to it than just that.

these are the basics, of yourse you can go into something much more complicated than that but you can easily make a stop motion with these steps.

Fah, I'm making a few later in the year - expect an 'ible on the complicated rubbish then

haha i'll be looking for it :P

jakee117 (author)2008-10-18
I did a stopmotion video on youtube

it got removed for copyright infringement because I used the song "paradise city"
by guns and roses in it, so I swapped with a song on youtube's audioswap

JakeTobak (author)jakee1172008-10-18

I'm highly offended by your credits, dog (curly) and dog (normal)!? Does that mean that curly dogs are some how abnormal? I'm calling PITA and the Curly Dog Alliance!

jakee117 (author)JakeTobak2008-10-19

his hair is so messy that he gives himself dreadlocks... =D

he is a very dopey dog, and he likes to lick alot

GlueyMcGee (author)jakee1172008-10-18


jakee117 (author)jakee1172008-10-18

sorry... my little bro thought it'd be funny if he flicked off the camera... should change that...

The Jamalam (author)2008-10-19

hahaha the clay man looks like eric

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