Introduction: Stop Motion Animation

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Here is a simple guide on how to take pictures and turn them into a short video.

All the videos that I edit are on

Materials needed:

A Camera
A memory card or camera-to-computer cable
A computer
Windows Movie Maker

Step 1: Find a Subject

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First of all find something to take pictures of. If it is a friend make sure they know how to sit still for quite a while. If it is an object..don't worry, it has all the time in the world.

It is always a good idea to write up a script or a story board so your friend/object knows exactly how to move in each frame.

Step 2: Take a Picture, Move, Take Another, and So On

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The title pretty much describes the step, have your object/person pose for a frame, take a picture. Then have them move just a little bit, take another picutre. Continue this moving only a small bit for each picture until you have all of your video recorded.

Step 3: Put the Pictures Together

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Organize all of the pictures and put them into Windows Movie Maker.

Copy them to the timeline on the bottom of the application.

Press the magnifying glass several times to get a smaller span of time in a larger space.

Shorten the amount of time that each picture takes up.

Step 4: Save and Enjoy

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In Windows Movie Maker

Go to "File"
Drop down to "Save Movie File..."

Save it

Enjoy your new stop motion animation video.

Step 5: Sit Back and Bask in the Glory of Your Camera Prowess


DillPickle1227 (author)2013-06-05

Well what if u can't download windows movie maker I have to use windows live movie maker cause its already there

hiwaarco (author)2011-05-14

We are looking for some one who would be able to draw. We are producing an animated short film
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iknowirule3 (author)2008-12-29

When I use Movie Maker, it only lets me hit the magnify button once. Why is this???Tried doing a Lego Star Wars animation movie but the length of the photos is too long. Hope someone can help plz.

voemaster (author)iknowirule32010-03-26
I have the same problem
greatpen (author)2008-04-12

I have done something similar, with Pirate lego. A story about a pirate trapped on an island.

flubs (author)greatpen2010-02-27

 lol. thats good. and funy

reedz (author)greatpen2008-04-12

Great video, this is really a simple skill. It just takes the virtue of patience. Thanks for sharing though.

Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2009-11-04

cut your hair u look like a betnik

knibbles (author)2009-06-21

Could you please unremove the video

Liberty Prime (author)knibbles2009-06-22
Actually, here's an awesome one I had.

super moderator (author)2009-05-31

For mac users (not me) try iStop Motion. Used it in my moviemaking class and loved it.

hg341 (author)2009-02-16

*must not play with legos* did you know lego means i bulit(i think)well done

Wills42 (author)2008-08-30

There are much much better alternatives to working in moviemaker. I would suggest using Monkey Jam to capture all of your photos. It puts your pictures together automatically. And it's also free! And for movies I suggest getting a desk lamp or something for lighting. No one wants to not be able to see anything. And don't forget to FOCUS! I don't enjoy seeing blurry things, and I highly doubt anyone else does too. So yeah, good instructable, you did provide good enough information, and a video, so yeah.

BurningSandman (author)2008-08-28

Just an Idea, theres this program called photoscape, that lets you do many things with your photos, one of the cooler features is Anigif, which allows you too compile some photos, and make them into a movie, it takes abit of time, but after its loaded, you can adjust the framerate and other things, it's quite helpful. Heres the link, it's free too :) :

.(((QUICKSILVER))). (author)2008-05-15

is there an alternative to windows movie maker? i have a mac

Yeah there should be, I think there is something called iMovie. One of my Mac Fanboy friends was talking about it. Ask around because I'm not exactly sure.

ok thanks i will try it out

if you want a good movie your gonna have to edit EACH photo to keep it good IT TAKES FOREVER

Sunny124613 (author)2008-08-06

uhh, I think that I kinda like this, I will try it when I get the time...

joejoerowley (author)2008-04-03

Hey nice instructable! Sadly you can't use it for the contest. I asked fungus amungus about this exactly and he said it would not be eligible so please remove it. Thanks

reedz (author)joejoerowley2008-04-03

Why in the world can't I use it? I'm not angry...but I thought it would work.

joejoerowley (author)reedz2008-04-03

IDK, i really wanted to do it also but he said I could not. Here is what I said to him, "I can I do tips for cinematography? Thanks" He Responded, "If the movie is just one frame, then yes." So I don't think this is valid. I which it was though.

Stop motion animation is synonymous for stop motion photography...did you ask specifically about about stop motion, or just movie making?

I said "cinematography" not stop motion so maybe this will work. I hope so!!

reedz (author)joejoerowley2008-04-12

Just an update...I've had this instructable in for more than a week now and I believe it isn't going to get kicked out, I haven't had any warnings yet.

joejoerowley (author)reedz2008-04-12

Cool! Thanks! Sounds Good!

reedz (author)Weissensteinburg2008-04-04

Thank you, that is exactly what I thought

reedz (author)joejoerowley2008-04-03

Hey try it anyway...if it isn't allowed the staff will tell us. It's worth it to at least try

CelloMan (author)2008-04-05

i'm trying to make a 7min 42sec vid but i've already taken over 100 photos and it is only 33secs long

CelloMan (author)CelloMan2008-04-05

P.S. the reasoon it's 7:42 because of the length of the song

reedz (author)CelloMan2008-04-05

You can adjust how long each picture is, most video cameras film at 12fps, that means that for every second there are twelve pictures. You could probably get away with six or even four per second.

CelloMan (author)reedz2008-04-05

i'm doin bout 9fps each pic is 0.13 seconds long

reedz (author)CelloMan2008-04-05

That sounds good, either add to your story line or add time where there isn't much movement

CelloMan (author)reedz2008-04-06

now i'v taken almost 200 pics and im up to a little less that a minute

reedz (author)CelloMan2008-04-07

By the way...I would love to see it when you are finished.

CelloMan (author)reedz2008-04-09

i think thats possible

reedz (author)CelloMan2008-04-09

Thank you very much.

reedz (author)CelloMan2008-04-06

Just stick with it...stop motion animation generally takes more time than most types of videos

rubberchicken (author)2008-04-08

I would recommend importing the pictures into monkey jam(Download at then put that in movie maker

reedz (author)rubberchicken2008-04-08

Thanks, I looked at that a little bit. It seems more just like an extra step to me. But I guess I'm used to having my fingers glued to hotkeys for the Movie Maker

Rocky24 (author)2008-04-05

your movie was pretty good but you took to little pictures you have to take more pictures and use a gif animator then add it too windows movie maker and save it as a video file it works much better.

reedz (author)Rocky242008-04-05

This was something we did in the middle of the summer, it is just my example. But thank you very much for the advice

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-04-03

Cool! I hope this is allowed in the contest

reedz (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-04-05

I do too...I would really love one of those wireless SD cards, I would buy one but...I'm poor

LinuxH4x0r (author)reedz2008-04-05

same here....

GorillazMiko (author)2008-04-04

Haha, cool! The video was funny with the bricks. Great job, I never knew you could do it in Windows Movie Maker.

reedz (author)GorillazMiko2008-04-05

Thanks, the guys and I did that at about 2 or 3 in the was great.

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