Stop Motion Animation




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

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

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

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

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



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    47 Discussions


    5 years ago

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


    7 years ago on Introduction

    We are looking for some one who would be able to draw. We are producing an animated short film
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    10 years ago on Step 3

    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.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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


    10 years ago on Introduction

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


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    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 :) :


    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

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


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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