Stop Motion: What It Is and How It Works.

About: My hobbies are electronics and photography. I have an Arduino which I like to program, and I make stop motion videos with my camera. I also have a great interest in DIY.

Hello, everyone. In this instructable, I shall tell you about stop motion and how to use it. Stop motion is a form of video, consisting of many pictures played in a fast frame rate. A regular video also consists of many pictures taken in rapid succession by the camera. With a regular video, you can capture things that move by themselves. But with stop motion, you take something that normally wouldn't move without you help, for example, Lego creations. With stop motion, you can create amazing videos of things that appear to move like magic.

Step 1: Materials

To make a stop motion video, the things that you need are as follows:

  1. Camera (anyone would guess that, right?)
  2. A movie developing software (e.g. Adobe Premiere Elements; Windows Movie Maker)
  3. A light source (As it would be best to shoot without the flash setting.)
  4. The subject of the movie

Step 2: Choosing an Idea for the Video

Be creative! Think of a good one!

Step 3: Setting Up the Scene and Subjects

Once you have thought of an idea, you should now set up the scene. It can be of anything you want; blocks, Lego's, K'nex, whatever pops into your mind. Be creative. The subject follows the same principles; blocks, Lego's, K'nex, and/or stuffed animals. Then place your light source out of the camera's field of view and turn it on. Turn the flash setting on you camera off. Set your camera's settings to picture and the lighting to an adequate setting. Set the camera on a tripod, and you're ready to go. This is a scene of various items.

Step 4: Taking the Pictures

Creating the video is simple. Set the subject on the scene. Take a picture. Move what you want moved about half an inch. You can move more than one thing at a time. Take another picture. Repeat. Keep doing this until you are satisfied.

Step 5: Transferring and Creating

Take the camera to your computer and connect them. If your camera can't do that, take the SD card out and plug it into a card reader. Transfer the pictures to your computer. In order to create the movie, you will need a movie maker software. You can download Windows Movie maker for free, (less features) or buy Adobe Premier Elements, which has much more features,(I have both) but there are many other options. Upload the pictures to the program and paste them to the timeline. Then select the pictures and set their time to 1/10 of a second. Run through the timeline at normal speed to see if the pictures blend together smoothly enough. You can then attach a title, speech bubbles, sounds, and music to the video (remember to credit the author if required). Run through it for errors and save the file to the computer.

Step 6: You're Done!

You can now upload your video to YouTube, or your favorite video website.

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