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Stop Motion Studio for iOS

Create stunning stop-action movies wherever you are.

What is stop motion?

If you've downloaded this app, you probably already have an idea of ​​what stop motion animation means. Stop motion is a film technique used to breathe life into objects. You can use it to move lumps of plastic in front of the camera, let your toy figures experience the wildest adventures and create great film effects. Well-known films such as Coraline or Wallace & Gromit were filmed with this technique. Before special effects on the computer were possible, iconic scenes such as the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park or the spaceships and war machines of Star Wars were created with stop motion.

But how does stop motion work now? A normal film camera takes pictures in quick succession, usually between 24 and 30 pictures per second. If these images are played back in quick succession, it looks like a continuous movement to us. If you now create a film with stop motion, you proceed in exactly the same way. You photograph your figure, move it a little bit and take a second photo. You repeat this until the figure has reached its destination. If the images are played back one after the other, it looks as if the figure is moving itself as if by magic.

Start the project

With the Stop Motion Studio app you are already well equipped for your stop motion film project. All you need is a good idea and the right objects and characters for your film. For example, you can use modeling clay, LEGO®, Playmobil® or homemade figures made of paper. It is best to build your set in a place where you can work on it undisturbed for a long time - ideally without daylight and illuminated with artificial light so that the lighting does not change during the shoot.

Before you start, you should make sure that your smartphone or tablet is properly aligned with the set. It can't move while you're working, or the film will be blurred. It is best to use a tripod for this.

When you're ready, start the Stop Motion Studio app and tap in the project overview to create your first project.

And action!

Your project window is empty at the beginning. To start with the first recordings, tap . Check again whether the picture corresponds to your ideas and the smartphone is securely fixed. Then you can take your first picture! Move the figures a little and take the next photo. The smaller the movements between the images, the less jerky the finished film will be.

Many stop motion films are recorded at 12 frames per second, which is exactly half the frame rate of a normal cinema film. So if you want a movement to last a second, then you have to divide this movement over 12 images. The frame rate is always a compromise between effort and fluid movements. If you want to take fewer or more frames per second, you can set the frame rate in the project settings to adjust.

To help you animate, you can show a grid in the camera preview or use the Onion Skin function. To do this, move the transparency slider down to lightly superimpose the previously captured image over the current camera preview. So you can see how much the picture has already changed and how far you still have to move the figure.

tip: Be careful not to move the camera during the scene. You can plug in the headphones provided and use the volume button to trigger the camera or use the Apple Watch app - so you don't have to touch the camera as much!

Advanced camera settings

You can do even more with your pictures if you deal with the camera settings. The default is AUTOMOBILE Activated mode in which the camera automatically controls the focus and brightness for you. This is ideal for beginners because every picture is sure to be properly exposed and in focus. Since the camera changes these settings in an uncontrolled manner between the images, this leads to light flickering and perhaps unwanted changes in sharpness. So if you're comfortable with manually setting some settings, consider choosing a different camera mode.

  • AUTOMOBILE: The camera continuously adjusts the focus and exposure for you.
  • AL: In the "Automatically locked" mode you can set and lock the focus and exposure by tapping on the screen.
  • P.: In "Exposure Locked" mode you can set the focus by tapping the screen and manually set the brightness using the exposure compensation.
  • M.: In manual mode you have full control over all camera settings with sliders: exposure time, ISO and focus. Select this mode if you are familiar with these settings and want to prevent flickering in the film as much as possible.

As soon as you get the P. or M. If you select mode, you also have the option to set the white balance manually. This influences the color temperature, i.e. whether the picture looks more yellow or blue. Choose a setting here where a sheet of white paper looks really white on the screen, not blue or yellow.

If necessary, you can use the zoom function zoom in on the scene. However, this will result in a loss of image quality, so only use this function if there is no other option.

With the interval mode you can let the camera trigger automatically at set intervals. To do this, tap the timer symbol in the camera view and select the desired time interval in seconds. You can use it to make time-lapse videos, for example.

The film editor

The editor screen is the central overview of your current project. Here you have access to all settings, the pictures you have taken so far and the film preview. The heart of this view is the preview window, in which you can see the current image. Buttons for various settings and functions are also available on the screen. Here you can switch to recording mode or play the film with the play button.

The project settings are the central location for all settings that affect the entire project.

The frame rate

Tap to change the speed at which your images are played back. This setting is called the frame rate or FPS (from the English: frames per second). A movie usually has 24 frames per second, normal videos or television are recorded in Europe at 25 frames per second. Stop motion films are usually recorded with a lower frame rate. With the standard setting of 12 frames per second you get a smooth result with the typical stop motion look. Perhaps take a few test shots at the beginning to find out which setting you are happy with. The higher your selected frame rate, the smaller the movements of the characters between the frames must be.

Quality and Format

Other important settings that you should consider at the beginning of your project are the quality and the format, i.e. the resolution and the aspect ratio of your images. Tap 4Kto set the resolution. Please note that this setting only affects new pictures and not pictures that you have already taken.

  • SD: The pictures are recorded in low quality to save storage space.
  • HD: Record in normal HD quality.
  • HQ: Recording in better HD quality, requires more storage space.
  • 4K: Record in Ultra HD with four times the resolution of HD. This setting delivers the best quality, but requires significantly more storage space.

Tap to select the aspect ratio of your movie. The standard ratio of 16:9, which allows your movie to play on most televisions and computer screens without black bars. If you want a more unusual look for your film, you can choose a different aspect ratio, such as the very wide cinema format of 2.35:1 or square.

tip: While you are working on a project, you can see the selected aspect ratio in the preview window through a semi-transparent black mask. The pictures are still recorded in 16: 9, so you can adjust the aspect ratio later. This darkened area is only cut off during export, so the finished film has exactly the selected aspect ratio.

Playback settings

In the last settings menu you can change how your project plays when you preview it.

  • Play the last few pictures only: If activated, only the last few pictures are played back during playback. This is useful when your project is very long and you only want to review the final moments of your animation.
  • Play as a loop: Your project will play in a loop until you tap the pause button.

The timeline

In the lower half of the editor screen you will find the timeline with all the images recorded in this project. You can scroll through the bar and view previous images. If you tap on an image, you will get a menu with advanced settings for that image. Double-clicking on the timeline will zoom out and you will have a better overview of longer projects.

The currently selected image, which you can also see in the large preview window, is indicated by the colored playback marker. There you will also find two numbers, the first stands for the consecutive number of this image in your project, the second number shows you the total number of images in the project.

The last picture in the timeline is gray and has a camera icon - this picture is a placeholder for the next picture you take in camera mode. If you don't want to add your next picture at the end, you can move this placeholder as well. To do this, scroll to the desired position in the timeline, tap on the preview image and then select "Insert camera" in the options menu. Any new photos you take will now be added to your project at this point.

Image options

You have other practical tools available in the image options, some of which you will find detailed descriptions at the end of this manual in the functions for experts section.

  • Break: Select the number of images for which this image should be paused. This is useful if you want to show a static scene longer, but don't want to take multiple pictures manually. The duration of the pause is then displayed as a small number in the preview image. You can always adjust the duration again afterwards.
  • volume: Inserts an audio clip at this point in the film. You can recognize images with attached audio by the small music symbol in the preview image.
  • To edit: Opens the picture editor, with which you can edit the picture according to your ideas.
  • Erase: Remove unwanted parts from your picture, such as strings or other animation aids.
  • Merging: Blend the current and previous image into one another to create the illusion of rapid movement.
  • Choose: Select this option, then drag the timeline back or forth to select multiple frames. You can then edit selected images together.
  • Cut, copy, paste, delete: These handy tools can also be used on multiple images at the same time with the Select tool.
  • Turning back: First select multiple images to activate this tool. You can then reverse the order of all selected images with one click.

Navigate the timeline

So that you don't lose track of a long project, you can zoom the timeline into a smaller view. To do this, double-tap anywhere in the timeline. You no longer see every single picture, but an overview of the project and the soundtracks. The sound is represented by the waveform below the images. Low values ​​represent soft sounds and high peaks represent loud sounds. Small blue dots show you the beginning of a sound track.

You can quickly and easily navigate through your project by scrolling the timeline. You see a live preview in the preview window and can quickly find the place you want in your film.

Add audio

When you've finished taking pictures, you've come a long way, but your project isn't finished. It's still missing - you guessed it - the sound! Because what would a film be without suitable film music, sound effects and of course voices?

Stop Motion Studio comes with a built-in sound library with lots of sounds and pieces of music that you can use in your project. To add an audio track, first move the timeline to where you want the sound to begin. Then tap the Add Media button , and then to audio. You now have an overview of all audio sources:

  • Recordings: Here you can find sound recordings that you made before in this project.
  • Theme music: A collection of pieces of music that you can use in your project.
  • Sound effects: Noises and sound effects that you can use in your project.
  • Imported: All audio files that you imported manually.
  • Media library: Here you can find your music library. Note, however, that some files are gray and cannot be selected. These files are copy-protected and cannot be used in your film project.

To import new files from iCloud Drive or Dropbox, tap the Add Media button and choose file.

Tap the play icon to hear a preview. When you're happy with it, tap the name of the file to add it to the project. If you add a new audio file in the same place, the old file will be replaced. If you want to play back two clips at the same time, you can simply add the second file to the next frame - the difference is so small you won't hear it.

Record audio

You can record audio, such as your characters' voices, right in the Stop Motion app. To record a new track, scroll the timeline to the desired location in your project. Tap the Record Audio button to open the audio recorder. Make sure that you are in a quiet and undisturbed place. When you're ready, tap Record. After a three second countdown, recording begins. Your film runs in the background so that you can adapt your recording to the pictures. When you're done, tap Stop. You can listen to the recording and, when you're satisfied, add it to the project with a tap of Done.

Edit audio

After you've added them to the project, you can edit the audio clips. To do this, select the image in the timeline to which the audio track is attached (you can recognize images with audio tracks by the small Symbol). Then tap the picture and in the picture settings tap Sound. An overview of the sound track opens with various tools. To change the length of the track, select the cut mode and drag the markers from the beginning and the end to the desired position. Then you can use the fade-in and fade-out mode to gently increase and decrease the sound at the beginning and end. Simply drag the markers into the clip, depending on how long the transition should last.

Above the audio clip you will find symbols with additional tools:

  • volume: Drag the slider right or left to adjust the volume of the audio track.
  • tempo: Adjust the speed of the audio track. Negative values ​​slow down the track, positive values ​​make it faster.
  • Effects: Distort your voice with fun effects to make it sound like a robot or alien.

Add title and credits

Your film is almost finished now! You took great pictures and added music and sound recordings to them. Now only a few effects are missing and, above all, the title and credits - after all, you want to show everyone the audience what your masterpiece is called and who made it!

What would a film be without a title? So scroll in the timeline to where you want to insert the title and then tap on Symbol. Select the title and credits to get an overview of all available templates. If you like a style, tap it to go to the editing view. Here you can edit the text and change the individual elements according to your wishes. To replace the placeholder text with your own film title, select the layer that contains the text in the layer overview on the right. Then double-tap the text in the preview window to open the keyboard. When you have entered the text, you can close the keyboard with a tap on Done. You can also change the position and size of the text. Use two fingers to make the item smaller, or tap and drag the item to another location.

You can find out more about the edit mode in the Functions for experts section.

Foregrounds and effects

With Stop Motion Studio you can set an image as the foreground for your film, with which you can make the film look like an underwater scene or an adventure in space, for example.

To do this, open the project settings and tap on . You will find a selection of predefined images, but you can also import your own image. To do this, tap on Import and choose a photo from your gallery, iCloud Drive or Dropbox. Make sure your image is saved as a PNG and with transparency, otherwise you will hide your movie completely behind it.

Fade in and fade out

Give your movie a more professional look by fading in from black at the beginning and / or fading out to black at the end. Tap into the Project settings and swipe through the settings to choose fade in, fade out, or fade in and out.

Picture effects

Put a filter over your film to give it a special look. There are filters that make your material look like old film or from a thermal imaging camera, or you can mirror or pixelate your film. Your creativity knows no limits! To get to the effects, open the Project settings and tap on the Symbol. Then scroll through the list to preview the effect. When you're satisfied, tap Done.

Now the big moment has come. Your masterpiece is ready and just waiting to be published. You can upload the film to various platforms directly from the Stop Motion Studio app or export it in your desired format.

If you still have your project open, first navigate out of the project with the arrow in the top left. A long tap on your project gives you a range of tools.

You can create a preview of your project, duplicate it or delete it. The most important function at this moment is sharing Button. Here you can now select the form in which you want to export your film.

  • Share film*: This is the most important function, here you export your masterpiece as a film file.
  • Animated GIF image: Exports your movie as an animated GIF sequence, which you can then send to your friends or export as an iMessage sticker.
  • All pictures: Exports every single picture of your film as JPEG, the pictures are numbered one after the other (Frame-00001.jpg, Frame-00002.jpg and so on). Select this option if you want to edit the pictures further on your computer.
  • Flip books: Generates a PDF file that you can then print out and view as a flip book.
  • Project: Here you can export the project file, for example if you want to keep a backup copy or if you want to continue your project on another device or your Mac. You can also export your project from the free version to the Pro version of Stop Motion Studio.

After choosing one of the options, you can now choose the location to which you want to export the file. You can send the film directly to your Mac or another iOS device via AirDrop, for example. Depending on which apps you have installed, you can also download the film directly to YouTube or Dropbox or share it with your friends via messages, WhatsApp, Telegram or Messenger. With Backup video you can save your film in the Photos app.

In addition to the standard functions, Stop Motion Studio also offers a number of functions for advanced users. In this chapter you will learn how to take your stop motion films to the next level!

The green screen is a film technique that is used very often in professional film shoots. The actors are recorded against a plain green or blue background. This colored area is then replaced by any background in post-processing. Actors can be placed on another planet, flying or in any imaginable place.

This function is built into Stop Motion Studio, you just have to prepare your film set accordingly. First, look at your characters and objects placed in the scene. Then use the color (green or blue) for the background that does not appear in the scene or appears least often. If your character has put on blue pants, then you should use a green background - otherwise your character will float around without legs afterwards!

Now place the matching colored background, such as a cloth or a large sheet of paper. To get the best results, you should make sure that the area is wrinkle-free and evenly lit.

When everything is ready, switch to camera mode in your project. Open the camera settings and select the green screen camera. A few more menu items with special settings appear.

First select in the color settings whether you want to remove a green or blue background. Next, you can use the Background menu select the picture that should be displayed as the new background. You can import your own picture or use one of the supplied designs. Finally, you can do with sensitivity still set how sensitive the camera should react to the color. Drag the slider up and down until you are happy with the image preview.

When everything is set, you can start animation and take pictures as normal.

This handy feature lets you take your pictures wirelessly with another device. For example, you can control and view your project on the large screen of an iPad while the iPhone is placed in the scene and serves as a camera. This means you don't run the risk of accidentally moving your camera when the shutter is released, and you can comfortably view the preview image while the camera is out of reach in the middle of the set.

Download the free remote camera app on another iOS device that you want to use as a camera. Start the app and position the device in the set. Now switch to the camera view in Stop Motion Studio and select in the camera settings the name of the device with the remote camera app.

If the desired remote camera does not appear in the list, tap Configure in the camera selection to manually enter the address that is displayed in the remote camera app.

Wi-Fi enabled Sony cameras

To connect a Sony camera, the camera must have the Smart Remote Control App be installed. You may need to download it from the Camera App Store first. Then open the app and connect your iPhone or iPad to the camera's WiFi network.

When your remote camera is ready, switch to the camera view in the Stop Motion Studio app and tap to see the list of available cameras. Select the camera you want, then you can continue animating as usual.

Import images into the timeline

You can add pictures to your movie from your photo library or another app. If you have already copied the desired images to the clipboard, you can simply select the desired position in the timeline in Stop Motion Studio and click Insert tap.

Alternatively, you can also click the Add Media button tap and then add pictures choose. When prompted, allow the app to access your pictures. You can now see all the images in your media library. You can switch between albums by tapping the title at the top. Now select the images to be imported by tapping them in the correct order. Open the advanced menu for more setting options. Here you can select or deselect all images, reverse the selection or mark all images between two selected images. Also, choose whether you want to automatically crop the imported images to the correct format.

tip: You can still adjust many of these settings after the import. Change the order of the images with the tools in the timeline, or change the image section in the image editor.

You can also import images from any other source, such as a Dropbox folder or another app. To do this, tap the Import icon in the Add Pictures window and select the image you want.

Edit & retouch images

The image editor is a powerful tool in Stop Motion Studio, with which you can change and edit the individual images of your film according to your wishes. You can add text and shapes, change the section of the picture, animate your character's face, or remove elements from the picture.

To start editing, tap on the desired image in the timeline and select To edit. The selected image will now open in the image editor and you will see a number of tools around the preview window.

The upper bar contains general functions of the editor, here you can switch to the next or previous image, undo editing steps or call up the toolbar for the level.

To adjust the section, drag the picture larger with two fingers or move it with one finger.

On the right you can see the individual layers that make up the finished image. At the beginning you will only see the captured photo that forms the background. When you start adding elements like text or shapes with the + button, these elements will appear as new layers. Only one layer is always marked as active by a colored frame, and the active layer can be edited. If you want to edit another element, first tap the appropriate layer to select it. The tools available change depending on the selected level.

Crop the picture

Choose the image layer to edit the captured photo. To enlarge the picture or adjust the section, first tap on the picture. Drag the blue handles to zoom in or slide your finger to adjust the cutout.

In the toolbar you can change the image even further as you wish by mirroring it, rotating it, adjusting the color and brightness or adding a filter.

tip: Note that these changes only ever relate to the current image. You may have to adjust the other images in this scene accordingly so that there are no jumps in the film.

Draw on the picture

You can add drawings to your picture to give your character a glowing lightsaber or to conjure up colorful fireworks in the night sky. Your imagination knows no boundaries!

Start with a new drawing layer by clicking on the Button and drawing select. You have now placed an empty layer over the picture on which you can draw with the newly appeared tools. Choose the color, opacity, and size of the brush. In the color menu you will find a selection of predefined colors, but you can also click To edit tap and mix your own color. The previously selected color in the menu will then be replaced by your own color. Use the pipette tool to select a color that appears in the picture.

Then tap to start drawing. With the eraser tool you can simply delete parts of the drawing again - or you can use the undo button.

tip: You can enlarge the preview with two fingers so that you can paint small details more easily.

Add text, images, and shapes

If drawing is not your thing or if you want clearer shapes, you can also choose from a number of predefined shape objects. Add a new layer of the type shape added. In the toolbar you now have a few categories with lots of nice graphics to choose from: speech bubbles, arrows, symbols and geometric shapes. Just tap the shape you want to place it in the picture. Then you can change the color with the color tool and use the usual gestures to place the shape in the picture and bring it to the right size.

tip: If you choose a different shape, the previous shape will be replaced. You can easily create a new shape layer if you want to place multiple shapes in the image.

The text layer works similarly to the shape layer. Choose the font and color you want and position the text where you want it in the image. Double tap the preview to edit the text.

Facial animations

The face layer is a handy tool that you can use to talk to your LEGO® character or express their emotions. You can of course change the figure's head while animating, depending on the facial expression you want. But for this you need a large selection of heads, it is very complex and also prone to errors.

If you want to work with the Stop Motion Studio facial animation, you have to shoot the character with a blank face (just turn your head so that the mouth and eyes disappear behind the hair).

When you are done with the normal animation, you can start the facial animation in the image editor. Add a new one to it face level and select the appropriate mouth and eye elements for this picture. Since your character is probably not always looking straight into the camera, you can use the rotate tool to adjust the rotation of the face. Then drag the face into place and adjust the size by dragging so that the graphic sits perfectly on the figure's head.

You can now repeat these steps for each picture. Swap mouth shapes and eyes to match what the character is talking and feeling at the moment.

Edit the layers

If you've already added a lot of elements to the image, you may want to change the order or delete individual elements. You can do all of this in the layer overview.

Tap the currently selected layer (with the colored frame) to open its settings. Here you can, for example, duplicate or delete the layer.

The elements in the image are arranged so that the top-level shapes obscure all of the elements below. If an important layer - such as a title text - is covered by a shape or drawing, then you have to move the text layer further up in the order. Tap and hold the layer until it moves. Then drag it to the desired location and release it.

Remove elements from the image

Sometimes it is necessary to fix objects in the picture with a string or other support, for example if you want your character to fly or jump. If you want to shoot a scene like this, it is important that you first take a “clean” picture of the set, i.e. only the background without figures or supporting elements.

tip: For the background photo, make sure that the exposure and focus are the same as later with the figure. That's what the camera mode is for P. well suited. Place the figure in the scene and set the focus by tapping on the right place. Then you can remove the figure and take a photo of the blurred background.

You can then animate the scene as usual. When you're done, switch to the timeline and tap the first image that you need to remove a part of. Then select the eraser in the image settings . You will now see a large preview image and the eraser tools.

First, you need to select the image with the clean background as a reference. To do this, tap on the rectangle in the top menu bar and select the appropriate image from the timeline. This picture is now placed invisibly behind the picture with the figure and you can start to remove the unwanted parts of the front picture. Select the eraser with the minus in the lower toolbar and start to remove the parts from the picture by swiping. You can also adjust the size of the eraser or use the zoom in gesture to zoom in on the image to remove fine details.

If you make a mistake, you can use the plus eraser to bring back parts of the original image. But be careful, as soon as you switch to another picture, this is no longer possible and the changes are permanent.

You can now repeat these steps until the cord or support has been removed in all pictures. You can switch between the images with the arrow buttons in the top menu bar. Make sure that you select the clean background for each new image, otherwise the previous image will be used as the clean image by default.

Images merge

Your characters move really fast and you want to show that in your film? With the merge function you can easily simulate fast movements. To do this, tap on an image in the timeline and choose Merging. The image will now be merged with the two previous images. This gives all objects that have moved between the images a kind of motion blur, as can also be seen in a real film with fast movements.

tip: This effect works best when the camera stays still and only the character is moving. Then start the effect with the third picture of the movement and apply blending to all further pictures until the figure is out of the picture or stands still again.

Import videos & rotoscopes

Rotoscopy is an animation technique that allows you to turn regular video clips into stunning hand-drawn animations. For this purpose, the video is drawn picture by picture, which results in a particularly realistic-looking animation. First record the video in the camera app.Then switch to Stop Motion Studio, open your project and tap the Add Media button . Then choose Video and import your previously recorded video by tapping it.

tip: The app imports a maximum of 100 images of the video clip to keep the effort for you manageable. If the video is longer, then frames will be skipped.

Once the import is complete, you can start rotoscoping. To do this, tap on the first frame and open the image editor . Now you can insert a background. The background can be one color or you can use one of the given motifs. So that your reference image from the video is not completely covered, you now have to reduce the opacity of the newly added layer a little. Move the opacity slider to the left until you can see the characters clearly again. Next, the actual rotoscoping work begins. Insert a new drawing layer, select the desired brush settings and the color and then start to trace the individual elements of the reference image as precisely as possible. The more precisely you work here, the better the result will be! When you're done, switch to the next image in the image navigation.

tip: You can save yourself a lot of work if you put elements that do not move between the images on their own drawing layer and then always copy this layer onto the next image.

The project overview is the start screen of the Stop Motion Studio app. Here you can manage your current projects or start a new project.

Tap the Appearance icon to edit the style and sorting of the overview. You can display the projects as large tiles or as a list and sort them by title, creation date, last modification date, duration or the number of images. So you don't lose track of things even with a large number of projects!

A project can be selected with a long tap. Then you can share the selected project, delete it and much more. Tap the name of the project to bring up the keyboard and edit the name. You can open the project and continue working on it by tapping on the preview image.

You can import a Stop Motion Studio project that you started on another device. To do this, tap the import symbol and select the desired source from the import dialog. Depending on which services you are using, different options appear here. You can import your project via iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive or other supported cloud services.

tip: From iOS 11 you can also manage your projects with the integrated files app. You can find your projects under On my iPhone> stop motion. Here you can copy existing projects and move them to iCloud or Dropbox, or copy projects from other devices to the folder to add them to your projects.

Unlock all functions

Stop Motion Studio offers a variety of exciting functions such as green screen, sound editing and drawing tools. If you are using the PRO version of the app, then you already have access to all these great functions.

In the free version, you can activate these functions in the feature store. To do this, tap on the shopping cart symbol in the project overview. Here you can purchase the “All functions” package and activate all functions with it.

If you had to reinstall the app, you can use the Restore Button to reactivate all previous purchases. Make sure that you are using the same iTunes account with which you previously activated the functions.

tip: If you are not a fan of in-app purchases, you can also download the Stop Motion Studio Pro app from the App Store, which is already supplied with all available functions. You can also share all functions with your family members via Family Sharing.

Operation with the keyboard

If you have connected your device to a Bluetooth keyboard, you can use the Stop Motion Studio app with many practical keyboard commands. This is not only much faster but also very useful because you do not have to touch your device and thus you cannot accidentally shake the film.

Press the ⌘ buttonto see an overview of all available shortcuts.

Stop Motion Studio for Mac and Windows

The Stop Motion Studio app is also available for the big screen! If you want to create your stop motion films on a more powerful device, you can download Stop Motion Studio for Mac from the Mac App Store.

The projects of the mobile version are compatible with the desktop version. There are a few options for exporting projects from the mobile app to the Mac.

In the project overview, select the project that you want to transfer to the Mac. Select in the export The Project option in the menu. If both devices support AirDrop, you can copy the file to your Mac with just one tap. Otherwise, choose an option like iCloud Drive or Dropbox.

You can also connect your iPhone to the Mac and copy the project to the Mac using iTunes. To do this, click on your device in iTunes, select the Apps menu item in the sidebar and select the Stop Motion Studio app in the file sharing list. Your project should appear here, you can now simply save it on your Mac.

If you have Stop Motion Studio installed on your Mac, you can open a mobile project simply by double-clicking it.

First aid

If you have problems with the app, restarting the app or device can often help. To restart the app, switch to the multitasking view and swipe the Stop Motion Studio app up off the screen. Then reopen it.

Knowledge base

Don't forget to visit our knowledge base. There you will find answers to many frequently asked questions:


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