Movie Edit Pro: Creating Stop Animation

Creating Stop Animation can be one of the most creatively gratifying experiences for an artist. However, it is considered to be a time consuming and labor intensive process.

Step 1: Setting up Animation Studio

You will need to setup a small studio to animate the object or the subject for the stop motion animation movie. You will need a small corner with good lighting and clear backgrounds. Also, a digital camera will be needed to take pictures at repeated intervals with a stable tripod stand.

Step 2: Getting Source Pictures

You will now setup the subjects of the animation in their starting positions and click a picture using the digital camera setup at a desired angle. Now, change the positions of the subject according to the next planned frame of the animation and click another picture. You will now repeat this process for another frame and keep on this loop until all of the animations frames are captured as intended. The digital camera now has all the source files that you need to setup the animation.

Step 3: Creating the Animation

You will now connect the digital camera to the computer that has Movie Edit Pro installed on it. You will transfer the files from the digital camera to the hard disk. This may be done via a USB connection or a direct insertion of the camera’s memory card into a card reader (either connected to or onboard the computer).

Once done, you will launch the Movie Edit Pro software suite and drag the desired animation source files onto the timeline. You will now import the files to individual tracks on the timeline, and then extend the time line by clicking onto the “+” button in the bottom right hand corner. This will extend the timeline, but you may need to modify it to suit the length of your animation feature film. You can do this by setting the markers and key frames to the desired length and then dragging it all the way to the end of the timeline.

Step 4: Splitting Your Scene 

When this is done, you will click the ‘Split Scene’ button under the preview screen. This will split the entire scene into two halves that you will now superimpose. You will now delete the rest of the timeline by selecting the relevant portion and hitting the delete button.

You will now click and drag the pictures on the timeline to place them side-by-side and make sure that every picture is one frame long, and then repeat the same process over the resulting pictures in the timeline. Align the key fames and set them up with the starting and ending time for the animation.

Your animation is now ready. You can save it as a movie file.