Making Stop Motion Video in VideoStudio
Making a stop motion video is not as difficult as it seems. Most people find it hard because of the "stop motion" process. VideoStudio software offers a user friendly interface and makes the stop motion video process very easy to do. Follow the simple steps below.
Step 1: Software Compatibility
Check to see if the platform you are using such as PC or Mac is compatible with the software you plan on using. If it is, simply install the software and launch the program.
Step 2: Taking pictures
Take pictures of the subject or object that you will want to be in your stop motion video. Take multiple pictures of the object in the same position, then switch to other positions, one after another to find the best angle and look of the subject or object.
Step 3: Importing Files
Click File -> Import option to import the files you want to use and edit. Choose them and click ok. You will see that the pictures will show up in a small screen as thumbnails.
Step 4: Standard Editing
You can do some standard editing on your photos or images such as Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue and Luminosity. You can do that by selecting each option from the menu and "play" with the arrows from "+" to "-".
Step 5: Filters
From the dropdown menu, open all the filters. This will show you all the filter thumbnails available along with animated previews. Choose one of them from the list.
Step 6: Frames
Stop motion is also known as stop frame animation. So, place each photo or image in separate frames. This will help you work on each frame separately. Use the Add frame options available on your software.
Step 7: Creating video
Place each frame one after another. Make sure that the first frame contains the first movement photo, the 2nd contains the 2nd movement and so on. Leave no space between frames. Drag them close to one another. You can do this with your mouse.
Step 8: Preview
Click the Play button. Usually it is near your Timeline box. See how your stop motion video looks.
Step 9: Timeline
Use the timeline under the screen box to stock effects you want to apply to the footage. Drag and drop the effect chosen at Step 5 to apply it to the video.
Step 10: Effects
You can use soften effects to add to your video. As you can see, the video is a bit rough, so use the Soften option to make it a little less sharp.
Step 11: Speed up/Slow down
You can speed up the frames or slow them down in your stop motion video. Simply modify the time between frames using the editor tools.
Step 12: Reverse frames
To get an up and down, forward and backward animation, simply reverse frames and add them to the final footage.
Check final results and save your stop motion video.