How to Do a Stop-Motion Sequence
Edited by Pat Bitton
July 24, 2019
Stop motion is a film-making technique that makes inanimate objects appear to continuously move on their own. Every movement of the object is captured in a single frame, so when you play back the sequence of photos, it creates the illusion of movement.
Stop-motion animation has been popular for many years, and is widely used today in commercial advertising and cooking vlogs. But how to make a stop-motion video at home is a different question. It may seem challenging, but all you need is a manual and good software. We recommend you use Movavi Video Editor – a simple program for video editing that gives you all the tools you need for making DIY stop-motion animation.
Download the program for PC or Mac and read the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to do a stop-motion sequence.
Prepare your movie set
To make a stop-motion animation sequence, it is best to build a “movie set” on a desk or on the floor. First, set up the backdrop for your video, for example using a large sheet of paper. Then place the objects on your set. Don’t forget about the lighting – the room has to be brightly lit.
Shoot the Pictures
Before shooting, make sure your device has enough free storage space. Next, place your camera on a tripod to keep it steady. The key is to take a lot of pictures: the more photos you use in your video, the smoother the animation will be; 24 frames per second is ideal, since it’s the standard frame rate for movies. So to create a one-minute video, you will need 1440 photos. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time taking a thousand pictures, then consider making a video at 12 frames per second. You will need to take 720 photos for a one-minute 12 FPS video. Move the object by 3-4 mm for every frame. After you finish shooting, transfer all the pictures to your computer.
Add Photos to the Program
Click the Add Media Files button, find the folder with the pictures you’ve taken, and select the appropriate photos. The files will be added to the Timeline. To change the position of a picture in the film sequence, simply drag it to the desired position on the Video Track.
Set the Timing for the Frames
Click Transition Wizard and set the timing in the Image slide duration field. To create a video with 24 frames per second, enter 00.042 in the field. To make a video with 12 FPS, enter 00.084. If you don’t have enough photos, choose a longer image duration.
Add an Audio Track
To add music to your video, click Add Media Files and choose an audio file. If the audio track is longer than your video, cut it to fit. Click the audio, set the red marker where the video ends, and click the Split button. It will cut your audio track into two parts. Select the unwanted part and hit the Delete button on your keyboard to remove it.
You can also record a voice-over for your clip. Connect a microphone to the computer and hit the Record Audio button. Adjust the recording settings and click Start Recording. Click the Stop Recording button to finish recording the voice-over. Your track will be added automatically to the Timeline.
Save Your Video
Click the Export button and enter your preferred save options. You can save your animation in any popular format, prepare it for uploading to a particular device, or share it on YouTube. To save the movie, click Start.
Now you know how to create a stop-motion video sequence with Movavi Video Editor.
Movavi Video Editor
Creating videos has never been so easy!
- Edit video clips, images, and audio on a timeline
- Add transitions, filters, titles, and callouts
- Use special effects like Chroma Key and Slo Mo
- Export videos in any popular format
* The free version of Movavi Video Editor has the following restrictions: 7-day trial period, watermark on the output videos, and, if you’re saving a project as an audio file, an ability to save only half the audio length. Learn more