There are many tools that can help you to create great stop motion and timelapse movies and iStopMotion by Boinx Software is one of them. iStopMotion is one of the most popular Mac programs for stop motion animation and timelapse capture. The company just released the newest version of its product and now it includes a Screen Capture feature allowing you to easily capture frames from the screen to create your movies by pairing the software with illustration programs such as Photoshop or InDesign, or any other app. Then you can export your movies in Apple ProRes format and import directly into Final Cut Pro X for further editing, so no transcoding is required. What's also cool is that there's an iPad version also available (you can get it here for $9.99). But let's focus on the Mac version. The software is available for the price of $49.99 and it requires OS X 10.7.4 Lion or newer, and here's a nice example of stop motion video (it looks almost like the "Blues Brothers" movie;)):
It is worth adding, that previously the tool was available in three versions and the Pro one you needed to pay $499.99. Anyway the 3.1 includes all the Pro features, and here are the main highlights (via Boinx) of the new release:
- Stop motion animation is the easiest way to tell a story in a movie
- Screen Capture allows users to create stop motion animations or timelapse movies using screen content in programs such as Photoshop
- Export to Apple ProRes video format if codec is installed, allowing for direct import in Final Cut Pro X without the need to transcode
- Bug fixes continue to improve overall functionality
If you want to get it, head over to Mac App Store (here).