Still Images in Motion with iStopMotion

I embark now on a new bit of photographic fun. Not only photo’s but video as well. I decided to play with iStopMotion. This was a very fun tool to use. The interface is simple and takes very little time to learn. Like those Claymation holiday movies this program creates a video from still frames. You position your character/object then snap an image. The program imports the file (if you have a web Camera/live view video camera you can see the image preview) then you move your character/object a little and take a picture. Repeat this process and your character comes to life.

The program has several tools to assist you like color correction and tilt shift controls. You can use a grid layout to help track motion. The program can also be use to capture time lapse photography. Additional tools like onion skin lets you overlay the current image over the previous on to insure you movement is fluid and not off. One of the other useful tools is the robo sync. You can for instance record an actor then use the footage to mimic the actors motion with the character/object. The program also comes with some preset foregrounds and backgrounds. Over all I say if you enjoy those old Claymation movies and want to create your own then you need to try iStopMotion.

Below is my first sample movie. I used iStopMotion then imported the project in After Effects to give it that night look and create the ghost. It was fun to make, hope to make another one soon! Thanks for reading!


iStopMotion Demo


iPhone 5… NOPE iPhone 4S…

IT has arrived!!

Yes, that’s right, today I was #1 in line at my local carrier. I got the store’s FIRST iPhone. I’ve only play a little but SIRI seems to work very well. I asked to add some appointments to my calendar…done. It was just as simple as they said. As for speed my 3G android and my 3G iPhone side by side. By the time android loaded the carrier home page the iPhone was 3 screens in. So far speed is A+ compared to android. Next I looked at signal. Inside the carrier store you would expect full bars, iPhone yes……android 2 bars(fail!)

All my apps from my iPad for iPhone were as expected simple and quick to sync. I had already setup iCloud so once I logged in, BAM!!, all my contacts were ready to go. I still have to sync up my iTunes but I have to say so far the device has been a breeze to setup and almost seamless to transfer my information over to. The only thing I really need to do now is get my main apps reloaded if there are versions of them for the iPhone.

Tonight I’ll play a little with the video camera and iMovie (iPhone edition) and see if I can get something together and posted back on this page. So far I have to say I do not regret getting rid of that P.O.S. android phone. I will never go back to android, too many issues and no resolutions! My circle is now complete (for now), iMAC, MACBook Pro, iPad, iPhone….


Lucy Loo Talks Back – Shot with iPhone 4s and no additional lighting


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Goodbye Mr. Jobs you get an “A”

This week was a sad time for the technical community with the passing of Steve Jobs. His vision and innovation changed the world for many people. The introduction not only of computing devices but the way we get music, movies and the revolutionary smart phones. I’ve never been a great follower or fan of apple as I am a Microsoft Certified Professional. Still over the last year of Grad school I have come to appreciate the products made by Mr Jobs’ company. I think his legacy ties into the vision of the book we are reading “The Art of Possibility “. He took chances, made a difference and was not afraid to follow his vision. I think everyone can agree Mr Jobs gave himself a well deserved “A”.

Thanks for reading!!

Create a Movie Trailer using iMovie…

So lets say you have a lot of clips but nothing that you can make a good movie with. You still want to share what you have with friends. What should you do? How about making a movie trailer with some fast paced audio and fun titles. Using iMove this is simple and fun. The results will amaze you and your friends. It is very simple and has that professional look of a Hollywood studio.

Lets start by opening iMovie and creating a new project. Scroll down and you will see the trailer section. By clicking on a trailer you will get a sample view of what the theme looks like and the audio. Select the one that best fits your project. First you will complete the outline section. Each outline is slightly different. You will have sections for credits such as video, producer, actors and studio.

Once you complete this section you can edit the storyboard. Each section of text between clips can be edited or customized to fit your trailer. Finally you will fill in the shot list. This list will need several clips in each section. Clips are normally between 15 seconds and 1 minute. To begin simply highlight a section you want to use and iMovie will load it to the next section of the trailer. It will also trim the clip to the size needed so try to be close to the correct size when you select.

Once you are finished and view your creation it is time to share. You have several options here including a direct share to several of the more popular video host sites. Again this is a great way to take footage you can’t use for a full video and create something fun and different. Hope you enjoyed this… Thanks for reading!