Summary: This blog shows you how many categories stop-motion videos have what need you prepare for stop-motion video making, and (the best 2 ways) how to make a stop motion video.
Stop motion videos (animation) are a video that brings static objects to life, which is captured one frame at certain time, with physical objects moved between frames.
You’re basically taking individual frames (individual pictures), and when you get these frames together, you can get the idea that motion is involved.
Before you analyse how to make your stop motion video, you need to decide what kind of stop motion videos you wanna make.
Does anyone know Gumby, classic one, which falls into the word ‘claymation’. Dolls with clay figures/ plasticine figures in this form of stop motion videos.
Image board: Clay motion: Gumby
Then we got object motion, which is moving object, it’s one of categories of stop motion videos. Or you can take paper cutouts, this is the category called cutout motion. Last but not the least, you can even animate people. Just recognized people as figures in stop-motion set, which is called pixilation.
Image board: Other categories of stop motion videos
How to Make a Stop Motion Video?
There are many preparations you need make in advance, but these 3 are the most important and you waon't miss out for making a stop motion video!
1.Keep Camera Still
The first important thing for stop motion videos making is choosing an equipment. You don’t need to buy a very professional camera, your phone or ipad is a quite good choices.
Surely, it couldn’t be better, if you have DSLR, but don’t forget to use a tripod to avoid hand shake. Again, if you decide use your smartphone, remember to find a stable table for stabilizing.
2.Story boarding in advance
Image board: Continuous movements
If you’re planing on using different camera angles, it’s always good to have a idea/plan before shooting, thinking what kind of story you wanna film, and which pictures(movements) you may need. In this situation, you can be more efficient and save more time.
Your storyboard doesn’t need be showed in very detailed, but seeing what you wanna shoot in visual way helps a lot.
Image board: Make a storyboard before shooting stop motion videos.
3.Control the background and light
The worst thing is that the light and color are changing quickly in intensity while you filming and you don’t realize it. You may easily cast a shadow which makes your shots useless. Therefore, the artificial lights/studio lights are recommended.
Image board: Light and background
The other thing you need to avoid is random movements in the background, which usually ruin your stop motion videos it’ll break the illusion of time you just created. The things/objects are changing without any continuity. As you can see, making stop motion videos requires a lot time and patience.
# 1 Taking still pictures and put them together
Image board: Taking still pictures for every movement
Step 1： Take one picture for every movement
The process that photos are taken next to each other and play together creates the stop-motion movements, the video. Hence, what you need to do is taking one picture for every movement.
Image board: Take one picture for every movement (source from Gerard Regot)
Step 2： Merge the still photos to make a stop motion video
After getting all the pictures, you’re going to merge all photos together and play them consecutively by FlexClip video mmerger, this is the process about how to make a stop motion video.
Image board: How to merge images/footage together
This method allows you to get better quality images and you have more options to make objects fly, float and so on, but this method is more time-consuming for the other one.
# 2 Film the scenes for every movements and then merge all the footages
Step 1: Shoot every movement the objects will make
This way is much easier to shoot and you can also get good results. First of all, you’re required to plan the movements, and then shoot every movement the objects will make.
Image board: Film the every movement the objects make (source from Gerard Regot)
Step 2: Use a editing tool to put the different frames together
Upload your video clips of every movement to the storyboard of FlexClip video maker to put them together and start to make your stop motion video.
You can trim every clip and rearrange video clips into the order you like. Then, save the video. So that merge every scenes and footages together, and last export your stop motion video!
Image board: How to put images/frames together to make a stop motion video
It's not about how many frames per second you should shoot, but saying how many frames will take in each second.
For example, the figure needs to move from A to B and all the movements have to happen in one second. If you work with a camera that is set with 30 frames a second, so that the movements of your figure will be taken 30 frames, which means I need to take 30 pictures for the 30 movements from A to B. However, usually 30 pictures are quite a lot for this motion.
So what do I need to do, if I only want to take only 15 pictures?
You need to take 15 movements, but each movement has 2 frames per second, and then put them together.
Image board: what does frame rate mean for stop motion video
The Bottom Line
I hope these tutorials are useful to help you learn more stop motion video and learn how to make a stop motion video for yourself. Go and be creative to make your stop motion videos with FlexClip video maker!