Five Simple Steps to Make a Stop Motion Video
To make a stop motion animation video, simply follow these five simple steps.
First, you film short video segments of an inanimate object of from one to three seconds in length. The shorter your video film segments are, the “smoother" the animation action will appear to be. Using tiny increments of movement will allow your objects to appear to “glide" through their sequence of motion almost effortlessly.
Then, manually move the object or objects a bit and film another stop motion animation segment. You might find it useful to use measurements, patterns in the floor or simply move your objects a couple of inches or so for each segment of filming.
Next, the process of filming then shifting the object’s position continues until the object has been returned to its original or final position. Your “sequence of events" filming is now complete. You do not need to film your sequence in order, although it might help you out a bit in the beginning at first if you do. Simple stop motion animation video sequences make this simple and easy to do.
After that, you splice or join your stop motion animation segments together using video editing software to create a continuous sequence. The video sequence is know as a timeline and is displayed in a linear form at the bottom of the video software editing page. You can quickly “cut and paste" a photo, other video clips or segments into the video timeline at will.
Finally, you can add a sound track, titles and credits to your short animation video. This is done in separate steps using stop motion animation segments easily inserted into the video timeline. The process acts much like a word processing feature where size, font type and colors can be changed to suit the style of the video. Showing final credits can be done on one or two pages max, although a single page is likely all you’ll need at first.