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How to Make a Stop Motion Video

Updated on November 24, 2010


For me, it took a while to learn how to do this whole stop motion thing. 

To start off, you need an idea. It may be simple or it may be complex. For my first ever stop motion animation, I used m&m's to portray that they were alive. You may choose to go with something more complex like using clay figures.

Things You Need


-Digital Camera


-Software(I will name some at the bottom of the article)

-A creative idea

The Steps

1. Keep your camera on the tripod and place a white sheet or some sort of background to do your stuff on. Every time you move some things, take a picture. Make sure your picture is taken from the same spot(use the tripod) or else, the video will not show up right.

2. Upload your pictures onto your computer, delete necessary ones.

3. I will tell you how to use IMovie to do this, but Windows Movie Maker works as well. I prefer IMovie because it saves better. My Windows Movie Maker experience was that it shut down on me, because it couldn't save that much information. So put all the pictures into the slides. Select all the pictures(highlight) and click "show photo settings" and change it to 0.03. This makes it go faster, and that is why you need so many pictures. If you want it to go even faster, be my guest and change it. And then upload it!

3a. I will tell you the last step in WIndows Movie Maker. Before you put the pictures into the slides go to "tools", "options" and click the advanced tab. Change the picture duration to 0.125(the lowest) or to whatever you want. Then you can upload and share it with your friends.

4. YOU ARE DONE!!!! Now you can put it on youtube, or any other sites.

Fun Facts

-Lots of movies were made like this, but they use very complex software. One example is Wallace and Gromit.

-Some softwares do not work.



-Windows Movie Maker






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    • jobister profile image


      7 years ago from Anaheim, California

      Thanks for the great article, I will have to try this myself.


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