A Guide to Stop Motion.

Stop Motion or “frame by frame” is a technique used by film makers to make a still object appear to be in motion. This is done by photographing the object frame by frame and substituting this in a time line. This, given the right speed, can give the effect of true motion.

How to acheive Stop Motion using Final Cut Pro. To do this you must have your pictures saved in a folder in the order you want them to appear in the time line. Import the folder into the project. Make sure still images are set to roughly 3 frames in length in the user preferences. Now, select all the stills from within the folder and drag them onto the time line. This should give you a rough edit. If you are unhappy with the speed, open a new sequence and drop the porject onto it, this allows you to change the speed. If this is still not working for you, you can change the length of each individual frame in the time line to meet your needs. Using these methods you should then be able to creative a stop motion project.

Once such project using this method can be found here :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO08HsYfXCU

Other examples of Stop Motion include: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_HXUhShhmY


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