Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Creating Stop Motion Animation with MonkeyJam #tutorial

Stop Motion Animation MonkeyJam

Since discovering the Vine app, Wordless Wednesday has never been the same. In fact, I created a new Vine this week but I’m going to save it for later. If you can’t wait, head on over to my Vine account and check it out. Be sure to follow us.

As you’re well aware, I take a lot of pictures. Sometimes a bunch at a time. In the past, I’ve created a collage. I was about to do the same with this bunch of pictures but it wasn’t exactly what I was going for so I went in search of a solution. And I found it. The reason for my delay…

Stop Motion Animation with MonkeyJam.

The specifications said that I could use existing pictures to create my movie, however, I couldn’t find any tutorials to help. They all assumed that I was shooting my animation live via camera. If you are, YouTube has a bunch of great tutorials. Trust me, I watched a bunch of them.

However, if you want to use existing pictures like me then hopefully this quick and easy tutorial will help you out. Once I knew what to do it was really easy and only took a few minutes.

  1. Make sure that MonkeyJam supports your operating system,
  2. Download and Launch MonkeyJam. Note that I didn’t provide any personal information,
  3. Go to File -> Import -> Images,
  4. Find your images and click the “Add Files” button. You need to upload them in the order you want them to appear in the animation,
  5. Select the “Import” button,
  6. Select the “Preview Movie” button (or F7) from the Menu bar,
  7. Click the right arrow and watch your creation. You can go back to the original screen and change the “Settings”. You’ll likely want to play around with “FPS” (Frames Per Second). This video is set at 5,
  8. Go back to Step 6 “Preview Movie” and Select Movie -> Save. A window will appear asking you to pick a location and file name. I didn’t change any other settings. A .avi file will be downloaded to your computer,
  9. Upload the file to YouTube,
  10. Embed it into your web page and Ta Da!

If it sounds too difficult, it really isn’t.

Wordless Wednesday will never be the same again. Again.

Ever Used MonkeyJam and/or Created Stop Motion Animation?

Tip: Downsave your pictures to around 600 pixels using PicMonkey (another FREE app) otherwise the file size will be too big to upload to YouTube.

Note: I only imported 8 pictures but you can upload at least 40 per layer and add more layers. And that’s where my knowledge ends. The only thing that I would like to change is to have the ability to make the movie repeat itself over and over again (like a Vine).

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