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How To Video: Make animated movies with your smartphone
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How To Video: Make animated movies with your smartphone

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In this episode of CNET Australia's Pocket Filmmaker, Jason Van Genderen demonstrates how to make stop-motion animated movies with your smartphone using free apps like Vine or more-sophisticated apps like Miniature Pro and Stop Motion Studio.

-Hi. Welcome back, everyone. This time on Pocket Filmmaker, we're gonna have to look at some basics of soft frame animation and how to get you started. Now, when we think of animation, we normally think of 2 extremes, either a bluff thrust of visual effects masterpiece from Hollywood or a traditional cartoon style animation with handcrafted characters. Essentially, soft frame animation is the process of recording a lot of still pictures in one video or film sequence. Our eyes are easily fooled. And we see animation as the end result. In fact, think back of flipbook animations, a new movie, you don't actually need a camera to create the illusion of motioned pictures. So, how can we make animation on our smartphones? We have lots of apps that help you stitch together still images to create pocket animations and some require professional recording features, too. But we're gonna learn more about those in a minute. Vine was launched recently as Twitter's sort of video sharing. Well, you know what? It's really simple but very powerful. Download the free app to your iPhone, create a user profile and simply start shooting. The camera window doesn't even have any buttons. Simply touch screen to record and lift your figure to pause and touch the screen again to keep going. It records to a 6-second looping video file and with a little practice and patience, you can create some animation clips this very same way. Now, to get started, simply make sure your iPhone is in a tripod or a holder so it remains nice and steady. Next, fire up Vine and frame your animation surface, in this case, simple white board. Draw your first picture then lightly touch the screen to record a very short slice of video like a phone. Next, change the picture by adding a little thing part of your drawing. Then, repeat the process to record the next section of frames. Eventually, you can end up with 6 seconds of hand-drawn animation or you can truly record your own. There's many great apps that help you record animations and stop motion photography on your phone. Here's a few of my personal favorites. Miniatures is an app that turns everyday scenes in a time lapse miniature settings. Thanks to clever use of soft focus areas, getting the impression of very shallow depth of field, you can choose a variety of different intervals between recording frames plus a number of data image control variables, too, very powerful and great fun to play with, as long as you can keep your smartphone nice and steady during recording. Animation Creator Express is a powerful stop motion drawing app which gives you impressive control of your finger-drawn [unk]. And the vision I'm using here is completely free. Right from learning the basics now on how to draw objects in motion and to share it with your social networks easily, too. Stop Motion Studio's the answer if you're in play motion or filming your stop motion sequences. Now, it allows you to see the previous frame you shot, a position your new moving relationship to that which is a really powerful feature and simple enough for kids to understand and use, too, during a rainy day. So, there you have it. If you haven't tried creating your own animations yet, hopefully, I inspired you to give it a shot. Thanks again for watching. Happy animating and see you next time.

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