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In the blogging world, in life, and on Instagram, one of the newest crazes is Stop Motion video. Stop motion is basically an animation technique that physically manipulates an object and makes it appear to move on its own. I’ve seen some pretty stellar ones going around, particularly those about food and have always been intimidated to try them myself.
When I received my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge earlier this month, I started playing around with some of the features (full review coming in the next few weeks). I quickly discovered that with the help of a few apps, I could quickly make my own Stop Motion video without ever busting out my heavy dSLR or using other fancy equipment. The effect is adorable.
Here’s one I created for a recent brand’s messaging:
Not the most professional-looking thing I’ve ever done, but it was also my first REAL stop motion that I made with the help of an app and for that, I think it turned out pretty well. So how do you get started?
On your Android device, you can download the PicPac Stop Motion & TimeLapse app. You can also take your pictures entirely within the app or use the ones from your gallery and in a short time, you’ll have a Stop Motion video ready to go. You click your pics, speed it up based on your needs, add text, and voila! For a slight charge, you can remove the app’s logo, especially if you plan to do other brand work.
To show you just how quickly you can create something, I was recently at a luncheon and received some products. Inspiration struck and I let my products do the dancing (and “talking!”) I didn’t finagle with lighting, so it’s not the best, but in less than five minutes, I took all of my pictures (approximately 20 total), made the video and posted to Instagram.
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See how simple? My food and products were dancing like crazy – definitely one of my favorites so far. With a little practice, I’m sure the technique will improve, but I love how little things, like a phone app, can really make you that much more interactive on social media and beyond.
What is your favorite app to use for Stop Motion videos?