Best Stop Motion software for me?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DanielDMB, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. DanielDMB macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2010
    Hi there,

    I use a Macbook Pro, and I'm getting into the art of Stop Motion Animation (mainly by using Legos)

    Right off the bat, I know you'd probably suggest something like FrameThief (Which I will not use, since it doesn't work on my Mac due to the lack of updates) or FrameByFrame.

    I've used FrameByFrame, and it's a great program if your using an external camera.


    I'm not.

    I have a Logitech EasyCam Pro which is a fine camera for me to use with what I'm doing (for now, I want to upgrade eventually to an HD webcam)

    At the start, FrameByFrame does not detect the webcam. I came to the conclusion that I was missing the drivers to the specific camera, and downloaded Macam and extracted the drivers to the quicktime library.

    Afterwards, FrameByFrame detected the webcam, but when I tried to select it, the whole application froze, and severely messed up.

    Unless you know the fix to my problem, I can't really use this program.

    So my question is - Do you know any other Stop Motion Software for Mac that I can use with webcams?

    Free would be great, but I may be willing to shell a bit of money out. Not a lot, since this is only a hobby.


  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Not sure if this is helpful for your situation, but there are articles out on the web written by folks who have used imovie to make stop action films.
  3. DanielDMB thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2010
    No, I need a program that will allow me to take pictures with my webcam and then feed them into the program at a certain FPS (like, 15 FPS)

    I've tried using iMovie, but with no avail.
  4. opsGordon macrumors newbie


    Jun 15, 2010

    Did you get something that worked for you? If not, Smoovie sounds like it might just do what you want:
  5. preppy macrumors member


    Nov 8, 2010
    My wife and I had a great experience working with iStopMotion 2 for our wedding invitations. You can download it and try it out before buying. We tried a few others before realizing that for our needs (non-professional but still "professional") iStopMotion 2 was the easiest to work with.

    *We are in no way affiliated with the company that publishes the software
  6. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    uh uh uh, i'm curious, i've long wanted to learn how to do this stuff.
  7. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I second iStopMotion. Great bit of software.
  8. Wakakanada macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2007
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Smoovie option

    I am going to do the iStopMotion trial to see if it works for me. I am looking for a low cost option for putting together 3D rendered jpegs created in DAZ Studio. I am presently doing a trial of Smoovie which is new and cheap, but it may be too basic for my needs [but I highly recommend you download the trial to experiment on, no time limit, just major watermark].

    Which version of iStopMotion are you using. I am wondering between the Home or Express versions.
  9. wandrer2 macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2010
    Hmmm, I haven't animated in ages, and when I did I was still using a PC. However, let me point you to , where there's a lively community of Lego animators, some of which must be in a better position to answer your question than I am.

    Oh, and everyone else will find a fine collection of brickfilms there!

Share This Page