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Looking for recommendations for free software for stop-frame animation

HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,076
I've recently got involved with a local kids' computer club (9-12 yr olds) and one thing they are interested in doing is stop-frame animation. LEGO is obviously the ideal medium to use for this.

What software would you recommend?

Stop Motion Animator looks like might fit the bill. Any others?

What might be achievable objectives for that age group to get started on?


  • SkullsNDogBonesSkullsNDogBones Member Posts: 12
    I am looking for software recommendations as well. I took my nephews to a "Brick Films" class at our local library and we all had a great time! The software they used was nice and simple but there were two problems. One, it's for Mac and I am a PC user and two, it's not free. I am hoping to find something free or very cheap since I just want to play around with it.
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,076
    The club bought Animate It! In the end for £20. It seems to be pretty good, and endorsed by Aardman.
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Member Posts: 1,011
    @Huw did you try out the Stop Motion animator? How was it?
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,076
    OK, but a bit basic in comparison. It would do the job for just starting out, though.
  • DeafpilotboyDeafpilotboy Member Posts: 10
    I am Apple user, For anyone who have Apple device. There is app called LEGO® Movie Maker, you can try out on the iPhone or iPad for FREE made by Lego Group. I myself do stop motion as hobby, this app is the most great simple and effective stop motion for youngest kid to use and good to play around with it for starter.

    Also I created a few video on behind the scene of my stop motion as well. check it out.

    Click Image to see video.

    Anytime you have feel of want do more deep stop motion with mac, I recommend software called iStopmotion. It real easy even my 4 year old son can use it to create his own stopmoiton without my help!
  • beegeedeebeegeedee Member Posts: 380
    Have a look here.
    Has some useful resources but a lot of the links are dead or outdated. Unfortunately my camera doesn't have live view so I've never tried out the free options.
  • bbettkbbettk Member Posts: 2
    Take a look at this simple Lego stop motion video
    LEGO Tow Truck Stop Motion

    Is this the kind you're looking to do? Something similar or more advanced?
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