iStopMotion for iPad

App review by
JK Sooja, Common Sense Media
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Great intro to stop-motion animation with remote camera.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the basics of editing, and because the app lacks the ability to cut and paste single frames, kids will have to plan out their movies ahead of time, which encourages storyboarding, planning, and execution. Being able to set focus and exposure separately teaches kids the importance of these tools in photo and video composition. If kids master the tools present in the app, they can then move onto the full suite of tools available in the Mac version, which introduces more complex tools such as chroma keying, foregrounds, rotoscoping, and flip-book printing. For kids who are interested in storytelling, making movies, and sharing creations, iStopMotion for iPad offers a lot of tools to practice filmmaking, frame by frame.

Ease of Play

Incredibly simple with easy buttons to record, play, delete, and access settings. For best results, use with a stand or tripod. 

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Consumerism

A few ads in the accessories and message-box tabs, but unobtrusive.  

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that iStopMotion for iPad is a camera and video app that lets kids easily make stop-motion animation movies on the iPad. With two simple buttons -- record and play -- kids will quickly learn frame-by-frame animation creation. A simple tutorial helps kids get started, and there are numerous guides, demos, and tutorials available online. According to the privacy policy, the developer collects quite a bit of personal information (name, phone number, and email address) and may share it with advertisers. For details about the kind of information the app collects and shares, read the privacy policy.

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What's it about?

ISTOPMOTION FOR IPAD is a photo and video stop-motion animation tool that is very easy to use. In terms of standard functionality, you can use either the front or back camera and access grid lines, instant playback, overlaying (onion-skinning), time-lapse mode, and selectable frame deletion. In addition to the basic functionalities of other tools, it also features more uncommon functions such as settings that allow for tight control over focus and exposure. Kids can add audio before or after recording and sync the movie to the sound. Once finished, users can share to YouTube, email, Dropbox, and the camera roll or export to iMovie for further and deeper editing. By connecting an iPad to an iPhone (4 or later) or iPod Touch (4th generation or later) via Wi-Fi, kids can use the remote shooting feature.

Is it any good?

Whether they're creating visual presentations or simply movies for fun, kids will have all the tools necessary to see their imaginations and learning come to life. With such sharing versatility, kids will also be able to easily enjoy each others’ work and learn from each other. Also, kids will love creating movies that are synced to soundtracks. One drawback is that a kid can't copy and paste frames, snd there's no manual focus, but these are relatively small hitches in comparison to the wealth of options.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the advantages and disadvantages of stop-motion animation in comparison to live-action. What kinds of movies would best benefit from stop-motion animation? What other uses might there be for this kind of content creation?

  • Talk about the importance of planning and outlining projects, and encourage kids to plan outlines and storyboards before they start filming. 

  • Watch an age-appropriate movie that uses stop-motion animation -- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, for example -- and talk about the process.

App details

For kids who love animation and creation

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