Stop Motion Studio

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Megan Leppla, Common Sense Media
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The magic of stop-motion made easy with great toolkit.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn basic photo and video concepts as they explore the app's tools. They can experiment with various editing techniques and tap buttons to add audio, cut frames, and new images; change the speed; and more. Once they've mastered the tools, kids can start thinking about storytelling, using what they've learned. Kids can create stop-motion animation about seed germination, animate a fairy tale, or record a historical reenactment; all kinds of school and fun subjects can be fodder for films. Stop Motion Studio gives kids the tools to explore an old-school filmmaking style with cutting-edge technology.

 

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Easy to get started.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stop Motion Studio lets kids create their own stop-motion animations using a mobile device. As a creation tool, it's a great platform for kids to share their stories. They can make a stop-motion animation about family vacations or birthday parties or a fantastical reenactment. The design focuses on the creation tools, and some kids may require prompts to get started. The featured videos provide great inspiration for those who need it and may even encourage kids to create work to share with a broader audience.

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Kid, 12 years old March 21, 2018

What's it about?

STOP MOTION STUDIO is a photo and video tool that makes creating animations simple and easy. Kids can select photos from their libraries or record new images from within the app. A basic set of tools such as overlay, grid, frame-by-frame preview, frame positioning, and fade are included in the free version. To utilize the green screen, remote camera, and other movie effects, you'll need to make an in-app purchase. Getting started is easy, and there are helpful tips throughout. A welcome animation provides some inspiration for kids, and they can dig a little deeper into a library of featured videos for more great ideas. If you choose, kids can share animated creations on a variety of platforms.

Is it any good?

As kids explore the tools, they can experiment with various editing techniques. Kids can tap easily visible buttons to add audio, cut frames, and new images; change the speed; and more. By using these creation tools, kids become deeply engaged with the content. The ability to animate images makes the experience fun and provides insight into the animation process. Kids can record what's around them or construct an entirely new environment to capture through stop-motion animation.

Although the overall experience is a lighter version of more serious animation software, the simplicity may provide an ideal introduction for beginners. For those wanting to dig deeper, they’ll be able to take their understanding of frame-by-frame capture to go on to more advanced tools.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about documenting special events. Is video always the best way? How else can you share a story?

  • Kids can record what's around them or collaborate with family members to construct a whole new environment to make their animations.

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For kids who love creating

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