Have you watched Nightmare Before Christmas and wondered how the film was made?
While you may not be Tim Burton or have the studio and technology to make professional films like that, you can make captivating stop-motion videos almost effortlessly.
The method consists of capturing shots of the subject while making slight changes for every frame. When you put all the frames together, it looks like the subject is moving. You can do this with various kinds of objects or drawings.
There are plenty of stop-motion videos on the internet used for various purposes. You can find many different concepts—from simple clips of everyday objects moving around to highly detailed films made from Lego toys.
While there are complex and expensive solutions for making professional stop-motion videos, you can come up with an amazing result with a neat idea, a good camera, and a handy video editing app. Basic knowledge on how to make a video can be just enough to get you started.
Let’s take a look at what you need to do to record and make stop-motion videos properly.
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How To Create a Stop-Motion Video
To create a fun and engaging stop-motion video, you need to focus on three phases:
- Finding the materials for your concept
- Setting up the shot
- Shooting the scene
Finding the Materials for Your Concept
As the first step, you’ll need to find the right materials to work with for your stop-motion video. You can come up with lovely results using wire, plasticine, or Lego blocks and figures. Let your creativity go wild and use anything that you think would look great in your video.
Before getting down to making your final product, it’s a good idea to practice a bit. You can try capturing a video of someone peeling fruit or drawing on a whiteboard. This will enable you to get a general idea of how many shots you should take and get better acquainted with the nitty-gritty of shooting a stop-motion video.
Setting Up the Shot
Setting up the scene you’re going to record is one of the most important aspects of making a professional-looking stop-motion video. You need to make sure that your camera records the video properly. Set up the focus to be as sharp as possible. The best idea is to take your shots in Manual mode. Turn off the Autofocus to be in full control of every photo.
Your subject is the only thing that’s supposed to move in the video. The background should remain static. This is why you should set your camera onto a tripod and make sure that it stays still. A bit of camera movement may not mess up your video, but a lot of motion is going to make it look unprofessional.
Lighting plays an essential role, as well. It mustn’t change because you’re going to end up with inconsistent shots. The best course of action is to shut the curtains and use an artificial light source. Keep in mind that some bulbs take a couple of minutes before they reach full brightness.
Finally, set up the scene that you want to record. Ensure that your subject is still and that you’re only controlling its movements when you’re changing them for each subsequent frame.
Shooting the Scene
Once you’ve set everything up, you can start taking pictures. To get a smooth video, you should move your subject only a bit for every frame. Make sure that the difference between the shots, such as the distance that the subject is passing, is the same between the frames. You don’t want to have abrupt jumps.
Depending on your concept, you can move a single item at a time or catch multiple movements simultaneously for more complex scenes.
The process can be summarized into the following actions:
- Set up your scene
- Take a photo
- Make slight changes
- Take another photo
- Repeat until you’re done
Keep in mind that a stop-motion video is different from a time-lapse video. When you make a time-lapse video, your camera takes pictures in predetermined intervals automatically. The timing between taking shots in a stop-motion video isn’t consistent.
While you should do your best to avoid sudden jumps between shots by capturing small changes, you can alter the duration of each frame when you edit the video.
When you’re done capturing the shots for the video, you can transfer them to your computer and get down to video editing. Let’s take a look at how you can edit your stop-motion video to perfection using our video editing platform.
How To Start Making a Stop-Motion Video Using InVideo
If you want to create professional-looking stop-motion videos quickly and easily, you should check out some of the best video editing software solutions on the market. InVideo has got you covered because we provide a user-friendly video editing platform with plenty of features that can help you create stunning videos in no time.
One of the best aspects of our video editor is that it provides three distinct approaches to creating and editing videos. Depending on your preferences, you can choose to work with:
- Premade templates
- Blank templates
You can browse our categories or type a keyword into the search bar. If you find a template that works well with your concept, click on Use this template to start customizing it any way you like.
Our Text-to-Video approach enables you to transform a script, website URL, or uploaded media files into a series of scenes. Pick one of our more generic templates as a starting point, and InVideo will fit your content into it.
This method comes with the option to work on your scenes both in the Storyboard and Advanced Editor mode.
The Blank Templates option is made for people who want to start working on their creative projects from scratch. You get a stripped-down template that you have the full creative freedom to modify to your liking. Add your media files and play around with all the features that InVideo has to offer!
InVideo Blank Templates Option
The Blank Templates option is fantastic for getting creative with your stop-motion video as much as you like. To start creating a video using this method, you need to:
- Log in to your InVideo account
- Open the Blank Template tab
- Pick the dimensions for your video
- Click on Start Editing
How To Make Stop-Motion Videos Using InVideo’s Blank Templates
InVideo Media Upload
When your project opens up in the video editor, you should start with uploading all the images you took for your stop-motion video. Go to the Uploads tab in the left panel and click on the Upload button at the bottom of the menu. Select all the shots that you want to use and wait for InVideo to import them.
Keep in mind that you can’t upload files that are bigger than 200MB in size. This is because we want to ensure that you can work on your project effortlessly and without experiencing any performance issues.
Now that you’ve uploaded your material, you can start creating your video. You can preview every shot by clicking on it. Use the Add Scene button in the top-left corner of the timeline to add as many frames as you need for your project.
Once you’ve added your media files to the scenes, you can set them up in line with your video. Hold and drag the edges to change the duration of any shot. You can rearrange the scenes by dragging them into different positions. If you click the three dots on any scene, you can choose to delete or duplicate it from the pop-up menu.
If you want to add some ear-catching background music, go to the Music tab. Here, you can choose one of the many songs that we provide. We’ve got an extensive library of more than one million royalty-free songs, videos, and images.
You can also upload a tune that suits your project the most. Click on the + symbol next to any song to add it as the default music for your stop-motion video.
Check out more about how to add music to a YouTube video if you’re interested in that.
How To Add Effects to Your Stop-Motion Video
To make your stop-motion video more engaging, InVideo enables you to add a variety of effects. If you go to the Effects tab, you can find different categories, such as:
- Powder explosion
- Light leaks
Click on an effect to apply it to a section of the video.
InVideo Transition Effects
If your stop-motion video consists of more than one scene, you can add transition effects to make your project more dynamic. Click on the arrows that connect the scenes and choose from one of the categories, such as:
InVideo Transition Effects
Subtle, top, flash, film burn, diagonal light, etc.
RGB glitch, flicker glitch, digital break, chromatic glitch, etc.
Fan, spin, disc, circle, tetris, arrow, stripes, etc.
Black aperture, slow shutter, cross shutter, etc.
Corner stroke, vertical stroke, center out stroke, etc.
Blur, wiper, rewind, showtime, zoom in, curtain call, etc.
You can get even more creative with your video by adding features such as:
Enhancers are a special category that enables you to:
- Turn a scene into an animated collage layout
- Pick one of 100+ masks to add as an overlay
- Add a Twitter or Instagram post to a scene
How To Add a Voice-Over to Your Stop-Motion Video
Depending on the type of stop-motion video you’re making, you might want to add an engaging voice-over. This can be a single voice narrating what’s happening in the video or multiple voices coming from various characters. When you click the Add VO button in the top-left corner of the timeline, you can choose from three options:
- Generate a voice-over using automated text-to-speech
- Record a voice-over yourself using our software
- Upload a media file that you’ve created elsewhere
Our automated text-to-speech option provides an extensive library of voices based on different languages.
InVideo Automated Text-To-Speech Voice-Over
You can generate a voice-over based on the text you insert or any textual element in your project. When you set up the text, choose a language and a voice that suits your video. You can hear what each voice sounds like by clicking on the play button next to it.
Once you’ve found what you need, click on the Generate VO button. You’ll be able to preview what your voice-over sounds like before you decide to use it in your video. When you’ve got the result you’re looking for, click on the Add VO to Scene button at the bottom of the menu.
The automatically generated voice-over will appear in the timeline. When you click on it, you can:
- Trim and loop the recording
- Set up the volume for both the voice-over and the background music
- Add fade in and fade out audio effects
How To Use Advanced Text Editing Features in InVideo
InVideo Advanced Text Editing Features
You can add different kinds of textual elements to your stop-motion video, such as speech bubbles and introductory titles.
You can also check out how to add captions to YouTube videos if you want to learn more about that.
To add a textual element to your video, go to the Text tab in the left panel. Pick a standard or stylized text box and click on it to add it to a scene. When it comes to stylized textual elements, you can choose from categories such as:
- Text styles
- Social media credits
- Location boxes
Click on the text box and go to the Edit menu on the right to apply advanced text editing options and features. You can change:
- Style—Set up the font for the textual element
- Colors—Choose the color for the text and set up the opacity
- Drop Shadow—Add a shadow to the text and pick a color for it
- Animation—Animate letters, words, or entire sentences
- Textbox Animation—Choose animations for the whole text element
- Change Project Colors—Align the colors of the text with the rest of the project
Why InVideo Is the Best Option for Making Stop-Motion Videos
InVideo is a fantastic solution because you can master using it in no time. Instead of spending hours figuring out complex video editors, you can start making high-quality videos using our platform in a matter of minutes.
What also makes InVideo stand out is that, even though it’s easy to use, it’s not a simplistic tool that lacks features. Our video editor comes with plenty of options that enable you to craft professional-looking videos for a variety of purposes.
While our platform is made to be as accessible to beginners as possible, we’re aware that not everyone will figure out every feature right away. This is why we provide an extensive library of video tutorials that cover almost every aspect of using our software.
Should you experience any issues or run into any roadblocks, you can always rely on our 24/7 customer support. Open up the chat, type in your inquiry, and one of our agents will be there to help you as soon as possible.
Another huge benefit of using InVideo is how affordable our platform is. We’ve got two paid plans for you to choose from:
InVideo Paid Plans
|Annually—$10 per month
Monthly—$20 per month
Annually—$30 per month
Monthly—$60 per month
If you choose the Business plan, you’ll be able to export up to 60 videos and use no more than 300 premium media files. The Unlimited plan removes all restrictions. Both plans enable you to make the most of all InVideo’s features.
We also provide a free version of InVideo that you can use for as long as the platform exists on our servers. Aside from the same limitations that the Business plan has, this version of InVideo exports your videos with a watermark.
Are you ready to start creating top-notch videos in under ten minutes? Sign up for InVideo as soon as today!