Stop motion is an animation technique that involves physically manipulating objects to give the illusion of movement. In other words, the respective objects are moved over very short distances and then photographed individually.
The photos are then played as a fast sequence to create movement. So, if you’re into stop motion animation, you’ll also need a dedicated stop motion animation tool for your creations.
In this article, we’re going to list the best stop motion animation software that you can use on your Windows PC.
Read the product description and if a particular tool suits your needs, download it on your computer.
Stop Motion Pro Eclipse (recommended)
Stop Motion Pro is an interesting animation software that easily connects to your camera or webcam.
You can use it to capture and paste images and convey interesting stories through your animated characters.
You can also use markers to track and plan your characters’ movement. The tool can play up to 30 frames per second and allows you to record audio while playing back animation. Lip-sync support is also available.
The software is compatible with dozens of cameras and features advanced project management tools which are very useful when managing long-term animation projects.
Stop Motion Pro’s UI is available in five languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese.
Dragon Frame is a powerful stop motion animation tool that will help you create really stunning images.
The software allows you to bring animations to life with the help of a bevy of professional on-screen tools.
Dragon Frame let you capture precise movements, compose and light the perfect shot with camera controls, and edit images with the help of advanced image review tools.
You can also insert audio and edit it according to your characters’ needs.
Key features include:
- Timeline: You can edit your frame with a simple drag and drop move to adjust timing, reshoot sequences, or restore deleted frames.
- Drawing tools: Vector-based drawing tools allow you to better control your animation.
- Live view magnification support
- Color detection lets you compare tone ranges between shots and adjust them.
You can the tool for free for 30 days. The trial period allows you to test the software with your camera and become familiar with its features.
Keep in mind that all the images captured using the trial version of the tool will have a watermark.
Dragon Frame is suitable for professionals and experienced animators.Runner Up
iKITMovie is a stop motion animation tool compatible with Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/8 or Windows 10 PCs.
If you’re into LEGO or claymation, this is the perfect tool for you. Most importantly, unlike most stop motion tools, this program can be used by user of all ages, including older kids and teenagers.
IKITMovie features over 2,200 free sound effects and background music tracks to customize your creations.
The tool also features a greenscreen which allows users to replace backgrounds with still or moving images. This feature is very popular among animators using this type of animation technique.
If you’re new to stop motion animation, you can watch step-by-step video tutorials to learn how you can better use the tool.
IKITMovie is perfect to students and educators.
Here’s an example of an animation created using this software:
qStopMotion is a free tool for creating stop-motion animation. The tool is very easy to use and offers rather basic features, which makes it suitable for beginners and users who occasionally use animation software.
You can import pictures from your camera or your computer’s hard drive, and edit them using qStopMotion to create animated movies. You can then export your creations in different video formats, including MPEG or AVI.
You can run the tool on both Linux and Windows.
Stop Motion Studio
Stop Motion Studio is an interesting app available in the Microsoft Store that allows you to create stop-motion videos.
Its developers proudly state that this is “the world’s easiest app to get you into stop motion moviemaking“. You don’t have to take trust their words, the best solution is to download and install the app and see for yourself.
Stop Motion Studio lets you create stop motion animated movies instantly on your PC. Once you’re happy with your creations, you can share them on YouTube and social media platforms.
AnimatorHD is a Windows based software that you can use to create stop motion and time lapse animation.
The tool also supports stereoscopic 3D movies and DSLR cameras, including Canon and Nikon Live View, as well as 3D stereo shooting.
You can use your laptop’s webcam and other video recording devices as input sources. The RAM Player with live frames allows you to control and edit each frame according to your needs.
Once you’re satisfied with the results, you can export your animations to After Effects and further enhance them.
We’ll end our list of the best stop motion animation software here. If you’ve used other similar tools that you think we should add to this list, let us know in the comments below.
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