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Stop Motion Animation Software Tutorials, Ikitmovie Is a World Leader In Innovative Stop Motion Software Solutions and Develops Stop Motion Animation, Cartoon Software for kids and Educational …

Stop Motion Animation Software Tutorials, Ikitmovie Is a World Leader In Innovative Stop Motion Software Solutions and Develops Stop Motion Animation, Cartoon Software for kids and Educational Software solutions.

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  • 1. iKITMovie Help Guide iKITMovie User guide Created with DrExplain
  • 2. Table of ContentsiKITMovie Help Guide................................................................................................................................3 iKITMovie Welcome................................................................................................................................. 4 Interface Guide........................................................................................................................................ 5 iKITMovie 2.0 Interface......................................................................................................................... 6 Preview Window.................................................................................................................................. 10 The Timeline........................................................................................................................................ 11 Zooming The Timeline...................................................................................................................... 13 Editing Frames.................................................................................................................................. 14 Working with Sounds & Music..........................................................................................................17 Main Menu...........................................................................................................................................18 Full Screen Mode..............................................................................................................................19 Lets Animate..........................................................................................................................................21 Getting Started.................................................................................................................................... 22 Check Your Webcam...........................................................................................................................25 Choosing your Image size.................................................................................................................. 26 Capturing images................................................................................................................................ 27 The Timeline........................................................................................................................................ 29 Viewing your animation in iKIT........................................................................................................... 31 Adding Sounds.................................................................................................................................... 32 Removing Sounds............................................................................................................................... 34 Moving Sounds....................................................................................................................................35 Adding your Voice............................................................................................................................... 36 Adding Music....................................................................................................................................... 38 Publishing/Exporting Your Animation.................................................................................................. 40 Uploading to Youtube.......................................................................................................................... 45
  • 3. iKITMovie Help GuideThis help file was written for iKITMovie Version 2.0. Some of the screen shots may not reflectother versions of iKITMovie Created with DrExplain
  • 4. Welcome to iKITMovie Stop Motion Animation - A world of unlimited imagination !This help file was written for iKITMovie Version 2.0. Some of the screen shots may not reflectother versions of iKITMovieiKITMovie was desinged to be both easy to use for all ages but also powerful enough to becapable of creating high quality stop motion animated movies.iKITMovie has a very unique custom built sound engine with over 2,200 sound effects andbackground music tracks included to make high quality movies.You can also add your own sounds , voice and music to compliment the movie. So lets getstarted. The Interface What do all the buttons do ? Getting Started Learn how to animate with iKIT now! Sound Effects Add sound to your images! Created with DrExplain
  • 5. Interface Guide All areas and buttons are explained in some detail in the next section..What do all these buttons do ? Created with DrExplain
  • 6. The iKITMovie Screen iKITMovie 2.0 InterfaceClick on the blue buttons to learn about each item of the iKITMovie Screen New Project Click on this button to create a new project. If you have a project open already, you will be prompted to save it first. Open Project Open one of your existing projects. iKITMovie files will have a file extension of ".ikit" - Do not try to open non ikit files. Save project Click this button to save your project. You should get into the habit of saving your project regularly while you work on it.
  • 7. Settings Choose to set various project settings by clicking on this button.Import Images You can import images into your project at any point. iKITMovie supports JPEG files.Open Export Folder Open the folder where your exported movie has been created.Export Movie Use this option once you have completed your project to create a movie that can be viewed outside of iKIT.Help Click on this button to bring up this help file.Playback Mode Go from capturing images to viewing them in iKITZoom timeline Use the zoom control to fit more of your captured images onto your screen to make it easier to edit and plan your movie.Images
  • 8. This row contains all the images you have in your project shown in a timeline fashion.Sound FX This row contains all the sound fx you have added to your project.Voiceovers This row contains all the voice over tracks you have added to your project.Music Tracks This row contains all the music tracks you have added to your project.Full Screen Click on the full screen button to fill your screen with the live preview and playback image.Sound FX, Music and Voiceovers This section of the screen shows the sound fx, music tracks and voiceovers available to you for your project.Add your own music You can add your own music tracks to your database of sounds. You can add WAV or MP3 files. They will be imported in to "My Sounds" in the listing.Search for a sound/ Music Type in a keyword to find the sound you are looking for in your listings.Take a Snapshot This button you will use most when using a webcamera. Click on it to take a photograph / snapshot of the image in front of your connected webcamera.
  • 9. Timelapse Function This button allows you to take snapshots at regular intervals. Its a timelapse function.Change Speed of Playback Here you can alter the speed at which your movie plays back onscreen. It can be set to anything from 1 to 30 Frames per second ( FPS )Adjust Onionskinning This is a very useful tool for stop motion animation. It shows you the difference between the last snapshot you took and the current live position of your character onscreen. Created with DrExplain
  • 10. The Preview WindowThis area shows you the current frame of your animation and the live video that is coming from yourcamera.By default the preview window shows you the view from your camera, overlaid upon the last frame ofyour animation, or the current frame of your animation (as selected on the timeline). Created with DrExplain
  • 11. The Timeline Once you have taken a photo of your character or scene by clicking on the snap button, the captured images will be displayed on the timeline as shown below. One frame represents each snapshot taken. When you play your movie back each of these images is played back in sequence to give the impression of animation. Small changes between the position of the character in the example below from frame to frame will appear as animation when viewed on the live screen view. The number of frames played back for every second in time is called the FPS (frames per second) rate. If you wish to vary the speed of playback you may do so by moving the FPS scroll bar left from its default of 15 FPS down to whatever rate you prefer. First image captured - Frame 1
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  • 13. Using the Zoom controls on the Timeline The slider on the left hand side of the timeline can be used to zoom in and out. This allows you to see more frames at once and can be particularly useful when you are rearranging the sound effects in your animation. Simply pull the slider down to zoom out and push it up to zoom in. Before zooming... Small number of images can be seen on the timeline. After zooming ... more images on the timeline can now be seen. Created with DrExplain
  • 14. Editing - Copying , Deleting , Moving frames etc.Deleting FramesIf you have for example left your hand onscreen for one of the snapshots you can easily delete it asfollows:1- Select the frame you want to delete by left mouse clicking once on it. It will highlight in red oncechosen.2- Once highlighted "right mouse click" to bring up the floating menu.Copying FramesIf you want to copy a frame (image) to another location you can do it as follows:1- Select the frame you want to copy by left mouse clicking once on it. It will highlight in red oncechosen.2- Once highlighted "right mouse click" to bring up the floating menu
  • 15. 3 - Choose Copy.Now you can paste the copied image where you wish by clicking on the location you wish to copy it.Then bring up the floating menu and choose paste after or paste before the currently selected frame.Copying Multiple FramesIf you want to copy a number of frames (images) to another location you can do it as follows:1- Select the first frame in the sequence of frames you want to copy by left mouse clicking once on it.It will highlight in red once chosen.2 - Now press and hold down the "shift key" on the left hand side of thekeyboard.3 - With the shift key pressed use your left mouse click to select the last frame in the sequence ofimages you want tocopy.The series of images should now be shown as all hightlighted in red. ( Now release the shift key )
  • 16. 4 - Next right mouse click to bring up the floating menu5 - Now choose "Copy" from the menu.6 - Now you can paste the copied images where you wish by clicking on the location you wish to copy it.Then bring up the floating menu and choose paste after or paste before the currently selected frame. Created with DrExplain
  • 17. Working with your sounds Adding a sound to your timeline 1 - Listen to the sounds in the Sound bank by double clicking on the sound of interest. 2 - Add the preferred sound to your timeline by dragging it onto the correct track in the position that matches where you want the sound to play. 3 - When you release the sound icon to place it on the timeline you will be asked how many frames the sound should cover. The location of the sound will be highlighted by a music symbol on the frame where it begins. Created with DrExplain
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  • 19. Full Screen ModeYou can switch from the main screen of iKITMove to full screen mode in order to more closely view yourmovie.To fill the screen with the image on your preview screen simply click on the monitor symbol on the topright handcorner.The timeline, Soundbank and main buttons will remain in the background while you view the image nowfullscreen.To revert back to the main desktop in iKIT simply click the above shown image again.
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  • 22. Getting Started - The Welcome Screen When you first open the program you are greeted by the Welcome Screen. Here you have the following options: Start a new animation project. This is the option you should choose anytime you start a new project. This will open the "New Project" dialog box; where you can enter a name for your project, and choose where you would like the project files to be created and saved. Tip - Be careful to avoid using unusual characters in your project name, for example - do not use / or ? or > etc. Keep the names simple and descriptive .eg. My First Movie Avoid names like My/Movie??+
  • 23. This is the default option for capturing your images if you are using a webcamera. Make sure you have your webcam attached andyour webcam software drivers installed. By default projects are saved in a folder called "ikitmovie" in the "My Documents" folder of your PC. You can change this folder to a different one if you prefer by clicking the change button. ( 4 ) Click on this option if you want to import images into your project. You can also import images when you enter the main screen. The change directory button. If you already have created a project and you wish to open it again to edit or amend it then choose this option. The file you open will have a file extension of ".ikit". Do not try to open files that do not have this file extension.
  • 24. This button indicates the name of the last project on which you worked. It is here for your convenienceto use to open the lastproject rather than having to navigate to the correct folder and search for your project. If you have notworked on a project recently,this button will be blank. Created with DrExplain
  • 25. Check your WebcamIf you have just created a new project or maybe you have opened an existing or lastproject and you have the "Capture from Webcam" option choosen but you do nothave a webcam plugged in to your PC then you will get the following messageClick on the ok button and check to see if your webcam is plugged in and your webcam driversinstalled correctly.If you find you do not have the webcam plugged in you may have to restart iKITMovie before you willbe able tostart taking snapshots.Web Cameras are the easiest way to get in to stop motion animation. As long as you pay that little bitmore for agood quality webcam you can achieve some very good results.The important features are : * 640x480 Resolution at 15 Frames per Second Capable at least * Preferably a Glass Lens * Focus control - Manual or through software on your compter * Stable base or a Clip to attach to a base or standThere are a number of brands available on the market. We have tested many of them. We likePhilips®, Microsoft®and Logitech® Web cameras for stop motion animation at the moment. Created with DrExplain
  • 26. Choosing your Image Size - From your Webcam When you have opened or created a new project, and your camera is connected you will be asked to choose the size of the images for your project. This is an important step. You should make the choice of output size ( Image Size as it is sometimes described ) taking in to consideration the following things: • The quality of your webcam ( can it capture images at greater that 640x480 ?) • The amount of memory installed on your PC. 2 Gb of RAM minimum is recommended • The size of your project. If you intend on having 7,000 frames of more, higher resolution images may slow down your PC. We recommend when starting out you choose 640x480 ( Option 2 indicated below ) Created with DrExplain
  • 27. Capturing Images - With your WebcamIf your webcam is up and running then when you enter iKITMovies main screen you should see a live viewof the image in front of you webcam. Live View from your Webcam The quality of the image you see in live view screen will depend on two factors. Firstly the quality of your webcam and secondly the amount of light surrounding your scene. Check Webcam recommendations and lighting section for advice on this topic. Play back captured images You choose this button to move from capturing images over to "playback" mode to view what you have captured with your camera. Take a snapshot ( Photo )
  • 28. You click on this button to take a photo or snapshot as we prefer to say ofthe image in front of your camera. Created with DrExplain
  • 29. The Timeline Once you have taken a photo of your character or scene by clicking on the snap button, the captured images will be displayed on the timeline as shown below. One frame represents each snapshot taken. When you play your movie back each of these images is played back in sequence to give the impression of animation. Small changes between the position of the character in the example below from frame to frame will appear as animation when viewed on the live screen view. The number of frames played back for every second in time is called the FPS (frames per second) rate. If you wish to vary the speed of playback you may do so by moving the FPS scroll bar left from its default of 15 FPS down to whatever rate you prefer. First image captured - Frame 1
  • 30. Frame Numbers ..1 , 2,3,4 etcTime at which each frame will play back. Frame 1 , the first frame is at time "0" ( zero ). Subsequentframes will be shown on the time line in fractions of a second. Created with DrExplain
  • 31. Viewing your animation in iKITMovie To view the images in playback mode choose the playback option. You will then have a number of options as shown below.Click the play button to start playback- Press it also to pause playback - Press it again to continue playback. Created with DrExplain
  • 32. Adding Sounds to your MovieWhen you have taken all you snapshots or imported images you will now want to bring the movie to life by addingsounds.The screenshot below shows the timeline of the images you have taken with now sounds ,music of voice added.You can choose the sound you want to add by auditioning the sounds in the Sound & Music databank. Doubleclick on the sound to hear it.If you cant find the sound you are looking for try typing in a keyword to the search box under the Sound & Musicdatabank listing.For example lets say we want to add footstep walking sounds. So we type in "walk" in to the search box and clickon the magnifying glass symbol.The search facility will highlight the sounds matching the keyword "walk" in the listing. So now scroll up and downto see the sounds relating to that keyword.They will be highlighted in red likes the screenshot shown below.
  • 33. Once you are happy with the sound you have found you simply drag and drop it onto the timeline where you wishthe sound to start.Where the sound starts playing in time with the images is indicated with a musical symbol on that frame as shownabove. Created with DrExplain
  • 34. Deleting Sounds from your MovieIf you are not are happy with the sound you have added to your timeline you can remove it by first clicking on themusic symbol on the frame.This will highlight the sound for you .Now right mouse click on the sound you wish to remove to bring up the floating menu.On that floating menu you choose delete and it will remove the sound. Created with DrExplain
  • 35. Moving Sounds on the timeline in your MovieYou can move any sound in the timeline left or right by first clicking on the music symbol on the frame to highlightthe sound and then dragging the sound leftor right.You can also shorten the sound by grabbing the end of the sound and dragging it left. Created with DrExplain
  • 36. Adding a voiceover to your MovieStep 1 Click on the Voice Over tab in the sound section of the main iKITMovie interface.This will bring up the section of the interface shown below so that you can name and make a recording of yourvoice.Step 2 Check to see if you have a microphone attached to your PC by clicking on the "Primary Sound CaptureDriver" box.A selection of microphones will be shown in the list assuming you have some form of microphone attached.Step 3 Name your recording at this point in order to allow you begin recording in the "Name Recordign Box" In my case I decided to call this voice recording "My Name is Darth". It can be helpful to name the voice recording with a hint to what is being said in the voiceover!
  • 37. Step 4 Now you have named your voiceover you can click on the red Record button to begin recording.Click on the red button once again to stop recording.You can click on the play button to hear what you have recorded.Step 5 If you are happy with what you have recorded you can click on the Save button to add the voiceover toyour databank of Voiceovers.Step 6 Now drag and drop the voiceover from that list on to your voiceover timeline in the location you prefer. Created with DrExplain
  • 38. Adding a Music track to your MovieThere are a selection of Music tracks ready to use in iKITMovie full version. You can listen to the tracks bydoubleclicking on them.Once you have selected a track you simply drag and drop the music track on to your music timeline. The trackwill being to play atthe frame you place the music on.The below screenshot shows how I have dropped a music track on to the first frame of my movie.The frame will be indicate a music track has been added by the music note in the top right hand corner of theframe.
  • 39. You may add your own music tracks to the Music soundbank by clicking on the + Add to Libray button indicated inblue and white below.When adding your own music tracks use MP3 or WAV stereo files for best results. Created with DrExplain
  • 40. Publishing (Exporting) your new animation in iKITMovie In order to view your animation outside of the iKITMovie application you must "export" the animation to a format that Microsoft windows can play back. You must export the animation to either of two formats. The two choices are: • WMV - Windows Media Video • MP4 - MPEG 4 Format Read the notes about these formats below - important. To export the movie you simply choose the "export movie" button on the left hand side of the iKITMovie screen.After clicking the Export movie button the screen shown below will appear. Start by clicking on the Step 1 Button.Step 1
  • 41. When you choose step 1 you will be given the choice to export either all frames ( the entire movie ) or a selectednumber of frames.In most cases you would select "All frames (Entire movie)" unless you have a specific reason for only selecting aframe range.Step 2 Step - 2 - Movie Properties
  • 42. Youtube / AOL - Normal size - By default iKIT will export your movie as 640x480 ( thats 640 pixels wide by 480 pixels tall - rectangular shape ) Youtube / AOL - Small size - You can select this size if you prefer. Custom Size - If you wish you can make the movie larger in appearance. For example 800x600 or 960x720. In this case you will be prompted to enter the Width and Height of your movie.Tip - If you took your snapshots at 320x240 for example and you decide to export the movie as 960x720 then theresulting export will appear grainy, as the images will be stretched up from 320x240 to 960x720. Double click on the width box first to enter your choice . eg. 320 or 800 or 960 etc. The corresponding height can thenbe entered e.g 240 or 600 or 720 etc. You enter any reasonable value here but the recommend values will givebest results. Keep aspect ratio - 4:3 is the default selection. That means 4 units of measure wide by 3 units of measure tall.If you untick this option you can enter any reasonable Width and Height combination you wish. You may choose widescreen for example which is 16:9 Step 3
  • 43. Step-3 Movie Type Name your movie here. You can have a name that is not the same as the project name if you so wish. WMV - Windows Media format - This format will play in windows media player. This format can be used to upload to video sharing sites suchas Youtube.TIP - Use the WMV format if you wish to import the movie in to Windows movie maker. MP4 Format - Export you rmovie to MP4 if you want to upload to Youtube or to your MP4 portable player (IPad / IPod etc)TIP - If you wish to play this format on your windows PC you will need the QuickTime player from apple. If you donot have it you can download it free from HERE Finally click on finish to export your movie to your choosen format.
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  • 45. Uploading your movie to YoutubeWhen you have successfully exported your movie you will be given the option to upload it to YouTube.If you choose to upload your video to YouTube the screen shown below will be presented to you. Created with DrExplain