iMovie Edit
1.1 How to Add Subtitles in iMovie
1.2 Add Music in iMovie
1.3 iMovie Effect
1.4 iMovie Green Screen
1.5 iMovie Trailers
1.6 iMovie Picture in Picture
1.7 iMovie Slow Motion
1.8 How to Rotate Video in iMovie
1.9 iMovie Split Screen
1.10 How to Add Transitions in iMovie
1.11 iMovie Time Lapse
1.12 iMovie Stop Motion
1.13 iMovie Split Clip
1.14 How to Crop Videos on iMovie
1.15 How to Do a Voiceover on iMovie
1.16 iMovie Aspect Ratio
1.17 How to Fast Forward in iMovie
1.18 Zoom in/out on iMovie
1.19 iMovie Stabilization
1.20 iMovie Fade Audio
1.21 How to Reverse Video in iMovie
1.22 How to Join Clips in iMovie
1.23 Trim Auido in iMovie

iMovie Stop Motion Tutorial: How to Create Stop Motion Videos on iMovie (Mac/iPad/iPhone)

Stop motion is a very fun effect that you'll see occasionally in other people's work. Also know as Stop Frame Animation, stop motion is a highly creative 2D or 3D animation technique that gives you the illusion of an object moving on its own. You may think stop motion as an attractive but complicated function. Indeed, compare to other tricks like time lapse, slow motion do need to take more work, but with iMovie stop motion feature, things can become easier.

Now follow the step by step guide below and learn how to create slow motion video in iMovie. iMovie for Mac or iPhone/iPad are both included.

iMovie Stop Motion

Part 1. How to create a stop motion video on iMovie for Mac?

Now I'll take the newest iMovie 10 as an example, and show you how to do a stop motion in iMovie. For Apple users with iMovie 09, the method might be slightly different, but basically it applies as well.

Preparation: Before you decide to make slow motion video, you have to fully design the plot and make all pictures for your video.

Step 1 Open iMovie, import all media files you are going to add in stop motion video, and make them in sequential order.

Load Photos in Order

Step 2 Go to iMovie and then select "Preferences". Change the "Photo Placement" from "Ken Burns" to "Fit in Frame" to keep your images to zoom in and zoom out in the stop motion effect.

Change Preference

Step 3 Drag all the well-ordered photos to the timeline. Adjust the duration of each photo. The recommended duration is 0.1 second, which will make your stop motion sequence move at a rate of 10fps. And then apply this to all photos. You can also adjust the duration of a certain photo longer as you like.

Adjust Photos in Timeline

Step 4 Export the stop motion video and then add your video clip to your project for further use.

Part 2. How to make an iMovie stop motion video on iPhone or iPad?

Stop Motion iMovie iPhone iPad

Step 1 Open iMovie on your iPad/iPhone. Click the "Projects" tab on top, and then "Create Project" to load all the photos you want to make stop motion with. Make sure that they are arranged in the right order.

Step 2 Disable Ken Burns effects and transitions that applies automatically on photos. And then edit and shorten clips to get the stop motion effect you are looking for.

Step 3 Click the Done button to export the stop motion video from iMovie.

Part 3. Bonus tips before making a stop motion video in iMovie

Step 1 Plan and organize

Before use iMovie stop motion, create a storyboard, and design all scenes, characters and plots you are going to tell in the slow motion video.

Step 2 Quick shot

Don't waste time on taking shot, because you have more work to do with iMovie slow motion.

Step 3 Add voice over

Voiceover is not necessary, but it definitely enhances and heightens the final project, making your story more vivid.

Part 4. Alternative iMovie video editor to make stop motion

Apart from iMovie, there are also better ways to make iMovie stop motion. Here we would like to recommend you one professional video editing program – Video Converter Ultimate. You can use it to make stop motion quickly on Windows/Mac.

Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate For Mac

In this article, we have mainly showed you how to create stop motion video using iMovie on Mac, iPad or iPhone. Still have more questions about iMovie stop motion? Feel free to leave your comments down below.

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January 11, 2021 09:16 / Updated by to Edit Video

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