Smoovie

Smoovie

Stop-motion videos made simple

Making a stop-motion movie usually involves taking a series of photographs one at a time, then lining them up in an editing program and changing the time splits. This can take hours, but now things are a lot more simple thanks to Smoovie.

If you’ve used Smoovie on the Mac, you’ll understand how simple the app makes these kinds of films. While you still need to take individual photos with an iPad 2, doing so is made simpler thanks to the huge number of stands that fit the tablet. Even if you only own a smart cover, propping up your iPad and tapping to take a snap is easy. Sadly, the quality of photos taken with the iPad 2’s camera aren’t particularly good. Still, as each frame is only seen for a brief moment, this isn’t too much of a problem.

The interface as a whole is very impressive and makes the app easy to use. Everything is incredibly simple, and if you do get lost, simply tap the question mark icon in the top-right corner. Of note is the slider in the bottom right; as you take new shots, you can slide it across to see the last photo you took, allowing you to line up your next in a more accurate manner.

Editing is just as easy; move a slider to set the scene speed, and organise your shots into a finished film. There are no transitions for switching between scenes, but this just means you’ll need to be more creative.

Scenes can be reordered so you don’t have to shoot everything in order, and you can add music from your library. When you’re done, upload it to YouTube, or save to your camera roll. If you love making movies or just want some fun with your family, this is great for bringing day-to-day items to life.

Rated 5 out of 5

Making stop-motion movies is simple on the go, and great fun too.

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