October 17, 2007 in Software (E)
[prMac.com] Munich, Germany - Oct 16th, 2007 - After over 2 years of development and a lengthy public test phase, iStopMotion 2 is ready for prime time and of course, Mac OS X Leopard. Features such as virtual stages, which allow an animator to place the objects into a prerecorded background, rotoscoping, where the animator loads in a video that guides him in the animation, the ability to record a certain number of frames in real time and support for HD cameras, take stop motion animation to a new level.
Home, Express, Pro:
iStopMotion 2 comes in three flavors, targeting different users. The Home edition is for the family, where the parents want to spend a great weekend with their kids. The Express version is for the serious hobbyist animator, with all the great stuff appreciated by pro animators at a reasonable price. The Pro edition is for the animator who makes money (or plans to) with stop motion animation. A special education edition with a multi-user license key is available for educational institutions.
"Our goal was to add new capabilities that appeal to professionals while keeping it so easy that kindergarden kids love to use it. It was an ambitious goal, but we think we achieved it with iStopMotion 2", says Florian Albrecht, responsible for iStopMotion's development at Boinx Software. An example for this is the chroma keying that provides a virtual stage. Kids can have their toys walk on the moon or explore a coral reef deep down in the ocean. Meanwhile the flexibility of the feature brings ambitious movie ideas into the reach of the ambitious hobbyist and the pro.
Taking a Cue:
Instead of painstakingly planning your animation and creating an "x-sheet", simply load in a cue video to guide your animation. This video is displayed alongside the animation window or composed into the animation video transparently. Before this, one of the biggest challenges was to animate dialog and get the mouth movement right.
Sometimes it is handy to be able to record a sequence of a specific number of frames in real time. A pro customer requested this feature for quickly and easily creating zooms and pans with a motion controlled camera that they use to record cartoons.
Non-Square Pixels, Keyboard and Voice Commands:
As video pixels are not square in many video standards like DV, support for non-square pixels ensures that a circle remains a circle regardless of video source or destination format. Keyboard and Voice commands are customizable. Animators can configure their own keyboard commands or attach a programmable keypad to create a control console.
Availability and pricing:
iStopMotion 2.0 is available immediately. A built-in assistant will guide users through the process of aquiring the proper license. iStopMotion 2.0 Home is available for $49, iStopMotion 2.0 Express is available for $99 and iStopMotion 2.0 Pro is available for $499 via Kagi.
Updates from iStopMotion 1 DV to iStopMotion 2 Home are available for $10, to iStopMotion 2 Express for $60. Boinx is currently working with retail partners to bring iStopMotion 2 to store shelves in the US in early 2008. (Price quoted in US$ excl. sales tax or VAT as applies. Check the Kagi Store for quotes in local currencies).
Stop motion animation is the easiest way to tell a story in a movie. No need for talented actors. No need for a budget. No need for a script. Just some toys, a table top or a clear patch of carpet and a bit of fantasy to get you started. And, according to our customers, iStopMotion is the best tool to get the story into your movie. Teachers love it because their students love it and create short masterpieces within a couple of hours. Parents love it because their kids have fun doing something worthwhile. Professionals love it because they can work much faster than with traditional film based methods. You will love it because you have never been more creative before.
Boinx Software Ltd. is based in Puchheim near Munich, Germany. Boinx Software develops and publishes fun and easy to use applications for the creative user. Boinx iStopMotion is the leading solution for stop motion animation and time lapse capture for your digital hub and won the O'Reilly Mac OS X Innovators Award in 2003. Boinx FotoMagico is a tool to create and present professional live photo slideshows and has won the O'Reilly Mac OS X Innovators Award in 2004, an Apple Design Award 2006 - Best Mac OS X User Experience Runner-up and the MacGeneration Trophée in 2007. Boinx iVeZeen turns your webcam into a digital camcorder. Boinx Mouseposé is the essential mouse pointer highlighting tool for everyone doing presentations, trainings or demos.