iMotionHD is a time-lapse and stop-motion photography app developed by FingerLab for iOS.
What are Time Lapse and Stop Motion Photography?
This is probably best explained by the app developers themselves:
“Time-lapse is a cinematography technique which accelerates movement. It can be used to photograph cloudscapes, plants growing, crowds… Stop motion is an animation technique which makes a physically manipulated object looks like it’s moving on its own. “
Viewers of the Netflix series House of Cards would be familiar with time-lapse sequences as the opening credits were created using this technique. Stop motion photography would be familiar to fans of The Wallace and Gromit franchise.
How does it work?
Without going into too much detail, this is an app review after all…
Time-Lapse sequences are created by taking a series of photos at a set interval and then playing these back at a user defined rate to give the effect of movement.
Stop-Motion works in much the same way, though the images are usually taken manually after the object has been moved to create the desired look.
The interface is extremely easy to use and a total novice will be creating visual masterpieces in minutes.
Upon launching the app you are given the option to create a New Movie with definable options such as movie title, and the recording mode such as time-lapse, manual, remote, or mic. Though not exclusive to this use; the latter 3 options are more relevant to creating stop motion videos.
If choosing time-lapse you can also define the interval that the images are recorded at ranging from 0.1 seconds to an entire day (though I would recommend having your charger handy if recording sequences at that rate!).
Videos are recorded at 1080 x 1080 pixels if using the device in portrait orientation and 1920 x 1080 pixels in landscape orientation giving you full high definition videos which look superb.
Other useful features of the app are the ability to control focus and exposure controls as well as a grid to allow you to get those landscape shots straight before you sit back and call Action!
The free version of the app only allows you to save your completed video to your photo library or to your iTunes sharing folder whereas the full version gives you email, Facebook, and YouTube interfaces direct from the app.
The app offers an in-app purchase to upgrade to iMotionHD Pro, though it’s hard to see if the Pro version offers anything extra besides the unlocked sharing options mentioned above.
In summary; iMotionHD is a really fun easy to use app that lets you see the world in a different way or gives you a reason to play with some toys and bring them to life.
iMotionHD and iMotiondHD Pro are available from the App Store with the Pro version setting you back only €2.69. It is compatible with all camera-equipped iOS devices (though the developer states some features are only available to newer devices).
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