For New Members: A Guide to StopMotionAnimation.com

Welcome to the new StopMotionAnimation.com

This website had a complete overhaul in June of 2012. Many new features, such as easy photo uploading, posting videos and writing blogs, are now available to members. If you're new to the site or have been away for awhile, here's a highlight of all the changes.


You've got your own page!

Go to the navigation bar at the top of this page and click on My Page. Here you will find your most recent posts and comments.  You can customize your page by clicking on the Text Box's edit tab.  Add photos, a video, blogs or a link to your homepage. On the left side column, you can access all your blogs, discussions on the Message Board, events, photos, photo albums, and videos. Click on My Likes to revisit any posts you've marked with the Like button. It's a good way to bookmark things.


Search the Site

On the upper right corner there is a handy Search bar. It's a good place to go first if you are trying to find something specific on this massive site.

News Page

All the latest posts are posted on the News page. You can easily click on anything in the Latest Activity section and be brought into the discussion, watch the video, or comment on a photo.  

Recent Activity Sidebar

No matter which page you are on, always residing on the right side column is the Recent Activity Sidebar. This listing will keep you updated with all the latest posts on the Message Board, Blogs, Photos, Videos and Events. This Week's Top 10 lists the most popular of these posts and topics.  The sidebar also includes access to your inbox,  member settings, and a link to report feedback or spam.


Message Board

This was the heart of the original site and where most discussions take place. It has been recreated here with essentially the same categories such as Newbie Corner, Stop Motion and Computers, Camera and Stage, Your Stopmo Film ProjectGeneral Puppet Making, Stop Motion Film Discussion, Jobs & Projects and over 20 other specialized forums.  If you're looking to post a discussion or debate, this is the first place to go.  It is also an excellent place to ask a question.  If you're new to the site, there is a thread to introduce yourself here.  Please do not duplicate your post and put it in different forums or blogs,  think about which forum is the best home for your discussion.  The latest Message Board posts are constantly updated and listed on the recent activity sidebar.  Message Board quick link buttons are located on the sidebar as well.  Click on Read New to read the most recent posts.


Blogs

Blogs are new to StopMotionAnimation.com and they are a great place to post an article for the site. If you want to write about the progress of your puppet or film project, try creating a blog. Editing your posts are easy, as there is no time limit imposed. You can easily add photos and embed video. Try to keep the topic of your blog about a specific subject. Access blogs here or go to My Page to start your own blog. If you are looking for advice, the best place to post a question is the Message Board.


Photos and Videos 

Now it is easy to post your photos and videos. Just follow the instructions to easily upload your digital photos right from your computer. Videos from YouTube, Hulu and Vimeo can be embedded on the site as well.


Events

An Event Calendar is new to the site. If you know of a Film Festival, exhibit, or some other stop motion related event, please feel free to post it there.


Handbooks

The Handbooks were written to help provide assistance to newer animators in an attempt to answer some of the most often asked questions. The Original Stop Motion Handbook was written by a multitude of members several years ago and covers topics such as Sculpting and Moldmaking, Building a Wire Armature, and Lip Sync. The Stop Motion Animator's Handbook is currently a work in progress and focuses more on the animation process itself. Chapters include Armatures, Posing the Puppet, Animation Basics, and Walking & Running. More will be written in the future.


Links

A collection of many external online resources for animators including: puppet armatures, stop motion software, animation studios, animator homepages and blogs and many other sites.


Chat

This site now offers a live chat feature accessible near the bottom right corner of the site.


Mobile Phone Site

There is now a mobile-optimized site for members using mobile phones.



Thanks again for signing up!



Anthony Scott

Founder and Creator of StopMotionAnimation.com
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MESSAGE BOARD QUICK LINKS

Message Board

Drilling Technique

Started by Ibrahim Ali Albuainain in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Strider 3 hours ago. 5 Replies

Hello everyone,I am working on a stop motion project and I will be making an old village set with a flooring made out of a layer of plaster. I am afraid when we drill some holes during filming the plaster cracks and comes off the wooden base. Is…Continue

Live Chat On AnimateClay.com Reminder

Started by Ron Cole in ANIMATOR TALK. Last reply by Ron Cole 12 hours ago. 228 Replies

Don't forget, on WEDNESDAYS (Thursdays on the first week of each month)  there's a…Continue

Glass cups, bottles, etc.

Started by Savannah Winchester in MODEL DEPARTMENT. Last reply by Savannah Winchester 22 hours ago. 5 Replies

Hey All,I've been working on a set for a kitchen and would like to include some glass and/or plastic items - glasses, soap bottles, etc.I've been working with sculpey, epoxy, and wood for most of the other appliances and dish wear but haven't…Continue

Tags: props, kitchen, cups, plastic, glass

Best Setting For Video Rendering ?

Started by Jay Lemuel in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Jay Lemuel yesterday. 2 Replies

So I am currently working on my first stop motion project. I did a test shoot .I only shot about 12-18 frames per second.All went well. But I'm having trouble in video rendering.I'm using Sony Vegas Pro 12.0 and currently can't tether my camera for…Continue

Tags: Video, Rendering, ?, For, Setting

Maintaining Quality - Dragonframe / Premiere / After Effects

Started by Suraya in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by stephen dirkes yesterday. 18 Replies

Hi,I have been shooting some stop-motion in Dragonframe. I wanted to work with the RAW files to keep it as high quality as possible. I will need to do some rig removal in After Effects CS5, and I was planning to edit in premiere pro CS5.I have been…Continue

Please Introduce Yourself

Started by Anthony Scott in CHAT BOARD. Last reply by Owen Flanigan on Monday. 411 Replies

Use this space to tell everyone about yourself and your interest in stop motion animation.Continue

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Create a Blog for your personal page. Go to My Page and click on Blog Posts. Access all Blog Posts here.

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