The Magical Combination of FotoMagico and iStopMotion

Mark Vopat, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Youngstown State University, is a technology guru. He is the de factor technology and multimedia person in his department. He runs AcademicMac.com, a blog where he writes about the different ways of using OSX and iOS software in academia. He creates the end-of-the-year video slideshow at his children’s school. And he is an avid FotoMagico user.

“I first heard about FotoMagico on a podcast called MacBreak Weekly,” Mark says. “One of the guests, Scott Bourne, mentioned how great the software was for making professional slideshows. A few years ago, Boinx ran a promotion for a random drawing for a free copy of FotoMagico3. I entered the drawing and a student of mine also entered, via Twitter. It turns out the winner of the drawing received a copy, and so did the person that retweeted an entry. In this case, my student won the drawing and I also received a copy of the software.”

That was when Mark began using FotoMagico regularly, particularly to create the videos for his children’s school. It usually involves incorporating three hundred or more images plus three to four minutes of video and tons of transitions and titles. He then exports the entire project in two to three formats, usually including a DVD, a .MOV or .MP4 and an iPad version.

“There are so many great features about the program,” he says. “It is really well thought out top to bottom. I love how extremely easy it is to rotate, zoom, annotate and animate the photo presentation. The ability to integrate video into a presentation and then export the whole project in multiple formats is also great. I can’t imagine using anything else for my projects.”

Mark also enjoys using iStopMotion in collaboration with his children. Both his son and daughter have made short videos with the program, and Mark plans on integrating iStopMotion into some of the online courses he will be developing over the next year. He has been especially excited to use the program more since Boinx came out with the iStopMotion Remote Camera app.

“I want to try to incorporate both iStopMotion and FotoMagico into my online course development,” Mark says. “I am planning on putting together an online logic course, and I think iStopMotion may allow me to do some creative proof presentations.”

How cool would that be? We think combining iStopMotion and FotoMagico is a great idea. Try using BoinxTV in conjunction with the two to create a wild television broadcast! Check out Mark’s videos above and another one here for some more inspiration!

Cowabunga, Dude!

The ever-creative Animation Chefs are running yet another animation contest! The challenge: lawn surfing. More specifically, the Chefs just want you to combine technology with the great outdoors by creating a stop motion animation with your body, outside. Watch the video above for more information and some inspiration on how to do just that.

Enter the contest and you'll have a chance to win an iPad mini! Other prizes include a T-shirt, Amazon gift card and a signed hat. All you have to do is create the animation and send it to the chefs at [email protected] They'll enter your name in the good ol' Pot-O-Problems and pull the winning names on September 2. Find out how iStopMotion or iStopMotion for iPad can help you win!

Hang ten!

The PartySnapper Infomercial - It's Not NSFW!

Have you recently heard about PartySnapper and thought, "It sounds really cool, but I don't think it's safe for work..."? Well we're here with a brand new infomercial to prove it's quite the opposite! PartySnapper is exactly what your corporate events need.

"Do your corporate events tend to be dull, boring and in black and white? It doesn't have to be like that, because we have the solution: get PartySnapper today! PartySnapper will add fun, frenetic applause and selfies to your party."

What more could your corporate events need? Visit the Indiegogo page now to make PartySnapper a reality!

Imagine. Create. iStopMotion

If you can imagine it, you can create it with iStopMotion. And now you can also save a lot of money: For a limited time, as part of the Mac App Store’s Explore Your Creativity promotion, iStopMotion for Mac is 60% off and iStopMotion for iPad is 50% off.

Animation of this trailer by Charlie Collier. Music: "Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0

Party Like the Weltmeister

We're celebrating Germany's big win with an Indiegogo flash sale! To celebrate the Weltmeister*, for a limited time only, you can save 44% off the regular price of PartySnapper with the Weltmeister Sale perk on Indiegogo. You'll get PartySnapper unlimited for just $17!

In addition to the celebratory sale, we just released a new campaign video, in which Dr. Bowman's alter-ego Bastian explains in further detail just how PartySnapper works. "We at Boinx Software, we love to celebrate. So if you are like us, you like to take and share pictures with your friends and family," Bastian says. "We want to take this experience to a whole new level, so we want to create PartySnapper - the social photo wall app that will wow your party guests."

"If you like the idea of this app as much as we do, please help us bring it to market. Since designing, developing marketing and sustaining an app costs a lot of money, we need your support. Every single contribution helps us bring this app to market. So please help, and party on!"

Some Frequently Asked Questions...

Q: What will be the pricing for the app?

A: Your guests will never have to pay a cent to use the guest camera functionality. Only the party host pays for the app. If you want to use the app for just one party, you can purchase a ticket that is valid for seven days. If you want to use it for many parties, you can choose to pay a one time charge that allows you to use PartySnapper as much as you want.

Q: What happens when people do not take pictures all the time?

A: If there are no new photos submitted, PartySnapper will cycle through the previously snapped images. Once a new photo is submitted, it will be added to the queue. So there is a constant stream of existing photos, mixed in with the most recent ones.

*Weltmeister = World Champion