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I remember fondly my first animation class when I was eight years old. There was the excitement of creating a story with inanimate objects and bringing them to life with a Super-8mm camera. I also remember how agonizing it was to wait for the film to be developed so I could view the fruits of my labor. If only I had an iPad and iStopMotion back then…

focusiStopMotion ($9.99) is a well-design app for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad. The interface is simple and intuitive, allowing young and old animators alike to get to the task at hand. You can use either the front or rear camera to create your masterpiece. And, with the free iStopMotion Remote Camera app, you can remotely control an iPhone camera to shoot your video.

recordThe process is brilliantly simple. Position your iPad and choose which camera to use. Then, set the frame-rate (1-30fps), focus, exposure, and white balance. Then, begin animating by moving your objects and tapping on the screen to expose one frame at a time. As you create frames, they appear below in a timeline. Any time you want to play back what you created, simply hit the play button. The app smartly gives you an “onion skin” view, a ghosted image of your previous frame, which allows you to gauge the amount of movement from one frame to the next.

iStopMotion also allows you to capture time-lapse. You simply set the frequency of exposures in seconds and start it.

saveOnce you’ve created your animation, iStopMotion also allows you to record sound and/or add music. Then, you can save your work to Camera Roll, email, YouTube, or DropBox.

Once you realize how easy it is to animate with iStopMotion, you’ll never look at the inanimate objects in your life the same way!

iStopMotion for iPad by Boinx ($9.99)