iStopMotion for iPad Photo & Video App Review (iOS, $9.99)


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Seller: Boinx Software Ltd.

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Customer Ratings

Current Version:
26 Ratings
All Versions:
127 Ratings
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*** Winner Macworld Best of Show 2013 ***
*** Winner Macworld Best of Show 2012 and Mac Observer Editors Choice Awards ***

Join many thousands of iStopMotion fans and enjoy the excitement of creating stop motion animations (AKA claymation or stop action movies) and time lapse recordings with the highly-rated iStopMotion on your iPad or iPad mini.

You can be a master filmmaker, directing your own blockbuster animation movie. It's fun and easy for everybody from kids to grandparents to tell your story frame by frame, featuring your favorite toys. Turn the time spent with your children into a great creative experience and wow friends and family at your opening night.

iStopMotion for iPad is also used in hundreds of classrooms all over the world in all disciplines, honing creativity, problem-solving and communication skills in students of all ages.


"Films are 50 percent visual and 50 percent sound. Sometimes sound even overplays the visual." - David Lynch

Import or record audio. Easily animate to a prerecorded sound track like the pros or dub your movie after shooting. A waveform view helps you recognize significant events in the sound track making it easy to match sound with the animation.


Camera Overlay – Overlay the current live camera image with the previous one and see the changes unfold before your eyes. Animate more quickly and with a higher degree of accuracy.

Instant Playback – Being able to play back your work at any time without a long wait leads to instant gratification.

Beautiful Timeline and new Navigator – Never get lost and quickly navigate through your movie, even if there are hundreds of frames.

Share to Camera Roll, YouTube, Dropbox and now WebDAV – Move the world, one frame at a time. Edit your masterpiece in iMovie or publish it directly to YouTube or upload to Dropbox. Teachers can now easily collect their students' work to a WebDAV server provided by their school.

iCloud Integration – Upload your movie to iCloud and email your friends a link to view it instead of attaching a huge file to your email.

Remote Camera – Position your camera more conveniently and use the better optics of the iPhone with iStopMotion Remote Camera (download separately from the app store; supports iPhone 4 or newer, iPod touch 4th gen. or newer, iPad 2 or newer, iPad mini) - a free complementary app to iStopMotion for iPad!

Theater – Be inspired by what other people create with iStopMotion or share your own masterpiece with the world.

For more information, great examples, a forum and tech support go to


"Once again, Boinx has done an excellent job…" – Steve Sande,
"I was truly impressed with the quality of movies I could make with this software." – Derrick Story,

Customer Reviews

  • Surprisingly good

    by eevidrine94

    I decided to try it after it was just sitting there on the home screen of my ipad 3 for a week. And i have to say, it's actually pretty decent. Anyways, anyone who rated this app low just have to realize that all apps are a little glitchy when they first come out. I'm sure they'll have an update.

  • Great app first one top

    by Popsicalheadtwo

    Really great app

  • Great App

    by April Kalmar

    I really like this app. I've only done a practice run though. My only regret yet is that we can't pull images from our camera roll. That was my original plan for my first stop motion, but the app is making it easy for me to go to plan b. Also, I'm a newbie at this, but the app is fairly easy to figure out. I also like the theater section, as I was able to garner inspiration from other videos when I realized Plan A was a no-go. Maybe next update, guys?

  • One of the best stop motion and timelapse apps

    by funtongue

    A very good app all around. Ability to add soundtrack is unique among available apps. Previously, I would have had to use iMovie or similar to add sound. In a future release, I'd like the ability to add images from the Photo Library. I might be over-simplifying the process in my head, but importing the photos is straightforward enough; just need to figure out how to handle different image sizes and aspect ratios - cropping, stretching, or reducing image to fit the movie frame. Thanks for the app!

  • Perfect

    by Ewanbick

    This app is awesome just like vine

  • Awesome app

    by Mgmb99

    This is the best app. I used the "Istopmotion remote" app with this. My iPod touch was the camera and my iPad was the controller. Other stop motion app don't work as good as this app and doesn't have wifi connect IPhone camera. The camera feature is awesome and there's no shake ( it could be shaky but I put my itouch was in a dock ). If you are looking for an awesome app for stop motion, you should get this app. If you get this app on your iPad and you also have an itouch/iPhone you should get " istopmotion" on your iPhone/iPod touch.

  • Missing something

    by Unibrother

    While this is still the best stop motion app on the market, it needs some added features. The most important is the ability to copy and paste frames for looping footage. Also, there should be a light dimming feature to give the appearance of night/ darkness. Add these things and then it will be worth the money.

  • Great customer service

    by strawberry1969

    They are VERY quick to answer any questions you might have. Great product.

  • Still somewhat limited

    by unscriptable

    I bought this for my daughter to make stop motion videos. We were hoping to use our existing camera or iPhone to take pictures. I know the description specifies that the iPhone 3GS isn't a supported remote camera device, but had hoped it would work with her used 3GS. The remote camera software works great with the 3GS, but due to some lazy programming in iStopMotion, the overlay view doesn't scale the overlay correctly. I figured we could try hooking up her camera using Apple's camera connection cable. Again, no luck. iStopMotion fails to recognize the camera. It won't import from the camera or from the camera roll either. I find this very disappointing. It'd be nice if she could use a normal camera since we already have great tripods and accessories that make the filming part way better than what she could achieve with a hefty iPad.

  • Movies are reversed

    by Jim Agront

    I have noticed that when I use Istopmotion and use the ipad front Camera ( the one that faces me). The video comes back in reverse. I am right handed and it shows me as a left handed. I then used the camera by opening iPhoto and took a video of me with the front camera and it looks fine. Except for this, I love the program. Jim

  • Great!

    by Maxz021

    For imagination, creativity and beyond! ...

  • Good

    by tamba2

    Great Animation really dissapointed you can't add sound fx and just music great animation though

  • Great Family Fun!

    by Sharppixels

    Kids love it, we love it, and it's just a blast to make movies with the kids. Using my iPhone as the wireless remote camera is absolutely fantastic. Worth every penny, and after using it for a while, I'd pay double for it :-)

  • Add more

    by Lo football 38

    You need to add a function where u can add sound fx and not just music

  • Great

    by A36Pilot

    It's soooo much fun but REALLY expensive.

  • Great

    by Meep person

    Awesome app. But I would recommend getting iMovie or something like it so you can add sound FX and record your voice. Still, very good. But I wish you could change the focus. Epic. :-D

  • Reputation alone. (Updated)

    by ApidaeB

    For many years Boinx has been a reputable company with outstanding products, attentive customer service and support. That alone makes this app well worth the investment. I have been using it now since day one, and can tell you it is really a great app. As you can see from their updates, they really do care about making an exquisite app. The ability to use your iPad as the hub or main station of production, and your iphone or ipod as the camera is spectacular. This app is great for small productions and large. Allowing multiple camera angles by easily switching from one camera source to another. I have found some issues with wifi connections, which I believe has to do with the type of modem or router being used. (***Recent Update Has Resolved all Issues!*** OUTSTANDING!) Over-all a great tool for expressing your creativity, either for entertainment purposes (just for fun) or full productions.

  • Terrific!!

    by Mark2011C

    This is great fun! A terrific app! I have not used it with the iPhone, just with the iPad and I am really enjoying making stop action movies. Thanks!


    by ASC\

    This is the best app I have ever owned! I use my iPhone all the time hooked up wirelessly with this! BUY!!!

  • I don't know what's worst freezing or crashing?

    by Otto _t

    Update: Finally it's working again. ----------------- The previous version was only crashing now I've lost all of my previous recordings (showing only empty frames) and whenever I try to go back to the gallery the app is freezing. Moreover I cannot create a new shot because of the app ( when it's not crashing right away at start) automatically opens the last shot and freezing there. So the app as it is at the moment is totally useless!!! I hope a real fix is coming out soon! This release just got worst. ----------------- The latest version is crashing like hell on my iPad2. Probably it's better if you don't upgrade until they fix it. It's a pity. Otherwise I really liked this app.

  • This is a good app, but seriously?!

    by dudedudedude22

    Ok so I used the app last night and it worked great. But I try to use it again today and the FREAKING CAMERA BUTTON DOESNT WORK!!!! PLEASE FIX!!!!

  • Awful

    by Orange Tang

    Buggy. No support. Better alternatives available.

  • What is the real price?

    by Hermio-ninny3231966

    I bought this app only a short while ago, for 9.99, when I showed the app to my dad he loved it and said he would get it. But now we he has it on his IPad it's only .99 cents. It could be my mind playing tricks but I seriously doubt it. I took a class, where we used the app, so I looked it up at home and it was 9.99. I'm upset because I paid nine dollars more than I should have if my dad only has to pay .99! But on the good side, it's a very good app and I love it but I do not like that I have to pay extra!!!!!!

  • Get "Stop motion studio" app instead

    by John Dickinson

    Save yourself $8.99 and get stop motion studio. It only costs .99¢ and has almost all of the features PLUS IT HAS A GREEN SCREEN-YEAH! and you can record vocals right on your movie. This app wont even allow you to tap to focus. iStopmotion is way overpriced and needs a huge make over! Oh yeah and the remote app for this is atrocious.

  • Not ready for release - crashes regularly

    by MHKitchen

    Sounded like a good idea and app. It doesn't play nice between my iPad2 and iPhone 4S. Would LOVE a time lapse remote video app that works, but can only keep the iPhone connected for moments, and then CRASH. Please release a fixed update soon or I'll be calling for a refund.

  • Great app...if it worked

    by RickW

    I am reversing my previous review of this app. I attempted to produce a stop motion movie with my daughter this week, and we discovered that what seems like a great tool is really not up to the task. We experienced severe latency with the camera image getting updated on the iPad. The camera and iPad frequently lost the connection. The iPad would attempt to connect (waiting for iPhone to accept) but the iPhone never got the message (waiting for connection). This app turned a fun father-daughter activity into a frustrating disappointment. It could be a great tool, but the remote camera feature failed miserably for me.

  • Good if it would work

    by trenchlessrs

    Got the app worked for about a week now it just gets stuck on one of the stop motions I made. Can't make a new one cant watch any of them. Please fix or you just stole my money.

  • Having issues!

    by Ipereza

    I really love this app but after the latest update, I'm not able to synch my iPhone remote camera to the iPad. Both devices are in the same wifi network yet the iPad can't find the remote camera. Fix this and get 5 starts.

  • Remote camera feature no longer works?

    by Cnewman71

    I cannot get my iPad and iPhone to synch up no matter what I try. Worked fine before the latest update. This robs a huge portion of functionality for the app, especially with the limitations of the iPad's camera.

  • What!?!?!?!

    by Oogalaboogala1234567890

    Ok, now it won't even LOAD!!!

  • Well done, but limited

    by Jaymerica

    Beautiful and simple; works really well. Everything in the app is great, but it could use a few more editing options. For example, you can drag a frame around, but can only rip it off the timeline to delete it. I expected to be able to drop it in a new location, but there's actually no way to reorder anything.

  • Terrible save file problem

    by Spunkino

    We enjoyed the app, however, it has a completely random save problem. 80% of our files were lost when we went to save. Incredibly frustrating. If they fix this, it would be an ok app.

  • Great App for new iPad

    by ow_quit_it

    I had my first stop animation clip done within 20 minutes of installing this app. Very easy to use and intuitive. I like how it keeps a ghost image of the last shot on screen as you position for the next shot. Time lapse features is pretty cool too, although the maximum interval is 59 minutes. It looks like this may not work well for the iPad 2, but it is working great on the new iPad. Exported my video and then added music in iMovie. Very cool and surprisingly fun!

  • Stay away

    by Andy Smith

    This app crashes every time, stay away until the fix it. How they could release such a flawed version is beyond me.

  • Really Impressive

    by Gordon Freeman

    Easily the most fun app I've used on the "new" iPad, and the one thing that makes the improved camera on new iPad worthwhile. One thing I'd love, though, is if they made the free remote app have the ability to act as a shutter release for the ipad's camera.

  • Crashing a lot

    by Malkomalko

    New upgrade is very unstable as the other reviewer has mentioned. Crashes out to the desktop frequently. Very very fun otherwise

  • Wait for the kinks to get ironed out

    by Tap2click

    Wish I waited a bit longer before spending the $$$. I've only tried it along with the remote app. With each attempt, I've gotten timeout issues after the first two frames. Drat. Will try again if there's an update.

  • Amazing

    by lee faulkner

    I'm more excited than when I first saw the desktop version of this app! Paired with the remote camera app and an iPhone I'm knocked out. If you have both devices don't wait, just get it. It's worth $5 just to have a picture from the phone appear on you're iPad AND have remote focus and exposure control LOL!!! It's a serious tool though .... And sooooo easy to use . One request though. Can we have easier access to the focus control while shooting? I can do it, but it breaks the flow.... Thanks

  • Easy to use, would love one more feature

    by Ben Stephens

    Clean and easy, but I need the ability to use photos from the camera roll. Otherwise it's great.

  • Do your Homework!!!!!

    by Mark Seitz

    I love this app. I too heard about it on Macbreak weekly's live stream, but before I bought it. I read the reviews in the app store. If people would just read the reviews they could save themselves from buying an app that doesn't work for them. Also don't give the developer a low rating because you didn't do your homework. That is just wrong.

  • Disappointed.

    by Jaffer1979

    After seeing this demonstrated on Macbreak Weekly I purchased this in iTunes all excited. I then when out on the porch and set up my iPhone 4 for a nice time lapse sunset. WRONG!!!! When I got back inside from setting up the free cam app on the iPhone I discovered that I can not install this on my original iPad?!?!?! I can't understand at all why my iPad needs a camera if the photo comes from my iPhone 4? STEER CLEAR IF YOU ARE STILL ON IPAD 1!!! Why this doesn't work on iPad 1 though I have no idea.

  • Needs additional tools

    by Mthartwig

    This is a good starting base for stop motion but needs to have pic options like duplicate or reverse set to really be 5 stars. I like to be able to duplicate pics if I want a pause in the motion. Hoping this would be on the top of the list for updates

  • Audio?

    by Zightning

    Please add audio in next update!!!!Then u will get 5stars!

  • Lego documentaries

    by sgoldsmith

    I love this app. My son and I document Lego building sessions, using the timed shutter. it is super fun. The app is very easy to use, my 6 year old figured it out really without much help from me. Only request, better notification when remote camera loses connectivity. It silently dies, and frames are missed.

  • Why shouldn't this work with iPad 1?

    by The Tonkins

    Bit disappointed that this app doesn't work with iPad 1. Yes, I understand that the iPad 1 doesn't have a camera, but shouldn't that flaw be covered by the Remote Camera app add-on?

  • Cool

    by MitchCohen

    Ok, this is cool. Especially when used with an iPhone 4/4S as the remote camera, given how good those cameras are. Impressive and fun.

  • Works fine on iPad 1

    by V-lander

    Installed istopmotion on iPad 1st gen. using iPhone configuration utility ... Paired it up with the free istopmotion cam remote app on my iPhone ... Got it up and running without a hitch.

  • Nearly flawless execution for time-lapse

    by LyricsMatter

    A friend recommended this and at first I wasn't sure I would use it. Then, I got to use it while my son and I built a massive LEGO project. It help document hours of work in a fun 30 second video. Next up, we used the figures to create a short film. The innovative use of iPhone 4S camera using the separate (free) remote camera app sealed the deal for me. The seamless integration makes you wonder how we ever did this before. The only things I would change is to make more convenient access to the Focus/Exposure controls and more editing options. I wish you could call them up instantly without having to dive into the camera settings menu. This would make it easier to change focus within a scene. Manual focus would also add a high end touch. I would like to merge or splice clips without having to do this in a separate app like iMovie for iPad.

  • Great

    by JcHowes

    Very simple to use. Fast, easy, and high quality.

  • Not compatible with iPad 1

    by mcgrath3

    It should be more clear that this is not compatible with the iPad1. Now I have to wait until I eventually upgrade to an iPad2. Looks like a great app but I won't know for a while yet.

  • It real good

    by Duke goose

    I can't put music music on the videos but every thing else is good

  • Great fun

    by Kwottley

    Tried time-lapse with iPhone remote. Worked great. Highly recommend.

  • Fun but not obvious

    by muecker

    I think this app will be a lot of fun. I was able to create a short video from a few frames. It will require a lot of patience and effort to create a video of any length. I like that I can use my iPhone as a remote camera. It does take a little time to process each shot. Initially there are some deficiencies in the software. I didn't immediately see the camera button so I wasn't sure how to take pictures. I couldn't find a way to preview, I could only export to the camera roll.

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