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Stop Motion, Timelapse and Animation using Webcams

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Stop Motion, Timelapse and Animation using Web Cams

This software was originally created for use with Scouts - that is children aged 10 1/2 - 14. Worked really well for them.


  • Linux based using normal webcams (Raspberry Pi will work fine)

  • Creates AVIs - using avconv

  • Able to see your progress easily

  • Onion skinning - making ad hoc stop motion simpler

  • Simple operation

    • space - take photo
    • p (or r) - record a preview
    • escape - quit - don’t record a video
  • Simple code - using python and pygame

  • Frame based - meaning recreating the animation time and again doesn’t result in video degradation.

At present it’s based around stop motion, but I also have some time lapse code (including de-duplication of frames) which will be added to this.

It’s aimed to be quick, simple and fun to use.

There are missing features.

Notably I think these should be added at some point:

  • Audio recording
  • Frame deletion/undo
  • Frame counter / time into video counter

Release History

Release History:

  • 0.1.0 - UNRELEASED - Initial version used with scouts.
  • 0.1.1 - TBD - Packaged up, and documented.

Michael Sparks, February 2017

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