Creating Stop-Motion Video on Linux with Free Software

  • S04E50
  • September 6, 2011

Robbie and Hillary demonstrate how you can create a stop-motion movie using free software and a webcam in Linux.

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CONTEST: Download the stop-motion video Robbie and Hillary made on episode 207 [here], and add your own voiceover. Send us any file format, as long as we can hear the audio. Also include information about what tools you used to create the audio, and bonus points will be awarded if open source software is used. Email your entry to One entry per viewer.
While Robbie called it an "80's reference", Hammer's Too Legit To Quit was in fact released in 1991.
This episode is sponsored in part by: Eco Alkaline Batteries, Planet Calypso & Pogoplug.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Hillary Rumball present live from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Viewer Testimonials.
  • Viewer Question: What kind of features would you add to the new broadcast server to improve upon its already awesome specs?
  • Viewer Pictures. Congratulations to InvincibleMutant for receiving 100 Category5 Viewer Points.
  • Viewer Comment: Hi, Hillary.
  • Greetings to viewers in the chat room.
  • Win a year supply of Eco Alkalines batteries!
  • Viewer Question: Is it possible to monitor how many devices are currently using my WiFi connection?
  • How MAC filtering can be used as a suppliment to your typical WiFi security features to further restrict your network.
  • Viewer Comment: It's my first time watching the show live (although I have watched it before pre-recorded). I'm watching from India.
  • Viewer Comment: are manufacturing PCs that look like old hardware. Has anyone used it yet? They seem too expensive for the price.
  • Viewer Comment: You think your Commodore 64 is pretty neato. What kinda chip you got in there? Looks like a Dorito.
  • Viewer Question: How do you translate text from one language to another?
  • Using Google Translate service to translate text on the fly using your web browser.
  • Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom
  • Star Trek invented everything.
  • Feature: Creating a stop-motion video using a webcam and free software in Linux.
  • Why Hillary bought Robbie some Star Trek dolls action figures.
  • Obtaining the stopmotion software using Synaptic Package Manager.
  • Using cheap stuff to make a decent looking stop-motion video production.
  • Hillary unboxes Scotty.
  • Configuring stopmotion to use your webcam.
  • Enabling and using your camera in stopmotion.
  • Mixing frames in stopmotion so you can see previous frames while creating your video.
  • Contest Announcement: The Star Trek stop-motion voiceover contest.
  • Saving your stop-motion video in the free stopmotion tool for Linux.
  • Exporting your stop-motion video as an AVI file in stopmotion.
  • Viewer Question: I have a script to use gmail as my default mail client in Firefox and it works great. How do I integrate this with the "send-to" function in nautilus?{code}#!/bin/bashfirefox -remote "openurl(`echo $1 | sed 's/mailto://'`,new-tab)"{/code}
  • Viewer Question: When I try to create an animated title shot in Openshot, blender doesn't work. What can I do?

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