Stop motions are a sequence of individual photographs that create an illusion of movement when viewed together. And if you’re looking to freshen up your social media feed, they’re a great way to create engaging content. To get started, simply follow video content creator Darren Rowlands’ (aka @mrdrowlands) Adobe Premiere Pro tutorial and learn how to make them choppy or smooth – creator’s choice.

What you'll need

Tip: Batch edit your photos in Adobe Lightroom first.

Set up your project

Open up Adobe Premiere Pro and go to Preferences > Timeline. Look for Still Image Default Duration and set this to ‘0.2 seconds’ for the optimum stop-motion length.

Import your images and create a sequence

Drag your folder of images into the Project panel. Next, click the New Item icon, select Sequence and choose Digital SLR > 1080p30. Then head to the Settings tab and change the frame size to ‘1080 x 1350’ to ensure it fits the 4:5 Instagram ratio.

Tip: Save this as a preset to save time next time round. 

Add and scale your images

Drag your images from the Project window into the Timeline. To optimise them for your frame size, head to the Effect Controls panel and use the Scale feature to resize. If you’re using Darren’s practice assets, try ‘25’. Apply this effect to every image by selecting your updated clip and press Command/Control and C to copy the clip. Then select all other clips and right-click, selecting Paste Attributes.

Make it move

Select the Loop Playback icon and set your In and Out points with I and O on your keyboard. Press the Spacebar to play it and review your work.

Change your video’s speed

If the speed duration doesn’t look right, highlight all the clips (press Command/Control and A), right-click Speed/Duration and adjust accordingly. Gaps may now appear between the clips – to fix this, go to Sequence > Close Gap and reset the In and Out points.

Reverse the loop

Highlight all your clips once again, right-click and select Nest. To duplicate this clip, hold down Option/Alt and drag it along your Timeline. Right-click on your second clip and choose Speed/Duration. Tick the Reverse Speed box and click OK. Next, drag the Loopback Out Point to the end of your sequence and press your Spacebar to review the loop.

Export your stop motion

You’re nearly done. Now all you need to do is make sure it’ll work in Instagram, which means making it at least three seconds in length. So, select all your clips, right-click and select Nest. Now press the Option/Alt key and drag your nested clip to the right to duplicate it. Do this until you reach (or exceed) the three-second marker. Press Command/Control and M to open up the Export window and choose your output folder by clicking on the blue text alongside Output Name. Then hit Export and you’re ready to post your creation.

Download my practice assets

 

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