Create stop motion animation on your phone

Step offers an easy way to create animated GIFs and short, fun movies for iPhone and iPad. We take it for a spin and find out if it's any good.

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Our Verdict

Desperately needs more sharing options, but realise its limitations and it’s a useful tool.

For

  • Frames per second is customisable
  • Choice of shutter times
  • Nice interface

Against

  • Lack of sharing options
  • Exporting projects takes time

Step makes it easy to create animated GIFs and Quicktime movies in a stop-motion animation style by slotting a number of shots closely together on a loop, to artistic or witty effect.

As well as the obvious Record, Play and Delete modes, there is also an options to choose the frames per second, as well as a choice of shutter timers up to once every five minutes, so you can opt to capture, say, moving shadows.

Importantly, a large portion of the interface is dedicated to the actual shots you’re capturing. For further menu options, it’s a case of swiping across the screen.

You can share your creations as either GIFs or an iOS-friendly movie, although you can only share GIFs through email, and movies using email or Facebook – Twitter doesn’t get a look in.

You’ll also have to be patient when it comes to exporting larger projects. We captured a stroll around the city, with more than 450 frames at 15fps but, annoyingly, it crashed midway through uploading.

Key info

  • Works with: iPad, iPhone
  • Price: $1.99 (£1.49)
  • Universal: Yes
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • App size: 15MB
  • Developer: Trollbäck+Company
  • Age rating: 4+

This mini-review was originally published in .net magazine issue 234.

The Verdict

6

out of 10

Create stop motion animation on your

Desperately needs more sharing options, but realise its limitations and it’s a useful tool.