This website is alive and growing.


Editing frames

You can edit the frames on the timeline. Here you can find the description of the available operations.

Drag and drop

You can drag and drop a single frame or a selection of frames.
To select a single frame, click on it. To select several frames, click on the first one and SHIFT+click on the last one.

When you drag a frame, the mouse pointer will become shaped like a hand.

Hand shaped mouse pointer

NOTE: If you think the dropping behaviour is inconsistent and it is worth a low mark in usability, be relieved by bug 1069372.

Cut and paste

You can cut, copy and paste frames on the timeline just as you do in many other editing programs.
When you paste a frame it will be inserted just after your reference frame, no matter what direction you are moving your frame from.

You can cut, copy and paste from the Edit menu, with the editing buttons or with the following keyboard shortcuts:

NOTE: At the moment the CUT&PASTE operation seems to have no effect. See bug 1069370.


A frame can be deleted from the timeline. Just select it wit a click and press the DEL key or the Delete frames button. Delete frame

You can delete several frames at once. To select several frames, click on the first one and SHIFT+click on the last one.

The deleting operation can be undone from the Edit->Undo menu, with the Undo button or with the CTRL+Z keyboard shortcut.


If you have shot a collection of facial expressions and letter pronunciations you can lip-synch your frames with the audio recording of your dialogues with the help of Papagayo. See the Papagayo website to know more.


Adding music

You can add a sound file to your animation.

Double click on the frame you want the audio to start: a Sounds panel will open below.

Select the audio file (only OGG format is supported) and load it. A note sign will appear on the anchor frame.

Adding sound

At present the playback doesn't work on Ubuntu. The code is so old that audio playback doesn't work on systems that dropped the support for OSS audio driver (now old and deprecated). See bug 1069367.


Stopmotion has a GIMP integrated button that lets you easily retouch your frame with this nice image manipulation program. GIMP button

Select the frame you want to manipulate and press the GIMP button. Edit your image in GIMP as you usually do.
Save the image in GIMP. The manipulated image will be placed on the timeline, replacing the original one.

Take in account GIMP editing is destructive, both in real life and inside Stopmotion. Your original picture will be lost.

GIMP integrated into Stopmotion

Raffaella Traniello -- Last modified on Oct 21 2012