Stopmotion Linux: an application to create Stop Motion animations


About Stopmotion Linux, an open source software that allows you to easily create videos with frame-by-frame animation technique.

Stopmotion Linux is open source software that allows you to easily create stop motion video animations using images "taken" with our camera web or with a camera connected to the PC or simply by importing images saved with our smartphone.

Stopmotion Linux was born as a student project under the Skolelinux / Debian-edu organization, represented by Herman Robak.

Bjørn Erik Nilsen and Fredrik Berg Kjølstad developed Stopmotion at Gjøvik University-College (Norway) in 2004-2005, under the supervision of Øyvind Kolås, professor of multimedia production and object-oriented programming.

For those who still do not know, stop motion is a technique used in many movies and various video clips that allows you to view a rapid sequence of images to give the optical effect of movement.

Volume animation or frame-by-frame animation is an animation technique that consists of pretending the movement of static objects through a series of successive still images.

Between the main features included in Linux Stopmotion we find the ability to manage multiple scenes and process each frame, the software allows us to insert even one or more audio tracks and manage / process images through Gimp.

Among its main characteristics we can highlight the following:


  • Be able to capture webcam images
  • Capture from MiniDV cameras
  • Capture from DSLR cameras (experimental)
  • lather
  • import images from disk
  • timelapse photography


  • support for multiple scenes
  • frame editing
  • basic soundtrack
  • Play animations at different frame rates
  • GIMP integration for image processing.


  • export to file
  • Export to the Cinelerra frame list (experimental).

How to install Linux Stopmotion on Linux?

Due to the great popularity of the show, this can be found in some of the repositories of current Linux distributions.

Such is the case for those who are users of Debian, Ubuntu and derived from these. To install on any of these Debian and Ubuntu based systems vLet's open a terminal and in it we are going to type the following command:

sudo apt-get install stopmotion

Now for who are uUsers of Arch Linux, Manjaro, Antergos or any other derivative of Arch Linux can install this excellent tool from the AUR repositories.

For this they must have added an AUR assistant in their system, they can use the following one that I recommend in this post in case they don't have any.

Now simply base with opening a terminal and in it type the following command to install the tool:

yay -s stopmotion

For the rest of the Linux distributions you will have to compile the tool, so you need the following packages installed to compile:

  • make and gcc (build-essential)
  • git
  • gdb
  • Qt4 (libqt4-dev and qt4-dev-tools)
  • tar (libtar-dev)
  • XML2 (libxml2-dev)
  • vorbisfile (libvorbis-dev)
  • pkg-config

In the case of those who are openSUSE users can install these dependencies with the following commands:

sudo zypper install -t patrón devel_qt4 git

sudo zypper instalar git libvorbis-devel libxml2-devel

We download the others with:




Once the downloads are done, we can install the RPM packages with the following command:

sudo rpm -i *.rpm

We proceed to download the source code with:

git clone git: // linuxstopmotion-code

Once the dependencies are installed, you can navigate to the source code directory and type the following to build Stopmotion:

qmake -qt = 4
sudo make install

You will only have to wait for the program to compile and install, so this process may take a while.

If you want to know more about this application, you can visit its website where you can also find usage tutorials.

Once the video you have created with the stop motion technique has been created, it is possible to save all the most popular formats. Furthermore, the application also has support for creating DVD videos.

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