Create Charlie Chaplin-Like Stop-Motion Videos On iPhone With ‘Fast Forward’

Smartphones have made it very easy for almost anybody with a vested interest in photography, or cameras in general, to hone their skills. Okay, so Instagram doesn’t really count, but you get the idea, and if you regularly use your smartphone to shoot and edit your very own video clips, you may be interested in a nifty little free app by the name of Fast Forward. It allows you to create wonderful stop-motion masterpieces by pre-setting the number of frames you wish to capture, as well as the amount of time between each frame, and the result is breathtaking at times.

You once had to own very expensive software and a powerful PC or Mac in order to edit your own videos, and while hardcore editing aficionados and videophiles may argue that this is still the case, there’s no doubt that even the more complicated tools offered by the higher-end applications are beginning to manifest at smartphone level.

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Fast Forward is a great little app for anybody looking to make the kind of videos which made Charlie Chaplin such a hit in his day, and although you’ll need to find the crackling sounds and the unstable picture from another effects app, Fast Forward is your first step towards creating Chaplin-alike videos from your iOS device.


Once you have set the number of frames you wish to capture, decided how long an interval you’d like between each frame, you will then need to pick a resolution. Obviously, the lower the resolution, the lower quality your video will output, although on the plus side, your resulting clip will be a lot smaller at 240p than 1024×768. After that, you simply set an output frame rate for your video, and you’re ready to rock.


It works really well, and the UI – although a bit too Sci-Fi-meets-first-person-shooter to my taste – is nonetheless clean, and rather nicely compliments the app. Fast Forward is absolutely free of charge and well worth checking out, whether a Chaplin fan, or just one of a growing legion of point-and-shoot fanatics.


(Source: Fast Forward for iOS on App Store)

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