Inverurie, Scotland – Open Planet Software today is proud to announce the release of Smoovie 2, a major update to their popular stop motion animation app. Loved by families and educators around the world, Smoovie has established itself as the fast and fun way to make stop motion animations on the Mac. And now, version 2 doubles the fun with a sleek modern look, live effects, time lapse and lots lots more.

Smoovie has previously been selected as an Apple staff pick on the Mac App Store and, during the 2012 London International Animation Festival, Smoovie was the subject of an Apple special event in the Apple Store on Regent Street.

Feature Highlights:

* Capture With Live Effects:
Whatever you’re animating, you’ll have a blast capturing the action with Smoovie. Plug in a compatible camera and Smoovie shows you what the camera sees. Onion skinning overlays the current live feed from the camera with the last image you captured so you can quickly compare positions between the two, helping to get each shot just right.

But that’s just the beginning – Smoovie includes 18 stunning live effects including chroma key (for green and blue screen), toon, color splash and so much more. Live effects work in realtime on the feed from your camera so you can see exactly what you’ll capture. You can customize each effect and make changes – subtle or otherwise – as you build your movie, so that effects themselves can be animated too!

But the creative power of Smoovie’s live effects doesn’t stop there! Effects can be chained together to build your own, wildly amazing, never-been-seen-before special effects!

* Powerful, Simple Editing:
Making a stop motion animation should be fun. You move your objects little by little, capturing each frame and, with growing anticipation, press ‘play’ to see everything magically come to life! Smoovie instantly plays back what you’ve captured without pausing to render. Then you can capture more frames or jump in and edit what you’ve got so far.

Smoovie’s unique editor lets you arrange your content in scenes. Each scene has an independently adjustable playback speed (from 1 to 30 frames per second), allowing you to vary the pace and mood of your animation. Add new scenes, cut unwanted scenes, reverse scenes, capture new frames into existing scenes and drag scenes around to change the running order – all with full undo support so you’re safe to experiment!

If you need a little more control, Smoovie’s virtual filmstrip shows you all the individual frames in each scene. The filmstrip gives a surprising amount of editing power, yet this simple concept helps children quickly grasp the basics of making movies.

Smoovie plays well with the other creative apps on your Mac. Copy and paste frames between Smoovie and your favourite image editor, drop in a music track from iTunes or export your animation as a movie file for editing in iMovie or Final Cut Pro.

* Watch and Share:
Sit back and enjoy watching your animations in Smoovie’s virtual movie theatre – they’ll look especially good in fullscreen mode. All you need to bring is the popcorn!

And when you’re ready for the world premiere, Smoovie lets you share directly to Vimeo, YouTube and your iTunes library so you can show off your creations to the world.

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.7.5 Lion or later
* 57.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Smoovie 2 is available today from the Mac App Store and is on sale at $29.99 (USD) for a limited time. The full price will be $39.99. As a thank you to our early adopters, we’re offering the upgrade from Smoovie 1 to Smoovie 2 free of charge. A free trial is available for download from the Smoovie website.

Smoovie 2.0.1
Download Free Trail
Purchase and Download (MAS)
Vimeo Video (Promo)
Press Kit (zip)

Located in tranquil Inverurie, United Kingdom, Open Planet Software is a small privately held company founded in 2007 by Gordon Murrison and Gavin MacLean. After more than ten years designing, developing and managing software projects for some of the UK’s largest telecoms, utility and marine companies, they founded Open Planet Software to specialize in the creation of software for Mac, iPhone and iPad. Driven by fanatical attention to detail, Open Planet Software embraces industry leading software engineering practices to ensure their applications meet the exacting standards expected by the Apple community. Copyright (C) 2007-2013 Open Planet Software. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, OS X and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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