iStopMotion is a registered trademark of Boinx
software, and I am in no way affiliated with Boinx software. In this clip, I’m going to
be teaching you about the overlay function in iStopMotion. You want to make sure that
the view tab is selected at the bottom right and come up and bring down the options for
overlay here. You’ve got a couple of options. Down here at the bottom, it says mark areas.
You’ve got your action safe and your title safe. If you turn on these, it’s going to
add some margins in your preview. You should try and keep your action within the action
safe margin. If you add titles, captions, or anything later on, you should keep that
within the title safe. I’m going to turn these back off and turn on my show aspect ratio.
What that’s going to do is it’s going to give me black boxes at the top and bottom or my
preview. You can change the opacity of this. You can also change the width and height.
In most cases, you’re just going to use the 16×9. It should be noted that none of these
are actually going to be rendered out when you export your movie. They’re just so you
can know where your action should be and in the case of the aspect ratio. Like I said,
it’s not going to be rendered out, but in case you want to go to this aspect ratio later,
you can just use these as a reference. That’s how you use the overlay function in iStopMotion.