Its a really simple application, you start it up, you click "take image", you re-position the scene, you click "take image" and so on until you are happy with your animation and you click "save" to store it as an animated gif.
You can find the source code at goo.gl/4Xvu7b.
1. Connect a camera module
2. Enable the camera (Menu > Preferences > Raspberry Pi Configuration, Interfaces, Camera)
3. Open a terminal (Menu > Accessories > Terminal), install the modules and download the code:
sudo pip3 install guizero sudo pip3 install imageio wget -O guizero_stopmotion.py https://goo.gl/zMTjas4. Run the program:
A couple of "interesting" things about this project
The gui was created using guizero which is a super simple to use library for creating GUI's, definitely have a look.
Most of the work was finding a way to create animated gifs in Python and working with images in memory rather than stored on disk
When the image is captured from the camera it isn't stored to a file, it is stored in a numpy array, this means each frame is only stored in memory making it faster:
# create the camera camera = PiCamera(resolution="640x480") camera_output = PiRGBArray(camera) ... # capture the image camera.capture(camera_output, "rgb") # append the camera image to the list as a numpy array animation.images.append(camera_output.array)The python module imageio is used to create the gif by passing the frames as a list, but again rather than being written to disk each time it is created as an in memory BytesIO stream:
gif_output = BytesIO() imageio.mimsave(gif_output, animation.images, format="gif")When the animated gif is displayed in guizero the BytesIO stream has to be open into a PIL Image.
animation.image = Image.open(gif_output)