Stop Motion

You can capture the images necessary to create a stop motion video. ControlMyNikon does not compile the captured images into a video.


  1. Set up the Folder and File-naming settings in the body tab.
  2. If you plan on saving scenes to different folders, consider creating a profile per scene which contains the folder and filename settings.
  3. Set up the composition and lighting.
  4. Go to the Workflows menu and select ‘Stop Motion’.

Capturing Images

  1. Turn on Live View.
  2. Put a check mark beside the ‘Enabled’ checkbox in the Stop Motion tab.
  3. Right-click on the thumbstrip above and set the desired frame rate for your finished stop motion video.
  4. Press the Capture button in the Stop Motion tab to capture the first image.
  5. Review the image on the thumbstrip. Delete it if necessary.
  6. As you capture more images, use the thumbstrip slider to scrub through the images and evaluate the captures so far.
  7. As an alternative to scrubbing with the slider, click the Play button, which will play at the set Frames per Second from the Beginning Mark to the End Mark. You can set the marks in the thumbstrip popup menu.
  8. Pressing the replay button will play from the Beginning Mark to the end. You can set a shortcut key for this to quickly review your work so far.
  9. If you have live view, enabling Live View scrubbing will allow you to see the larger images in the live view window.
  10. Adjust the opacity and gray-scale so that when you scrub to the most recent capture, you can see the current live view composition overlaid on top of the last captured image. This is useful for lining up your next shot. You can also set up a shortcut key to toggle between the live view and onionskin mode.
  11. Keep on capturing those images.