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Geeks Union | November 25, 2017

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Frameographer [Updated]

Frameographer [Updated]

Frameographer (formerly known as Frames) is a simple and powerful app for making time-lapse and stop motion movies in HD, right on your iPhone. The interface is intuitive and delightful.

Time-lapse and stop motion movies are both created by taking a sequence of still images and playing them back at a certain speed. Frameographer makes this process easy and fun!


  • Capture and export in HD quality (1080p on the iPhone 4S and iPad 3, 720p on all other compatible devices).
  • Add a soundtrack to your movie using any song from your iTunes library.
  • Manual and Automatic shutter settings.
  • Exposure and Focus lock.
  • Onion Skin.
  • Grid.
  • Frames Per Second adjustments.
  • Ability to add frames to a preexisting project.
  • Delete multiple frames at once.
  • Use either the front or back camera.
[Update V. 1.3]

Hot on the heels of version 1.2, Frameographer 1.3 is now available in the App Store. With it brings a couple features, one of which is pretty nifty.

On the Capture screen, you can now pitch-to-zoom, just as you would in the native Camera app. There is one key difference between these two zooms, however. In the native Camera app, any zooming done will degrade the image quality, as it is simply enlarging and cropping the digital image. Frameographer, however, uses what we are calling “Smart Zoom,” which preserves the image quality. Allow me to explain.

Movies exported from Framographer are 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). The iPhone 4S camera captures images at 3264 x 2448 pixels. Because a full resolution image has more pixels than needed for a 1080p export, zooming in simply resizes the viewport, but keeps the capture at full quality. In essence, when you are zooming in Frameographer, you are not enlarging a digital image, you are changing how the image is cropped.

The zoom is roughly 2X, which we have found to be quite sufficient for most cases when a tighter composition is desired. Frameographer 1.3 is a free update and is available in the App Store.

Frameographer requires iOS 5.0 or later and will run on the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPod Touches with a camera.

Kathleen C
Kathleen C

While I like the idea of this app, I'm finding all too often that I'll download an app, use it a time or two and then forget all about it. Are we reaching the point of app overload already? I hope not, but we are just humans, after all.


The app looks good, but it won't make too much sense going for it if the price is ridiculously high, just like a lot of other Apple apps. Several apps turn out to be pretty much useless after the initial novelty wears off.


What a wonderful app!  Using this sounds like it would be a lot less expensive than the traditional devices needed for these sort of movies.

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 @cellophane I wonder how many frames it captures too each second. It sure sounds like an awesome app if there are several. I wonder the price too! I can't wait to find out and then give it a try.