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A multimedia authoring program can be used to help create stop motion animations, where your eyes are tricked into believing that something is moving.

Small models of characters are made using clay or plasticine. They have big features that can be moved about without breaking. Photographs are taken of them and after each one their features are moved a tiny bit.

Each photograph is snapshot of what is happening at a particular moment and is called a frame. When each frame is watched back in a multimedia video, the models then look like they are moving about on their own.

The number of frames being played in one second is called the frame rate:
  • a high frame rate will make the movement look smooth;
  • a low frame rate will make the movement look ‘jumpy’.
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