Boats Animator

A free open-source stop motion animation program.

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Boats Animator is a free and open-source stop motion animation program for Windows, macOS and Linux. Its intuitive interface caters to animators of all levels and offers many powerful features. The program has been open sourced under the GNU General Public License and contributions are welcome to the project’s active GitHub repository.

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Instant Playback

Playback Instantly preview your captured frames with Boats Animator. Unlike other programs, there is no need to wait for the frames to process.

Onion Skinning

Onion skinning This professional feature helps keep your animations smooth by showing you a translucent version of the last image captured.

High resolution and multi device support

Capture options Boats Animator supports high resolution frame capture, including 1080p and beyond! It’s also simple to switch between multiple connected devices for multi-camera shots.

For Windows, macOS and Linux

Cross platform Boats Animator is built with web technologies which means it runs equally well on all major desktop operating systems.

Open Source

GitHub logo With an open-source code base, new features are always being added to Boats Animator by people just like you. Your suggestions and contributions improve Boats Animator for everyone.


Windows macOS Linux
Boats Animator 0.11.1 Setup.exe Boats Animator 0.11.1.dmg Boats Animator 0.11.1.deb


User Testimonials

Here’s what people think of Boats Animator! All of the photos below were taken by the users themselves.

Bert Loos

“It’s very user-friendly, fast, and has a minimal design that keeps me focused on animating. I also like that it’s able to utilize the maximum resolution my webcam outputs…”


Shelby Pritchard

“I use it for brickfilming, Lego stop-motion animation, and love that it is a free capture program that allows easy preview, camera selection, and most importantly, 1080p capture.”


Catalin Chelariu - Softpedia

“On the whole, this program looks very promising, and we were mostly impressed by its intuitive, novice-friendly design. Once the missing features are implemented, this will be an excellent alternative to overly complex or expensive stop-motion animation tools.”


“I love the onion skinning… …I’m glad I found this as it’s something that still being worked on!”

Owen Garcia

“I make brickfilms (Lego stop motion movies) and Boats Animator is perfect for it. I love that it has onion skinning, grid overlay, and 1920x1080 support. Boats Animator is great and I think anyone, pro or beginner, should use this wonderful program.”


Recent News

Boats Animator 0.11.1 (HOTFIX)

5 April 2021

Boats Animator 0.11.1 is now available. This release primarily fixes a bug with Export Video. There are also a few bug fixes specific to macOS. Users are strongly advised to update to this version immediately.

Boats Animator Discord Server

2 March 2021

Boats Animator is now on Discord. Join the server to discuss new features, suggest ideas, get help, show off your animations and more. So come aboard and help build a stop motion animation program that rocks!

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