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 AnimaShooter Pioneer

  • AnimaShooter Pioneer is a user-friendly stop-motion animation software. Works with any webcam. Supported resolution is up to 3840x2400 (WQUXGA). Easy to learn, easy to use.
  •  System requirements

  • Processor with a frequency of at least 1.6 GHz. RAM - at least 1 GB (Recommended size - 2 GB).


  • 1. Run the installer. You’ll see the first Welcome screen. Click Next button.
  • 2. On the License Agreement page check I accept the agreement and press Next button.
  • 3. Change the destination location if you wish and press Next; button. Wait till installation succeeded.
  • 4. On the final installation screen make sure the checkbox Start program after finishing installation is checked.


  • Note, activation requires an active internet connection.
  • Click Click to Activate button.
  • Activation dialog appears. Enter Activation Code and click Next.
  • Enter and confirm a password. It is recommended that you also enter and confirm your email address in the event that you need to retrieve your password for re-activation. Click Activate.
  •  Evaluation

  • Click Request Eval Code button to get free Evaluation Code by email.
  • Enter a valid email and click OK. You'll get email with free Evaluation Code shortly.


  • Note, re-activation requires an active internet connection.
  • Click Click to Activate button.
  • Activation dialog appears. Enter Activation Code and click Next.
  • Re-Activation dialog appears. Enter your old and then new and never used password. Click Re-Activate.

 Offline Activation

  • The Offline Activation Process allows you to activate the software even if your computer is not connected to the Internet, although an Internet connection from another computer will be required to create and receive a License file (the .CDM) for the unconnected computer.
  •  The process includes the following steps

  • Creation of a pre-License file on the unconnected computer (the .LIC file).
  • Transfer of the .LIC file to a connected computer (usually with a USB stick).
  • From the connected computer, creating the License file (.CDM) using web-service.
  • Transfer of the .CDM file back to the unconnected computer.
  • 1. Create the pre-License file (.LIC)

  • Install AnimaShooter on unconnected computer and click Click to activate button.
  • Enter your Activation Code.
  • The warning dialog appears. Click OK to close this dialog.
  • Click button with key icon. You'll see generated license file: AnimaShooterPioneer.lic. This file contains information required to create the .CDM license file.
  • 2. Transfer of the .LIC file to a connected computer

  • Copy AnimaShooterPioneer.lic file to any portable data storage device (USB flash drive, SD card, Micro-SD card) and take it to any another PC with active Internet connection.
  • 3. Create the License file (.CDM) using web-service

  • Open your favorite web-browser and navigate to:
  • Select your .LIC license file and click Upload Lic File.
  • Offline Activation Form appears. Enter password and email and click Activate button.
  • On success, the corresponding message appears. Click Download and save AnimaShooterPioneer.cdm file.
  • 4. Transfer the .CDM file back to the unconnected computer.

  • In order to Activate the software you must take this CDM License file and transfer it to the unconnected computer into the same directory where the .LIC file was located.
  • 5. Close AnimaShooter and then start it again

  • After restart AnimaShooter should be activated and run normally


  • Click Capture button to make a shot.
  • Capture multiple frames at once

  • You can capture multiple frames at once. Before the capture button locate the drop down panel. Click button with number of frames you want to capture by one press. Switch betwen Add and Replace modes to add or replace frames.
  • Prefix

  • Switch to Prefix tab to set up the prefix to be prepended to each captured frame.
  • Auto Capture (Time Lapse)

  • Use Time Lapse feature to automatically capture images at predefined intervals.


  • AnimaShooter Pioneer can utilize multiple monitors at once, one of which can operate as a lightbox.
  • Click this button to open a lightbox window.
  • Click this button to open a separate window to preview captured and reference images.


    Select frames in arbitrary order

  • Use Ctrl + Click to select one or more frames.
  • Select a sequence of frames

  • Using the middle mouse button, you can select single frame or a group of frames.
  • Move frames

  • To move one or a group of frames, use the Alt + drag.
  • Copy frames

  • To copy one or a group of frames, use the Ctrl + Alt + drag.


  • Ram-preview functionality is for rapid preview of animation in motion without creating a video file. Press Play button or Spacebar to see Ram-preview in action.
  • Range Tool

  • Yellow line on the bottom of Timeline marks the range of frames to be played via the Ram-preview.

 Export Frames

  • AnimaShooter Pioneer can export captured frames in form of sequence of JPG, PNG, TIFF, WEBP, BMP images. You can export all of the frames or specified range of frames.
  • Range Tool

  • Range Tool - is the yellow line on the bottom of Timeline, which marks the range of frames to be exported.

 Export Video

  • AnimaShooter Pioneer can create video from a sequence of captured frames. Note that frame dimensions (width and height) must be a multiple of 8. Press Encode Video button to start encoding.
  • Range Tool

  • Yellow line on the bottom of Timeline marks the range of frames to be exported.
  • To play video with embedded player your system must have video codecs installed. If embedded video-player does not play video, most likely your system does not have the appropriate codecs.

 Frame Size

  • To simplify setting up a frame size, AnimaShooter provides a mechanism retaining the aspect ratio. Any change of the frame width will change its height automatically.

 Exposure Sheet

  • An Exposure Sheet (also known as X-sheet or dope sheet) is a traditional animation tool that allows an animator to organize and controll the timing of animation. Timing tab contains Exposure Sheet table which shows sequence of captured frames and their phase numbers.Table cells may have rectangular markers inside. Blue marker indicates a first static frame within a sequence of static frames. Black marker indicates one of normal (nonstatic) frames.You can specify a phase number directly inside the Exposure sheet table cell. To add a phase number, click on one of nonstatic or first static frame and type a number where the zero appears.


    Windows 10

  • To uninstall programs, to go Settings.
  • On the Start menu, select Settings .
  • Select System > Apps & features.
  • Select the program, and then select Uninstall.
  • Follow the directions on the screen.