Stop-Motion Animation Animation is a great tool for engaging with and drawing out the story-telling passion of children. There are a number of methods of making still objects appear to move but in this workshop we will focus mainly on Stop-Motion. Animation can be used across the curriculum to enhance and ex- plore, evaluate and explain different subjects. How Can You Use Animation In Your Classroom? Stop-Motion Top Tips · Secure the camera and characters Blu-Tack works great Check lighting is good Watch out for glare Limit the number of characters Too many figures is too difficult Use a background Adds interest and minimizes distractions Resources Used In Our Workshop Primary Wall: Online post-it notes for your classroom Wordle: “Word Cloud” generator Flipbook: Create and share simple animations online Anithings: Simple CGI Animation demonstrator Zu3D: Stop-Motion software for quick and easy film creation Free Stop Motion Resources JellyCam AnimatorHD Helium Frog Stykz
Stop-Motion Software There are a number of excellent Stop-Motion pro- grams available in the market place, amongst them are Zu3D, I Can Animate, SAM Animation, and 2Animate. When looking for a program consider; operating sys- tem compatibility, camera requirements, ease of use and special features. Most applications now use low- end, cheap, USB connected webcams. These can often be found from around £5 a unit. When looking for special features the following are useful additions to the standard fare: Chroma key (Green screen) Useful for creating special video effects. Onion Skinning Helpful when repositioning characters. SoundDigital Blue Cameras (Version 2 and 3) Does it come with a catalogued library? Video CompilationMany schools have these camer- Able to create a video for use on other systems.as. They came with a softwarepackage called “Digital Movie There are also a number of free applications thatCreator” which offered a rich offer a useful (and cheap) pathway into Stop-Mo-Stop-Motion and Live Video edit- tion. This is especially useful if you want to encour-ing suite. age and inspire use at home.Unfortunately Digital Movie Cre- Finally, there are numerous examples of using Win-ator will not work with Vista or dows Movie Maker to create excellent Stop-MotionWindows 7. As a consequence videos, the advantage of having a free tool availableyou can no longer use the Digital Blue Cameras for to do the task is far out-weighed by the effort re-live action or Stop-Motion as originally intended. quired to make the software do something it was not designed for. A sure way to put the children off.You can however prolong your investment inthese devices by using them as stand-alone videocameras. To use in this mode you need to considerthe following: Batteries: Have plenty handy (and a screw-driver to open the compartment). Memory: You will need external memory. Use a 1GB or 2GB SDHC card (a 4GB card won’t work) Video Transfer: Remove the SDHC memory, insert into your target system and then copy the video across.
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