Video & Animation Tools

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The following is a collection of resources and online activities for students. The age range varies greatly between links so click around, explore, and enjoy! If a link is broken, my apologies, please email me here and, if possible, I will fix it.

    Pixel Animator: experimental animation tool for simple pixel animations.
    Pixen: is a free, open source pixel art editor for Mac OS X. With features like color palettes, layers, patterns, and Tile View, Pixen includes all the tools you need to create pixel art on your Mac. Pixen also makes creating animations fun and easy.
    Animation PAN: Frame by frame online drawing/animation program with onion-skinning and a background layer.
    JellyCam: Stop-Motion Movie Maker
    Frame-By-Frame: Stop-Motion Movie Maker that uses your webcam.
    Pencils an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source.
    Stykz: Stick Figure Animation Program: Traditional Animation Software
    DoInk: Flash-style animation maker
    HyperEngine-AV: Multimedia Editor. Award winning video editing software is now free. Users can capture, arrange, edit and process video, audio and text in a free-form, trackless document, to create movies and slide shows
    Front End: Digital Media Workshop. harnesses the power of QuickTime to bring you powerful batch based conversion of sound, video, and image files. Resize, resample, join, split, trim, basic edits, selective conversions via marked I/O points are some of the tools.
    Strip Generator: Create and enjoy comic strips with fantastic ease.
    Make Beliefs Comix!: (Grades 4-12) This is a fun and easy comic creation tool that allows students to change character emotions and reactions.
    FlipClips: Turn video clips into flip books
    VideoCanvas: Use VideoCanvas to edit video in multiple layered tracks and add effects, titles and transitions. VideoCanvas is very flexible and works a lot like a drawing application for video clips. Yet it is easy to get started even for someone who never edited video before.
    Norrkross MorphX: for calculating images or movies where one image transforms into another. Simply drag 2 images to the document window, drag a few lines to indicate similar areas and Norrkross MorphX calculates images so that it looks like the first image magically is transformed into the other. You can save the morph as as still image snapshot or as a full animated QuickTime movie.
    Picture2Life: is a FREE, powerful, but simple and easy-to-use online image editor which also allows you to create collages and animated gif’s (or animations). It works great with your pictures that you already have online!
    Animoto: Animoto turns your photos and video clips into professional video slideshows in minutes. Fast, free and shockingly simple!
    FlixTime: turns your photos and videos into stunning and unique videos in just minutes! Sign-up for a free account, and upload your images, videos and music. Then, sit back and watch your masterpiece come together!
    Projeqt: Projeq gives you the tools and technology to tell your story. It provides a robust architecture, with unprecedented flexibility and possibilities.