Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Free Animation Software or Web-based Tools

Recently, someone asked this question:
I need some help from this group! I am looking for a free animation program I can download for my 7th grade students. We are interested in creating short animations
with characters, backgrounds, text, and possibly voiceovers.

Here are some of the responses shared...what others would you add?
  1. XtraNormal - http://www.xtranormal.com/makemovies/?sitetab=1
  2. DoInk - http://www.doink.com/
  3. MonkeyJam Stop-Motion Animation - http://monkeyjam.en.softonic.com/
  4. Synfix - http://www.synfig.org/
  5. Pivot Stick Figure Animator - http://www.snapfiles.com/get/stickfigure.html
  6. Animasher - http://www.animasher.com/
  7. http://nl.software.emule.com/t/flipbook/
  8. http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/
  9. http://www.pencil-animation.org/
  10. http://www.calicomonkey.com/blog/free-cartoon-animation-software.php
  11. http://www.detector-pro.com/2009/08/free-vector-based-2d-animation-software.html
  12. You can do lots of cool animation just using Keynote or Power Point (view examples), actually.  You can prepare your drawings in some program like Sumo Paint, and save them as .png files so they maintain a clear background.  Then you can insert audio, etc. 
Update: Here are some others have contributed...

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    1 comment:

    bcdtech said...

    You can also try SAM animation, a project from Tufts Univ. They have a free demo- works well and the site license is only 299...

    http://www.samanimation.com/

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