Well actually not again, but almost a term ago now I ran a course on the use of animation across the curriculum. We progressed from 2Animate to using Digi-Blue and some attempted to use Stop Motion Pro, particularly for Chroma Key techniques. In preparing the course I have to say that each of the applications had their merits, and their hang-ups. Though for sheer ease of use Digi-Blue won hands-down. This was proven by the satisfaction and quick achievements of those attending the course, who ranged from Network managers to ICT Cos to ordinary (sorry) teachers to TAs ( never ordinary!).
From what I remember we agreed on the following points:
- Animation can be used across the curriculum and should not be limited to just ICT
- When working on a claymation or 2d card scenario, more than one animator is needed, as someone needs to operate the objects, another can direct, while another clicks through the software
- Multiple versions or remixes of an animation can be created when working in a group as some packages allow you to add music or effects
- Plan Plan Plan first
- A lot can be said in a very small space of time- children often try to create epic - remember a TV advert is only 90 seconds and still manages to provide a narrative
- Capture animated scenes in short bites- this makes editing so much easier.
Digi-Blue- We were all surprised by how easy it was to produce some quality animations with this and the camera. I have had headaches in the past with the Digi-Blue, the batteries have died or the darn thing wont talk to the PC when plugged back in, but when hooked up to the computer and snapping meticulously away like Nick Park, it all behaves beautifully. There was one annoyance though and that was that we often had to convert the finished piece to wmv though using Movie maker. This was due to the software defaulting to save pieces as AVIs, these did not always play both sound and video. I think I will ensure I have all the Codecs downloaded and demo how to do this during my next years course. Below you will find some examples of the work created on the day.
Hope they inspire you!! PS I attempted use the new Video Upload feature of Blogger- it worked brilliantly second time around.
Actually below you will just find Nicholas and Jack's great Transofrmers video hosted on Youtube- The Blogger upload seems to only display videos in preview mode so I have has to take them away- previous viewers of this post would have seen just red crosses in small white squares- what has gone wrong??