Stop-frame animation is a method I’ve been using to communicate complex interactions to stakeholders and developers before work starts on a prototype (some examples are here). It’s not suitable for everything, however – choosing which tool you use to do this depends on the project, on how much time you’ve got and on the expectations of your audience.
So here’s what I’ve been using. It’s called The Animationizer and I made it using Processing. And it’s free.
- First, you’ll need to download Processing and install it on your Mac.
- Next download The Animationizer.
- Finally, you’ll need a good webcam – I highly recommend Logitech’s Quickcam Vision Pro. It’s got particularly good resolution and does a great job when you’re doing close-up work.
All you need to do is extract the zip file anywhere you like, read the README file (which gives you a guide on how to setup and use it and what bugs to watch out for) then load Animationizer.pde in Processing. When you’re ready, Run The Animationizer by pressing Command-R.
This software is useful for lots of things, so I’d love to hear what you end up using it for. In particular I think it might be helpful for artists looking for a simple tool to make animations with. And if you find yourself struggling to keep your kids occupied at Christmas, I can almost guarantee that this will save the day. Enjoy!