Free stop motion lessons using webcams

Using a free program, we were able to create stop-motion videos from start to finish in fewer than thirty minutes — and jazzed-up versions in less than an hour. This program makes stop-motion animation a possibility for every student. Frame by Frame is so easy, I couldn’t find a tutorial online. I created one with my cat Mason, but had some technical difficulties uploading it. Directions: Simply open up the program and take photos using the camera icon. The right screen shows a constant shadow of the last photo taken for placement help. To view your video, make sure to click on the first photo.

This would mean a 30 second video would require 210 photos. Once you are happy with your collection, hit save before clicking on export. The export button provides you a large variety of saving options. Here are just a few stop-motion videos made by my students recently.

I have examples that utilize clay, LEGOs, paper, toys, soda taps, pencils . One idea my students seemed to enjoy was taking pictures as a letter was written. A few did this as a nontraditional Mother’s Day present. Here are a few more . After allowing time for students to “play” and create a stop-motion video of their own, it was time to shine.

Of course, this was followed by an official viewing party. When we finished watching the videos, I asked students how many were seriously interested in continuing with stop-motion videos during the summer. Next year, I plan to incorporate them in a more educational manner. Below are the great resources that will help with that process. Klutz offers an amazing set of videos, geared for students, to generate some stop-motion ideas. Every single video is worth watching and will get your kids excited about the possibilities.

My ultimate goal is to utilize stop-motion the way the videos above do. One of my students really enjoyed the cow clip on the digestive system and created one on her favorite animal in the world, a llama. Our very own Megan Power from Top Teaching created a post about bringing stop-motion to life in her classroom. I recommend this as your final destination. Megan has done an amazing job working with kindergartners, and it just goes to show that stop-motion animation IS feasible for all students.

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