Animation Links

HUE Animation Studio

Hue Animation Studio contains everything that a budding animator needs to learn to create stop motion animation videos. The animation software has been specifically designed for educational use, with a user friendly, fully-featured interface.

Windows and Mac. £49.95

FrameByFrame

FrameByFrame lets you create your first stop-motion animation in mere seconds, using any camera connected to your Mac. Your movie documents can be exported as QuickTime movies. The software's native format keeps the original pictures, allowing you to apply any post-production you can imagine.

Mac Only. Free Software

iStopMotion 3

iStopMotion is the award-winning standard of computer-aided stop motion animation (also known as claymation) and time lapse photography for your Mac. It is equally loved by many thousands of parents, kids, teachers, brickfilmers, pro animators and anyone with an interest in this fascinating movie making technique.

Mac Only. £34.99 from the Mac App Store

Helium Frog Animator

The Helium Frog Animator is FREE piece of software that enables stop motion animation. It has advanced features such as chroma keying, frame averaging, onion skinning, Lip Sync, fully customizable keyboard shortcuts, time lapse, Digital Camera control and the abilty to use high resolution sources.

Windows Only. Free Software

ZU3D Studio3

Instant playback - Onion skinning - Import music and sound - Extensive audio library - Record narration Speech bubbles - Titles and credits - Draw on to frames - Automatic chroma-keying - Time-lapse - Magic rubber/rig removal - Import images & videos - Record live video - Unlimited layers of audio - Unlimited layers of video - Video editing - Flip book printing

Windows Only. £32.50

Windows Live Movie Maker

Quickly add photos and footage from your PC or camera into Movie Maker. Then fine tune your movie just the way you want it. You can move things around, speed it up or slow it down—it’s up to you.

Windows Only. Free Software

I Can Animate 2

With I Can Animate, the only limitation is your imagination, which is why it has become the animation software choice for thousands of schools and individuals from Aberdeen to Auckland!

Windows and Mac. £24.99

Animation Apps for iPads

Smoovie

Stop-frame animation with precision editing and multiple scenes. Allows you to copy and paste multiple images from the Camera Roll.

iStopMotion

As well as stop motion animation, the iStopMotion can also record time-lapse sequences. Has the ability to use an iPhone, iPod Touch or a second iPad as a remote camera (via wi-fi) by using the Remote Camera App

I Can Animate

The iPad's version of the software which is also available on the PC and Mac. Can transfer animations between iPad and desktop. Can also import animations into iMovie for further editing.

Puppet Pals HD

Develops creative thinking. Good for developing other people's perspectives and thinking. Pupils can record their own voices and sounds in real time as they move the characters on stage.

DoInk Animation and Drawing
DoInk Animation & Drawing

Powerful vector drawing and animation app which also allows key framing and motion paths. Drag and drop drawings onto the canvas, then use the timeline to animate the drawings.

Animate It

Make your own animations with the help of Aardman Animations Studios, creators of Wallace & Gromit! This simple, easy to use animation app will have you creating your own stop-motion animations in no time!

Sounds, Sound Effects and Music

FreePlay Music

Freeplay Music is one of the most trusted production music libraries in the world. With a wide variety of high-quality music and world-class customer service, we have clients from all over the world who use our music in everything from personal web videos to major network television broadcasts and major feature films. In addition to the music that we provide to our clients, Freeplay Music also has been at the forefront of innovations in the music industry since its inception in 2001.

freesound

Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps etc. released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. Freesound provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples.

freeSFX

FreeSFX.co.uk is pleased to welcome Sound Ideas. Sound Ideas has more that 450,000 sound tracks covering every imaginable sound category - and is the world's largest publisher of professional sound effects, royalty free music & production element libraries.

Free Sound Effects

PacDV has been producing royalty free sounds for filmmakers, sound designers, music producers, film students, and multimedia developers since 2001, and our sounds have been featured in a variety of independent films and videos, television programs, documentaries, commercials, games, radio shows, and new media projects. On this web site you find sound clips that we have decided to make available free for you to download.

Partners in Rhyme

We have a huge catalog of royalty free music libraries for you to download and start using right away in your commercial projects. These high quality music tracks will make your projects more effective and sound more professional.

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jamendo

Jamendo is the largest platform for free music in the world. It allows independent artists to showcase their creations and to find new fans looking for new music. The Jamendo catalog is published under Creative Commons licenses that allow artists to publish their music and to preserve their rights, while providing users the freedom to download and share it.

Digital Literacy and ICT

Using a digital movie camera is a great way to keep records of pupil work, to encourage creativity and is an ideal medium to help deliver cross cutting themes and is thus an ideal tool to use across the curriculum. The following links are provided to give you some ideas for using animation across the curriculum.

Using Animation in Schools

A selection of lesson ideas suitable for a range of different courses, ages, and curricula, that enables teachers and students to use video as a creative tool for teaching and learning. These suggestions have been developed in association with teachers around the world, educational organisations, and members of the Moviestorm Education Academy.

Using Animation to support literacy

Catherine Elliott from the Sheffield South City Learning Centre has produced some excellent guides to help you introduce stop frame animations.

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How art and animation can reinvent education

“We know that learning through the arts and culture and creativity enriches the education experience, stimulates children’s imagination and provides them with exciting and fulfilling experiences they’re able to build on for the rest of their lives".