Animation is a wide genre that includes different techniques, such as taking photos and drawing frames. You often need a combination of tools for animation. Examples of animation are hand drawn animation and stop motion. In this section you read about the tools find examples and read about the basics.
An example of a hand drawn pencast, which was made for the Maastricht University PBL MOOC.
This hand drawn animation video with narration (voice over), is a series of static images drawn on paper, which were filmed with a camera and then sped up with video editing software. This technique yields great results without investing too much time. You can also do a hand drawn animation on a whiteboard or create one by drawing with a Wacom tablet, combined with screen recording and video editing software. It is easy to erase (parts of) your drawings and change background colour.
Watch this tutorial on the practical aspects of making a hand drawn pen cast, using a Wacom tablet and Camtasia editing and recording software. Note that you could use any drawing software, screen recorder and editing software.
This video explains the process of creating a hand drawn video, in this case on a whiteboard. it describes the fives steps of (1) idea development (2) scripting (3) story boarding (4) editing and (5) posting online.
Hand drawn animation tools
Below you find a selection of animation tools, both software and hardware, with a short explanation and links to the official website as well as a tutorial.
CamStudio open source
CamStudio is free screen capture software to record all screen and audio activity on your computer.
Camtasia Studio 8 or 9
Camtasia Studio 8 or 9 let you create screen recordings, audio recordings, voiceovers, and webcam captures. Since Camtasia Studio is also a video editor, recordings are easily made into a complete video. Camtasia is suitable for creating screencasts, Kahn-style pencasts and webcam captures (ca. €170,-). Screendraw is a Camtasia Studio 8 drawing feature. Watch the tutorial below to see how to use it. Official website | Tutorial
Smoothdraw is an easy to use drawing application. It allows you to customize your brushes, background and text colour. Only for Windows (free).
The equivalent of Windows Moviemaker for Apple; simple video editor that works well for beginners. You can also use I-movie on your Iphone or tablet.
Only for Apple (free) | Official website
Windows Movie Maker
Intuitive and straight forward video editor that works well for beginners who want to create simple videos.
Only for Windows (free) | Official website
Stop-motion animation tools
Stop-motion animation is made by placing photos in sequence. In order to ‘animate’ your characters or objects, you move them each time you take a photo. below you find some stop-motion animation tools as well as some tutorials.