Animation

Stop Motion

Anasazi Stop Motion Animator

Anasazi is cutting edge animation capturing software that saves and plays back your animation on your hard drive. Anasazi is for Stop Motion animators, and works with cheap webcams and professional capture hardware alike.

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Helium Frog

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.

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Monkey Jam

MonkeyJam is a digital penciltest and stopmotion animation program. It is designed to let you capture images from a webcam, camcorder, or scanner and assemble them as separate frames of an animation.

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Stop Motion Animator

For years, artists have used Discreet's gmax 3D modeling and animation tool to create content for video games. With this powerful program, you can create your own in-game content (including characters, maps, weapons, and other objects) for great, gmax-compatible games.

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Digital 2D Animation

Synfig Studio

Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources. Synfig Studio is available for Windows, Linux and MacOS X.

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Lip Synchronisation & Dope Sheets

Papagayo

Papagayo is a lip-syncing program designed to help you line up phonemes (mouth shapes) with the actual recorded sound of actors speaking. Papagayo makes it easy to lip sync animated characters and then export the frame and phoneme data as CSV for copying to your dope sheet. Data can also be imported into Moho, or Anime Studio for accurate lip sync with your soundtrack.

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3D Animation

Free Education Resources

Free Software for Teaching and Learning

Along with curating the best free software for creativity on the web I also like to play with design and code. As a former interactive media teacher, and teacher trainer in e-learning, it was a way of keeping myself active outside of the classroom. As a result here are a few tools I created in response to personal, student or teaching needs. If you find them useful please download, keep and share.

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