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Animate IT!

Item #: 9351 | Grades K-12

Create your own stop-motion movies quickly and easily with Animate It! All you need to do is download the software, plug in a webcam, grab a character and get animating. Animate It! was developed by leading education software publisher Kudlian Software, in association with Aardman Animation Studios, the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and the Oscar nominated motion picture, Pirates, A Band of Misfits.

Animate It! has a new intuitive interface with stunningly powerful features. As a bonus those great guys at Aardman are letting you into their secrets and tips as well as providing fun resources on the Animate It! website here.

Great for those new to animation and educators who want an easy to use, inexpensive tool for creating stop motion animations in HD, Animate IT is the right tool for making engaging and inspiring classroom animations with ease.

Educators working with younger learners or students on the Autism spectrum will appreciate the creative ways the program can be used as a digital storytelling device to foster emotional literacy and give a "voice" to students who would otherwise be unable or unwilling to express themselves.

Getting Started It's easy to get started with Animate IT. Once you download the software on your Mac or PC, all you'll need is a webcam, a background, lighting, models and your student's imaginations!

Main Features for Creating Animations

•Use any standard or HD USB Webcam, built-in webcam or FireWire Digital Video Camera. You can even set up multiple webcams to switch between camera views for more interesting animated movies.

•Audio Record and import sound effects and music directly into your animation and add as many as you like with the multi-track capability.

•PC and Mac Compatible share files between platforms

•Capture in full HD, with a HD webcam or camera.

•Multiple camera support, switch between camera views to create more interesting animations.

•Instant playback any time, live view of your animation in preview and timeline, allows you to edit, deleting and recapturing frames, right away.

•Add Unlimited Audio tracks to the timeline.

•Record and Import sound effects and music directly into your animation.

•Onion skinning - on single and multiple frames. Check how far your character has moved or put them back in place if you’ve knocked them over. Onion skin feature toggles between live view and your earlier captured frame.

•Autosave, never lose an animation again, projects are automatically saved and updated to projects library.

•Copy, Cut, Paste and Reverse frames and sequences. Waving, blinks, and other repeat movements are quick and easy.

•Delete frames at anytime, if you make a mistake, or need to edit.

•Undo/Redo, step backwards and forwards through all actions.

•Frames and Clips, organise your animation into clips making managing and editing easier.

•Easily alter frame rates, on your animation or just individual clips to speed up or slow down your film.

Enhance your projects with special features

•Chroma Key - capture your animation against green and blue screens just like they do in the movies.

•Import stills captured with a digital still camera directly to the time line, single or multiple stills

•Add Drawings to frames or create drawing tracks, and 2D animations.

•New Drawing Features, import still images, supports alpha channel, create text objects and then manipulate like other drawn objects.

•Tween objects across frames to create quick and stunning effects.

•Easy object and ‘rig removal’, removes stands, string, supports quickly on single and multiple frames.

•Add still images, move, resize and tween them for great effects.

•Add Movies to the background, to combine your animation with video.

•Title tracks to add Credits and Subtitles

•Transition Effects can be added between clips

•Time Lapse, unlimited automatic time lapse capture

Showing and using your finished animation

•Export movies to video file quickly and easily for post production editing just like the studios for publication. On Mac share movie directly with iTunes Garageband or iMovie.

•Import files created on iPhone, iPod or iPad, must be created using Animate It! or I Can Animate for iOS

•Alter camera resolution and aspect ratio, supports wide screen, PAL & NTSC supported.

Other Features

•Get tips from the Pros. Learn from the creators of Wallace and Gromit at Aardman Studios at their companion website Here.

•Network compatible - easy install for networks

•Get the app for making animations on your phone! Here
Minimum system requirements: To be able to use Animate It! your computer must meet the following minimum system requirements:

Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Microsoft .Net Framework 4 (available as a free download from the Microsoft website)

Graphics card recommended and should support DirectX 9 shader model 2.0

Intel Mac, OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6.0 or later (OS X version Lion 10.7.0 or later recommended).


1.5GB RAM (2GB RAM recommended)

100MB free disk space

USB webcam/inbuilt webcam or FireWire DV camera

Animate It! may require you to have and maintain an internet connection from your PC in order to check for updates. If you do not have or maintain an internet connection update will not be available to you.
Lesson Plan Name Grades
Walk a Day in my Moccasins P-K to 5
Using a video camcorder to record a day in the life of another student who either is ELL or ESL or Special Needs (Austism) so that other students can see how these students deal with the challenging day at school.
Digital Bubble Maps - Geography of our Environment P-K to 6
Each environment is different depending on where we live. This lesson is to visually capture the geographical environment a student is apart of.
Fit or Fat? 6 to 8
Students will be involved in a Science and Health lessons that involve nutrition and exercise. They will create Healthy Snacks and exercise profiles for the class.
Video Social Stories P-K to 5
Let children see and hear what appropriate behavior looks and sounds like.
Movies for Mothers P-K to 5
Students will use photos, drawings, and videos to create a movie using Tool Factory Movie Maker as a heartwarming gift for their mother on Mother's Day.
An Entertaining Assignment 11 to 12
Make a gossip style video about a medieval character and the rules of Courtly Love and Chivalry they have either broken or upheld. Video may be shot using a Flip video camera from the media center and edited using MovieMaker.
Solar system patterns and movement 6 to 8
(5.0 stars, 1 ratings)
In this lesson, students will learn about the solar system's movements and patterns. They will explore the inner and outer planets, explore deep space, determine how planets move around the sun, describe the necessity for the movement of the planets and the sun, and learn facts about each planet.
Environmental Explorers 3 to 5
(5.0 stars, 2 ratings)
This project based learning challenges students to use higher level thinking along with technology to problem solve the challenge presented. The students must research, plan, design using a 3D/4D virtual program (and also create a model of their habitat), and then finally write an action plan for a new ecosystem in South Africa.
Our World 2 to 4
(5.0 stars, 1 ratings)
Students will use Chromebooks to look up a website. The students will navigate to ducksters and learn additional information about geography.
Using VR to explore and explain human impacts on the environment 6 to 8
(5.0 stars, 1 ratings)
Students will utilize VR technology to explore human impacts on the environment, then create their own VR experience to teach others about the topic.