Digital Camera Animations

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Animations with a Digital Camera

Educational Uses

Show natural processes, such aseclipses or phases.  
Demonstrate procedures.  
Document studentwork for assessment or portfolios.  
Create multimedia displays or presentations for PowerPoint or HyperStudio that can include student activities or work.  
Use animations such as Morphing to show relationships between two images.  

Capturing Images

Animations can be created from a minimum of two images. The maximum number of images is unlimited, however the file size grows with each additional image. Once all the images are collected, they must then be rendered into a single animation file and this process can take a large amount of memory. If you are going to take a sequence of images, it is recommended that you use a tripod or other support stand for the camera to help maintain consistency and stability. Some digital cameras have built in timers to assist in time lapse photography, while others are designed to take a fast sequence of motion images.

When the images have been collected use animation or morphing software to combine the images into an animation file. There are a number of free online applications that can make basic gif animations. There is also the option to use animation software to make even more advanced animations.

File Formats

  • MOV or QuickTime
    Useful for Windows or Mac in most presentation software, but requires plug ins if you wish to use on the Web.
  • AVI
    The video for Windows format, useful in presentation software or by itself.
  • GIF
    The current Web animation standard.
  • MPG
    The future Web animation standard, currently requires an additional viewer.
  • Other specialized formats do exist for proprietary software.

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