stikbot.jpgUsing a Stikbot™ (pictured to left) students can make stop motion animation movies using their phones, the $5 Stikbot, Scratch and Earsketch.

Stop-motion is a cinematographic technique whereby the camera is repeatedly stopped and started, for example to give animated figures the impression of movement. Using the $5 Stikbot, a camera, and a computer you can create a short movie of your own.

 

First of all you have to setup your phone, it is best to have a tripod but as long your phone does not move and you can easily activate the camera from where you are positioning your Stickbot.

If you have never done stop-motion the way you create your animation is to position your subject, take a picture, then move their arms and legs slightly, and take another picture. It is a slow process but well worth it.

Scratch: Importing your Pictures

Once you have taken all of your pictures you must import them to Scratch:

  1. Go to Scratch and press the create button to open a new project.
  2. Delete the Scratch Cat
  3. Click on the stage button
  4. In the middle of the page at the top press the  button and upload all of the pictures you took for stop-motion in the order you want.
  5. Then click on the Scripts button.
  6. First grab the , then place a  underneath it.
  7. Inside of the  place a  and a nextbackdrop. Change the number inside of the  to a number between 0.1 and 0.3This will make the background change every (insert about of time) seconds.
  8. Then grab the , select the switchbackdrop , click on the black arrow next to “backdrop1” and change it to the picture that you want to show first in your movie.
  9. Your final blocks should look like this: final2Your block will be slightly different because the “backdrop1” in the “switch backdrop to” block will be the name of your image and not backdrop1.

Scratch: Programming your Sound

  1. Go to the newsprite and click on the  to create an new sprite. DO NOT ADD ANYTHING TO THE SPRITE
  2. Click on this empty sprite and add a  and a playsound underneath it. This will play the song we are about to import until it is done.

EarSketch: Exporting your song

Go to Earsketch
Login to your account (You should have been saving your work from Earsketch)step1

  1.  Go to the Scripts tab that is in the top left hand corner.savemusic
  2. Then Click on your saved script.
  3. Click on the Gear in the right-hand side of the screen.
  4. Click on “Save MP3 to Computer”
  5. Click on the download to download your song.
  6. At the bottom of the screen something will pop
    up saying that your song has downloaded. Click on the black arrow next to the title of your song.step5
  7. Click on the “Show in Folder” buttonrename.PNG
  8. Find the file labeled “esaudio.mp3” in your downloads folder. Click once on the file
    and then right click the file.
  9. Click on “Rename”
  10. Name your song whatever you want to call it.

Remember where your song is saved

Back to Scratch: Importing your Song

  1. Click on your blank sprite we created at the beginning of the tutorial.
  2. At the top of the screen click on the “Sounds” tab. sound
  3. Click on the “Upload” button. 
  4. Find where you saved your song in the previous step, click on the file, and click “Open.”
  5. Your Hub sould contain two sounds now, the default sound and your song.
  6. At the top of the screen click on the “Scripts” tab.
  7. Now click on the black arrow that is next to “pop” on the “play sound” buttonplaysound
  8. A drop down menu will appear. Select your song from the list.playsound
  9. Your final block should look like this: final

How to Export Your Video

  1. Click on “File” in the top left hand corner.
  2. Then click “Record Project Video” and be ready to hit the green flag () when the countdown gets to 1.
  3. On your Scratch Stage in the bottom left-hand corner is a stop button. Use that to stop the recording of your video when you have reached the end of your movie.
  4. You should be able to download the video from a pop up that comes up when you finish recording.