Using 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:
- Go to Scratch and press the create button to open a new project.
- Delete the Scratch Cat
- Click on the button
- 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.
- Then click on the Scripts button.
- First grab the , then place a underneath it.
- Inside of the place a and a . 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.
- Then grab the , select the , click on the black arrow next to “backdrop1” and change it to the picture that you want to show first in your movie.
- Your final blocks should look like this: Your 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
- Go to the and click on the to create an new sprite. DO NOT ADD ANYTHING TO THE SPRITE
- Click on this empty sprite and add a and a 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)
- Go to the Scripts tab that is in the top left hand corner.
- Then Click on your saved script.
- Click on the Gear in the right-hand side of the screen.
- Click on “Save MP3 to Computer”
- Click on the to download your song.
- 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.
- Click on the “Show in Folder” button
- Find the file labeled “esaudio.mp3” in your downloads folder. Click once on the file
and then right click the file.
- Click on “Rename”
- Name your song whatever you want to call it.
Remember where your song is saved
Back to Scratch: Importing your Song
- Click on your blank sprite we created at the beginning of the tutorial.
- At the top of the screen click on the “Sounds” tab.
- Click on the “Upload” button.
- Find where you saved your song in the previous step, click on the file, and click “Open.”
- Your Hub sould contain two sounds now, the default sound and your song.
- At the top of the screen click on the “Scripts” tab.
- Now click on the black arrow that is next to “pop” on the “play sound” button
- A drop down menu will appear. Select your song from the list.
- Your final block should look like this:
How to Export Your Video
- Click on “File” in the top left hand corner.
- Then click “Record Project Video” and be ready to hit the green flag () when the countdown gets to 1.
- 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.
- You should be able to download the video from a pop up that comes up when you finish recording.