Smoovie Stop Motion - Animation

Category: Student Tools

Ages: 7-11 11-14
Price: iPhone/iPad - Paid

Smoovie Stop Motion is a unique application that is a professional, innovative animation platform to be used by classrooms, families and animators around the world. The app brings stop motion animation to a range of ages with an intuitive user interface, simple software and in-app teacher resources. The platform includes instant playback, audio and video, onion skinning, scenes, film strips and much more. The app comes with no in-app purchases or adverts.

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Teacher Review

Before modern mobile devices emerged, stop motion animation was not an easy thing to incorporate into lessons.  A few intrepid art teachers might have used it but other teachers could not spare their subject time to use it in their lessons.  Now, with cameras, storage, and Smoovie's user-friendly interface all wrapped up in a single device, teachers of all subjects can employ it to enrich the learning that takes place within their classroom..  

Of course, making it possible isn't all that there is to do.  Teachers need to be inspired and supported to make use of it.  Stop motion is a new possibility so how can it be used?  Fortunately, Smoovie includes a very useful set of resources that outlines different styles of animations and how different subjects could use them. 

Teachers who feel that they should make more use of their school's digital resources but don't know how can make a great start with this app.   There's an example movie ready to inspire new users when they first open the app.  It will take just a few minutes to learn how to use Smoovie and feel confident enough to bring it into your lessons.  Producing clever animations will take longer but you and your classes can learn this together.

History teachers could get their class to animate a timeline of events.   Science teachers could ask their classes to make an animation of a butterfly's life cycle.  If you have a budding Walt Disney in your class, you might get an animation that you can use for front of class teaching in the future!

Ease of use is very much at the forefront of this app's design.  You set up the device on a stable platform, create a new scene, take a picture, make a small adjustment, and tap the screen to take another picture, and so on.  You have control over the speed of the playback and can add sound to the animations.  Each option is both easy to find and obvious in its use.  You won't have to learn how to drill down into menus to access features in Smoovie.

Creativity won't be hampered by fear of accidental destruction either.  A useful undo command lets users roll back from any mistakes.  

This ease of use makes the app ideal for the classroom as your children can get going quickly without wasting time learning the app.  As you and your classes become more familiar with the app, you might wish that you could add a few on-screen effects but you have to remember that this would add complexity and the possibility of confusion.  

Other apps exist for adding some post-processing effects if you so desire.  Stylistically, it is actually more satisfying for all effects to be added in the actual animation being produced.

You can export .mov files from the app so that children can keep a copy for themselves or embellish them using other software.  Keeping the purity of purpose of this app maintains the accessibility of Smoovie and is what makes it such a great classroom app.

Many school tablets don't get used for much beyond finding answers on the internet and playing a few simple games.  They are capable of enriching education far more than this.  Smoovie will help you to create a lesson that your children will remember, whatever your subject.

From the Developer

Smoovie is a professional stop motion animation app with a unique user interface based on scenes and frames, designed to make it easy for kids to tell stories in a fun way.

Simple and intuitive to use, it has all the features that pupils need to be as creative as they like without having to struggle with over-complicated software. Green Screen lets them explore the furthest reaches of their imagination and, with audio recording, they can add their very own narration, giving their projects even deeper learning value.

Pupils and teachers are our priority, and our in-app teacher resources give easy access to downloadable PDFs, example lesson plans and stop motion animation ideas … everything you need to get your class up and running!

"We love the app here in school! One of the most engaging and enjoyable apps out there!" - Elementary school teacher, Ireland

** Used by educators around the world. **


KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS

Instant Playback - No rendering means you can instantly play back your work each time you make a change to your project, without having to wait.

Green Screen - Set your movie against any background of your choice. You can make your characters fly or walk on the moon. Wherever your imagination takes you!

In-app Teacher Resources - Download and print right from inside the app. Storyboard, scene script, character profile, set design and props list templates. Example cross-curriculum lesson plans and stop motion animation techniques all ensure you have enough resources to get your pupils planning their projects and animating in no time. 

Onion Skinning - Possibly the most important feature of a stop motion animation app. It helps the animator to perfect the tiny adjustments required between frames and create the illusion of smooth motion in the finished movie. The live camera feed is made semi-transparent and superimposed onto the previous frame taken, so it's easy to see where to place your objects for the next shot. 

Record your own voiceover or import a soundtrack - Pupils can plan and record their own audio right into their project, or browse the iPad’s music library to choose the perfect soundtrack. 

Scenes - Arranging content into scenes is a fundamental part of the professional film-making process, and Smoovie is the only stop motion app that lets you do this. Each scene has an independently adjustable playback speed (from 1 to 30 frames per second) allowing you to vary the pace and mood of your animation. You can add new scenes, cut unwanted scenes, capture new action into existing scenes and drag scenes around to change the running order - all with full undo support so you're safe to experiment.

Frames Filmstrip - With a quick swipe gesture you move from the scene list to the virtual filmstrip which contains all the individual frames of the project, arranged by scene. Another fundamental part of professional film-making is the ability to edit projects right down at individual frame level. Cut, copy and paste frames, drag frames from one scene to another and even copy frames from other Smoovie projects, all with full undo support. 

Create, copy and paste from other apps - Open up a whole new world of creative possibilities for making content for your animations. Copy and paste content from the Photos app, create titles with Keynote or turn sketches from your favourite drawing app into cartoons.

Extend the creativity - Smoovie makes it easy to export your animations to be used as content for other apps. You could write your own soundtrack in GarageBand or add some opening effects in iMovie. 

Share - Export your animations in HD to the Camera Roll on your iPad and use any of the share options available to you there, or transfer to your Mac or PC. And if you've got Apple TV, you can display your masterpieces on television with AirPlay Mirroring.

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