Art Club Rotoball 2012 Animation

In Rotoball, the ball comes in from the left & goes out to the right, being transformed in the middle—all of this takes place in 15 seconds. Our entry is below, and after we took nearly 200 stop-motion pictures the animation process was not so difficult. So here are the instructions for turning nearly 200 stop-motion images into an animation using Photoshop (on a Mac): 1) Open “Bridge” > Open your images & select them > Batch Rename 1A) You can then select naming options, I chose text (type in name) & sequence (start with “1″, so a 3 digit sequence starts with “001″, important for animations with images into the hundreds) 2) in “Photoshop”, open your pictures that have been renamed, but be sure to check-off the “image sequence” box, which will automatically place all your pictures into the “animation (timeline)” at the bottom of your PSD screen. 2A)Toggle “Onionskin” in your animation palette (hint: looks like a little onion) and then, crop your first frame (or any frame), which will then crop them all (HUGE timesaver if you are shooting pictures with different animation teams over several months as I did). Also, you can get fancy and “tween” between frames for smoother transitions, but for 5th grade stop-motion, this is probably a bit hard (our video was not “tweened”). 3) file>export>render video (choose your format, I used “Quicktime” which is a .mov file, but .avi, MPEG4, and other options are available). Additional resources available at- http://carrotrevolution.com/rotoball

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