Last Saturday, we had a fantastic time creating very simple stop motion videos in scratch by taking pictures of small figurines in sequence and then uploading the pictures from cameras and phones to the computer. We then started Scratch and added the very first picture as a SPRITE from a file. All the subsequent pictures were then added as new costumes to this sprite!
We did have to do a very simple code for the sprite – when the GREEN FLAG is pressed the sprite FOREVER uses the NEXT COSTUME command and WAITS .1 seconds. The computer then moves from the first costume down to the last, very quickly, but not so quickly that we can’t see it happen! The result looks like we have taken a video. Check out the scratch.mit.edu website for the demo that I used – Julie Animation. Search the site for cdathenry1516 games.
Next week, we will take a look at Paint.net,which is a drawing program. I will quickly go through the menus but the best way to learn a program like this is to use it and experiment with it. We will use it to try to delete the backdrop from some of our pictures that were taken last week to see if we can make it transparent. When we do, we will be able to see our own backdrops in behind our characters.
Please download the Paint.net program from www.getpaint.net/download.html. Please be careful of ADS. Only download from the recommended site. I will bring a copy on a belt.
Next week, the Moms and Dads should bring along a camera or phone along with the lead to download the pictures to your laptop.