Two Powerful Animation Tools for Your iBook Author Creations

This summer our company, Score Publishing, put on the iBooks Author Academy. We had a small but interesting group creating iBooks on a variety of topics.  Our participants consisted of a 15 year old students at Ensworth School, two University of Kentucky professors, and one Latin High School teacher. I want to share with you the story of our student participant.

This aspiring young artist wanted to create a comic book using her own illustrations. During our time together she expressed the desire to make animated video clips using her drawings to put into her book. She wanted the animations to include sounds, motions, and layered images. “This is going to be fun!” I thought.

We had to figure out the best tools for this job and luckily we had them! One tool was Tumult Hype 3. We downloaded the software onto her Mac and began by dropping in a background image that she had already created. The background also had one of her characters in the drawing and the character was going to be asking a question. She wanted to have a floating question mark moving up the page when the reader opened the page. So we added a simple question mark and used the tools inside of the Hype timeline to “move” the question mark.

Hype works in timelines and allows you to add in layers of images, text boxes, and buttons that you can apply physics laws to in order to have the animation work. It took me a couple of days to get the hang of using this program, but my artist student needed only one or two demonstrations before she got it.  Youth!!

Our next challenge was to take several images and put them into motion to create an animation. She had several drawings of a door at different angles closing. She wanted them to move in fast motion, think old fashion cartoon animations with the flipping pages.  She also wanted to have the sound of a bell being rung at the same time. So for this task we used the iPad app StopMotion.

She took a picture of each drawing in sequential order inside of StopMotion and tapped play. We exported the file out as a video and placed it inside of iBooks Author. Next, we imported the sound of a bell from Garageband and used the audio widget inside of iBooks Author to layer over the animation. It worked beautifully.

I can’t tell you how fun it was to facilitate the creation of this book for this young artist. It was a project she had long wanted to complete and she had most of her assets prepared before she came to our iBooks Author Academy. iBooks Author provided the platform for her creative expressions. She will hopefully be able to monetize her talents in the iBook Store very soon. Check back for a link to the published book to check it out.

In the meantime, if you are interested in animation creations for your iBooks, look no further than Hype 3 and or StopMotion. Do you have a different tool that you use?




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