My cousin let me know about this last year (thanks craig, most loyal fan), and even though microsoft’s Movie Maker for XP is EXREMELY buggy, I decided that this was actually pretty cool. I didn’t get around to trying it until a little while ago. Basically, it lets you make an animation that is choppy at best, but is quite neat. It uses the same idea that the ‘stop motion animation’ uses, but instead of using a camera, you use paint to generate the images.
Well, let’s get started. First, click on your start menu, click on run, and then type in “mspaint” and hit the enter key.
An ms paint window should open up. Here is where you can learn to first start using paint: Paint Tutorial – that website covers the basics of using paint. Now that you know how to use paint, make a drawing that you want to make animated. Now save that in a folder by the name of your animation, and save it as 1. Then change something, like, erase a hand and then move it upwards a little bit, or move his head. Then go up to the file menu, and DON’T HIT ON SAVE, hit on SAVE AS, and then save it as 2.bmp. Then change something again, and so on and so forth. Make sure to remember to only make the movements between frames (the different bmp files you are saving) very small otherwise your movie will be very fast and choppy. Once you have like a million bmp files in that folder and your animation is complete, then close paint.
Now here’s the part where movie maker comes in. Click on start menu, and then ‘All Programs’ and then click on Windows Movie Maker. Movie Maker should load in a couple of seconds. Then press Ctrl+I on your keyboard, and an import window should come up. Go to the folder that has your pictures for your animation in it, and focus the window on a file inside the window (single-click on one of the pictures inside the window), and then press Ctrl+A, and everything in that folder should be selected, and then click on Import. After a couple of minutes, everything should be imported. On the storyboard at the bottom of the window, click on Show Timeline. Then hold down Ctrl and click on all of your pictures while holding Ctrl (you can let go, but you must have Ctrl down when you are clicking on something). Then once all your pictures are selected, then drag them onto the timeline. They should sort themselves out. Then zoom in a lot on your timeline. Then click and drag the length of all your clips until they are 0:00:00.20 in length (yes, you do have to be zoomed in a lot!). Do this to all your clips, and then press Ctrl+P. You’re Done! Email all your friends!
Enjoy making your own creations!