AniMobil is animation software which utilizes mobile phone cameras to make stop-motion animation. The result can be saved as an animated gif and uploaded, as an avatar or, as a simple video to be used for example on YouTube.

Participating researchers

Gina Haraszti, András Szalai

About animation

Stop motion (or frame-by-frame) animation is a general term for an animation technique which makes a physically manipulated object appear to move. The object is moved by extremely small amounts between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence.

Stop motion is also the means for producing pixilation, the animation of a living human being or animal, seen in whole or in part.

How it works

The AniMobil uses the technique of stop-motion animation. The user takes pictures frame by frame with small differences between them. The last recorded image can be seen transparently on the screen in order to aid in composition. AniMobil is very simple and handy and made particularily for amateurs. With experience, more complex animations can also be made.

Inspirations and purposis

According to a poll, small moving online objects, like animated gifs, are still very popular. Furthermore, longer animations, such as stop-motion, character- or sand-animation, are very popular on YouTube and other such sites. However, animation has always been a difficult genre, becauseit requires a lot of equipment, a professional crew, huge amounts of money or endless patience. AniMobil can be an innovative and easy to use way to create personal animations, so it can be a daily routine.

AniMobil is very simple and handy, made especially for amateurs. After some experience more difficult things can be made as well.

We had the first testing in Millenaris, at the first KiBu birthday.