Archive for month: May, 2017

Animation basics: What is rotoscoping?

Rotoscoping is, in essence, a technique that goes back to the early days of cinema, when animators would trace live action footage projected frame-by-frame onto paper, either to use as motion reference or directly copy into their work. Here are [...]

How to create stop-motion animation at home

Stop-motion animation is a visual storytelling form that conjures up the illusion of movement by combining art, motion and metaphor to convey an idea. It’s also really fun to create, as 100+ first-time animators recently discovered during a workshop led [...]

8 favorite facts I learned from animating 16 TED-Ed Lessons

At TED-Ed, we have the joy of working with all different animators from across the globe, and we thought it’d be fun to hear from one of our most prolific artists! Andrew Foerster has directed and animated 16 TED-Ed Lessons and is currently [...]

Animation basics: What is pixilation?

There’s a word for the stop-motion animation of humans: pixilation, a technique made famous by Norman McLaren. The TED-Ed Animation team loves making pixilation, but we rarely have the opportunity. Below, learn how we did it at this year’s TEDYouth conference — and watch the [...]

How do you animate a solar energy lesson….with crochet? A behind-the-scenes interview with Richard O’Connor

Every once in a while, a TED-Ed Lesson is animated in a way that leaves the audience asking, ‘How in the world did they do that?’ The Why aren’t we using solar power? lesson, written by Alexandros George Charalambides and animated by [...]

Asha de Vos meets a puppet of herself

Blue whale researcher and TED Senior Fellow Asha de Vos unveiled her TED-Ed lesson today on the TED Fellows stage. The video — “Why are blue whales so enormous?” — stars a puppet version of de Vos, which she had [...]

Why one animator decided to use iPhones and bologna to explain shape memory alloys

Here at TED-Ed, we have been incredibly fortunate to work with talented and innovative animators from all over the world. But the TED-Ed Lesson by materials scientist, Ainissa Ramirez, marks a first for TED-Ed. The animation uses bologna — yes, [...]