Free with every Mac is Garageband and iMovie. That’s multitrack audio recording and mixing, and 1080p video editing and production for the masses. A little more esoteric are apps like Smoovie for the Mac. It’s stop motion animation that anyone who uses iMovie can also use to create animation.
Images can be captured from your video camera or iSight camera on the Mac. Editing tools make it simple to setup animation from video clips.
Smoovie gives you tools to manage a library of animation. Add titles to the animated scenes as easy as in iMovie.
Smoovie can also import photos as well as hand drawing which can then be animated and titled.
The editing tools are simple enough that children can use Smoovie and a camera to create family or school animation projects. Start by creating video clips in your camera, then dropping them into Smoovie and editing the scenes.
Scenes can be sped up or slowed down with a simple slider bar. Sharing animation clips is a one click operation for YouTube and Vimeo, or use iTunes to export movies to iPhone or iPod (or, display on Apple TV).
Smoovie is try-before-you-buy and the perfect app to create an animated video project for school-age children. There’s even an iPad version.