Best free morph and animation programs and tools

FotoMorph enables you to create fun animations in a few steps. Each animation (or project) is composed by one or more Morph, Warp or Zoom/Pan sequences. Your animation can have as many sequences as you like. In a Morph sequence you transform one image into another. In a Warp sequence you make parts of an image move and deform. In a Zoom/Pan sequence you zoom and pan between two portions of an image. You can export your animation to one of the following animation file formats. Image Sequence: Each frame of the animation will be saved as an individual file in either one of the following formats: BMP, JPEG, PNG and GIF. In most cases, JPEG is the best choice. – AVI Movie: Common, high-quality video format on Windows platform. Good for importing into movie editing software such as Adobe Premiere. – Animated GIF: Good for web pages, because all browsers can view them. The quality is lower because Gif’s support only 256 colors. – Flash Movie: Best for web pages, very small and high quality. Best choice for sharing with friends by e-mail. – Web Page: Can play flash movies at their original sizes in Internet Explorer. – Standalone EXE: A standard Windows .exe program. They can view your animation without having to install FotoMorph or other player programs. – Screen Saver: A standard screen saver to show animation effects.

Sqirlz Morph allows you to mark features on several images, and the program mixes the images so that each feature on one image moves smoothly to the corresponding feature on the other images – a technique widely used in the film industry. A morph animation can be run directly on screen, or saved as an AVI video clip or Flash movie. If you just want to distort a particular image in some way without trying to combine it with other images, then the Warp Mode lets you do this. A warp animation can be run directly on screen, or saved as an AVI video clip or Flash movie. Multi-morphing is available – any number of images can be morphed together. Morph animations can be saved as Macromedia Flash (SWF) files, AVI video clips, and bitmap and JPEG files. You can morph one or more AVI videos as well as still images.

Blender provides a broad spectrum of modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and video post-processing functionality in one package. Aimed world-wide at media professionals and artists, Blender can be used to create 3D visualizations, stills as well as broadcast and cinema quality videos, while the incorporation of a real-time 3D engine allows for the creation of 3D interactive content for stand-alone playback.

WinMorph lets you perform warping and morphing in photos and (as a plugin in Wax video editor) to movies. WinMorph is among the best programs of its kind.

Windows Live Movie Maker will help you turn easily photos and videos into movies and slideshows you can share on the Web or on DVD.

Synfig Studio is a free and powerful program that will let you make great 2D animations faster, without editing each and every frame. You can avoid twining with an easier simulation of motion. The program features editing in layers to apply filters, gradients, distortions, fractals, etc. A Skeleton Distortion layer can produce exactly the effect that you need..

Pivot Stickfigure Animator makes it easy to create stick-figure animations. You can build your own stick figures and load your own backgrounds. The animations you create can be saved as animated gifs to be used on web pages. The program includes also a ready animation as an example to help you learn.

iSpring Free PowerPoint to Flash converter creates Flash movies from PowerPoint presentations, keeping their visual parameters and animation effects. iSpring will generate html code to place an .swf file on your web page or blog. It supports automatic and mouse click animation step advance and looped playback. Its functions are accessible in PowerPoint through the standard toolbar.

PaintStar is a free image editing program, versatile and efficient, if you need to retouch your photographs, create new images, even capture your screen. It supports alpha, layer, path , and the most common editing techniques.

SWFTools is a free collection of programs for reading SWF (flash) files, combining them, and creating them from other content (like images, sound files, videos or sourcecode).