icecream_001.jpgSession 4: Integrating Scripts, Sounds, and Animations into Your Builds


Scripts, sound clips, and animations can bring your prims to life. Until a script, sound, or animation is placed inside a prim, the prim is a lifeless object. Learning to write scripts in Linden Scripting Language (LSL) is worthy of an entire course of study. There are many free workshops in SL if you want to extend your knowledge in this area. The Lindens also maintain a LSL wiki for scripters which can be accessed in SL from your Help menu. Our focus in today's session will be on learning to modify parameters of basic scripts that we can find free or purchase in SL.

We'll also learn to work with audio clips to provide sound (such as a bird chirping in a tree). It's easy to record your own audio clips and import these in SL to enhance the facilitation you are trying to provide your students. Finally, you'll learn to make a simple animation for your avatar.

  • Check our Resources page for more support with using scripts and sounds in SL
  • See pgs. 96-133 for scripting basics in "Creating Your World"
  • See pgs. 280-300 for animation basics in "Creating Your World"

Objectives

  • Identify scripts commonly used by educators
  • Modify basic parameters in scripts
  • Record and insert an audio clip into a prim
  • Create and attach an animated prim

Today's Activities

  • Prior to class, see Torley's video on "editing and uploading sounds into Second Life" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBVmFafFatE (9 minutes)>
  • Download Audacity (PC and Mac) or Ubercaster (mac), and record a short greeting for your students. Save as a .wav file.
  • Review some commonly used scripts: hover text, slideshow advance, giveall contents, landmark giver, notecard giver/receiver, scrubber, teleport, URL loader, visitor counter, SL sound tour, animator

Today's Building Projects

  • Create a student greeter
  • Create environmental sounds
  • Just for fun: make an edible ice cream (learning to work with animations)

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