Note the difference between animation and video. Whereas video takes continuous motion and breaks it up into discrete frames, animation starts with independent pictures and puts them together to form the illusion of continuous motion.
Creativity has no limits. There are various types of animation techniques practiced by film makers all over the world. Classical and digital 2D animation, digital 3D Animation, stop-motion, clay animation, cut-out animation, paint-on-glass animation, drawn-on-film animation, and experimental animation are just a few among the many existing forms of animation.
Deciding a suitable animation technique for your project depends on various factors that include budget, look and feel, output quality, aesthetic, stylization, and story requirements.
In digital 2D animation technique, animation frames are drawn directly on software using mouse or pen tablet. This technique is used mostly for TV series and web animation.
In stop-motion animation, one needs to set the character or object, in the desired state or pose against its background to expose a frame, and then do slight modifications in progression and take another frame. The process is repeated until the desired length of animation is achieved and shot.
Cut-out animation is a stop-motion technique for producing animations, using flat characters, props and backgrounds made out of different materials such as paper, card, stiff fabric or even photographs.
Paint-on-glass animation is a technique for making animated films by manipulating slow-drying oil paints on sheets of glass.
Experimental animation has no limitation in terms of techniques or ideas. Animators use their instinct to use materials of their choice to achieve the final animation.