View Full Version : ( :-}) looking for an animation program... anybody knows?
March 29th, 2007, 07:44 PM
i would love to do a short animation as a personal project.
and i know how to animate on paper , but am not so informed about programs , with wich one si could easy coordinate the frames .
i would be very glad for every opinion.
March 29th, 2007, 08:27 PM
If you're looking for traditional style animation software where you do every frame i know a few.
Pencil (http://www.les-stooges.org/pascal/pencil/) is the freebie.
Bauhaus Mirage (http://www.bauhaussoftware.com/) has a full-featured 30 day trial. Also on the same engine is TVPaint (http://www.tvpaint.com/).
Plastic Animation Paper (http://www.plasticanimationpaper.dk/) has a free version but pretty basic.
If you're looking at vector animation some people swear by Flash (http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/) but there's also Anime Studio (http://www.e-frontier.com/article/articleview/1913/1/793?sbss=793).
I'm a big fan of a free 3D application called Blender (http://www.blender.org)
Anyway besides that you got Adobe After Effects (http://www.adobe.com/products/aftereffects/) and Toon Boom (http://www.toonboom.com/) for 2D animation.
For 3D I know of 3D Studio MAX (http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?id=5659302&siteID=123112), Maya (http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=7635018), Cinema 4D (http://www.maxon.net/pages/dyn_files/dyn_htx/htx/welcome_e.html) and Lightwave (http://www.newtek.com/lightwave/).
Hope that helps?
March 29th, 2007, 09:16 PM
You can use a free and famous software called AXA, or use Digicel Flipbook.
Excellent for 2d animation.
For 3d you can use Maya, 3dMAx, Cinema 4d, Softimage XSI, Lightwave, etc.
Hope it helps.
March 29th, 2007, 09:38 PM
sciboy:rendered: thanks very much for listing them up , and thanks you too George Gecov:rendered: for your suggestion , hadn´t even time to try them out .
besides of Pencil the freebie , looks very simple , i´m sure i will get along with it. ... sure will look up for the others too ,
can´´t wait to animate :D
i hope not to bother you too much ,, but do you also know a simple way of putting animations up into the web , so that i could show this in my sketchbook?
i hate to ask for favours but i´m just such a noob:bashful:
March 29th, 2007, 09:55 PM
but do you also know a simple way of putting animations up into the web , so that i could show this in my sketchbook?
Couldn't you just save them as a movie file and upload them to Youtube, Googlevideo or similar?
March 30th, 2007, 08:08 AM
for 3d Maya is good. remember there are cool effects you can assign to give the impression of 2d.
March 30th, 2007, 08:24 AM
If they are short, softwares like flash or tvp allow you to export to animgif. Or you can export to a swf too (if you use flash.)
I recommend both these software, because I know you can do pro quality with these, I don't really know the others much.
March 30th, 2007, 09:42 AM
for 3d Maya is good.
For 3d the major apps (Max,Maya,XSI,LW,Houdini,C4D) are pretty much equal these days and they're all a nightmare to learn too..
remember there are cool effects you can assign to give the impression of 2d.Cell shading or NPR (non photorealistic rendering) which tends to be a pretty big hit on rendertimes.
If he's already happy animating on paper then 2d is the way to go for now. 3d comes with it's own unique headaches that he probably doesn't need at this stage.
March 30th, 2007, 09:08 PM
Oh and you may want to take a look at TweenMaker (http://www.elecorn.com/tweenmaker/), It's a pretty neat tool.