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Basic Advice on software?

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Basic Advice on software?

Postby EyeTracker » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:15 am


I'm new to animating and looking some basic advice. I'm creating an animation to be used in an eye tracking research task.

It *should* be quite simple in theory. Imagine 3 cartoon animals on a white background. I want to make each animal zoom in and out in turn.

I can do this using creating each frame as a picture image then exporting to windows live moviemaker to make the movie.

But that's slow and painstaking. And I will have to make quite a few videos.

Is there a simple, perhaps free, animation software that can make this process easier?

I have looked but it's a bit confusing as I don't have an animation background. Don't even know what kind of software would do it - design, graphics editor, movie makers, 2d software, 3d software, etc. Seems to be 100's of packages. Not sure which one would be suitable for my purpose.

any advice? thank you
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Re: Basic Advice on software?

Postby Charles » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:51 pm

Hello there EyeTracker.

Check into the animation aspect of Photoshop. maybe that'll work for you. If you don't have it you can download Photoshop CS2 for free from the Adobe site.

Also I bet After Effects can do just about anything you want along the lines of what you described.

Hopefully one or the other will work out for you. Good luck!

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