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Some advice on software please...

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Some advice on software please...

Postby Matt-E74 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:19 pm

Hi,

I'm looking for some help folks. I'm an absolute beginner, no experience in animation at all - however I've been inspired to make a short film. I'm looking for a decent animation package for a beginner such as myself.

I have an idea of the features I'm looking for: The ability to scan/import images, photos and video (I'm no artist and won't be able to draw it all as I envisionage it) and to either trace these or convert them to animated frames. It would also need to be fairly simple to use and inexpensive. This is just a personal project and I'm conscious of not biting off more than I can chew so looking at a fairly static/ storyboard style with minimal/ choppy animation - the ability to create some depth would be handy too.

If anyone has any ideas and could point me in the right direction I would be most grateful...

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Re: Some advice on software please...

Postby Matt-E74 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:31 pm

I'm looking at Anime Studio 9 Debut currently - anybody got any experience with this? Just wondered if it's possible to use video in this and general thoughts on it's usefulness...

And if anybody can point me in the direction of a good animation overview/ tutorial etc...

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Re: Some advice on software please...

Postby Charles » Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:33 pm

There are many ways to go. You'll have to do research to find what's best for what you're looking to do.

Photoshop may work as it has an animation aspect to it. You might want to consider After Effects, or perhaps Flash, maybe even a video editing program such as iMovie or Final Cut Pro.

Animation specific software that you can check into includes Digicel Flipbook, CelAction 2D, and TVPaint. Toonboom is at the upper end of the spectrum for animation software. These are all programs for traditional animation and not CG.

As far as animation tutorials or overviews go I'm sure you can get something off of YouTube that will be of benefit.

Hope this helps and good luck!
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Re: Some advice on software please...

Postby Matt-E74 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:06 pm

Thanks for your input Charles,

So many options out there it difficult to know where to begin and how to distinguish between them!

Do you know off-hand if any of the software you mention can cope with importing video? I think I'm going to avoid movie software so I have a greater range of animation options. Perhaps.

Thanks again.
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Re: Some advice on software please...

Postby Charles » Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:18 pm

Hi Matt. I'm sure that's a feature with at least some of them. After Effects for example would certainly be able to do this. Take the time to research these programs and see what will work best for what you have in mind.
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Re: Some advice on software please...

Postby devthedev » Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:17 pm

After Effects and Cinema 4D are definitely industry standards for Motion Design.
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