Re: Animation Programs

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Posted by Trevor Keen on December 09, 1999 at 11:29:23:

In Reply to: Animation Programs posted by Steve on December 09, 1999 at 08:20:57:


First off, chuck the acetate cels. The new technology has rendered them gloriously obsolete.

Which program you use depends entirely on where you want the animation to appear. If you want to produce broadcast or movie quality 2D (hand-drawn) work, save for a high-end program like Animation Stand. This takes care of camera work and digital ink-and-paint. If you want to do 3D stuff, go for 3DStudioMax, Lightwave, etc. which can output for multimedia or broadcast. Then there's animation for games and CDs, where you can use PhotoShop and Director. I have used those two programs and a flatbed scanner to do my own linetests. Then, there's the whole CD-ROM/Website software group, which is allowing fullscreen animation on the Web. For this, you can also use P'Shop and Director, but also Illustrator and Flash. Flash is particularly designed for the web, and unlike Director it hasn't got hideously expensive yet, and you can do lipsync with it. Also, Director and Flash allow you to put in interactive scripting, foreign territory to a lot of classical animators, but quite fun once you get past the learning curve. Adobe Premier is strictly for video editing. Good Luck.

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