TOOLS FOR ANIMATORS

INTRODUCTION

Animation has several advantages over live video. It won’t need a physical set, a camera or a crew. There are wide varieties of free or inexpensive animation programs that allow novice users to create animated content in a short timeframe. There are downloadable software programs and online applications, 2D programs with automated templates, 3D modelling environments, and sophisticated rendering platforms.

Animation Tools

  • Anime Studio
  • DigiCel Flip Book
  • CreaToon
  • Toon Boom Studio
  • Blender
  • Xtranormal
  • Adobe After Effects
  1. ANIME STUDIO

Anime Studio is an inexpensive system to simplify animation and avoid frame-by-frame work. Auto traces the artwork and then animate. It Import recorded audio and automatically lip-sync to the characters. It works with vector based art, in 2D or 3D space.

2.DIGICEL FLIP BOOK

DigiCel Flip Book is 2d animation software which scan the drawing and then animate. It lets users to draw right on the computer with the help of mouse or tablet. Also shoot your rough drawings under a camera for speed and then scan the drawings for quality and then use storyboards to edit and time the story. Flip Book also provides tools to help the users paint the drawings quickly and easily without having to learn or go through a lot of difficult steps. It also have the functions like pans, zooms, rotation, blurs and dissolves and then export movies which can play on a television or post on the Internet.

3.CREATOON

CreaToon is vector based animation software which allows the users to do cut-out-shape animation without having to set every single frame. It set certain key frames and the computer will do the in-betweens. You can easily fine tune your animation with the help of real time preview and the key frame editor.

4.TOON BOOM

Toon Boom Studio is story boarding software which was founded in 1994. It specializes in animation production. It is very simple-to-use animation software for producing online content. It creates animation with a variety of drawing tools. It enables digital pictures, live images to import in the software and animate the media elements.

Xtranormal is online software which is used to make 3D animation videos. This online application has 500 high quality actors and 200 sets.The users can direct the actors to walk, sit, or choose from more than 80 gestures. Customize with own branding, enter text to speech in over 20 languages. Also the users can watch actors lip sync automatically and move camera through 3D environment.

6. BLENDER

Blender is a free open source 3D content creation suite. It provides a wide toolset from modeling to sequence editing, allowing the creation of complex animations. This platform is beyond the needs of product sites, the 3D component can be used to design sets for 2D animation.

After Effects is digital motion graphics and compositing software. It is mainly for visual effects compositing in post-production filmmaking. It can also be used to animate media in 2D and 3D space. After Effects can be a great platform to import 3D backgrounds and then animate in 2D etc.,

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