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Old October 4th, 2005, 11:35 AM   #1
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Simple animation program?

Does anyone know of a program for creating simple animation sequences?

I need something a non-artist can use to animate rather sinmple line drawings
to show movement over time.

Something where I would create for first frame and the last frame and the program would generate the inbetween frames at a speed/rate I specify.

Thanks for the help on this.

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Old October 4th, 2005, 11:43 AM   #2
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Do you have an NLE, and Photoshop or Illustrator? These would be something capable of creating an animation.
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Old October 4th, 2005, 11:57 AM   #3
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Yes, I use Premiere 6.5 and have Photoshop and Illustrator. Never really used Illustrator as I found it too complicated. Photoshop I can work with.
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Old October 4th, 2005, 12:10 PM   #4
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I feel the same way ;)
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Old October 4th, 2005, 01:43 PM   #5
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you need an "onion skin" capable editor.
at early time (long ago) painter was coming with a utility called Dabbler.
it was great.
try this

http://www.tappsplace.freeserve.co.uk/

http://www.digicelinc.com

if you do not have the time (or ressources) to draw thousand of pictures, the best is to have your first picture scanned , then you skip to the next significant frame (or picture). With any morphing application, you morph the two pictures to get the inbetween frames.(provided you place all the necessary control points)
If you are not an artist with pencil or an expert in reverse cinematic, you can even shoot video (for people walking for example, or complex movement) or steal it from other cartoon and draw over it.
once you get the sequence, you correct it into an application like digicel, add background and so on....
You can probably expect a ratio of real/interpolated frame up to 20.
(at 30 fps when each frame are very close the the previous one)

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Old October 5th, 2005, 09:02 AM   #6
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Giroud:

I looked at the first program and it will not do much unless you have all the frames ready for scanning... which I do not. The other one seems a tad complicated.

My needs are simple. I need to show a door opening as if one is looking down from the top. It is fully closed and then swings open to a 90 degree position in about 2 seconds. Then an arc draws itself to show the 90 degrees. Just a black on white line drawing of the door and door frame will work. It is an instructional video for installing a device.

I'm wondering if I can do this in After Affects. One layer being the door frame
which is stationary and the next layer the door which I need to pivot on a stationary point (that being the hinge) and the next layer the arc, etc.

Does seem possible in AE?

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Old October 5th, 2005, 09:29 AM   #7
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It is just a technical illustration animated, right?

Use Flash.
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Can you do tweening with AE? In some animation programs, you do a beginning frame, an end frame, and the program fills in the rest. This is called "tweening", or filling in the frames in beTWEEN.

Or, using photoshop, you create your door, rotate it a bit, and save as an image. Repeat this as often as needed, until you have your sequence. I know there is a function in Photoshop that will make this easier to export... I have just never used it.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 11:39 AM   #9
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In AE you can rotate an object. So yea you can do the door animation.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 12:23 PM   #10
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Corel makes Animation Shop 3.0 (they have acquired JASC software). This little program is a gem. Has onion skin preview, can adjust individual frame times, Will let you draw just as you were talking about doing with the door.

Here's the link. You can download a free trial. Price is only $39 and is well worth it to me.

http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satelli...=1047024390003

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