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Help with the software for animation.

Discussion in 'Video / DVD Discussions' started by JoeClark, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. JoeClark

    JoeClark Newbie New Member

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    I usually tend to answer questions in this forum, but I have to ask this as I can't seem to find a good source anywhere.
    In general I can't really find any good and easy to use software to create Hand Drawn animation video. I came across some companies that ask for over $1000 per minute for creating those Hand Drawn animation video. Others offer some rather cheap software that will probably scare away more customers than attract them.

    So if anyone know's of a good software or of a good affordable company, please let me know.

    Any help will be appreciated.
    Thank you.
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    oneuglybunny Moderator Staff Member Forum Member

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    This goes back a ways, to the days of the Pentium processor, but Disney used to offer a software package designed to mimic the animation drawing board. Any starting image would do, ideally a sketch scanned in as a bitmap. From there, individual elements could be erased and redrawn as a "layer" on top of the base image. The mechanics are very similar to the trace-and-redraw system used by cel animators using the classic Barré board. I think it was called Disney Animator Suite, and sold for about $400.

    Since each "layer" is a separate element, deleting / tweaking / redrawing piece by piece is allowed and encouraged, as opposed to redrawing the entire figure. Also the number of frames any given cel could stay under the virtual camera can be adjusted, creating a sequence of frames that appear on a virtual film strip at the bottom of the screen, ready for "pencil testing." I strongly suspect that Disney has upgraded this Suite, to accommodate faster processors, and to raise the number and quality of tools available; it makes for a fine way to cultivate more Cal Arts graduates that Disney Studios can harvest.
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    Chiibihime Apprentice Forum Member New Member

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    WOW, I admire your ambition because I miss hand-drawn animation in the USA TERRIBLY (particularly feature-length films from the Animation Renaissance of the 80s-90s. I hope you can find something that works; I use Photoshop's Animation feature to make my drawings move a little but I don't think that's what you are looking for. Good luck!
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