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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Animation software?

Hi,

Does anyone know what a good software package is for creating animated films?

Any input would be appreciated.

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Re: Animation software?

Depends really,
If your just want to make some simple stuff then a something like adobe flash will do, I use it a lot and get some great results through it.
have a look through this for some of the most common programs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categor...ation_software
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Re: Animation software?

I forgot about that Wiki entry. But, you know, I've read through that before and I still couldn't really make out which program would be good for me.

I'll read through it again, but if anybody can recommend a program, with which I could make short and feature length animated films that can incorporate both 2D and 3D and preferably has an intuitive interface, I'd appreciate that, for sure.

Thanks, Alex. Is there any chance of you posting some of your work here on jemsite?

Alwin

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Re: Animation software?

I've never worked with 3D so can't help you there
But one of the best programs for 2D would be Toon Boom Studio http://www.toonboom.com/
But thats pretty expensive,
Try asking on http://www.animationforum.net/forum/ as they know a lot more than me
I'll try and upload some but it's all on my schools network, that way i don't have to pay for all the programs
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Re: Animation software?

Thanks, Alex! I'm going to check that out.

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I've tried several in the past, but like Lightwave the best. It's pretty easy to learn.

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Re: Animation software?

Wow, that Lightwave looks great. That's exactly what I'm looking for, actually. When it comes to 3D, in any case.

Hey, iirc, you mentioned you did this kind of work for a living at one time or another, Courtney? Did you work on any film or series in particular, that I might have seen? It's so very interesting...

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Re: Animation software?

3D studio max is excellent. kind of pricy but very much worth it. i know some animators who have used it for years.
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This was done in 3D studio max...



Very impressive.

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that is so cool! when i get time i want to learn animation next.
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Re: Animation software?

Yeah, it looks so real... It's amazing.

I actually aim to realize a number of animated films I'm writing. I write film as well as music. I'm currently getting my recording gear together, as well.

Anyway, I aim to realize the films, but there is a learning curve when it comes to using the different programs, that's a little intimidating, to me. Lightwave sounds promising, though.

Alwin

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Re: Animation software?

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This was done in 3D studio max...



Very impressive.

Alwin
I was like, Wow, thats a really nice hou...then I read "This was done in 3D studio max..."

Damn..

My friend at work is trying to Get Maya for me, thats a crazy piece of software if you know how to use it.
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...you mentioned you did this kind of work for a living at one time or another, Courtney? Did you work on any film or series in particular, that I might have seen? It's so very interesting...

Alwin

No. I was doing some other stuff with it.

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Re: Animation software?

Oh wait, I seem to remember a bit more now. I didn't remember correctly when I posted that question.

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Re: Animation software?

depends what area you want to work in:

games mainly use 3d max but these days softimage and maya get used too, which was mainly used for film and 3d animations.

animations and CGI for live action movies - Maya and Softimage.

I wouldnt bother with lightwave, even though its still a powerfull software, its not one of the big boys in industry. Learning 3D apps takes a very long time although the principles are the same as each other the techniques and use differ vastly from each other, so if you are going to learn, learn one very well in the area your aiming at. I mainly used Softimage at uni and some modules I used 3D max, after using softimage for a few years then going to Max it was like starting all over again.
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