Simple Animation Program for Mac (Or even Windows!)

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Doctor Suarez, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. Doctor Suarez macrumors newbie

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    Hi. I'm looking for a simple 2-D animation program that will allow me to essentially make what looks like cutout animation, like Terry Gilliam's work, or South Park before they went to Maya.

    Cost is a factor, so the cheaper the better, so long as it's functional and not for children.

    The only program I have found so far is Anime Studio 5. Is this a good option? Are there others?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    I can think of nothing cheap or free that will do this, but I am sure there are.

    Adobe After Effects
    Flash

    come to mind immediately
     
  3. Doctor Suarez thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ouch... those would be examples of too much money. But thank you!
     
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    What about "Blender". Maybe a bit of overkill for 2D but you can define all your wire frame object to be on a plane.
    www.blender.org
     
  5. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    Well, I'm not a master animator, and the animation I have done is all "traditional" stop motion work with clay, but the Anime Studio 5 you referenced seems like the right tool for what you want to do, and it's only $40 on Amazon, so quite affordable, compared to the other tools.

    I may even snag a copy to do the mouth/eye/other facial animation on my stop motion stuff... the lip syncing feature would be a HUGE time saver over trying to hand animate mouths frame by frame, plus let me make quick changes to the script after the animation is all shot. EDIT: Nice, the lip sync package is GPL'd and free for download, which saves me $40. :p

    Anyways, I think you answered your own question! :D
     
  6. emorydunn macrumors 6502

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    If you are looking for REALLY simple animation you could try animated gifs... but that is for veyr basic animation.
     
  7. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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