Simple Animation App? Not Stopmotion but...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Tissue Paper, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. Tissue Paper macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2012

    For the longest time I've been looking for a simple animation app. I tried several softwares like After Effect and such but they're massive and their features are immense. The type of animation I want to make is not very structured and realistic.

    What I want is simply to hand sketch/draw still images
    Add text
    Shift the sketches in transition
    Add audio
    Add music
    Add "small" effects.

    This is an exact example of what I'm trying to do:

    Most of the sketches in the videos are still except for tiny effects here and there and simple transitions.

    Do I really need something like After Effect to do this or is there something else I can use? Would Stopmotion softwares perhaps allow me to do this?

  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Do you have access to Creative Suite to begin with? If you did, it would be easy enough to do that in Adobe Flash Professional. (A LOT of professional animation is done using it still)

    I personally got Toon Boom Studio in a MacHeist bundle earlier in the year. It's pretty expensive on its own though.

    Anime Studio Debut is supposed to have some animation tools too, but I wouldn't know much about it.

    The simplest, and cheapest would be Animation Desk by Kdan, but it gives off a very amateur result in comparison to the others.
  3. Tissue Paper thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2012
    Thanks Jessica,

    I found out today I purchased Toon Boom Studio a few years back myself and totally forgot about it. It is pricy but I hear good reviews about it. I'll probably tweak around in it and see what happens. I also downloaded the trial for Animation-Ish by the same company of Toon Boom but it's more focused on doodling and unstructured drawings.

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