simple animation software/app


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jun 19, 2006
I am a designer and I need to animate a signature, as well as some other notes and possibly sketches. I want to be able to export a movie showing them being drawn (doesn't necessarily have to be animation software-- could be draw/paint software that allows me to record the action of drawing them).

I could record the action in quicktime, but that would also grab the tools and palettes/clutter on the screen.

Nov 28, 2010
If it is a one time thing, try the 30 day, fully functioning, trial of Adobe After Effects, it even works with paths created in AI. There are plenty of tutorials out there for this.
You can also take a look at Motion ( Mac App Store (MAS) - 50 USD).


macrumors member
I would go the After Effects route as well. Like the above poster stated it is free for 30 days and what you want to do will take no time at all.

Its fairly easy to do in AE. I have never used Motion so I can't comment on that, but you can't beat the free trial. :D


macrumors 68020
Jun 26, 2002
Yep AE does this fast.
Make Composition with signature image as layer.
You can use Paint as animated mask layer or just create a mask and keyframe mask points over time.


macrumors newbie
Feb 5, 2008
Brisbane, Australia
After Effects/Motion is for sure the trick - for someone that knows what they are doing... What you are trying to do isn't hard, but understanding the interface is another thing entirely, especially if you are a first time user.

It could be accomplished in Flash/Photoshop (GIF) or even in Keynote.


macrumors 6502
Sep 1, 2010
opening screen

I would like to create a presentation"Opener" vid clip that shows the earth from space using "Google Earth" and then have it zoom into my location in Pennsylvania. What is the best way to achieve this?
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