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Newgrounds Wiki: Animation Resources

Newgrounds accepts movies in SWF and most common video formats.

2D Animation Software

Flash - Part of Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription - Flash has long been the standard application for creating web-based animation, along with games and other applications. The animation tools are easy to learn and are extremely powerful. You are welcome to use one of our preloaders at the start of your Flash animation!

Swivel will allow you to convert your Flash animation into video files. Recommended for better streaming and mobile / TV support.

Toon Boom - Free Trial - Used for a lot of television animation. Has SWF export options but you will likely just export as a video file and showcase on NG with our MP4 upload feature.

OpenToonz - Free, Open-source - Used by Studio Ghibli and Futurama, this software is now freely available!

TVPaint - Pricing varies - More of a learning curve than Flash but a favorite among those who use it. TVPaint is what was used to create The Reward.

Krita - Free - Krita is a FREE sketching and painting program. The v2.9 Beta includes Animation! Remind me to update this wiki when it enters the stable build. Krita was used by GoreGG to make #100DaysOfWalkCycles and he recommends it.

Also see our Animation Tutorials!

3D Animation Software

Blender - FREE - Used in The Secret of Kells.

Maya - Free Trial - Used in Ice Age and James Cameron's Avatar.

3D Studio Max - Free Trial - Used in I-Robot and X-Men.

Softimage - Free Trial - Used in Street Fighter IV.

Modo - Used in District 9.

Swift3D - Allows you to create and/or animate 3D objects and export for Flash. We recommend creating your initial models with alternative software.

Miscellaneous Programs

Handbrake - FREE - a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.