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Which animation software do you use?

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Hi there! Been inactive for a while so I just wanted to now which programs you people use to animate these days, after flash being out of support from Adobe I don't know which other softwares are decent and good for making animations. I'm totally out of date so I really want to know your thoughts and recommendations.


I know you can keep working on Flash and exporting on other multimedia formats but I've totally lost the track on what's better for a decent animation, I would really appreciate to know what you people are working with and why you consider it's a good tool for work!


Have a nice day!


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OpenToonz is one of the animation apps that I use. It is open source, free, and very powerful. It is a production-level tool used by various Japanese animation studios. An older version was in use by Studio Ghibli, to scan and colour all hand-drawn frames, and add effects, etcetera.


I also use Krita for more painterly animations. Also free and open source.


And Clipstudio EX, which is excellent for line work and animation. It exports directly to OpenToonz to compile all animation scenes into a full render.


Lastly, Blender: for 3d animation, and it's pretty cool for cut-out 2d animation as well. And it supports frame-by-frame hand-drawn animation now too, but I haven't used it for that yet (tested the waters, and it is pretty cool!).


I used to do cut-out animation in Moho Pro, but switched to Blender a few years ago. And the DUIK team is developing tools for Blender now, which is exciting! (google DUIK for After Effects to understand my excitement!).


Anyway, OpenToonz & Krita are probably all you need, plus Blender.


Using an older version of Flash CS6 & the free Flanimation plugin is pretty good too.


Or grab a pencil and sheets of paper, animate on paper, and scan your drawings in OpenToonz. OpenToonz will vectorize your drawings for easy colouring.

Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-01 16:54:21


I use krita, it's free, easy, and it's to make animation and art, you should try it


Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-01 18:55:29


I've been using Animate CC since I was about 15, generally, it's had painful moments, but it works for me personally

Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-02 17:43:59


I use Macromedia Flash 8 lmao. I guess it gets the job done if you're broke and cant afford any better versions

Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-02 23:00:59


I've used Krita for the few animations that I made in the past. I heard a lot of good things about Blender's support for 2D animation, too, but I haven't used it that much so far, so I can't really say if it's good or not. Since every drawing you make in the animation is actually a 3D object, blender is really good for rotating and tweaking things in animations without losing any quality, that I can say for sure. (Both are free to download and use)

Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-03 01:21:04


I've been doing everything using "Pixel Studio" on an android tablet.


I would not suggest it if you have access to a PC. It's got a lot of stupid UI issues, but it's decent and, as mentioned, works on an old android tablet.

Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-03 12:44:26


: Anyway, OpenToonz & Krita are probably all you need, plus Blender.

These are the best free to use options Ive seen get recommended often. Krita should be the easiest to manage for beginner use though.


Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-03 15:30:59


At 3/1/21 04:54 PM, LaGrandiosaDISCO wrote: I use krita, it's free, easy, and it's to make animation and art, you should try it


*checking* I'm looking info about it, thanks! :)



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Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-03 15:32:33


At 3/2/21 05:43 PM, plumpystarpluto wrote: I use Macromedia Flash 8 lmao. I guess it gets the job done if you're broke and cant afford any better versions


Good old Macromedia Flash 8!


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Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-03 15:42:55


oh, okay

Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-04 01:46:38


At 3/3/21 12:44 PM, DigitalSkrub wrote: These are the best free to use options Ive seen get recommended often. Krita should be the easiest to manage for beginner use though.


I meant to make this a response to hvanderwegen's post

Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-04 04:48:58


At 2/27/21 01:18 PM, Unigodspawn wrote: Hi there! Been inactive for a while so I just wanted to now which programs you people use to animate these days, after flash being out of support from Adobe I don't know which other softwares are decent and good for making animations. I'm totally out of date so I really want to know your thoughts and recommendations.

I know you can keep working on Flash and exporting on other multimedia formats but I've totally lost the track on what's better for a decent animation, I would really appreciate to know what you people are working with and why you consider it's a good tool for work!

Have a nice day!


Toon boom is pretty good but its such a pain into the ass to learn, its also expensive unless your willing to "legally acquire" a free copy if you know what I mean other than that its a really reliable software with a lot of useful features perfect for hand drawn and tween animation


Krita is also good and a great art software but it lacks a lot of the tools other programs have like tweens keyframes,the only animation tool it really has is the timeline ( Its still a great art program though)


Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-14 12:47:51


At 2/27/21 01:18 PM, Unigodspawn wrote: Hi there! Been inactive for a while so I just wanted to now which programs you people use to animate these days, after flash being out of support from Adobe I don't know which other softwares are decent and good for making animations. I'm totally out of date so I really want to know your thoughts and recommendations.

I know you can keep working on Flash and exporting on other multimedia formats but I've totally lost the track on what's better for a decent animation, I would really appreciate to know what you people are working with and why you consider it's a good tool for work!

Have a nice day!


I use flash CS5. You can find a lot of old flash softwares online at random shady websites. Just be careful not to download a virus



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Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-17 08:47:08


I use Animate CC 2021 I used to use Animate CC 2020 but that one was buggy and would crash I updated to CC 2021 and nothing has happened


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Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-17 17:42:11


At 2/27/21 01:18 PM, Unigodspawn wrote: Hi there! Been inactive for a while so I just wanted to now which programs you people use to animate these days, after flash being out of support from Adobe I don't know which other softwares are decent and good for making animations. I'm totally out of date so I really want to know your thoughts and recommendations.

I know you can keep working on Flash and exporting on other multimedia formats but I've totally lost the track on what's better for a decent animation, I would really appreciate to know what you people are working with and why you consider it's a good tool for work!

Have a nice day!


If you liked using Flash, adobe animate is just rebranded flash. I don't really mess with the free stuff, but if you're on a budget, blender's 2D animation tools are pretty decent and keep getting better. If you got a bit of money to spend, I recommend getting Clip Studio Paint EX for roughs, and Adobe Animate for final lines and coloring. Its cheaper than getting professional stuff like tv paint or toon boom, but more robust than the free alternatives.


need art people to do work with plz help

Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-19 15:27:58


At 2/27/21 01:18 PM, Unigodspawn wrote: Hi there! Been inactive for a while so I just wanted to now which programs you people use to animate these days, after flash being out of support from Adobe I don't know which other softwares are decent and good for making animations. I'm totally out of date so I really want to know your thoughts and recommendations.

I know you can keep working on Flash and exporting on other multimedia formats but I've totally lost the track on what's better for a decent animation, I would really appreciate to know what you people are working with and why you consider it's a good tool for work!

Have a nice day!


Source film maker, but I plan to switch for s2fm and blender, I don't use unreal cuz it's too different for me, and for post processing images I use photopea


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Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-24 17:14:25


if i struggle with keyframing, MS PAINT!!!

for nearly everything...AESPRITE!!!


the solodev for ICE KYOBE, fan sequel of megaman sprite game.. ...coming out when it does.

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Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-24 19:53:37


At 3/24/21 05:14 PM, regretfuleskimo wrote: if i struggle with keyframing, MS PAINT!!!
for nearly everything...AESPRITE!!!


aseprite is the definitive pixelart machine for me


D

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Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-24 20:06:24


At 3/24/21 07:53 PM, Gimpmastermind wrote:
At 3/24/21 05:14 PM, regretfuleskimo wrote: if i struggle with keyframing, MS PAINT!!!
for nearly everything...AESPRITE!!!
aseprite is the definitive pixelart machine for me


my best investment. not a shill for obvious reasons but i find it convient for my pixel art, helps with indiedeving a lot

it is also wonderful with animation and runs really well. adobe products would brick my computer :(


the solodev for ICE KYOBE, fan sequel of megaman sprite game.. ...coming out when it does.

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Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-24 20:10:59


At 3/24/21 08:06 PM, regretfuleskimo wrote:
At 3/24/21 07:53 PM, Gimpmastermind wrote:
At 3/24/21 05:14 PM, regretfuleskimo wrote: if i struggle with keyframing, MS PAINT!!!
for nearly everything...AESPRITE!!!
aseprite is the definitive pixelart machine for me
my best investment. not a shill for obvious reasons but i find it convient for my pixel art, helps with indiedeving a lot
it is also wonderful with animation and runs really well. adobe products would brick my computer :(


not even as an investement, it's one of those tools which just clicks, I used piskel but asperite is almost perfect except running on lower end devices, but other than that aseprite mixed with programs such as photopea you can get really good pictures with different things added onto them, which are really good.


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Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-24 20:18:12


I use a mix of flipa clip krita and wick editor

Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-25 11:57:03


I use Adobe animate so yeah it is good.

Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-27 00:04:28


I have been using Krita yet I am saving up for flash


Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-29 10:22:14


I have decided to switch to blender to not die


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Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-03-29 17:29:01


You can use adobe animate cc 2019 or above with after effects. In animate make your animation and in after effects try and use some effects such as 3d lightning, blur,camera focus effects, some 3d things, i guess....

But for 2019 version and above, you can directly import .fla file into after effects easy.

Best things in this is that if you want to have a good vfx in your animation the combination of animate cc and after effects can be your saver when you export your movies. If you try to make some vfx in animate cc such as glow, blur you will end in your chair covered in the spider webs waiting to see the animation export finished.

I will take all the hate when i write this.

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You cant afford some software, then get the cracked version of desired software. Many people do this and they are good.

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You can use Toon Boom as well, but its very complicated process. Some tehnique are a bit different than animate cc/flash. But in toon boom you can do muuuuuuuuuuuuch more things directly. It has powerfull tools to make rig animation, draw with bitmap brushes , vector brushes, good effects. About exporting..., well..., i dont know so much of it, so i dont describe it.

Yea Blender is a good option if you want to make either 3d reference for your 2d animation or make animation whic combine 2d and 3d. But for this you can use either after effects to import 3d object with a plugin called ELEMENT 3D(use only .obj files) either Toon Boom, which can use the both space, 3D and 2D.

But with all the programs avaible, make sure that your computer can handle the programs. Otherwise, your workflow will be very slowed by lack of memory, power processing, gpu acceleration...


YT Place Greeting and good bye

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Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-04-04 00:50:46


Flash 8


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Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-04-04 03:55:39


I use Flash MX 2004, because I'm broke, and stuff. One particular project I'm doing is cel animated, though...


Steven is best boi

Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-04-06 11:21:38


At 2/27/21 01:18 PM, Unigodspawn wrote: Hi there! Been inactive for a while so I just wanted to now which programs you people use to animate these days, after flash being out of support from Adobe I don't know which other softwares are decent and good for making animations. I'm totally out of date so I really want to know your thoughts and recommendations.

I know you can keep working on Flash and exporting on other multimedia formats but I've totally lost the track on what's better for a decent animation, I would really appreciate to know what you people are working with and why you consider it's a good tool for work!

Have a nice day!


I use Macromedia Flash Pro 8. It's old as hell and I typically need tons of project files for a cartoon, but it largely works for what I need it for.

If I had any money I'd upgrade though.


"Because banks do not care. It's not their money."

Response to Which animation software do you use? 2021-04-07 17:07:57


I use RoughAnimator! It's not as well known as everything else listed here but it works for me!