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In Topic: cell animition workflows

24 November 2008 - 09:56 AM

i worked on many traditional cell animation projects in the past 10 years. the most time we used animo. but the developement has stopped and for now us animation has the best packages around. from amateurs fun stuff to bigger budget feature film software. check them out.

the process goes like that:

1. draw your cells
2. clean them up
3. scanning
4. processing (vectorizing)
5. colorize them
6. digital x-sheet
7. compositing.


In Topic: Flash vectors to After Effects

28 October 2008 - 09:27 PM

as long as you only use graphic symbols instead of movieclips you can export as swf and import that into AE.

In Topic: Repeating shapes along paths

13 August 2008 - 03:56 PM

Trapcode Particular maybe... using velocity Zero, live for ever, using custom particles with a vector shape on a layer. Then animate the emitter. I think you should
should try diferent numbers on the particle num according to the speed of the movement so that particles don't overlap.

this is my guess.


different approach:
just animate a single shape, precomp and use echo on this layer.

or maybe in some rare cases you can get along with the repeater option of shape layers

In Topic: Software to encode to AVI (MPEG 2, I frame, 100Mbit)

25 June 2008 - 07:45 AM

Bugger. Thanks Payton, you definitely can - Matrox have a codec for it you can download (handily) Matrox's codecs as software only solutions from their site, which is great cos the spec I've been given is from a guy using matrox hardware, but for some reason the 'Matrox MPEG2 I-frame only' AVI codec doesn't want to play at any resolution than SD. (I gots to export at 1080p)...

A nice guy at www.pixeltools.com is looking into developing his MPEG encoding software so it handles the AVI container format...

The only reason for all this fannying is that the client is the Beeb and normally they do all the encoding themselves but when peeps are on holiday the whole project grinds to... a... halt. And I gotta get this job done before my wedding next month...
for future generations...

well, if you install proprietary software almost anything could be possible. maybe you can put an mp3 file into an psd. woooosh. senseless.

if the guy you are encoding for uses matrox hardware, the only good choice will be using matrox codecs. maybe you find another way but you cant be sure that this will play well on his hardware.


In Topic: Software to encode to AVI (MPEG 2, I frame, 100Mbit)

24 June 2008 - 06:48 PM

I've just grabbed the trial of Autodesk 'Cleaner XL' and that seems to miss out being able to output AVIs containing MPEG2 video (it can only make an AVI MPEG3). This is all based on my current installed codecs, which is a pretty short list of whatever comes as default plus a few extra Quicktime codecs so I'm guessing I'm limiting myself unless I fork out for a matrox or blackmagic card...

If anyone knows an alternative way of encoding AVI Mpeg2s, or even a place in London who're good with encoding/converting video I'd be mucho grateful for any leads,



well, its much easier to say what's possible than to say what's impossible, cause there is always the chance to miss something. but im pretty (close to totally) sure that the AVI container format does not support MPG2.