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    What program for 2.5D animations could you recommend?

    First, I must show what kind 2.5D I would like to learn. These two videos are examples:

    Carnivale series opening:


    Full Metal Alchemist anime movie opening:


    Basically it's about using 2D well-painted illustrations as sprites for creating a pseudo 3D. Animation/compositing is a totally new thing for me and I would like to hear what do you think, recommend and where I can start learning. I know any VFX software is suited for this, like as After Effects, Houdini or Fusion. But, firstly, they're industry standard software and they're very expensive. Secondly, I'm somewhat feel they're just overkill for my goals. These animations uses basic actions such as sprite movements, transformations, rotations, blurring, zooming etc. Perhaps you know a better software in terms of price and easiness of learning GUI and creating animation.

    Thanks in advance!


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    well...i'd recommend you grab a copy of moho (or "anime studio" as its now called) from www.lostmarble.com

    its very intuitive, very powerful, has all the functions you described and doesn't cost much.

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    After Effects would probably serve you pretty well here. And its by no means in the same price league as a full licence of Houdini or Maya or a powerful compositing package like fusion or Nuke.

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    Final Cut dude, you can do anything in that program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirusArtist View Post
    well...i'd recommend you grab a copy of moho (or "anime studio" as its now called) from www.lostmarble.com

    its very intuitive, very powerful, has all the functions you described and doesn't cost much.

    cheers,
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    I've checked this software and I couldn't figure out way to import PSD files. Is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by space-sprayer View Post
    After Effects would probably serve you pretty well here. And its by no means in the same price league as a full licence of Houdini or Maya or a powerful compositing package like fusion or Nuke.

    Nick
    Uch, I don't have a money tree. I don't want to buy it and try 30-day trial isn't enough to try out these programs. I think I will need few months, maybe even half year to get used with software.

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    Final Cut dude, you can do anything in that program.
    Isn't this software for Apple computers? Unfortunately I'm a PC user

    But thanks to you for your suggestions, it was worth to check In the worst scenario I will try with Flash, I didn't think it would suit for 2.5D using huge PSD files, but after seeing Anime Studio, which is similiar to Flash, I thought I should try.

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    Maybe this...

    http://www.creatoon.com/ - Free program for 2d cut-out animation.

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    sadly, i dont think you can import psd's.. dont really know.. i'm still using an old version of the program. there is a way of importing layers with transparency though: simply convert every layer to an interlaced png and load those up.. worked fine for me so far.

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    Combustion is also an option.
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    GIMP has an additional set of scripts called "GAP" (Gimp Animation Plug-in). It's a little bit clunky but you could make animation with it.

    When it comes to what software to use you are basically paying for the GUI and other capabilities. The more expensive programs usually are more powerful, capable, and easier to work with. That's basically what you pay for in an animation program.

    Technically you could make all of that stuff with Photoshop by saving out your file as a file sequence and then playing it back in VirtualDub at X frames a second. Rotations and transformations could be scripted in Photoshop too.. but doing all that is just a clunky way to work.

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