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24fps VS 30fps: The Final Showdown

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Everyone is debating frames per second it seems, well it's time to put that debate to an end!



Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Rotation

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What Is A Wireframe?

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In Computer Animation, What is Rendering?

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

You may often hear reference to video rendering, render times, render speeds, etc. in the field of computer animation. But what exactly is rendering?



What is Vector Animation?

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

Vector animation is a term used to refer to animation whose art or motion is controlled by scalable vectors rather than pixels.



The Pros and Cons of Flash and Animated GIFs

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

Asking if Flash is better than an animated GIF is rather like asking if a USB thumb drive is better than a floppy disk. Both have their purposes, and both can be useful - even if one is a bit limited and outdated.



What is a Layer?

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Layers can be confusing for some people, especially when they're used to painting or drawing on a flat surface.



Everything You Need to Know about Walt Disney...

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

Disney is no doubt one of the most famous names in the animation industry, known for providing entertainment directed to adults and children alike; with theme parks around the world and a world-class animation studio and business franchise, the company nearly dominates the industry.



Flash Tips: How to Embed Your SWF into a Webpage

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

If you're publishing for the web, you'll need to be able to insert your SWF file into your website, right? Here's a quick guide that will help you figure out how.



How Japanese and American Animation Differ

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

I'm not about to throw my towel in the ring over the fight between which is better, Japanese or American animation...but nonetheless, let's take a look at a comparison between the two and what makes them so markedly different.



How To Create A 3D Bump Map in Photoshop

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3D bump maps are used to create raised texture surfaces on 3D models - but they actually start off as flat 2D images.



How to Use the Trace Bitmap Function for Flash...

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

In case you missed when it was covered in Lesson 5, here's a quick tip on how to use the trace bitmap function in Flash to turn bitmap art into vector images.



Free Animation Programs

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

Want to try before you buy, or looking for something simple but functional with no strings attached? Here's a list of various animation software packages available for download. Some are entirely free, some are shareware, some are free with limited functions (with more available after paying), and some are free trials that either expire after time or come with certain critical options disabled.



Should You Use the Free Version of Google...

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

As a 3D modeling program, Google SketchUp successfully unites principles of line drawing with 3D for a bare-bones program that lets you produce surprisingly complex 3D artwork.



What Is Drawn-on-Film Animation?

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

Cels? Who needs cels? Drawn-on-film gets rid of the cels, the paint, and the cameras to take animation to a micro - and very hands-on - level.



Introduction to Animation in Cinema 4D

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

How do you animate in Cinema 4D? Easily, that's how!



What's the Difference Between AutoCAD and Other...

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

CAD programs seem like just another type of 3D animation software - but really, what's the difference? Why do CAD programs get their own special classification?



How are Traditional and Computer Animation...

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

Often people differentiate animation techniques as traditional or computer animation -- but aren't always clear as to what the distinction refers to.



What Are Keyframes?

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

What is a keyframe and what is a keyframe artist? Let's find out!



What's The Difference Between Shape, Motion,...

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

Before Flash CS4 there were motion tweens and shape tweens - but now CS4 and CS5 introduce classic tweens. What's the difference?



10 Art Supplies no Traditional Animator Should...

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

If you're less of a digital animator and lean more towards the traditional, you've probably got a studio as cluttered as mine--and there are some supplies that you just can't live without.



Do You Know How Many Frames are in 1 Second of...

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

There are 8-frame walk cycles, 10-frame motion studies...but how many frames actually make up one second of animation?



How to Create a Basic 8-Frame Animated Walk-Cycle

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

The walk cycle is one of the most important animation techniques to master, but you can simplify it a bit in Flash even when drawing each individual frame, whether in whole or in part. This basic stick-figure walk-cycle demonstrates the basic ideas and discusses key concepts of figures in motion.



5 Things To Do Before You Ever Start Animating

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

Ready to dive in and start animating? You may not be as ready as you think. These 5 pre-animation tips will help you define your workflow and direction to make sure you don't flounder on the way.



Read My Lips: How to Lip-Synch for Animation

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

If you want to add actual expression and realistic mouth-movements to your animation, it helps to study how the shape of the mouth changes with each sound. These ten basic phoneme shapes can match almost any sound of speech, in varying degrees of expression--and with the in-between frames moving from one to the other, are remarkably accurate.



A Beginner's Guide to Computer Animation

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

While animation is a complex art that can require years of schooling to perfect, for the hobbyist - and even for some self-taught professionals - it’s surprisingly easy to get started from the comfort of your own home and begin producing animations from scratch with just a little studying, hard work, and practice.



What Is Cutout Animation?

2017-02-25T11:01:31Z

You may be more familiar with cutout animation than you think, especially if you're a fan of a certain raunchy animated show on Comedy Central.