David REVOY Author, 03 may 2013, 15:05 - Reply Thanks everybody for the answers, I was really surprised and it was really cool to read all feedback. I feel less alone :-) @Ret Samys : Yes about Sintel :-) I proudly designed her and all universe around with the help of all the talented artists on the team and comments of the community. It was probably the most organic design project I participated. And I totally agree about the too frequent updates , with expensive side effect. Even more if an artist use multiple proprietaries tools. @Konstantin : Oh, true ! I forgot to speak about the standard files. It's really important, and I love this. I also like files like *.ora where Gimp/Krita/Mypaint/Calligraconverter/Pinta can read it, it ensure me to can open them in probably 10 years. @Duncan : Thanks, and cool portfolio. I can easy understand in regards to your creation the needs of a computer with a Adobe Creative Suite on it. If I had to run a studio in the 'print' industry right now , I would probably choose this way also. I had so much case where clients requested indesign desktop publishing , or CMYK *.ai , or complex webdesign with PSD and layer effects , with editable title with a lot of effect on the top ; sort of template. You speak about 'solid modeller' in your comment, is it about sort of autoCAD product @malaynightheron : Gaming is a good excuse :-) I understand it easily. I'm a Portal fan. I bought the 2nd one on Valve market on Linux and spent night to make it run ( unstable of course ) on Wine. But even with crashes / bad laggy audio / and a lot of crap, I could play it and finish it ; but I never was able again to resintall it after. Frustrating ! I have a lot of hope about Steam on Linux too. :-) @Victor F. Oliveira : Thanks! Didn't knew my timelapse could have influence like this. Oh waw, about your college ; I send you a lot of encouragement because I know it's hard to use different tools when working with a group of poeple sharing/talking/using other tools all the time. @inkey : CrystalXP :) je me souviens. Des icones et des thèmes de tuerie pour Xp. Par quoi remplace tu le Flash player je suis intérréssé. Totalement d'accord pour les jeux, ça me fait un pincement au coeur quand je vois tant de development, d'idée et de addons fait communeautairement , gratuit et libre ... ... pour un jeu proprio.Idem, je comprends pour les vieux fichiers. Dans mon déménagement actuel, je jette à la pelle des fichiers que je faisais avec la suite 'Serif' des Serif Page Plus, mes fichier Publishers, Claris , etc...@Brett McCoy : Hey Brett ! Oh yes, I like also the idea of mixing proprietary software and open-source , if they run on Linux. True, 3DCoat and TVpaint are really good tools without any open-source alternative ( back in the time, I was even a Tvpaint beta tester , I came from Mirage ). A luck for me I don't work into 3D sculpting or 2D animation. Open-source is so a desert about it. Well, a bit similar as how was 2D in 2008.Cool to have your feedback about Lightworks , I'll try. :-)@Mark T : Oh, cool graphic tutorial on your blog ; @Mery Alison Thompson : hey Mery ! Cool, I didn't saw many artworks from you lately , I hope everything is fine ( or maybe it's my abonnements who don't update well to see your new pieces :-) )@pasa : Sure ! learning is the key.@Alexandre Prokoudine : Unfortunately, no software can do what TVP paint is able too. I was a volunteer beta tester at Tvpaint back in 2006/2007 ; very warm and nice team. I used TVpaint only for pure 2D painting ; TVPaint is still from all my test the fastest and more performant 2D engine for painting ever made on earth. With machine from this time I could go crazy with layer and project size , and have no slow down. I didn't opened it since this time, I guess it should litteraly flys on a icore7. @La Mère Zaclys : Je suis d'accord :-)@todor : Oh true, Googling about a issue is really useful ; I solved many ( if not hundreds ) of little install problem with this. Precious. Same for documentation. @Nicolas Charmel : Awww, I so much understand for \" Photoshop, illustrator and After Effect required\" ; back in my first years of freelancing when I was struggling, I was so envious about that... How to learn them if I can't buy them Should I download the 30 day trial version and learn all in 30days to get a job It was make me really sick. Cool demo-real btw. ;-)@Giovanny Arce : Hey Giovanny ! Thanks for the english ; I'm really not confident about it and your comment really give me energy to answer longer. Oh yes, those xsetwacom scripts and changes at each linux kernel back in the day made crazy. 100% of all documentation effort on every Wiki I know decided to not update. 3 times all the codes changed each 6 month, ruinning all the previous documentation. That's why it's still hard to find good Wacom documentation on Linux nowaday, but things are improving. @Milan : Oh cool switch !
Michal C 11 november 2015, 19:01 - Reply Hallo David, thank you very much for your blog. I tried out the TVPaint demo yesterday and I am really, really amazed by the performance of the drawing tools and surprised how fine this software is done. Flashed, I started to search for a free alternative (without much expectations, indeed) and ... found your page. As a photographer PS is a standard for me and versatile for drawing (using a cintiq), but kind of laggy even when inking and a pain in the *** when it comes to animation. Drawing-alternatives like Painter and Sketchbook did not feel more responsive. So what I learned from your blog: there are more alternatives like Krita which I will try today, bad news on the other side are that nothing can deal with TVP :(. Inking felt so good... thinking of all the options when using it for animation... *sigh*Anyway, thank you for sharing your experiences. And maybe, as you mentioned, there will be some timeline-functions in 2d open source software in the near future.Regards
Tim Seventh 25 august 2016, 09:30 - Reply I started using some open source software with the very first one being media player classic. Partly due to it being free, but mainly it was due to one of the earlier feature (frame step and image export) that the default windows media player could not do. For production, I still do use a mix of paid closed source, open source, portable, and other type of software. Limited to one software is never a good idea as it stops the user from adopting to newer and better software. Through time though, I am sure whenever closed source limited the capability of software limitation, open source will take over as an alternative.Just like those moment you see a bug in closed source, you have very few option but to deal with it, since the CEO/ directors aren't going to care if it doesn't directly give them profit. While for open source, you can try to fix it or try to encourage everyone to fix it. They may not be paid 8hr/ day, but they are more willing to make the software better and one day fix the bug.
Hi I have been watching awesome animations on youtube and I was like, I am so going to do that. So then I watched how to vids and found out about Macromedia flash professional 8 which is what a lot of people are using, for free. Now I know that Adobe wold never give something as good as this for free but couldn't find anywhere to buy it and I didn't want to get any malware, spyware, and or virus can someone please help me. By the way I do not have the money to get CS6 or any thing like that.
A legion of kids out there is still using Flash 8 and other older versions (up to CS4) to create animations. Because those older versions are easily obtainable for them - although I don't really understand why they would prefer an ancient illegal version of Flash over modern powerful (open source and free) alternatives such as OpenToonz or Krita. But it is what it is. Flash is still quite popular with the young animator crowd.
OpenToonz is free, completely legal, is a modern app that works on the latest operating systems, and has great animation tools, good bitmap painting tools and vector painting tools, great colouring, and the onion-skinning is far better than the older versions of Flash. Not to mention all the high-quality compositing options and visual effects... With excellent render options and great camera controls.
I personally don't care if you do or if you don't. It's up to your own moral compass. In my opinion young animators never had it so good with access to a range of lower level up to truly high-level production animation software that are free and legally available. 153554b96e