Final Project Due 12/9/13
The final exam is on the final day of class 12/9/13. It will cover all of the items discussed after the Midterm. The following items will be on the final exam:
Clay and puppet animation similarities
Augmented reality animation
Walk cycle poses
Planning your character
The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb
IK Bones Properties Panel
Nested Movie Clips
Symbols: movie clip, button, graphic
Flash gives you the animator control over many aspects of the sound. Flash even offers a library of sound effects. Sound can add or take away from an animation. Use sound effectively. Before you add sound to your animation think about the following:
- Why do you want to add sound? – You should add sound to add an emotional punch or to cue the audience for interactive features like a button.
- How important is it that your soundtrack matches your animation precisely? – Flash gives you options to help you synchronize your sound clips but you cannot match a 2 second sound clip to 10 seconds of an animated sequence.
Importing and Adding Sound to a Frame
You can add sound to any layer once it is imported to the library. But it is best to a create separate layers for your sounds. This helps you the animator to save time when editing by keeping the sounds organization
Note: Flash offers a sound library with sound effects. Go to Window > Common Libraries > Sounds. Drag the sound to the stage.
What makes a picture 3D?
A picture that appears to have a height, width, and depth.
What is CGI Animation?
CGI stands for Computer Generated Imagery. More specifically 3D computer graphics. CGI is used for visual effects that are computer generated.
Advantages of 3D/CGI animation are:
CGI is very successful because the animator has more control over the animation. The animator does not need actors, props, or expensive sets. 3D animation has evolved so much from where it began. 3D looks realistic and the final product is truly amazing!
There are many 3D computer programs that are different and have their own characteristics and specialties. Some examples are:
- Studio Max
- Carrara Studio
What is Pixilation?
Pixilation is a stop-motion technique especially used for animated “life” actors. A pixilation animation consists of a series of postures in front of the camera. A stationary camera records a posed human subject who moves to new positions between frames. The actor becomes a kind of living stop-motion puppet.
Clay/Puppet animation is a very powerful and charming form of animation.
What are the similarities of clay and puppet animation?
- freestanding and able to support their own weight
- they have movable joints that can hold any position
- they are well executed with remarkable detail
- they can be viewed from 360 degrees
- they use the stop-motion technique
Midterm – Monday October 7, 2013
Today, you will learn how to use the IK Bones and then you will use them to create a walk cycle animation. The animation you create will use one figure that has multiple parts.
IK Bones allows the user to create and arrange symbols or shapes in a collection called an Armature. These armatures contain bones that have relationships with other elements which can be animated.
Midterm – Monday October 7, 2013
If you have any questions please feel free to email me about any of the terms.
2D Vector Animation
2D vector graphics are widely used for faster rending, low-bandwidth and for stylistic reasons.
Key Points About Vector Images
• resolution independent
• no background
• faster rendering