Smith Micro just released Anime Studio 9, the latest version of its 2D animation software.
The Debut version is on sale for $29.99 right now, and is a good buy.
Unfortunately, some of the best new features are only available in the Pro version, which is also on sale, but for a much higher price – $149.99. Check here to compare the two.
You can try the Pro version free for 30 days, but PLEASE be aware that you a) have to give them a credit card, and b) unless you say otherwise, after 30 days that card will be charged full price – $199.99 – not the sale price (assuming I’m reading the web sites correctly).
It looks like you can upgrade to Pro from Debut for only $99.99, so, again if I’m reading this correctly, you can by Debut 9 for $30, and upgrade to Pro for $100, for a total of $130 (all numbers rounded, of course). Again, this assumes I’m reading the site properly. You should double check for yourself!
The two best additions to the new Pro version, IMHO, are Smartbones and an improved animation interface, with full curve controls. Check out the extensive videos for all of the new stuff here.
The long awaited 1.0 version of Luxrender is finally here!
For those who don’t know, Luxrender is a program that takes images from 3D graphics programs, and renders them in “unbiased” style, which means they come out with real-world, photo-like quality. Numerous programs can output to Luxrender. Blender and SketchUp are two free ones. Daz3D can also output to Luxrender, but, while Daz is free, in order to use Luxrender you need Reality, which does cost money. IMHO, it is well worth it. Coming soon: a version of Reality for Poser, another 3D program which currently outputs to Luxrender via Pose2Lux, a free program created by the wonderful SnarlyGribbly! The Poser Reality will also cost a few dollars as well, but will have much more functionality than Pose2Lux.
At any rate, it is faster (which is welcome, since unbiased rendering engines by nature take a long time to generate high quality images), and has improved GPU rendering (which mean it can use your graphics card to speed things up even more).
Note to fellow Mac users: to use the GPU rendering features, you have to be running Mountain Lion.
You can find info regarding Blender, Poser, Reality, Pose2Lux and Daz on this blog. SketchUp is a Google program, and you can learn about it in any search engine (even Google).
You can get the new 1.0 Luxrender here.
Australian animator James Campbell has only uploaded three animations to YouTube since he joined earlier this year.
All three are wonderful examples of the classic toon Warner Brothers/Disney style, with a modern 3D edge (think Nemo).
This is clearly pro level work, and is a great tribute to the capabilities of the FREE 3D creation/animation Blender software. Mr. Campbell has not listed a personal or professional web site on YouTube at this time, we I can’t tell you anything about him, except to say:
WATCH THESE CARTOON SHORTS!
Even if you’re not into CGI, 3D creation software, etc., they are truly worth watching just for their stories.
You can catch them on his YouTube cannel here.