How do you design your sprites movements?

  • The main lack is that it has not tools for traditional frame by frame animation like Flash.

    btw. Here is an another link for a free Animationprogram

    http://www.pencil-animation.org/

    pencil is a frame by frame drawing tool

  • The main lack is that it has not tools for traditional frame by frame animation like Flash.

    btw. Here is an another link for a free Animationprogram

    http://www.pencil-animation.org/

    pencil is a frame by frame drawing tool

    Thanks Vidi. I know this program and it is quite good. But now I usually use Plastic Animation Paper. It was a commercial animation tool some years ago but now is free. It is a bit strange at first, but it is very good:

    http://plasticanimationpaper.dk/

  • It was a commercial animation tool some years ago but now is free. It is a bit strange at first, but it is very good:

    I know that too, but still it is strange for me <img src="smileys/smiley9.gif" border="0" align="middle" />. I don't know ,but I miss the color?

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  • Yes :). It is only for rough animation and line art. It simply mimics a real light-table.

  • My favourite programs to create the animations for my characters are Blender ,Daz3D , and Anime studio.With blender i can import motion captured(bvh) files to do the animations , giving me more time to work on my character rather than worrying about the tedious work of creating animations manually.

  • Another good method is to rotoscope video. <img src="smileys/smiley17.gif" border="0" align="middle" />

  • The best method I can think of is :

    1/ make your game with simple recangle, tweak it until you get the right speed, jump, fall... all the motion should feel right and properly balanced

    2/ then, as you parallely developped a character design, you begin to flesh out simple key poses (4 key for a walk cycle, one for a jump, one for a fall pose). Just simple sketchs to test :

    - the size of your character

    - the rythm (you might change animation speed to fit the speed of your walking rectangle and avoid sliding walk)

    - the poses themselves

    - if you didn't destroy the balance achieve in step 1 (it could come from bad animation rythm or too unrealistic motion: imagine a human moving like super meat boy...)

    3/ Once you get things right, you sketch the needed in-between (if you just have 4 keyposes and you put animation speed to 6, you might need to add some in-between to smooth the animation. animation speed to 12 should be better) - of course once you sketched the in-between, you test them because after all, a sketche is mentally easier to correct than a fully rendered frame

    4/ You go wild and fully render your neat sketches OR you go 3D from there and try to fit your sketch the best as you can.

    Yeah sketching is often better than going 3D too fast. 3D is great, but there's some thing you can find quicker with a sketch than disentangle your keys and curves. Some will probably say that they suck at drawing and moving bones is easier... You know... matter of taste :D

    Oh and I tend to keep the rectangle from step 1 as a collision box, and just play anim on top of it with a every tick : sprite set position to spriteCollision (just example of naming)

  • quote >>poser....or makehuman (free alternative) <<

    Btw. poser debut is free until 19 Dezember.<img src="smileys/smiley20.gif" border="0" align="middle">

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  • Thank you <img src="smileys/smiley10.gif" border="0" align="middle" /> for this nice idea. i dont know the technic before. i saw some videos on youtube and think its an easy way to make very realistic looking animations. for my little experiments with c2 i need a realistic looking running animation. which tool you use for rotoscoping?

    greetings

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