Understanding Computer Animation

Posted on June 27, 2016 By

spongebob_cgiWe all know what an animation is; although, technically defining the term, it is the process of creating an illusion of movement by showcasing a set of drawings in a rapid and predefined sequence. Animation has come a long way due to the advent of computer technologies. Traditional animations were hand drawings, but today, we have computer technology that helps create both 2D animations and 3D animations. Hand drawn animation required a great deal of efforts, and not to forget time and labor; however, due to the advent of computers, animation can be created by a single individual (animator), with a no big hassle.

These days, computer generated 2D animations can be found everywhere ranging from cartoons on TV to simple animated graphics that we see every day on the internet space. It can take a form of commercials, infomercials, e-cards, and so on. Although, whatever may be the form, it all starts from a storyboard, which simply is a basic script in a graphical format, much like a comic book strips. Sometimes, to complement a storyboard, a rough audio track

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How To Set Up The Lighting For A Whiteboard Video

Posted on June 23, 2016 By

25d47be93d1a7504e11bb7dd9f3e10ac61b123c7Certainly, a whiteboard animation comes in handy when you want to explain something to someone that you cannot illustrate using words. It can be a concept or idea, which might be hard to transfer by mere words. A whiteboard animation is an excellent tool of sharing knowledge and thoughts. It allows you to tell a story.

However, for this animation presentation to be effective, you must learn how to do a whiteboard animation. The first thing you need to do is learn how to make a professional animation. The key to such an animation is proper lighting.

Setting up the light

Lighting setup is the very first step of making an animation video. In this stage, you need to get the lamps in place. If your lamps are setup correctly, it will be easier to set up the camera and perform the post-processing. In general, you need to pay attention to several things when setting up the whole thing.

You must have a whiteboard that is illuminated evenly, adequate light on your talent, whiteboard

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Animation – A Growing Career Field

Posted on June 22, 2016 By

5005b734a5e5041f3d5d5843114fc55cThe Term Defines:

Did we think animation can be on top of the world dictating terms in every industry some years ago? Though its direct impact may not be visible in certain industries, but it surely plays an invisible hand in that. By the word, animation refers to the act of giving life. Technically, it is a creation of illusion of movement by rapid display of a sequence of images or drawings. This can be done either with hand-made art, computer generated imagery, three-dimensional objects or a combination of techniques. Much of the credit goes to the advent of computer technologies that have been helping us to create 2D and 3D animations from the beginning. It has significantly cut down the labour and time, thereby, reducing the cost associated with it.

Not surprisingly, the phenomenon of motion was well explained long before in the palaeolithic cave paintings, where animals are depicted with multiple legs in superimposed positions to give a clear picture for the flow of motion. But today, we are able to cut fine all these motion flow

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Brief Insight of Computer Animation

Posted on June 21, 2016 By

Computer animation has turned out to be one of the biggest and most lucrative industries today. Since past few years, the technology of computer animation is getting simpler day by day; at the same time, window of opportunities for talented computer animators is also increasing at a radical pace. Let us have a brief insight at this computer animation.

Technique

Traditionally, in the absence of computer technology, animations were done manually. The most widely used method was making a series of drawings, which were later blended into a film. Another method popularly adopted was by using physical objects or models. Using this method objects or models were placed at a certain place, and images were captured. The objects or models were then moved, and again a set of images were captured, and this process kept on recurring.

Eventually, with the advent of technology, traditional ways were replaced by computer animation. Computer animation or CG animation is the method of creating moving images with the help of computers. Using computers both 2D as well as 3D animation can be created. CG animation is also sometimes referred to as CGI (computer-generated imagery) animation. Images are created on

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3 Mistakes to Avoid in Animation

Posted on May 29, 2016 By

There are three mistakes that amateur animators do, and if you spot them in videos from YouTube, then you know the animator is a beginner, so don’t be so hard on them. But be warned, people who make mistakes don’t know they are doing them, and nobody is telling them, so, how would you know if you are doing things correctly?

Only Action with no Anticipation or Aftermath

Taking the example of the amateurish animators posting videos on YouTube, have you noticed the problem has to do with the unnatural movement of the characters? That happens because there is no anticipation or aftermath

For example, a martial artist throwing a punch while training. You can think of three key poses: clenched fists in guard position, then the “punching arm” extended, then back to the original position. That’s what the amateur has in mind. A veteran imagines the guard position, then the elbow going back to prepare the punch (anticipation), then the arm extended (action), then the arm going back with the elbow up (aftermath), and finally the character returns to the guard position, breathing slowly. Do you see the natural flow happening all around?

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Animated Explainer Video: Creating Engagement to Clients

Posted on May 28, 2016 By

What is an Animated Explainer Video?
Animated explainer video is this short video that is used to engage your audience both online and offline. In most cases the animated explainer video usually explains what you do, or what your company or product is all about. Many companies across the globe have utilized the power of animated explainer videos to simplify complex ideas and concepts to customers and prospects. This has helped them tremendously to both increase their sales and build their brand.

Big and small companies alike have experienced the power of these animated explainer videos in marketing their products, explaining complex procedures, teaching what they do and offer. They have also seen an increase on their Return on Investment, increase in number of clients and prospects because of the responsive engagement the video are creating.

What is an animated explainer video and how is it produced? Just like I have pointed out in the sub paragraph above, these are short animated engaging videos that can be placed on a website. The animated videos can also be used for TV commercials to explain in a simple and effective way who you are and what you do.

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3 Mistakes to Avoid in Animation

Posted on May 21, 2016 By

There are three mistakes that amateur animators do, and if you spot them in videos from YouTube, then you know the animator is a beginner, so don’t be so hard on them. But be warned, people who make mistakes don’t know they are doing them, and nobody is telling them, so, how would you know if you are doing things correctly?

Only Action with no Anticipation or Aftermath

Taking the example of the amateurish animators posting videos on YouTube, have you noticed the problem has to do with the unnatural movement of the characters? That happens because there is no anticipation or aftermath

For example, a martial artist throwing a punch while training. You can think of three key poses: clenched fists in guard position, then the “punching arm” extended, then back to the original position. That’s what the amateur has in mind. A veteran imagines the guard position, then the elbow going back to prepare the punch (anticipation), then the arm extended (action), then the arm going back with the elbow up (aftermath), and finally the character returns to the guard position, breathing slowly. Do you see the natural flow happening all around?

Approach every action by thinking of its anticipation and aftermath.

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Top 11 Anime to Watch

Posted on May 21, 2016 By

If you’re into anime, you’ve probably already seen all these.

But if you aren’t… you MUST try it! Anime is NOT like your regular cartoons. These stories are unique, chock full of intense characters, and beautiful animation.

Action, drama, sci-fi, psychological, horror, apocalyptic, comedic, what it means to be human, humans merging with machines, the meaning of life. Anime’s got it all!

You might have seen Pok√©mon or Sailor Moon. There’s many more complex storylines and characters than that. Much of anime is a reflection of Japanese and modern society’s reaction to globalization and technological changes of the 21st century. So don’t be surprised to find intense themes in these stories. It might even be a bit difficult to completely digest the meaning of some of these anime.

So… there’s my pitch. By the way, I have only recently gotten into anime, so feel free to suggest other great anime in the comments below!

11. Tokyo Ghoul

Length: 12 episodes
Genre: Action / Drama / Horror / Psychological / Dark Fantasy

Plot: Kaneki gets into an accident and receives organ transplants from a ghoul. He struggles to maintain his humanity while

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5 Reasons to Use Animation to Reach Younger Audiences

Posted on April 27, 2016 By

As an advertiser, you know the importance of capturing your target audience’s attention with appealing and relevant ads. For years, static ads have been good enough to do just this. However, in today’s market, animated ads offer an exciting and effective way to garner you the kind of customer attention you need to successfully grow your company, especially if you wish to target younger audiences. Following are a few of the reasons that using animation to reach younger audiences is the smart move to make.

Animated Ads Are Engaging

Part of the reason that animated ads are an effective way to reach younger audiences is that they are by their very nature more engaging than static ads. For instance, they tend to be more unique than static ads, and therefore more likely to grab your audience’s attention.

In addition, people are hardwired to respond to movement. As a result, the activity in animated ads draws the consumer’s attention away from whatever they are doing and focus it on your company’s message.

Finally, animation advertising is an engaging way to communicate your brand because it allows you to create appealing characters and worlds that draw

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3D Animation Videos

Posted on April 23, 2016 By

The definition of 3D animation is, “Animating objects that appear in a three-dimensional space. They can be rotated and moved like real objects. 3D animation is at the heart of games and virtual reality, but it may also be used in presentation graphics to add flair to the visuals.” How did 3D animation come to be?

William Fetter, an American computer graphics art director, is often attributed to being the founder and creator of 3D animation. In 1960, while working for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita Kansas, he coined the term “computer graphics” after creating the first computer model of the human body. This first 3D model is known as “The Boeing Man.” Fetter was the Supervisor of Advanced Design Graphics at Boeing Aircraft. He and his team explored new techniques, using computer graphics, to assist in the design of airplanes.

Being that 3D animation was founded on the grounds of an engineering company, it makes sense that much of the 3D videos that are created are for the engineering industry. 3D animation can show the inner workings of machine or what has not yet been built, the exact thing William Fetter and his team were working

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How an Animator Can Bring Your Characters to Life

Posted on April 22, 2016 By

One of the central features of any animated production is the character that populates it. You provide the vision for those characters. A skilled animation company sharpens that vision and brings it to life. There are many ways in which the animator develops characters perfectly suited for whatever type of project you need, from advertising animation to educational animation and more. The following are just a few of the valuable contributions the 2D animation studio can make to character design.

Target The Desired Audience

The exact look and feel of any animated project depends in large part upon the audience for which it is intended. For instance, an educational program geared toward children would use bold patterns and bright colors, whereas an animated explainer video for business executives would use more restrained design elements. The studio you choose to provide animation for your project will enhance its effectiveness by creating characters that are appropriate for the audience you wish to reach.

Animation studios will help you define the correct style for your audience right from the start by also providing you with concept design services. These services formulate vague ideas into a specific overall style.

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4 Tips That Would Prevent You From Having A Compromised Animated Explainer Video Quality

Posted on April 14, 2016 By

Animated Explainer Videos are extremely effective in putting across your message in a comprehensible manner. The real challenge, however, lies in making sure that the quality of your Explainer Video is just perfect. Here are four insightful tips that could prevent you from getting a low quality Animated Explainer Video produced.

1. Finalize your script before the animation process starts

In the video production process, animation is done on the basis of the script. Once the animation is completed and the final video produced, altering the script would only deteriorate the video quality. This is because, correspondingly, animation would also have to be altered, requiring that part to be made from the scratch. The altered part may then appear like a patch and break the flow of the video, thereby reducing its overall quality. Therefore, it is important to finalize the script before giving it for animation.

2. Specify the minutest of details, right at the beginning

It is advised that even the minutest of details, like color specifications, logo details (where and when to place in the video) etc., are given right at the beginning of the production process. Any redoing /

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5 Reasons Why Product Design Requires 3D Modeling

Posted on March 21, 2016 By

Product designing is an integral phase of any industry. In this phase, designers get to represent their spectacular ideas to the prospective clients and manufacturers. Helping designers in this phase is state-of-the-art method popularly known as 3D modeling. Thanks to the proliferation of animation industry, designers now have multifunctional tools at their disposal that help them to present their designs in a vivid way. Showcasing your products in 3D forms can turn out to be absolutely stunning.

However, if this reason is not good enough for you, then here are five strong reasons that clarify why product designing is in dire need of 3D modeling.

#1 Create Rapid Prototypes

Creating rapid prototypes of products becomes easy with 3D modeling. Often 3D models prove to be beneficial to evaluate certain crucial factors including product details, its manufacturing costs, and designing concept. 3D models of product prototypes can be created either from a handmade drawing or even from a 2D sketch. However, leverage of 3D modeling lies in its ability in allowing designers to create and refine their designs without much hassle.

#2 Get 360-Degree View

The convenience of demonstrating a model from different

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Four Ways Storyboards Facilitate the Animation Process

Posted on March 17, 2016 By

No animated production can be completed successfully without the use of storyboards. A staple of animation, they have existed since the early 1930s, when Walt Disney implemented them during the development of its films. Since then, they have become an indispensable tool in virtually every animation company, because they enable animation creators to visualize a storyline, determine the sequence of events, choose production details, and save time and money. Following are just a few of the ways in which storyboards and animatics contribute to the success of any animation production.

Storyboards facilitate brainstorming and creativity.

Storyboards are a series of sketches that outline each of the scenes in an animated project. They include information such as which characters and objects populate the scene, which camera angles are being used, what movement is occurring, what dialogue is being spoken, and whatever other material may be useful. Animatics are storyboards to which have been added pieces of animation, movement, and sound to further indicate how the final product will look.

Because storyboards present the details of each scene visually, they are an especially valuable tool for facilitating brainstorming and encouraging creativity. As animators view the project coming

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Humor in Animated Explainer Videos: Purpose and Types

Posted on March 16, 2016 By

Why Humor is Essential in Animated Explainer Videos

Unlike a ‘real’ video format, through which ‘real’ people could portray light as well as intense human emotions with equal magnificence, the animated video format could, at best, be used to imitate real human emotions, essentially in a fun & cheerful way. This is primarily so, because the default and prominent attribute of animation as a communication technique, irrespective of its purpose of use, is light-heartedness. And although animated characters could represent human beings (or human-like beings) in a video, they can’t replace them when it comes to showcasing real & deep emotions, that could charge or move the viewers. Thus, the only emotional appeal that particularly goes well with animated video-communication technique is humor.

The biggest advantage of using a character animated explainer video for communication is that it lets you present a visualization of your complex concept with the help of one or more personified characters. Since these characters are hand-drawn by a storyboard artist and could represent any imaginable (real/unreal, tangible/intangible) entity, there is an endless scope for creating unique character representations that are funny and lovable.

Also, since animation has motion and

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How Animated Cartoons Bring Characters to Life

Posted on March 14, 2016 By

Animated cartoons are successful in large part because of their ability to create an emotional connection between the viewers and the cartoon characters. The personalities, faults, and quirks that these cartoons weave into their characters make those characters winsome and engaging. In the hands of a skilled animator, even machines, animals, and household objects become characters with whom viewers can connect. There are many reasons that animated cartoons are so effective at bringing characters to life. Following are a few of these reasons.

Animated cartoons visually depict personalities.

In non-animated productions, the characters’ realism and appeal rely mostly upon the dialogue and upon the actors’ ability to capture the personalities described within the script. In animated cartoons, the cartoon studio often creates this realism and appeal through the appearance of the characters. That is, the studio uses the appearance of the characters and the details in the scenes around them to express the characters’ personalities and foibles.

For instance, in some cases, soft, curved lines may be used to represent the gentleness (or even weakness) of a character. Small background details may give clues to the character’s personality. Other details, such as the shape of

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The Need For Animation Character Modelling

Posted on February 26, 2016 By

3D animation is the latest trend in the market with every one trying to get the best and dazzling effect to give their final product that “wow” feel- which viewers like to see. But the art of 3D animation is an all-encompassing one which is determined by many factors.

One of those factors is character modelling. Simply put, it is the process of creating your character in a 3D space using software. It may seem like a simple and meaningless task but involves a lot of technical knowledge and detailing. A sound understanding of human anatomy is required apart from the knowledge of the software that you use to make it. Arms, legs and head should be made to proper proportion to each other to make the character look believable.

After this step, the character modelling artist adds texture or color to his model to give it a finished look. The textures and color should look real or as prescribed by the designated look for the character by the client. This is a crucial step, the artist needs to understand the effects of different textures and lighting and their effect on the overall composition of things.

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Weekly Review: Top 3 Anime Series

Posted on February 23, 2016 By

#3 – Neon Genesis Evangelion

You know how they say you never forget your first time? Well that applies to me with this anime; Neon Genesis Evangelion was the first anime series that I ever really got into. The show had an addicting combination of action, drama, and suspense. I had to keep watching in order to find out what would happen to the characters that I had come to be attached to. The series did a fantastic job at progressing the characters throughout the series, especially through the rough moments. As a viewer, I felt for the main characters as they went through the challenges that the story put them through.

If you haven’t ever heard of Evangelion, it’s a pretty awesome show, though very depressing in the end. The basis is the world is recovering from a global catastrophe known as second impact, and according to sacred documents known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, powerful creatures known as angels are going to be coming to attack. A military organization known as NERV takes the front in the defense of mankind. Their weapon? Mysterious, yet powerful, humanoid robots known as the evangelion, or eva for

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What Is the Role of Animatronics?

Posted on February 22, 2016 By

Animatronics is a process of building mechanized puppets or full-size costumes that resemble animals, dinosaurs, or other imaginary creatures, and made to look quite lifelike. The idea behind animatronics was first created by Disney Studios back in the 1950s for use in some of their early films. Plus, it is possible to combine the mechanized movements with other special effects in an attempt to create the more convincing look and a greater level of realism.

In addition to using this technology in the film studios it is a common sight in many of the popular theme or amusement parks, which many feature birds or other creatures in special shows to entertain guests.

What features are involved?

Animatronics can vary significantly with basic to very complex designs. The most basic animatronics are built with basic sound recording features and have the ability to make one or two simple movements. For the more advanced designs it is possible to include software that can complete specific moves, and can even be remotely controlled. On the most complex designs the engineers will create the costumes using the latest special effects technology that includes realistic skin, highly flexible joints, and

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5 Tips for Creating an Effective Whiteboard Animation

Posted on February 21, 2016 By

Whiteboard animations require many innovative ideas, careful decisions and gutsy implementations. Developing a script and the entire pre-production planning stage before the creation of any type of creative work is one of the most important things that one must ensure to work on. Below are a few important tips for an effective whiteboard animation. These tips will enable you to create a great impression in the minds of your audiences and fans.

1. A great script is a must

As far as whiteboard animations are concerned, an average script will not do much favor to you. You need a great script and a one that can help you to create a major impression in the minds of the people or your audiences to keep it simple. Your story must be bought to life in an extraordinary manner.

2. Having a believable flow

Just like it happens in real life, your whiteboard animation should have a story line that is quite distinct in the middle, beginning as well as ending. This means that the videos should be short in order to keep the attention of the audiences. Your story must be told in such a

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