2D animation suggestions?


#1

I know somebody here has got to be able to help me with this.

I need to find a software program that will run on Mac or Linux, which will let me create simple 2D animations. This is for including some titles and illustrative examples in a video series I’m doing, so basically, this kind of thing:

Flash would probably be ideal, but fuck Flash with a pointy stick. I’d prefer something freeware, but would be wiling to spend maybe up to $50 to get something that works.

I really need something simple. I’ve got enough on my plate as it is, and I really don’t have time to master something with a steep learning curve.

Any suggestions?


#2

I’ve tried a lot of different software trying to find something in this category (though I haven’t spent any money on it). The one I’ve found that works and doesn’t have an excessively steep learning curve is Tupi.

I made this in about ten minutes (not counting the time I needed to remember how to tell GIMP to turn the pile of files into a GIF) even though I didn’t get very far into learning Tupi at all.


#3

Yeah, I was looking at that one. My main concern was the time it takes to work individual frames to get the animation smooth enough. (I mean, I could probably do that kind of thing in Inkscape)

I seem to remember that Flash had a way to automate some stuff- Where you could say draw a path and specify a timeframe, and it would move your object from point A to point B at that pace.

Or is this pretty much the best I’m going to be able to do for freeware?


#4

You can tween and do other advanced stuff with Tupi, I’m just horrible at it and worse at describing how to use it. :sweat:

In terms of “free with low learning curve” and “definitely works on Linux and Mac,” it may be as good as it gets.

With a way steeper learning curve, OpenToonz is definitely better.


#5

You might look at Synfig Studio. I don’t have anything to say for it either way, but I played with it for a few minutes once upon a time.


#6

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