vrijdag 25 juni 2010

dinsdag 22 juni 2010

The Final presentation

On Wednesday 23 june we meet in Room M. Please bring your projects and we aim to show all the animatons on the beam starting around 9.30 am.

Looking forward!!!

Scaling your composition

Hi everyone, a quick point raised by Doris. She asked me why her animation when exported is not sharp. Looking at her .fla I think this is the problem:

This is the overview of her stage in Flash at 100%, that is 640x480 pixels. My first impression is that the girl and the windows (with fish swimming behind) of the main building have jagged lines making it look not good.

Then I zoom in:
And opla'! the girl and the windows are now nice and sharp. This happens when big bitmaps, jpgs, are imported in Flash and then scaled down too much to fit your composition. My solution would be: make a .jpg of of the girl (so you can keep your nice textures) but make the outlines in Illustrator.
You can then import your vector lines, you can just copy-paste from Illustrator directly into Flash, and separately import your jpg. In Flash, put the line on top of the .jpg, and convert them both, F8, into one graphic symbol, that you can reuse in your scenes.
Doris, hope it helps, thanks for your question and veel succes!

Is also a good idea to do a test and see how thin your lines are when scaled down in Flash. Sometimes you have to thicken the line a bit to make the line more fluent.

maandag 21 juni 2010

Hi everyone, hope you are all 'lekker bezig', nice at work, on your animated projects. I received an SOS email from Benine regarding problems with a walkcycle animation she was working on.
I immediately saw the problem: all of her nice graphics imported from Illustrator have been put on the timeline but she did not turn them into a graphic symbol by pressing the shortcut F8. As a result she has an endless list of 'Tweens' in her library, see above. Ouch.

This can be very time consuming to rectify because she had nicely prepared her walk positions and only at the moment of converting to motion tweens, did she realised that her animation was not working.

So, here are a couple of tips to make sure you don't waist your precious time and get the results you are aiming for:
1) once you have all your body parts in separate layers, 1 graphic per layer, convert each one of them into a graphic, and name it.

Once you have converted them all into graphic symbols select with your cursor on the timeline your keyframe and alt + drag your keyframes, or right click and select 'copy keyframes' and 'paste keyframes' to the next position.
Once all of your keyframes are in the right position on the timeline, slect your keyframes with the cursor and right click 'create classic tweens'.

If you need to shorten or lengthen your animation, select with the cursor in between keyframes and press F5, add keyframes, or Shift F5, to remove keyframes. Want to add an extra keyframe? press F6. Want to remove a keyframe, right click the keyframe on the timeline and select 'Clear keyframe. Want to insert an empty keyframe on the timeline, select your keyframe and press F7.

Any questions? you know where to find me! :)

Benine, here you can find your flash file that I adjusted, hope you don't mind sharing your questions with the group!

zondag 20 juni 2010

Color difference between monitors

Hey guys,

After doing everything on my laptop I am surprised to find out that if you look at my movie on a different screen, the colors look really ugly.
-Is there a way to prevent this?
( I used web colors, thinking they would probably be the same anywhere.)
-Can I adjust it in After effects?

help :s

vrijdag 18 juni 2010

vrijdag 11 juni 2010

My first two scenes
+ one work in progress: advice is nice.
how about colors?
Should I stick with the blue?
Yellow is for the sunrise...
I still need to make nice reflection effects.
The crane will be blurry for more depth.

donderdag 10 juni 2010

a try out with trees

background clean

the tree died 2

first 5 scenes

These are my first five scenes so far.
I have been editing the music for intensity.
Only problem is: This file is already 40mb

woensdag 9 juni 2010

import audio in After Effects

Hi everyone, just a quick note to thank you for the productive day and the super good visuals you are producing. We are at the point where you have reached a high level of design, and now is your mission to give justice to your visuals and push it through the final stages of production, which will dictate how your final movie will be seen. If this was the Giro di Italia, you're climbing the last hill, or mountain, before you get to ride downhill in full speed to the finish ;).
I post above a screenshot from After Effects with just some notes about importing sound and making a simple transition, for some reason today in class the 'audio levels' option was not visible. Some of you may find that adding sound in After effects and layer it on top of your final movie/s may be the way to go as the final step bfore rendering your movie. Ok, so stay cool, plan ahead, and who need to sleep anyway right? :)

dinsdag 8 juni 2010

the tree died

Characters and backgrounds

The ones in black & white still need to be colored :)