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Anime Studio Debut 11Animation for Everyone
Anime Studio Debut 11
Animation for Everyone
Smith Micro software has just released their newest version of Anime Studio Debut. It is an amazingly robust piece of software for the beginner or hobbiest animator. Although Anime Studio Debut is priced for the beginner, the new feature set has tools that will allow you to create professional looking animations.
Anime Studio Debut is the 'baby brother' to the bigger, and more fully featured Anime Studio Pro. As the name of the 'big sister' version suggests by including 'PRO' in the application's name, there are many more features in the Pro version, but anyone looking to start creating animations on their computer should not rule out the power of Anime Studio Debut 11.
In Version 11, Anime Studio Debut allows you to easily organize your library with more options. While it is a seemly small feature, any application with as many possible details as a Anime Studio Debut needs to conform to the way *you* work (especially as a beginner). Plus, Smith Micro will load up your library with characters, backgrounds, and more - so you can get to animating right away.
But if you're interested in creating your own illustrations in Debut 11, the new brush settings provide an opportunity to make an endless supply of unique brushes. The properties of the brushes can conform to what you want.
Introduced in the previous version of Anime Studio Debut, Smith Micro included a great feature called 'BEGINNER'S MODE'. Although this is a layout that you can toggle back and forth, it allows you to get a quick view of the most important basic tools in the application.
Additionally, in the previous version of Anime Studio Debut, there was a new feature for creating a character, aptly named 'CHARACTER WIZARD'. The Character Wizard is especially helpful for new animators. It creates a template character that can be edited by simply dragging sliders to modify properties of the character. This will allow you to focus on animating rather than getting hung up on the technical process of setting up a rig.
HOWEVER - If you're already comfortable with some of the technical aspects of software, Anime Studio Debut 11 also allows
As with some of Smith Micro's other creative software offerings, there is additional content that you can download to use in your project.
Whether you like to use tweened animation, frame to frame, or bone animation, Anime Studio Debut is a fantastic place to start your journey into computer animation.
Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles. In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design. When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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