*** Best software for animation??? ***

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  1. jonesn

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    I need to create a very simple animation (with audio) and put it on a DVD. Any recommendations on which software to get?
     
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    HyperCard. HyperStudio if you want to get really fancy (like color and stuff).
     
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    Depends on the type of animation.

    Cartoonish animation? Toonz.

    Web animation? Flash.

    Real computer animation? Maya is the most powerful, but 3D Studio Max is the easiest to use, and would be fine for what you want to do, probably.

    Of course, all of the above are expensive, with Flash being the least expensive.
     
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    So, could I use Flash to make the full screen animation and then put it on DVD? I need the DVD to have chapters that I can pick.
     
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    Der SchattenJager Kupo, asshat.

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    It would help to explain exactly what the project is.

    I'm pretty sure you can use flash on DVDs, though. The chapters are done in the DVD authoring software.

    But if you told me what you were doing (like exactly what kind of animation it is and what it's for) I can help you better.
     
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    Sure. Full screen, short animations of images that flash on and off on a black background. 5 chapters, each slightly different in terms of timing the flashes. Its for a research experiment.

    From what I've heard so far, all I need is Flash and a DVD/CD program.
     
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    Hell, if it's simple enough, you could probably do it all in the DVD authoring program like DVD Studio Pro.
     
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    Isn't that on Mac? I have a PC.
     
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    There are other DVD authoring programs out there that can do it for both platforms, I was just giving an example.
     
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    One more question: there's actually only two frames in the entire animation/video, one being just a black screen and the other with a simple circle on it. What's the cheapest way to make those simple frames and the cheapest way to put them on DVD?

    The DVD animation makes sounds too, but I can do that with any of those programs, right?
     
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    So it's just a black screen, with images (I assume photographs?) popping up?

    If it were me, I would use AfterEffects, as it imports the easiest into a DVD project (you can make video files with it), and it doesn't sound like you're using a lot of animation.
     
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    Yeah, I checked out that program, and it looks right. Would it just be cheaper for me to pay someone with all the equipment/software to do this? I have no use for the software afterwords, that's why I ask.
     

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