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Any free digital animating programs?

:icondragonnerd445:
Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Digital Artist
I've heard of Animategif but I was looking for a few others to test out before I made my mind up. I've been using WMM for animations but you can't save them into a usable format. :faint:

Thanks.
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:iconwezenbeesje:
wezenbeesje Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Animaki. But it's for pixel animations.
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:iconshadowyeclipse:
ShadowyEclipse Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Blender is a pain in the ass, but your best bet for free.
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:iconafter--life:
After--Life Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Blender???
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:icontremlin:
Tremlin Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
You can get Autodesk Maya for free from a certain website (I forget the name, so you'll have to dig around ^^', but they offer it to art students for free) but you can't use it without an education >> I've tried, even with tutorials it's pretty much impossible; literally a foreign language xD" Unfortunately, all of the really nice ones are super complicated like that XD"
Pencil is a nice little 2D program. It works for simple animations, and with practice can make some decent anime style stuff. It's free: [link] Hope that helps :)
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:icondragonnerd445:
Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Hey, does Pencil work on Windows 7? I only see XP and Vista listed. :o
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:icontremlin:
Tremlin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, the Windows XP link under downloads works for all windows (except maybe the new one) :)
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:icondragonnerd445:
Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Okay, so it would still work even with Windows 7?
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:icontremlin:
Tremlin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm pretty sure, it's been a while since I downloaded it but I think that's the link I used xD
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:iconshadowyeclipse:
ShadowyEclipse Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
In fact, Maya is very, very simple. Much more simple than Blender.

Coming from someone who has used both.
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:icontremlin:
Tremlin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, I'm sure with more practice I could figure it out, but I'm fairly new to it now and I know I would benefit from an instructor. It seems very complicated when you've never seen something like it before xD

I'm no expert on this by any means, just sharing what I know xD
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:iconshadowyeclipse:
ShadowyEclipse Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I'm self-taught, but that's just me.

Whatever floats the titanic.
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:iconrealitybunny:
realitybunny Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
But you have to be a genius to understand its simplicity.
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:iconshadowyeclipse:
ShadowyEclipse Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That sounds like an oxymoron.

Both programs are for different people. I've used Blender, and it was a decent stepping stone into better, more powerful programs like Maya. I have no idea what Blender can do now, as I used to use a very old version, but Maya is a very effective 3D program that can let you do nearly any trick in the industry if you know how. Simulates water, hair particles, etc.
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HMontes Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Free Flash animation program: Vectorian Giotto [link]

Free 2D animation drawing program: Plastic Animation Paper [link]
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:iconnarutokunobessed:
narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
A pencil and paper. The freeist you can get with animating
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:iconfluffpuffgerbil:
fluffpuffgerbil Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like Pencil. =) It's free, easy to understand....

It works well to draw your frames in another art program and just transfer them into Pencil(a bit time consuming... but animation is anyway) or you can just draw with Pencil which is another option.
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:icondragonnerd445:
Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Does Pencil work with Windows 7?
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:iconfluffpuffgerbil:
fluffpuffgerbil Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep. =) That's what I got!
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:icondragonnerd445:
Dragonnerd445 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Digital Artist
So which version should I download? The version for XP?
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:iconfluffpuffgerbil:
fluffpuffgerbil Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Umh... I think that's the one I downloaded... I can't quite remember since it's been so long. but if your choices are Mac or Windows, go with whatever Windows version
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