you can fly!? TheBest3D.com likes and highly recommends this tool as a companion to PD Howler / PD Artist:

 
Anime Studio - aka MoHo

fornerly known as MoHo ..... and now again known as Moho

 
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We love good Software!

Moho is GREAT Software!



You can in fact teach an old dog new tricks.
Moho is back.






The 3D Companion:

Fast 3D sketching, colormap, bumpmap and displacement map painting and digital & sculpting:
Curvy 3D
the fun & intuitive way to sculpt!

...it's not modeling, it's better:
It's liberal sculpting!
Great for Fantasy Art, Concept Art & 3D Design, making 3D props, ...


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Overview   -   Tutorials   -   Sales

Created by LostMarble, http://www.lostmarble.com/ in New Zealand, now distributed under the name of Anime Studio by Smith Micro (after they acquired eFrontier), this is really great software for animators. It's especially great as a companion to Project Dogwaffle.


Sample animation created in Anime Studio 5.6, animated
background sky and tall grass waving in the wind imported from PD Pro.


Don't let the name fool you - Animestudio is not only for Anime artists. This is a very complete and powerful full fledged 2D animation tool. It renders to Quicktime, Avi and Flash.
  • vector-based drawing tools
  • animation with keyframes
  • audio tracks
  • animation of shape's control points
  • bone rigging (!) for posing and insanely cool animation, even on single images! great for phenomenal morphing transforms too!
  • layers for raster image animations - great support for foliage created in Dogwaffle!
  • image layers can also contain animations (Avi for example). Great to load a looping background animation created in Dogwaffle, such as looping sky with clouds. See tutorials.
  • Pro version: also supports 3D layers (they did years before PS CS3 came around with 3D layers!)
  • a well-done allround solution for very tiny budgets. The Debut version is around $50-$60 and the Pro version under $200
  • We recommend you order yours here, with additional discounts through Purplus. Free shipping in the US for the Pro version (or any orders totalling up to over $50)
  • LUA Scripting (!) for automation. LUA also used in Project Dogwaffle to make your own special FX filters

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Example of animation:
PD Pro foregrounds and backgrounds rendered into Moho





Here's a short list of features and benefits from the Pro and Debut descriptions pages at Purplus:

The Complete Professional Animation Solution
Anime Studio Pro is perfect for professionals looking for a more efficient alternative to tedious frame-by-frame detailing when creating high quality animation.

  • Create Professional Animations - With powerful vector based drawing tools and the ability to import scanned drawings and images, you can create your own characters and objects in Anime Studio Pro 6.
  • Integrated Lip Synching - Lip-synching is now possible with the integration of the powerful AST Production Synch libraries, giving you versatility and accurate lip and mouth movements.
  • Unlimited Professional Output - Output to formats including NTSC/PAL D1/DV Standard and Widescreen; HDV and HDTV 780p and 1080p; AVI, MOV, Flash and more.
  • Powerful Animation and Creation Tools - Improved bone-rigging and drawing tools make character creation and animation easier than ever. Auto weld and path close features; vastly improved text and Adobe® Illustrator® import, and new vector-based drawing tools are just some of the time saving features.
  • Advanced Compositing - Anime Studio’s new sequencer makes it easy to visually arrange and edit all project components. Add multiple soundtracks and sound effects, composite video, images and animation and pan audio.

  • NEW! User interface makes animating your creative vision easier than ever
  • NEW! Anime Studio’s Sequencer gives you the ability to easily combine Video and audio, with animation
  • NEW! Quickly make characters talk with built in Lip-Synching
  • NEW! Upload your creations directly to YouTube from within Anime Studio
  • NEW! Motion Tracking allows you to attach objects to specific points in a video clip
  • NEW! Improved drawing tools make creating original artwork a snap
  • NEW! Audio Panning moves playback of the audio source back and forth from the left to right speakers
  • NEW! Auto Shading creates realistic shading based on lines and object contrast within each layer
  • Import layered Photoshop® documents
  • Pen tablet support lets you draw naturally with a pen tablet and recreate the sensation of drawing on paper
  • Special effects like motion blur and shadows
  • Customize functionality with LUA scripts

Anime Studio 6 - DEBUT edition:

Complete Animation for Digital Artists
The fun, quick and affordable way to create animations, Anime Studio is the ideal solution for first time animators, hobbyists and digital enthusiasts.

Create and Import Content
Create your own art using intuitive vector-based draw, paint and fill tools. Easily import artwork from popular graphics programs and use pre-built content to get started fast!

Bone Rigging Saves Time
Point-and-click to attach bones to your characters for easy manipulation and reduce production time over traditional frame-by-frame animation.

Advanced Timeline Control
Inverse Kinematics moves your character naturally between keyframes for smooth animations. Add sound, special effects, and preview in real time with multiple layers to edit your animation.

Share Everywhere
Export your creations to the most popular web and video formats supported by FaceBook and MySpace, or upload your animation directly to YouTube from within Anime Studio.

  • NEW! User interface makes animating your creative vision easier than ever
  • NEW! Anime Studio’s Sequencer gives you the ability to easily combine Video and audio, with animation
  • NEW! Upload your creations directly to YouTube from within Anime Studio
  • NEW! Improved drawing tools make creating original artwork a snap
  • NEW! Quickly make characters talk with built in Lip-Synching
  • Includes lots of ready-to-use content such as characters, actions words and props
  • Import Quicktime or AVI video
  • Import layered Photoshop® documents
  • Pen tablet support lets you draw naturally with a pen tablet and recreate the sensation of drawing on paper
  • Incorporate audio files such as WAV or AIFF
  • Built-in tutorials and sample files get you up and running quickly
  • Special effects like motion blur and shadows
  • Export SWF, AVI, MOV, plus image sequences for the web, short or full length films
  • Render up to 720x720 resolution
  • Track, zoom, roll, pan, and tilt the camera











More:
LostMarble.com
Moho main page
Discussion forum
Examples:
Dwayne Jensen DOTM:
Tutorials
Classes by Dr. Eddie at Electic Academy:
- Anime Studio 5
- Anime Studio Pro 6
Animated Backgrounds





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