Applying Digital Animation

Often times there are things we learn and wonder when we will ever need the knowledge. Taking Digital Animation this semester was something I opted to do because I thought it would be fun, as well as it being a requirement for my degree program in Visual Arts. Not to mention, my focus has always been on the studio arts aspect of the program. I love to paint with oils and acrylic on a nice heavy canvas. But, I digress, and as far as Digital Animation is concerned, I was right. It is fun. Albeit very demanding, and very difficult to learn. I have spent a great deal of time trying to decipher the nuances of the Adobe Animation CC software. There are so many conceptual aspects that just seem to elude me. I have yet to grasp how masking works for instance, and adjusting motion tweens is still something I have yet to figure out how to do in a seamless fashion. So, I end up doing things the hard way, with frame by frame manipulation, a lot of adjusting back and forth, adding and deleting frames and sometimes entire tweens, forcing me to start the whole sequence from scratch. Furthermore, my lack of technical skill makes my animations a little choppy as well as time consuming to produce. Compounded by the fact that I am doing all of this while trying to learn Macbooks iOS (something I have never used before until this semester, when I bought one because all my creative friends said I needed it if I wanted to do digital stuff, as well as needing iMovie specifically for another class.)

One thing I seem to have gained a pretty good grasp of however, is text effects. This is where the knowledge I have acquired thus far has actually come in pretty handy. Not for Digital Animation, but for that other class. Digital Storytelling. Digital Storytelling is all about the editing and production of film, and one thing every film needs is a Title scene and ending credits. Sure, most editing software, like iMovie (the software we are using for the course), have built in effects and pages to cover the basics, but…, what if the idea in your head does not come with the software you are using…? Enter Adobe Animation CC…! I have found you can create the effects you want through Adobe, export it as a .mov or MPEG4 and import it into iMovie as a video clip. You can then use the iMovie software to manipulate, split and edit the opening and closing scenes as you see fit. Upside to this method, I get exactly what I want AND I gain more experience using Adobe. Downside, as I said, I have yet to figure out all the nuances of Adobe, so it takes me a very long time to do. Give and take I guess, but all experience, even failures, are good experience and I don’t consider this a failure….

Author: jggregoryStudios

Undergraduate Student Westchester Community College- Visual Arts

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