Synfig Studio Open Source Animation Software

This week the Mayor’s Assistant of my city’s municipality asked to me assist them in doing a “Twas The Night Before Christmas” animation as the Mayor reads the story for the Christmas Holidays.  I am completely unfamiliar with this story but took on the challenge anyway.  I thought about using Adobe & Apples products for the this task but I decided to go another route.  I am a big supporter of open source software and I came across this software called Synfig Studio.  I am by no means a cartoonist or animator by trade.  I will get the basics of this software within the next week.  I will be using Gimp to do all if any cut out to do a composite overlay with the Mayor.

The basis of the software is to allow you draw a vector base character and animate its vector splines Data along a timeline. You can also scan a graphic or texture into the computer and animate it.  To create some depth for the project, I will bring in static backgrounds in to Blender as 3D plane objects.  Then I will composite all the data assets in to Blender’s Node Compositor and finish the grading in Blender’s VSE (Video Sequence Editor).  I will have to match the lighting setup of the mayor to make it somewhat believable. I hope can put this off in 2.5 months.

I will be using my Sampltude ProX for for all post audio work.

Some SynFig Screen Shots

Synfig-Studio3

synfigstudio

Synfig_02

Sample of Blender’s 3D Space and Sample composite for a scratch concept.  I will keep you informed as progress is being made.

santa_sky

santa_sky

santa_sky_comp

santa_sky_comp

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Reaper Audio Used For Post Audio

I have created this promo for a B2B magazine sometime back for a publishing company called Penton Media.  I wanted to share it with you.  I did all the 3D animation in Blender3D, edited it in Editshare’s Lightworks, scored the music in Propellerheads Reason, and completed the VO & sound design post work in Reaper Audio.

I often use Reaper DAW because some clients just want a quick WEBM file uploaded for instant distribution.  Reaper is the only DAW that I know of that has this format integrated.  See images below.

Reaper-WEBM_Format

The photo below is just screen capture of the post audio work.

Reaper_Post_Audio-PentonMedia

Below is the render video

Screenwriter’s Web Links

I wanted to share some screenwriter’s resource links that I subscribe to and others friends of mine shared with me.

http://www.screenwriting.com/
http://www.writersstore.com/
http://www.atlscript.org/
http://www.screenwritingpro.com/about-software-and-team
http://www.scriptmag.com/
http://www.absolutewrite.com/screenwriting/protecting.htm
http://www.theworkingscreenwriter2.blogspot.com/
http://www.npr.org/2011/07/05/137617840/you-too-can-be-a-successful-screenwriter

Open Source Music & Post Audio Software

Here are some apps that are cross platform such as Mac, Linux and PC.  I has use these apps on several occasions and I feel that they can come in handy at some point.  Ardour is equivalent to Samplitude, Sequoia, Protools, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Logic Audio and SonarX2/3 on the Linux platform.  It also runs on Mac.  I don’t know when the PC version will be available.  Since Linux OS takes up very little CPU, you can build a powerful workstation and create to your heart’s content.

Ardour_012-large

Ardour_012-large

ardour_post

ardour_post

ardour3shot

ardour3shot

roguelike-ardour

roguelike-ardour

Audacity is an cross platform app to that allows you use VST audio plugins.

Audacity_Mastering

Audacity_Mastering

Audacity- 2 track

Audacity- 2 track

Audacity Multitrack

Audacity Multitrack