“Digital Video, the makers of TOONZ, and DWANGO, a Japanese publisher, announced today they have signed an agreement for the acquisition by Dwango of Toonz, an animation software which was independently developed by Digital Video (Rome, Italy).
Digital Video and Dwango agreed to close the deal under the condition Dwango will publish and develop an Open Source platform based on Toonz (OpenToonz). Effective Saturday March 26, the TOONZ Studio Ghibli Version will be made available to the animation community as a free download.” – Toonz Premium Animation Software
OpenToonz will include features developed by Studio Ghibli (*Toonz Ghibli Edition) which has been a long time Toonz user. Through OpenToonz, Dwango will create a platform that will aim to have research labs and the animated film industry actively cooperating with each other.
“As an editor, most of my day is spent inside of Avid Media Composer, but occasionally I will get to turn on my Spotify, groove to the music and crank out some Adobe After Effects or Maxon Cinema 4D work. Over the years I’ve found some shortcuts within After Effects that make my job easier, and I wanted to share five of my favorites… from an editor’s perspective.
Double Click in the project window to import an asset
When importing assets into an Adobe After Effects project I often see people do the archaic: File > Import. Instead, if you just double click in the Project Window you will save yourself a few steps. Simple, but I see it all the time.
Tilde key (`) to make full screen
Another shortcut that a lot of artists surprisingly don’t know about is the ability to quickly make any pane inside of After Effects full screen. When hovering over a window pane, like your composition timeline, hit the Tilde key (`) to make it go full screen. One workflow I typically use in a two monitor scenario is to put the Composition output monitor on one monitor at almost full screen all the time and the other panes on the other monitor, this way when I want a full screen timeline (by hovering over the timeline pane and hitting the Tilde key (`) I can still see my output at full screen.
Scaling keyframes evenly when lengthening an effect by holding Option
If you’ve ever been at a point where a client says, ‘I love everything you’ve done but I would like it four frames longer,” you may want to run into a wall, unless you know that highlighting all the keyframes you want to extend and holding Option while clicking and dragging the last keyframe will evenly scale all keyframes. This won’t always save your butt, but sometimes it will save you hours of work.
Viewing Waveforms in the timeline by clicking the layer and hitting ‘LL (L – 2 times)’
Just as it says, if you want to easily view a waveform to sync up an animation, hit the L button two times quickly while having the layer selected and they will pop up.
Enabling Guide Layers
This shortcut is more for broadcast folks who often need to be aware of placement of text and graphics for network deliverable specs. If you have a layer that you want to see most of the time but don’t want it to render out when it comes time to export, simply click Layer > Guide Layer. This is will save you tons of time from enabling and disabling that eyeball each time you want to see if your amazing graphic will be hit by sneaky networks teases during your show. This is also very helpful when a client wants to recreate graphics and somehow doesn’t have the After Effects file.” – Brady Betzel | Post Perspective
“MAXON CINEMA 4D is one of the leading 3D software packages used today to create stunning 3D motion graphics, product visualizations, video game assets, and much more. It provides an intuitive, user-friendly interface and set of tools for 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, and rendering. After Effects CC now includes a Lite version of CINEMA 4D that can advance your skill sets in motion graphics and visual effects in a new dimension.
How can CINEMA 4D do this? After Effects provides limited 3D capabilities. In fact, After Effects has supported 2.5D in several versions. This acts as a hybrid between the 2D and 3D worlds. In After Effects you place a 2D object in 3D space by turning on its layer’s 3D switch. Even though the layer can now be positioned and rotated in 3D space, it still remains a flat 2D object (below).” – MasteringFilm
“The first step in a 3D modeling workflow is the creation of a model. Basically, a model is a collection of 3D objects arranged together in a scene. CINEMA 4D provides a set of objects to start the 3D modeling process. In this exercise you will build 3D text using a spline object and a NURB generator.
Splines are vertices (dots) connected by lines in 3D space. A spline has no three-dimensional depth, but with the combination of NURBS you can create complex 3D objects. NURBS are generators. Common types of NURBS are extrude, lathe, loft, and sweep. For this exercise, you will use an extruded NURB. An extruded NURB takes a two-dimensional spline – a letter form – and extends the shape along a path creating a solid object.” – MasteringFilm
Cinema 4D and After Effects Interaction: Exploring Cineware
“My name is Dorian Heller and I’m Seattle-based motion designer and visual fx artist. I’ve done work for Microsoft and several other companies with deadline driven deliverables. Therefore, it’s imperative for my work to look professional and also be efficient. This can mean looking at tools in my freetime that speed up my workflow and give me more creative choices. In this series of articles, I’ll talk more about the interaction of Cinema 4D and After Effects, and also industry news related to both softwares.
Learning 3D is an intriguing prospect, but it can sometimes be hard to implement and can be difficult to use in a modern workflow. Cinema 4D and After Effects are two great applications that recently became the best pipeline of getting 3D assets into After Effects.
Cineware is an effect in After Effects that imports Cinema 4D files (.c4d) directly into After Effects. This means that you can get real 3D objects into After Effects. 3D can be a grueling (if not daunting) to use; especially with all of its technological intricacies. Prior to Cineware, rendering images out of Cinema 4D was not just a pain with tons of files, if there were any changes that needed to be made, you had to go back and re-render everything. Cineware takes this process, and not only converts it to two files, a .aep, and .c4d, but also helps us make our creative decisions faster. You no longer have to render out many passes and then manually insert them into your timeline. Cineware makes 3D inside of After Effects a lot easier.
Cineware comes free with a subscription to the Creative Cloud from Adobe. When you download After Effects, you will also be downloading Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware. With Cinema 4D Lite, the only way to launch the software is through After Effects. If you have a premade Cinema 4D file, you can load that directly into After Effects, like you would any footage, photoshop files, or any other asset you may have. Once it’s loaded in, and you put it into it’s own composition, it will automatically have the Cineware effect placed on it. Cineware is actually using the Cinema 4D renderer inside of After Effects to show you real 3D depth.
In addition to Cineware, Maxon also released Cinema 4D Lite, (which is included with a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud). Cinema 4D Lite, has everything the full versions have with the exception of a few more advanced features. This integration between Cinema 4D and After Effects saves you time and creates an easier bridge from the 3D world and After Effects.
Now I’d like to show you Cineware 2.0 in a real world project. I have an example logo in a Photoshop file I created and I’m going to incorporate them into a 3D stylized logo, and then bring those assets into After Effects for compositing.” – Dorian Heller