ALAN BECKER – Freeware Alternatives to Adobe Flash


This video goes into detail about several animation programs that don’t cost any money at all, To use as an alternative to Adobe Flash Which does cost money to use legally. I’ll be comparing them to Flash and giving my personal review of each of them. First we have Synfig Studio Synfig is a 2d animation program that focuses on cutout style animation, using the bone tool. There are actually some people that manage to make a whole short film using this software, and other open-source software So it’s definitely a powerful program. There’s a whole online course available, on their website, for a donation of $1, or more, to learn about all the features If you’re looking to do frame by frame animation though, this program is not the best choice for you Which they actually say themselves at the bottom of the page. Next we have Wick Editor. Wick Editor is actually an online animation program, that has all the basic features of an animation program, as well as the ability to add code into your animations and make them interactive They have a code reference page as well as some example projects So this would be a good alternative if you’re interested in making some simple flash style games Tupi 2D Magic is both an app and a desktop program. And the app has a ridiculous 4.9 stars on the app store as of now. it’s really simple and fairly easy to use and figure out and It’s nice that it gives you a large space to draw instead of crowding the space with buttons I thought there was no undo button, but it’s actually just called the eraser the desktop program is more advanced like Flash But instead of using a timeline It uses what’s called an exposure sheet, which is another way that animators organize and plan their frames It’s almost like a vertical timeline, but I did find out that you can enable a horizontal timeline view, by clicking here But it is limited because you cannot extend the length of frames And there’s no distinction to show if the keyframe is empty or not Other than that it features all the basic tools, as well as some more advanced features like tweening Although, the exposure sheet format might take some getting used to, this program could be all that you need. Animation Desk is a mobile app on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone it functions very much like a painting software With many different types of brushes to play with. The frames function like a storyboard, which can get complicated If your animation is very long. But I found it to be pretty sufficient for experimenting, and playing around with animation ,especially on the go. Here are some animations I’ve done with the app in the past. iMotion is not necessarily an alternative to Flash, but it is a cool stop motion animation app, that allows you to make some high quality stop-motion animation. You can set it to take one photo every few seconds and do some cool time lapses that way, or take photos Manually in order to plan out your animations. You can even use another device as a remote to take pictures from afar I have played around with this app a lot in the past, using both toys, and real people. One tip is to always use the onion skin, so you know what the previous frame looks like, before taking the next picture Next we have Pivot Animator Which I didn’t think to include on the list until I saw some of the animations, people have made using Pivot And how advanced they are this program has been around since 2004, and it’s last update was actually in 2016, so it’s still relevant. The main point of Pivot is being able to manipulate a stick character, by rotating its body parts around its pivot points, instead of drawing the stick figure each frame This is good If you struggle with keeping the size of your stick character consistent, from frame to frame. However, having each body parts stay the same size makes it difficult to do things like squash and stretch or give the stick figure any Kind of 3d perspective. And last but not least, is Vectorian Giotto. Vectorian Giotto is probably the closest thing to Flash, that you’ll find for free. Unfortunately the developers are no longer putting out updates to the program in fact their website is no longer running So you have to go through third-party websites to download it However, you can do most of the same things you can do in Flash like basic drawing, timeline manipulation, symbol creation, motion tweening with easing, customizable keyboard shortcuts, and so on. After using it for a bit I found a few things that made this different from Flash, that stood out to me. All brush strokes, have an outline. If you don’t want it to have an outline then you have to go to the shape panel, and Set it to none when I’m animating frame by frame in Flash I usually press F7 to make a new blank keyframe and make the next drawing Usually the blank keyframe gets put after the current frame, but in this program It pushes the current frame to the side and puts the new keyframe before it. This is annoying because in order to get around this, you have to press control period to move ahead one frame and then press F7, instead of only having to press F7. But it’s not a huge deal. One interesting built-in feature that Flash doesn’t have is a library of effects You can right-click any object and hit effect and then add And then you have a wide array of effects to choose from. Most of these effects seem good for PowerPoint presentation styled animations Though there is an actions panel so you can add ActionScript code and make games. I don’t know if it’s ActionScript 2.0 or 3.0. Another feature that is missing, as far as I know, is the graphic symbol They do have movie clip symbols, but a key difference between movie clip symbols and graphic symbols, Is that graphic symbols will play in a timeline, while movie clips do not play until you export the final product. That’s a big drawback for me. There also doesn’t seem to be any Indicator that shows when you’re inside of a symbol versus back on the main timeline But I’m getting really picky here. This program is extremely advanced for being completely free Bottom line is, if you don’t want, or need to get too advanced, Vectorian Giotto is a great free animation platform to use. Compared to all the animation alternatives to Flash, Vectorian Giotto, comes closest to having all the capabilities of Flash, But by my standards it is not a direct replacement for Flash So that is my list, and links to each of the programs are in the description. If You find this list helpful, or any of my other videos helpful, please consider giving back through Patreon. So thanks for watching, and I’ll see you guys in the next video.

100 comments

  • AlanBeckerTutorials

    NOT LISTED BUT ALSO GREAT OPTIONS:
    OpenToonz: https://opentoonz.github.io/e/
    Krita: https://krita.org/en/
    Rough Animator: http://www.roughanimator.com/
    Pencil 2D: https://www.pencil2d.org/
    StickNodes: http://sticknodes.com/
    ALSO looks like you can get Flash MX2004 legally by following this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXvZUqoNBNI
    You guys should be the ones teaching me about free alternatives, honestly

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  • Lillin

    I use flipaclip for animation and it works really good
    It's free, good quality, and many people use it
    If you want you can buy add ons but they aren't necessary

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  • Captify12

    why am i getting a virus off of pivot animator

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  • Zane Harrington

    NOOOOOOO PIVOTTTTTT YOU CANT DOWNLOAD ON MAC??!!!

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  • Electric950

    FL = AN ( icone 0:12 )

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  • Crew crew

    Pivot a copy of stick nodes

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  • Dead Channel

    Pivot has a 2019 update now

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  • Hazeq Animations

    But where is ,,Krita"?

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  • Drswag 007

    you could also animate using photoshop or if you want to save money could use Microsoft word 2016 it's my guess you could do that my graphic arts teacher said that was cheaper to use than photoshop

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  • Clarity Execution

    Hi

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  • AleeshaPM

    Thanks for the helpful video ! !

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  • Frosty nanno Evans

    I use flip a clip

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  • Potato Crash

    Why not use boom toon

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  • plush alexander

    that program look like the animation vs animater 1 https://youtu.be/BDv8KeJDEnk?t=250

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  • FatPotato

    I used Pivot. Great software

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  • Swittle

    Instead of adobe flash which does cost money… legally…

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  • TheDerpyCornDog

    Krita is the best

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  • Commingle

    Synfig looks pretty alright, I might try it

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  • Devin Gonzalez

    in this video you'll learn about alternatives to flan

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  • GMB oxer

    Uh you can do squash and stretch in pivot animator by using ctrl if you hold it you can adjust the length of the sticks

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  • I explain anime

    cant go to tubpi

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  • CGR Etylocb

    PIVOT ANIMATOR IS ADWARE

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  • DerpTeam Jack, Zeke, And Joseph

    I use Stetch.io And mobile iMovie

    I know it sucks

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  • Boi

    Flipaclip on ios and android is pretty good too, and they put out animation contests few times a year

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  • LIEW ZHENG WEI -

    The pivot animation is malware

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  • Dank Pool

    I actually used power point and i made stickmen on that..

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  • govindapuram strickers k

    Alanbecker bro….pls suggest some mobile apps also…
    I don't have a computer or laptop

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  • Rowan Films

    What about FlipaClip

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  • Movies22 by TR

    Thank you. I really like your tutorials!

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  • sea pupper

    thanks! but if u have a drawing tablet for a computer, dont get Pencil2d!! it doesn't work well at all

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  • GD Kakashi

    thank Alan

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  • craZ guy

    I use pencil 2D. It's actually quite good. it is really basic, but you can make a lot of stuff with it.
    i like to make shorts with it, Its really easy to use.

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  • The Emerald Kingdom

    Hello I am the emerald kingdom and I make cool videos if you want to subscribe please press this circle icon

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  • Max Himes

    F u

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  • flashkid wacky

    Don't worry, I will download ToonBoom and Flash… LEGALLY!

    "I PROMISE"

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  • Arribones

    Who remembers the DSI animator

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  • Yash Pal Goyal

    2:56 If developer support was not an option, I would definitely, totally recomend Stykz in place of Pivot. U can change colors, thickness, and even the length (i.e. stretch and deform) in it. It has a built-in library of buildings, letters and so many more things.

    https://youtu.be/l9lKyqCD4rU

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  • sankalp Chaudhary

    When I was 5 years old I like pivot animator now I am of 10 and I still use the same animator after 5 years cuz I don't know how to use other animators

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  • dylanprasodjo 4

    You forgot flipnote hatena for the dsi

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  • Phantom Movies The Great

    I think Krita deserved to come in the video

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  • Animal Friend 1

    You forgot FLIPACLIP

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  • Zheronic Gaming

    can someone share the sadness with me cause i have a chromebook

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  • Miku

    Vectorian Giotto is for me!

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  • RafałRobloxGaming

    Alan in Vectorian Giotto i have problem…. because if i want draw the window is moves 🙁 help!

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  • LordStorm Gaming

    warning:pivot has a virus in it.

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  • Raider Jumper

    Tnx for this

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  • Valentin Mihăilă

    Blender 2d is very good

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  • Ultra Instinct Goku ANIMS

    im used to stick nodes but i lost all my files in t and now i am on pc so i will use pivot

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  • Roman Animated

    Vectorian giotto can make a graphic symbol but in the library not directly from the stage

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  • Wolfy_Anims

    U forgot sticknodes

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  • Variant

    Chuckles while downloading krita

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  • HQRobloxandBlocksWorldandMinecraft

    Wick takes forever to load on my pc

    Edit:

    PIVOT IS A VIRUS EEVRYONE! DO NOT DOWNLOAD. McAfee ON MY COMPUTER SAID IT WAS A VIRUS! DON’T DOWNLOAD PIVOT!

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  • Jacob Navarro

    Blender

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  • Blarerings

    Utorrent fixes all ya problems

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  • Vasilil Stan

    For ios and android i suggest flipaclip and rough animator (the last one isn't free but damn it's good)

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  • Sonali Panchal

    Hey ALAN can you also try to make a channel in which you teach pivot animator too😀😀

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  • Magic Animationss

    i want drawing cartoon for pc

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  • Hocine Harrache

    Thanks for the help but i already bave pivot animation 4

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  • GoldenCookie

    i cant open pivot my anti virus says it is dangerous and i uninstalled that anti virus and IT STILL DOESNT LET ME

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  • Virus Syntax

    Are the links saFe?

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  • ZACHYzach

    pivot had a trojan virus on my freaking laptop BUT thankfully i had mc affee

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  • eyakhe martins

    PLEEEEAAASE MAKE A PIVOT ANIMATION!!

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  • Zafiro Abigail Sosa

    FlipaClip??

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  • Ultralagger R.E.V

    Adobe Flash will shut down, what will it reemplace it?

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  • Da712 Gaming

    Alan are you make stickman animation with pivot animator

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  • Anele Mlaba

    what about krita?

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  • BANANA Gaming

    G

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  • Vinycios Rios

    use o pivot

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  • JustMe YT

    I love your videos and im using Vectorian Giotto

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  • JustMe YT

    and also great animations

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  • tea tree

    merci a alan becker pour ses éclaircissements
    (si on me le permet, je traduis en francais les possibilités de tupi tube)

    TUPI TUBE magic est gratuit et léger

    adapté aux enfants avec l'aide d'un adulte

    fonctionne sous windows 8

    il gere les calques (un calque par objet indépendant à animer) ex ailes de papillons indépendantes par rapport a corps

    fait le bitmap (photos, dessins, scans)et le vectoriel

    peut etre utiliser pour le stop motion

    il est surtout conçu pour l'animation traditionelle image par image, on peut redimensionner, déplacer, faire une rotation, changer l'opacité,

    ou utiliser l'editeur de noeud pour modifier les traits et courbes

    il contient qq figures geometriques

    fait les interpolations de déplacement, de couleur, d'opacité , de rotation et de redimensionnement

    (mais pas de morphing, transformation de forme)

    et peut gerer plusieurs interpolationss (tweening) sur un même objet (ex coeurs qui grandissent)

    propose des courbes (realisation d'un chemin de deplacement que l'objet suit)

    importe serie d'images svg ou jpg/png

    et exporte image seule ou séquence d'images au formats jpeg, svg, png

    gere l'onionskin (les couches d'oignon ou derniere image en transparence

    a un crayon libre, quelques brosses dont la calligraphiqe et plume et qq figures (cercle, carré, ligne)

    on peut changer couleur de fond

    on peut synchroniser le son sur le mvt des levres (synchro labiale)

    bientot, tupitube aura plus de brosses (my paint)

    il accepte la tablette (bon pour les futures brosses) en mode bitmap

    haute résolution possible (creationnouveu fichier dimensions personnalisés)

    on peut créer des dynamic backgrounds

    ——points négatifs———————————–

    – pas de symbole comme flash

    – on ne peut pas retoucher les images intermediaires d'une interoplation sauf avec crayon?

    ————————————————————————-

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  • Wooodie

    It sais pivot animator has malware.

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  • Rebecca Mason

    Don’t down Load pivot it gives you a vuis

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  • TheFurryBoi - epicsonic

    my norton security said the risks of downloading pivot animator is high so im doing tupitube:in other words dont trust tupitube

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  • sans50 skelebro

    HEY WHAT ABOUT FLIPACLIP???? >:[

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  • The1Wolfcast

    Pivot animator was my favorite I have some good memories with it

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  • MichaelAutism90526

    i have Pivot Animator

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  • Cartoony Pirate

    Sticknodes in comment list!

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  • Jon M. Taylor

    I recommend you use stick nodes because
    It’s a really good platform, coming to let you make you’re own stickman or item, or basically support somebody by using their creation!
    Stick Nodes Pro lets you use sounds whereas lite version is just as great but you can’t use sounds.
    So if you want to use a high tech animator and make animations related to Alan Becker’s get that one.

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  • Vinay Kumar

    Does anyone here knows about Opentoonz!!

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  • 필라[GD]

    pivot is virus XD

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  • Brawling Knight YT

    I use animation desk. Its on Computer too!

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  • Nelson Lopez

    Thank you. Thank you very much. This was very helpful for me. I love looking at stick figure animations. I would like to make my own. You have an Amazing gift. Thank you for showing an old man. A new trick. 😀😁😂😃😅😆..

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  • Shane g

    Guys fast look DONT DOWNLOAD piviot animator its A BIG VIRUS!!!!!!
    i know need to make my pc new 🙁 why.. 🙁

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  • Pop Corn

    Victorian Giotto

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  • Mag Oker

    pivot is a virus

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  • Mag Oker

    and can you make a video for the other programs

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  • Alexrucki %

    got a ton of shit on my pc from downloading pivot dont recommend it

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  • TraffixEDU

    FlipaClip?

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  • Beckoning Chasm

    Very good information. Do any of these programs read/write Flash files?

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  • BloxyMiner

    You forgot Flipnote 3D!

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  • Joseph Ransom

    Hi Alan, your videos are awesome! Have you ever heard of Blender? It's a free animation software. Can you check it out and tell me if it's any good or close to Adobe Flash? Thanks a lot!

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  • JacksonGames

    DOT NOT DOWNLOAD PIVOT ANIMATOR TRIED TO GET IT SAID I COULD GET VIRUSES!

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  • aAaAAalthea

    R.I.P Pivot Animator have virus

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  • SandboxArrow

    God bless you for this video
    I’m a beginner animator, so this video was really helpful

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  • ItsYoBoi

    Pivot is like stiknods (sticknodes)

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  • I say whatever I want and you gotta deal with that

    I've started with Pivot. I'm still working my first video right now and even though I know I'm very mediocre at it and I'll hate it in the future, I still do the best I can. I'm not even close to some of the videos made by professionals, I can't even make 2 different shots and angles, but I'm still putting more than a week of work into only 10 seconds and it does look pretty fluid. I recommend starting with Pivot if you don't want to buy a drawing tablet.

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  • Ribet things

    Just use blender

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  • BXRDY FN

    Pivot animator has malware spyware basically a malicious virus

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  • Josef Silvar

    What about a program for making animations from drawn pictures captured or scanned and put into computer? (Sorry for my bad english)

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