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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2011
I've had so much fun making animated shorts! It's become my main hobby lately, and with this software you can produce animations that are as good as the pros (if you have some experience/knowledge of story, design, and graphics especially). Warning: As with any powerful software program, there is a learning curve here. The first few hours you will find yourself floundering around and getting pretty angry... and even once you start to get the hang of things, you will make mistakes or find yourself wondering why things haven't worked out... But once you've put in your time, the sky is the limit! Things become very easy and intuitive with some practice. And the software gives you a lot of power. Anime Studio 7 is awesome! I'm so excited with the movies I've made.

I'm just doing this for fun and as a creative outlet, but after seeing my initial results, I'm beginning to have some aspirations to make things other people would actually want to watch. I will say, though, that I think even true professionals would find this software to be excellent.

I have a couple suggestions for new users:
1. Until you really to get to know your way around, an easy way to learn is to play with the characters that come pre-loaded. Practice moving them, sizing them, transforming and turning them, adding sounds (you can even have the mouth move automatically with your recordings--look for tutorials on youtube to learn how (youtube user: contentparadise, if I remember correctly). Get accustomed to "bones" "switches" and "layers" and "keyframes".

2. Workflow and Rendering: You might want to make your longer movies in segments (in fact, I did about 20 different files with 30 seconds each to make a short movie)... This is partly in case you mess something up, and partly because rendering can be a little slow and create HUGE files (I think like 2GB per minute!... IF you are using the top-notch, lossless render... And what worked best for me was to use this lossless render of all the short segments, then use Adobe Premiere (you could also use Roxio I think, or Microsoft Movie Maker) to edit them together and re-render into a much smaller file format. I used WMV9, and the end result is a 10 minute film that's in 720p HD, super sharp, only taking 200 MB. You don't have to first render into the "lossless"--you can create a wide variety of file types and sizes with Anime Studio 7, but lossless will look sharper. I wanted to add that in this review because I'm very picky and had to do about 20 different rendering trials to figure out the sharpest results. Render lossless from Anime Studio 7, then edit and re-render into wmv9 720p 100%. Honestly, it looks like DVD + quality in the end.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2011
If you like the idea of making animations, but are not looking to invest a great deal of cash into tinkering around, this program seems like a good solution.

I think the potential output most similarly resembles the PBS version of "The Cat in the Hat" cartoon series. Cute, but kind of flat looking.

The "bones" are probably standard for many animation programs, but a new concept to me. It's neat.

I don't think the audio editing software is quite adequate, but it works well enough. The drawing tools are pretty rudimentary.

Rendering times can vary -- if you add a lot of the special effects, it'll take a lot longer to render. And you can't really see what the effects actually look like until they're rendered.

The 3-D is interesting, but don't think you're going to be making Toy Story. And the physics engine is a lot of fun to play with.

The other thing I didn't think worked well was the import of drawings done outside of the program -- like in Adobe Illustrator. I think there were way too many points on the lines, which bogged down the performance.

Face and mouth movements are resolved in an interesting manner. It's seems almost like stop-motion animation than traditional 2-D concepts.

This program is not going to draw your characters, do you movements, or write your script, but it is a very good tool for creating interesting animations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2011
You still have to know animation. That said, this program works better then I had hoped. I bought the Debut 6 version for some computer savvy kids, and they are going great guns with some entertaining shorts. Anybody can have fun with this program out of the box, and it has the funtions you can grow into. Best software I have for animating. I'm a convert from Flash.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2012
This is an awesome program for anyone looking to create there own animated shorts. Itr is in depth enough to interest people who have been doing animation for years and at the same time simple enough to pick up the your begginner could make some semi decent cartoons as well. Whether your experienced with animation or not i reccomend checking out this sight before oredering the product and watching a few tutorials to see if you like how the program is set up.
( cartoonlearning.com )

The lip sync feature is not as fluid as i would like but if you are making a simple cartoon it will get the job done, the program also offers point animation which can allow you to do almost anything you can think of as far as animation creation. But if you dont want to control every point of your character the "Bones" feature is a great tool.

Last but not least, if you are going to buy the old version like i did because you dont want to spend 200 dollars on version 8 for its few new features (though the 3D camera looks amazing!) don't buy debut, Pro will save you hundreds of hours in the long run which allows you to save and apply "skins" to all your layers at once rather than each piece individually.

Actually heres the final thing....make a Frankenstein character and save it as a generic character with as many options as you can think of as far as animation (mad eyes, sad eyes ect) than save, copy file, and you have a templet for creating 1000s of characters from one generic character instead of starting over every time.

BUY THIS PRODUCT...ITS AWESOME....
Legen...wait for it...hope your not lactose intolerant....dairy
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2010
Powerful software for the price. Once you learn how to use it, which doesn't take long, the possibilities are endless in ways to use it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2013
It works on my old OS (10.4)... perfectly. It is not the latest, but it still does what I aim to do with it very well. A great fit to match an old yet still reliable OS. It arrived quickly, and while the box was slightly smashed, there was no damage.
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on November 3, 2012
This Anime Pro 7 has a somewhat clumsy interface BUT it does have a couple of distinct benefits that make it a compelling buy.

Let's get the bad out of the way first. Anime Pro doesn't have the UI nuances that most graphics design and drawing packages have. There are places where right clicking does nothing where there could be a nice context menu there. If you have a different layer selected and you click on an object that belongs to another layer, it doesn't automatically switch. Size and placement could be better. Home button doesn't bring you to the beginning of the timeline. The scrollwheel is woefully misused. Shortcut keys are somewhat lacking. However, compared to its overall utility, I consider all of these minor. In the future, though, these improvements could potentially have the makings a 5 star package!

What Anime Pro does VERY WELL is it makes animating characters VERY easy. It took me an afternoon, an evening and some coffee to learn how to use the very powerful bones feature. This lets you slice and dice a graphic image, attach a skeleton to it, and manipulate it like a marionette. This is a real time saver. Flash does have bones but the steps to create bones from bitmaps in Anime is MUCH simpler.

The other thing that makes Anime a homerun is the ability to export your animations to video. Anime Pro delivers the ability to do Flash style animations (it even exports to Flash) and export DIRECTLY to video. It baffles me that Flash itself doesn't offer this functionality but nonetheless, you get this functionality at a fraction of the cost of Flash. While Anime Pro isn't as robust as Flash, it does deliver very strong animation specific functionality at an affordable price.

Anime Pro is perfect for the beginning, hobbyist or semi-pro computer animator that wants to just fire up and go. There's a little bit of a learning curve but just give yourself a full or half day to learn the basics and you'll be in good shape to put out a decent short. It takes a little getting used to but once you, you'll have good fun with it.

Four stars.
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on July 31, 2012
I am still a beginer but I really enjoy working with that software. Could not afford v8 pro, I got this one for 30$. It's a big difference with the debut version. The community is really helpfull. That program can do alot of different things: animation, export frame by frame (I used it to create video games in 2D), particles etc... The program and manual aim at beginners. But you have to keep working at it to get better result, like everything. I am amazed how fast I can start animating, compared to "blender", I can just draw directly and start animating in minute. There is nice video tutorials all over their website. It's a popular software, so many tutorials on youtube.
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on January 12, 2013
Have used Anime Debute 6 for a couple of years and liked the way it worked. Pro 7 has some added features that help in creating and saving my cartoons. Having trouble with the audio files loading. It is suppose to support MP3 file, but that is not happing on my computer. This may be due to Windows 8. Windows 8 leaves a lot to be desired.
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on October 14, 2012
Want to try your hand at animation this is the program to buy. It is a little harder to learn then Anime Studio Debut but you will get more features in Pro. If you want to save money till you see if you like doing animation this is the program for you but if you want all the bells and whistles get the newest Anime Studio Pro available.
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