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Anime Studio Pro 9

by Smith Micro Software Inc.
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  • The revolutionary bone rigging system makes animating fast and an efficient alternative to tedious frame-by-frame animation. You can easily add a skeleton to any image by simple point and click, and then bring it to life.
  • With powerful vector based drawing tools, including a variety of brush styles and the ability to import scanned drawings and images, you can create your own characters and objects in Anime Studio Debut 9.
  • Editable Motion Graphs provides maximum control of your animations. Edit motion curves with Bezier handles directly instead of relying on automatic ease-in and ease-out.
  • Smart Bones is a revolutionary enhancement to deformations around joints and bones. This feature will reduce distortion around your character?s joints - specifically around knees and
  • Increase your productivity with the enhanced timeline. Major improvements include navigation changes, key frame changes and enhanced interpolation intervals
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Platform: PC/Mac Disc
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B008MR2HWC
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.2 x 5.2 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: PC/Mac Disc

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Everything you need to make amazing, professional animations

Anime Studio Pro is perfect for professionals looking for a more efficient alternative to tedious frame-by-frame animation. The intuitive and affordable feature set offers a solution to traditional animation tasks. With an intuitive interface, a visual content library, and powerful features such as a bone rigging system, bitmap to vector conversion, integrated lip-syncing, 3-D modeling, physics, motion tracking, a character wizard, and more, Anime Studio Pro delivers advanced animation tools to speed up your workflow.

Bone Rigging

Bone-rigging is a fast and efficient alternative to tedious frame-by-frame animation. Add a skeleton to any image by pointing and clicking to create bones that overlay the parts of your image, to control arms or legs for example. Then bring your image to life by moving any individual bone point to create the pose or motion you want, while keeping your project organized with the sequencer and timeline.

Revolutionary Smart Bones

New in Anime Studio Pro 9, Smart Bones is an incredible feature that reduces or entirely removes distortion around your character's joints - specifically around knees and elbows. Group a set of points and use the Smart Bones control levers to create 3-D looking motion that you can easily repeat with the turn of a dial. For example, with Smart Bones you can control facial expressions and head-turning on a character with simple lever movements instead of having to touch each bone point. Smart Bones makes it easier to repeat complex movements and control your rigged elements.

import from photoshop

Import Photoshop Files

Import your existing Photoshop files with all layers intact. Changes made in Photoshop instantly appear in the imported file in Anime Studio, allowing you to continually refine your Photoshop document. Many Photoshop features are supported in the imported PSD files, including blending modes, layer opacity, smart objects and smart filters. Groups are also supported and can be set up in Photoshop to automatically get imported into Anime Studio as switch layers for quick animating.

Real Time Media Connection

The new Real Time Media Connection in Anime Studio Pro automatically updates image, movie, and audio files in your imported Anime Studio files when edited in an external program. This is a great workflow enhancement for individuals and production studios alike.

Editable Motion Graphs

The single most requested feature that our users have been asking for is finally here. In Motion Graphs, the animation channels of the current layer are displayed graphically, rather than just as points along a line. Now get maximum control of your animation with Editable Motion Graphs. You can now edit motion curves with Bezier handles directly instead of relying on tweening, ease-in and ease-out.

Character Wizard

Hundreds of new characters. Quickly design ready-to-animate characters using the built-in Character Wizard. Select preset, dial-in body proportions, and choose from dozens of predesigned 2-D components such as hands, feet, mouths, eyes, noses, and heads.

Audio Recording, Sound Effects, and Automatic Lip Syncing

Add a soundtrack and lip-syncing to your animations. Record your own sound clips inside Anime Studio and adjust the pitch from high to low to fit your animated characters or import existing audio files into your project. Anime Studio will automatically insert them into your timeline, where you can adjust the timing and length to fit your scene. Using the Sequencer, freely move multiple sounds along the timeline to adjust syncing. Anime Studio supports WAV, AIFF, MP3, and M4A formats.

Built-in lip-syncing in Anime Studio can help you save time. Simply load a sound file, and from the layer options of the layer you wish to sync, select the sound file from a pull-down menu. Anime Studio does the rest. Easily synchronize characters' lip and mouth movements to a sound file through a simple and intuitive process.

Automatic Image Tracing: Use Your Own Artwork

Import your scanned drawings or existing images and photos then convert them to vector drawings with the click of a button. Trace as black and white or edges only and adjust a number of settings to style your vector image. Color your vector art, resize without loss in image quality, and animate it using bones.

Layer Comps

Export multiple layers individually with one click. Layer comps are useful if you want to export only selected items in your scene so that you can composite them externally in third party software. For example, you can create a layer comp that relates to background elements, another that relates to characters, and another that relates to foreground elements or titles. Turn groups on and off until you get elements that logically belong together. Then create a new layer comp from that group. At render time, you can then choose to render specific layer comps as a movie file.

Global Rendering Styles

Global Rendering Styles allow you to quickly change the overall design of your animations. Choose from various presets such as sketchy, cutout, crayon, and more to easily transform the look and feel of your entire animation. Create your own custom combinations by mixing and matching different styles for fills and outlines.

Flexible Import and HD Export Capabilities

Anime Studio can import several kinds of other media files into an animation project. Import QuickTime, AVI or MPEG-4 video, or even 3-D scenes from Poser. Image Based Modeling allows you to create 3-D objects from 2-D vector layers, and the included Content Library contains hundreds of ready-to-use characters, props, and more.

Follow Path Tool

The Follow Path tool allows you to have any character or object follow and bend itself along a pre-drawn path (like a snake), making tons of animation posibilities easy.

Video/Motion Tracking

Add an object to an imported video that will follow the position and rotation of something, like a person's thumb. Just add tracking points that identify the item on the screen you want to follow.

Wacom Multi-Touch Support

Wacom Multi-Touch support allows you to use Wacom's new generation touch tablets with Anime Studio. Easily edit characters, scale, rotate, pan, zoom in and out of the canvas with simple finger gestures. Available on Bamboo, Intuos, and Cintiq touch-based tablets.

Patch Layers

Patch Layers were designed for constructing characters and are similar to masks. They allow you to hide certain parts of a layer. Create each body part separately and then hide the overlapping lines. Adjust the size of the patch to perfectly blend the layers to get the desired style.

Product Description

Anime Studio Pro is perfect for professionals looking for a more efficient alternative to tedious frame-by-frame detailing when creating quality animations. With an intuitive interface, pre-loaded content and powerful features such as a bone rigging system, 64 bit architecture, GPU acceleration, bitmap to vector conversion, live media connection, integrated lip-synching, 3D modeling, physics, motion tracking and more, Anime Studio Pro delivers advanced animation tools to speed up your workflow and combines cutting-edge features with powerful technology for the most unique animation program for digital artists. Resize your images with no loss in quality with Anime Studio's vector-based layer system and easily add a skeleton to any image by simple point and click, then bring it to life.

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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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I picked this up, as Amazon was selling (not smith micro, but amazon directly via prime) it about 80% less then the publisher. I noticed that a few days later, Amazon no longer had it for sale! so I lucked out on that price I guess. The official list is $299, the publisher (at the time of this writing) was selling it for $144 but Amazon had a sale on their physical copy for $65.

As for me, I'm a digital artist. I don't like doing things twice (drawing on paper, scanning and digitally inking... no way.) I do 3d work 60% of the time using ZBrush, Sketcup and do 2D work the rest with tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, Toon Boom and Flash.

So I got AS Pro v.9. So far I'm pretty mixed, and while it has some amazing advantages over Flash and Toon Boom Studio 7, it has a major problem for me... one in which I just can't get over and I can't believe it's even there.

Initially I found it very fun.
The Character generator is cool and fun to play with. I could see my kids getting inspired with that.
The Content it comes with is pretty awesome and you can get more from the publisher site.
Bone based animation is pretty solid. Their smart bones I haven't yet played with, but it looks way better then the bones in Toon Boom Studio or Flash.
Onion skinning is pretty solid... it does fading on far out frames, and does multi color to let you know the future frames vs. the past frames.
The ability to import 3D objects is a major win for me, as I do a lot of 3D work. Toon Boom doesn't do that. Flash doesn't do that. So it shines above them on that aspect.

Cons (One Huge Con for me)
The Drawing Tools.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice product and a great gift February 16, 2013
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I got this for my 13-year old son as a Christmas gift. My son has been interested in animation and has been doing stop motion animation for a while. While the learning curve is pretty steep, he loves the software and is already creating short animation clips. It does take a time to learn, and of course, the animation is only as good as the input (artwork), but the tools for animating your art are pretty impressive. Overall, we are pleased with the product and would recommend it to aspiring animators; just be ready to sit down and really study it for awhile to get the most out of it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime Studio Pro 9 is Awesome! June 29, 2013
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Anime Studio allows users to quickly create characters and animations. Characters can be hand drawn onscreen, imported from paper drawings, or created using the program’s built-in templates. Characters and backgrounds are animated on a timeline, similar to Adobe Flash. Once an animation or short film is created, it can be exported to a number of file formats and then incorporated into other editing applications. Users can even upload their animations directly from Anime Studio to Facebook and YouTube.

There are two versions of Anime Studio: Debut for first-time animators and hobbyists, and the Pro version. Debut has some limitations on length of a project, output size and auto-tracing of images. The Pro version adds more control to animations, the “smart bones” feature to aid in joint movements, full HD export and the ability to import and work with 3D images.

Anime Studio 9 Pro takes the animation software to new levels of functionality to meet the demands of its growing customer base of animation professionals. Previous versions have added physics parameters to control gravity and speed of the animations, 3D image import and camera movements, a character wizard to quickly develop and customize characters from the program’s library, layered Photoshop file import, and built-in functionality to work with Wacom's Bamboo and Intuos graphics tablets.

Version 9 introduces “smart bones” to better control joint movement, editable motion graphs and bezier handles. While the program technically works in 2D space, the ability to put layers into z-space and animate them independently gives it a 2.5D functionality, much the same as Adobe After Effects. For those of you who handle large projects, this version will definitely increase productivity with the inclusion of several features to help clean up your work space and organize your project.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Software, Though the Manual Needs Some Work October 26, 2012
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This was an amazing piece of software that will take you to the next level in regards to creating anime. I did also try the Debut version of the software and though it had some of the functionality of the Pro version, this version by far was superior. The program, though a bit complex to learn at the front end, truly takes off once you have mastered the controls, and makes the task of animation much easier than the frame by frame animation of the past.

One of the things that I enjoyed the most on this program was the automatic figure image tracing functionality. In just one click you have the program doing all of the work to develop the vector drawing that you need to move forward.

As I said the manual for this is a bit cumbersome, but there are definite parts that I found to be more helpful than others. All-in-all though it does take some time to master the controls and the skills needed to be successful in this type of program, and I found this out the hard way as I slogged through my initial learning within the program.

If you are like me and have a passion for drawing comics, this is a program that will definitely blow you away!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great way for an artist to branch into new territories
Anime Studio 9 delivered more than what I though I can do in flash animation. Can't hardly wait to do my own drawing story and bring it to live. Read more
Published 13 days ago by STAR CROSS
4.0 out of 5 stars Really fun way to learn the basics of digital animation
Really fun way to learn the basics of digital animation. Great price and packed full of templates and sample starters. Be sure to take the time to follow the .pdf manual. Read more
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great service and everything it said it was.
Published 1 month ago by Glenn Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit of learning curve. But fun Software
Haven't played around enough, but so far, this is fun to use software.
There's bit of learning curve, but Youtube has enough tutorials!
Published 3 months ago by Jee Yang
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been waiting for this to come down in price.
I got the debut and wanted this one and when it came down in price. I picked it, hopefully it lasts even though the newer version has come out.
Published 3 months ago by J.R.
5.0 out of 5 stars arrived faster than expected
I got it for my daughter and she says its amazing. She loves it and sends lots of time working with it.
Good purchase. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Greg Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This was as described and I couldn't ask for better. It takes time learning about the full potential of this software, but if you are patient then you can do some pretty cool stuff... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Teruhito Kondo
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