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rkphelps
03-27-2009, 06:43 PM
Hi guys, I could use some advice from you professionals in the 2-D & 3-D Animation business. I am a beginner home amateur (aka software collector) using 3D software, although I have many years experience as a 3-D Cad Designer (Unigraphics % Solidworks).

My wife has just started her own women’s exercise web site www.guide-to-great-legs.com and has asked if I could create a few short animated videos for her site. She wants the video’s to show how to do several of the exercises outlined on her site. She wouldn’t let me just video her doing (the easy thing to do) the exercises because she’s not comfortable putting video of herself on the net.

My question is, could you guys recommend which software that I own (see list below) would be the easiest to use to create these short animated videos? Also would 2-D be better than 3-D for a web site?, personally I’d like to try and do it in 3-D. I would buy a nice 3-D model of a girl if I go in that direction because human modeling is somewhat hard. I found this web site (http://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/resistance-band-exercises.html) that has some 2-D video’s (scroll down) similar to what I would like to do.

Thanks Rob

Some of the Software I own:

Lightwave 9.6
Modo 302
Poser 7
Messiah 2.5
Vue Complete 7
Mirage Pro 1.5
Photoshop CS4
Vegas 5
SmartSound

JMCarrigan
03-27-2009, 06:47 PM
Daz3d has Daz Studio (D|S) which is free. The AniMate plugin has aniblocks that would really help.

cresshead
03-27-2009, 07:06 PM
i used to work for a sports science company and created illustrations for 9 of their books on such excersices>>

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51hh-PeRmuL._SL160_AA115_.jpg
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ZP%2BCHjeXL._SL160_AA115_.jpg
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WDNLyPPvL._SL160_AA115_.jpg
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5193YGBBGVL._SL160_AA115_.jpg

i used 3dsmax for most of them but changed to lightwave for the last book> saq football 2nd edition.

for stills 3d or 2d can be quite useful but for animations it can be quite time consuming to create lots of accurate animations with good deformations on the joints etc.
and if your dealing with more than one character [such as the team based training i did] then 3d animations where you need to animate 10 characters interacting with one another is extreemly challenging.

so for single character excersises 3d is possible and the simplest route would be daz 3d or poser
however if you need them to connect and use apparatus this may become quite problematic to set up in those programs.

2d would offer the simplest solution as you can stylise the look of the characters and simplify the animations and also quite easy to correct things that don't go right too.

you can do 2d cutout animation with lightwave and then clean up if needs be in an image editor [photoshop for example] and then complile if to a mov or a flash or gif.

if your looking for a 2d animation app then you could try out toonboom studio http://www.toonboom.com/main/


how to set up 2d cutout animations in lightwave
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0NrtpQRN0Y

max version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNGIMu5rJq8&NR=1

JMCarrigan
03-27-2009, 07:14 PM
Horible I know - but done in 5 mins. Just think what it would be like with a little work, especially sent to LW CORE when that comes out.

cresshead
03-27-2009, 07:26 PM
yeah loading a mocap file is one thing..creating accurate animation/poses with excersise equiment is a whole other ball of fun!...i know i've been there!

like i said, it all depends on the requirments, daz 3d maybe the way for simple stuff.

here's a guy i drew and animated in toon boom studio the other day [quicktime movie file]

JMCarrigan
03-27-2009, 07:39 PM
Very cool cresshead!