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I just wanted to know, is the industry still using Flash or is it more geared towards toonboom?
At school, we've been focused on toonboom, so far we've only used flash for one assignment.
Flash or Adobe Flash is a vector base program and ToonBoom is also a vector based program. From what I have read here, studios use different programs. Some use Adobe Flash and some use ToonBoom then there are other programs that are used as well.
After Effects, Toonz, Celaction, TV Paint and Anime Studio are all currently being used for TV Series work.
If you want to work in the industry, you should be aware of the alternatives to Flash/Toonboom. If you have animation skills, you'll be able to adapt to other software easily.
We're learning ToonBoom Animate at work right now. I have barely scratched the surface but the basic system is comparable to Flash. Since ToonBoom Animate was developed more with the needs of animators in mind there are supposed to be functions making the solutions to some scene-building problems easier than in Flash. The only feature about which I can say this for sure from where I am standing is ToonBoom's inbuilt lip synch application.
From my homework ToonBoom should do some serious improvements to your pipeline production.
Our production staff's main goal is to confine most compositing business to just one program while achieving graphical effects not easily recreated in our old software, like textures and brushes.
Until now we used MagPie for lip synch, Animo's Pencil Tester, Scan Level, Director, and Ink & Paint as the main scene building tools as well as Avid, Final Cut, sometimes After Effects and maybe even some other programs I'm not aware of. I think with ToonBoom we can at least sidestep MagPie and the Animo software package.
It makes sense that something would undercut Flash eventually, since its purpose and intention is far wider than making animations. Really, it's more of a web design tool than an animation suite so Toonboom seems to be filling a market gap. I will always love Flash, though...
Thanks for the response.
I just wanted to know what other programs that were being used in the industry so that i could practice during the summer.
I still prefer flash though. I didn't understand toonboom that well on my last project. Maybe since i got a hang of flash i'll be able to comprehend the software. We learned a bit of after effects too.
Mainly, our schools focused on 2d animation, we're paper flippers for the most part.
We’ve been using Tooboom for a while and it has been a valuable tool for our animation projects. It takes you from storyboard, thru animation process and leads you to some very nice post-production solutions.
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