It’s that time of year again. I celebrate Christmas, and as part of my celebration of the holiday, I’ve created an animation to commemorate the day. I’ve included some details about the making of the animation in the MP4 file. I hope you enjoy. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then enjoy whatever holiday you celebrate, and everyone have a happy new year!
I’ve been working on some animation projects using DAZ Studio. It’s slow going. Little things that might be fixed in post work can be greatly problematic when you have a multitude of frames involved.
Anyway, I took the time to throw together a quick little holiday animation. I’ve included text in the video that explains some of what I did to create the video. The video looked to have lost some quality during the upload to YouTube, but it is what it is. Maybe you’ll find it interesting. Regardless, I’ve learned a bit more about animation in DAZ Studio from this project, so some good has come from it.
This video is, in my opinion, best viewed at full screen size.
Wishing all my visitors a Happy New Year!
DAZ Studio enables artists to create animations as well as still images. I’ve been experimenting with seamlessly looping animations for a while, and wanted to share my latest effort. I call it “Kari Dance.” The image below is a 225×225 animated GIF file consisting of 120 frames. It is 2.16 MB in size.
When I rendered the image, I rendered it at a size of 900×900. The size of that image file is 27.6 MB. It took four hours to render. I could have let it run longer, but the increase in quality would have been marginal.
A 450×450 version of the image can be seen on Deviant Art. It is 7.49 MB and available from Deviant Art as a free download.
If you have some DAZ Studio experience and are interested in some of my animation techniques, I’ve written a tutorial. An animated GIF is good for advertising, as it is eye-catching and will still play in browsers that block Flash Player animations. If you’re going to make an animated GIF, you might as well make it seamlessly looping. Personally, I don’t care for those GIFs that make a sudden jump from the end back to the beginning. A seamlessly looping animation doesn’t have that sudden jump.
The tutorial is available in PDF on Deviant Art to Deviant Art members for 290 DA points (roughly US $3.63). Included are all three versions of the image mentioned above.
The tutorial and example GIFs are also available for US $3.50 on DriveThru RPG, for those of my friends who frequent that site more often and might be interested in the tutorial.
If you read it, I’d be interested in your feedback, either here or on the product page.
As always, thanks for visiting!