GIFs to Video Games: Tools to Animate Your Content
Animation has come a long way since Snap, Crackle and Pop hopped out of a cereal box. In fact, since the animated cartoon spokesmen for Rice Krispies were created by illustrator Vernon Grant in the 1930s, an entire industry has changed. It’s moved from art departments with giant cameras to the laptop where the novice can dream up animations in any location possible.
Animation encapsulates the creative artistry and applied technology of setting any kind of visual images into motion. Animation artists and technicians use tools to create and publish animated content in video games, TV shows, commercial advertisements and major motion pictures.
Animation can mean any kind of style — both the traditional hand-drawing and painting, or the more automated computer-aided animation.
Tools for animators include updated versions of “old school” animation methods such as flip-books and stop-motion, animation software for 2-D and 3-D graphics, live-action motion capture, photo-realistic rendering software, GIFs, true-to-life-appearing CGI and even emerging technology for the next innovation in animation.