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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:41 pm 
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I've been amusing myself trying to combine a stickfigure program with Artoonix to create a composite project.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4h45Kc3utw

Not everything works perfectly, but it still came out better than I expected for a first attempt.

The two separate stickfigure sequences were exported as transparent pngs and then imported into Artoonix where other effects and sequences were applied.

BRIEF WALKTHROUGH

In the info notes for Youtube, I describe the method I used as being like ping-pong. By this I mean that the idea for the movie was planned out as a simple storyboard with the alternating Stick and Artoonix sections identified. These were then worked on in that order and the overall movie was compiled in sequence with additional effects added at the end.

The order of alternating (ping-pong) projects was thus -

1 - ARTOONIX > Created the bacgkround effect by merging several images and using opacity to achieve a cold, ghostly landscape effect.
2 - STICKFIGURE > Made and animated the tree.
3 - Imported the tree into Artoonix and made a separate mini-movie of the clipart tree that had to grow beneath the 'finger'.
4 - STICKFIGURE dancer made (based on the type of figure that Tim Burton uses)
5 - Imported the new tree into Artoonix and made a separate mini-movie of the transition between that and the dancer. Exported that as an ipa sequence.
6 - Made a new minimovie of the last clipart tree which had to grow at the point where the dancer ended up standing.
7 - Merged the final mini-movie sequences and then overlaid the last few effects before adding the soundtrack.

The final project was 1050 frames with almost equal sections being made with Artoonix and the complementary stickfigure program.

---------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE NOTE ----------------------------------------------------------

I usually identify which programs I use alongside Artoonix, but in this instance I'm not doing so. There are only 4 to choose from anyway - so if you want to find it, that would be easy. In the other program's forum I answered a query from a user who must have watched 'The Moontree' and who was curious about whether or not Artoonix was worth checking out. This was the response that my answer received ...

I got news for ya, this ain't Artoonix. This is *******. Which, if you must know, is based off of a hybrid setup of DarkDemon and Droidz.
I would post something ontopic but theres nothing to say. And I want this to be public, not PM.


Unfortunately, that is an example of just how abrasive and insular some users in that forum can be. As Artoonix is primarily aimed at younger users, I have no intention of promoting a program whose forum could be very offputting for them. If you want to find it, all well and good, but I leave that to you.

You'll never encounter that kind of response in this forum and if ever you do, the admin team would be quick to react.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:59 pm 
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Good - Great - Excellent! I like the transforming of the stickman!


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A new animation has been uploaded which arises from one section of 'The Moontree'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxfqMwbeQx0

The Youtube info notes explain.


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