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Sprite Animation Workflow Notes

PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:09 pm
by BenChang
Online reference site for animation
( shoot your own reference, it will be MUCH better and more specific! but you can use this in a pinch or to get started )
http://www.referencereference.com

There doesn't seem to be any way to download the videos from this, but you can grab them by looking in the source for .flv files.

FLV Conversion
http://www.mirovideoconverter.com/
Free, Open-Source, cross-platform video conversion

Quicktime Player 7
OSX: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL923
Win: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL837
Nice video player with frame-by-frame scrubbing. Get Pro version for export and basic editing capabilities.

Mischief
Nifty paint / draw program with transparent window overlay feature, great for quickly doing thumbnails / reference

http://www.madewithmischief.com/

GIMP
Free, Open-source general-purpose image editing
http://www.gimp.org

Plugins for GIMP that convert layers to a spritesheet layout
Sprite Sheet / Animation Tiles
Takes a set of layers and converts it to a spritesheet, with all images in a single row
http://registry.gimp.org/node/20943

Sprite Sheet with Layer Group Support
Uses layer groups for the sprite sheet, with each group going into one row
http://registry.gimp.org/comment/16281#comment-16281