Creating animations or effects for a video

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To create animations or effects in your video, does anyone use something other than Powerpoint or the existing tools in Camtasia? Do you import animations from other applications? If so, which ones?

Thanks in advance...
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Juwex

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Karl S

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I use Blender to create animations. It can take a bit to learn but if you search YouTube there are a lot of helpful tutorials. It is capable of a lot more than you are looking for but that might just open you up to more possibilities. Plus it is free.

http://www.blender.org

Karl
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Marsha H

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It also depends on what specifically you mean by animations. You can take an existing media and animate it on the screen. You do that through Visual Properties. There is a tutorial on TechSmith's website that shows you how to do that.
This will allow you to move an asset around on the screen, change the size, change its orientation, and more.
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Joe Morgan

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You can Import animations from virtually any video editing software program, Photo Editor, etc. 

 I use several programs. Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Boris RED 5 and more.

 Most programs offer 30 day free trials. It's a good Idea to try a few and see for yourself. Most free programs are not that great. Some programs are easier to use than others.
The possibility's are endless. It's mostly a matter of finding a program with the features you are looking for. 

  Regards, Joe
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Shaun McArthur

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If it's detailed animation that involves lighting, camera movement etc, I use Apple Motion...for simple movements/effects Camtasia has the tools.
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Rick Stone

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Perhaps a very silly question here as I believe there is no PC equivalent for iMovie. Is AppleMotion specific to Apple? Or do they offer a PC version?

Cheers... Rick :)
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Shaun McArthur

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Hi Rick - yes, it's an apple only application. After Effects is cross platform I believe. For 'goofy' cartoon-like animations I have used Toon Boom. Here are some other options:
http://goanimate.com/video-maker-tips/4-popular-animation-software-tools/

Shaun
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Karl S

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Rick, See my comment on blender as well. It has similar capabilities on a PC: 3D cartoon like to photo realistic renderings and video Do a search for Youtube blender animation ( https://www.google.com/search?q=youtu... ) to see examples.

http://www.blender.org
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Rick Stone

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Thanks for the info, guys. It's always fun to learn of new and different things to use. I was hoping there was a PC version of the AppleMotion or whatever. ;)

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