RoughAnimator - animation app
By Jacob KAFKA
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
A fully featured hand drawn animation application for iPad. Powerful enough for professional animators, simple enough for beginners. Everything you need to create traditional hand drawn animation, anywhere you go!
- Timeline with unlimited layers and easily adjustable timing of individual drawings, for pose-to-pose or straight-ahead animating
- Onion skinning
- Preview playback
- Scrub along timeline
- Import audio for lip syncing
- Import video for rotoscoping animation
- Custom brushes
- Supports Apple Pencil, Adonit & Wacom Bluetooth styluses
- Control framerate and resolution
- Export animation to Quicktime video, GIF, or image sequence
- RoughAnimator projects can be converted to and from Adobe Flash/Animate
- RoughAnimator projects can be imported to Adobe After Effects
What's New in Version 1.5.1
- Can set volume buttons to undo/redo or flip back/forward
- Bug fixes
RoughAnimator is now available for Windows!
You can tell...
I'm an amateur animator. Do it as a hobby. I'm also a tool guy who likes to have tools that let me just get on with it.
You can tell the maker of this app is an animator because the way things are laid out speaks to many of the shortcomings I've seen in other animation apps: LAYERS (big one); dynamic controls over frame length (clever implementation) which really lets you focus on performance for a given action... especially if you are building up your performance and have multiple characters on the screen doing different things; page flipping: the control is placed just right for testing out your motion drawings/key frames... there are more...
Although it has all these great things, there is an area I think might clean it up a little bit: substituting icons/images in place of the wording in some of the control buttons, like a wrench and a gear for 'tool options', a mini version of the timeline icon for the timeline button (maybe a long bar on the bottom with two short bars stacked on top); for the onion skin: either an onion (cheesy?) or three generic images (circle maybe?) with the first and third slightly transparent.
Of course, add explanations for these into the help file too.
Overall, this is a great app and I've already made a short 10 sec animation on something that's been bouncing around in my head and in idea drawings trying to find the right tool to get it in motion... this app has helped me to get there.
App crashes consistently. Every time I try to play the video. I tried the version for Windows. It crashed consistently too, except it would just crash every couple of minutes. The longest it lasted was 30 minutes. I know for a fact it's not my computer because it A.) Gets no lag, and B.) has 16 GB RAM and other such features. Also, when you draw a line, it doesn't start when you put your pen down. It starts a little bit after, and because short lines very quickly, using this app becomes impossible. That is my experience with this app.
Amazing! But help???
I love this app! However, whenever I try to get on an animation it keeps crashing. I freed up some space but it still isn't working. I can still make another project but this really important animation I'm almost finished with keeps crashing and I can't do anything to help it. Please help, I really need this to be done so I can finally upload it.