Complete guide to the best animation software for beginners and professionals
Animation videos, also called video motion, are successful on social networks and are a great format to illustrate and explain processes, products and concepts in an easy to understand way.
To produce an animation, several steps are necessary. The first is pre-production, which consists of organizing the project, doing a briefing and planning expectations. The second stage is formed by the design of the script and elements of the video’s visual identity: references (moodboard), draft of the video scenes on the storyboard and the final layout on the styleframe.
The last step is the production of the animation itself. And, many times, the doubt comes: which of the animation software to choose?
There are several tools on the market, with different prices and features, and the choice will depend on the project and the animator’s expertise.
Therefore, we have prepared for you to know the options this list of main animation software: from basic to advanced!
Basic animation software
Powtoon is a simple program for fast animations, especially for those who have no experience in video production. Based on scenarios and ready-made characters, the interface is intuitive and the animations are easy to make.
Of course, it is unlikely to make an authorial and high quality animation in this program, but if all you need is to transmit information in an animated way, with a good script and a few hours in the software you can reach that goal.
PowToon offers a free version, with some limitations.
Video Scribe (WhiteBoard)
For those interested in producing only in Board Animations, drawings that appear in parts on a white or black board, Video Scribe has an extensive gallery of images and animations. The concept is the same: just drag the object to the screen and choose how and for how long it will appear.
You can test the tool for free for a period of 7 days.
Filmora is a little more advanced. The software is mainly used for editing videos, rather than for motion. But it does offer a library of images and creative effects that can be used to create animations.
The interface is more like traditional editing programs – if you’re used to it, it’s easy to find things and understand the creative processes. In comparison to other specialized animation tools, it is weaker, not allowing full control of the characters’ animations.
Filmora has a free plan, but it is necessary to make upgrade to remove their watermark.
Advanced animation software
Pencil 2D is free and open source software. It is a tool for producing animations frame by frame, that is, done frame by frame. This type of animation requires more time and some digital drawing skills from the producer.
The program interface is very basic and easy to manipulate, but the design and timeline are limited. All drawings are transformed into vector, that is, they do not lose quality when enlarged. There is no library of ready-made drawings.
The darling of motion designers!
After Effects allows the manipulation of shapes in integration with other Adobe programs and offers a good tool for character animation. The program is denser, offering a multitude of tools and an extensive gallery of plugins (extensions that add functions to the program, including 3D). “If you can imagine, After can produce”.
However, beginners may have difficulty with this tool, requiring familiarity with other programs in the Adobe package and the knowledge of the animator to navigate this platform.
You can try the program for 7 days for free.
Software used to produce long films, series and cartoons.
Toon Boom is similar to Flash, one of the first animation programs that appeared on the market. His specialty is character animation, in addition to including lip sync (synchronization of the character’s expression to his speech) which can save the animator a lot of time.
The software also offers the possibility of frame-by-frame animation, 2D and 3D integration and integration with several tools.
There are 21 free days for you to try the program.
See also the main video editing software!
If you need to produce animations for your business, consider hiring a specialized production company. Here at Voxel Digital we have a complete team of personalized video production for your company.