Synfig Studio

by Synfig Studio Development Team

An open source 2D graphics animation program

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: Synfig Studio Development Team

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Last revision: Last week

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Synfig Studio is a free cross-platform program for creating high-quality vector-based 2D animation in a small team environment. The program works exclusively with vector objects and allows you to create small animated images, and draw entire cartoons. The program is distinguished by a high-quality professional interface, with a working window for the image, and functional panels (tools, properties, layers, navigator, parameters, etc.). To create an animation, the program specifies the key points of the image, and the program calculates and creates intermediate frames. Synfig Studio is focused on the work with vector objects, which allows you to not worry about the possible pixelization of the image when zooming. Raster images can only be used when importing. Using the basic set of tools, the program allows you to create any animation effects. When creating lighting effects, the program uses High Dynamic-Range Imaging technology to achieve optimal brightness; when creating a movie in Synfig Studio, there is no need to draw each frame separately, the program automatically interpolates changes in key frames, smoothing the movement and significantly reducing the time to create animation. In addition, the program provides full support for contour gradients, and other animation effects, which allows you to serial add darkening, blurring and color correction in the right places of drawings, without wasting time on the frame-by-frame work. All effects presented in the program can be applied at any resolution. The program saves its own files in SIF format and with XML markup. The finished movie can be saved in AVI, MPEG, Digital Video and Theora formats, and GIF and MNG formats are used for animation. If desired, individual frames can be saved in BMP, PGN, PPM and OpenEXR formats. An accessible and intuitive interface, combined with the functionality of the software, makes Synfig Studio an ideal choice for creating animation at home.

- cross-platform program for creating vector 2D animation;

- is suitable for use on tablets;

- a fully russified professional interface;

- only works with vector images;

- Full support for contour gradients

- automatic interpolation of keyframes of the film;

- a basic set of tools to create animation effects;

- use of floating point and HDRI (High Dynamic-Range Imaging) to improve lighting effects;

- working with different types of layers (shapes, gradients, filters, transformations, etc.);

- export of finished cartoon in popular formats AVI, MPEG, etc;

- ability to save individual images (frames) in BMP, PNG, etc. format

- Reference system and manual in English.

This program is an alternative to other photo editing software like Photoshop. I can crop, draw, edit, and paint documents to my liking. In addition, I could use this to animate two dimensional figures. The software is compatible with different operating system, like Windows, Linux, and OSX.
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