a grease pencil animation

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Pretty Funny.

Nice. well done

cool animation! :slight_smile:

That is really cool! I would have never thought of doing something like that with the grease pencil.

Any screen captures to show workflow? Pretty cool, was it a rotomation, ie. drawn over?

Yes, I got started and I thought… hey I could rotoscope this instead of designing a character.

perspective camera set to 35mm focal length
set up perspective camera to see the background image, an empty here might be a good idea for when the camera gets moved accidentally.

Use ‘cursor’ mode for grease pencil, that way can zoom into image. Don’t move cursor or enjoy redrawing later :stuck_out_tongue:
BG (purple lines) was set far back, I had ‘plans’ for the background that got shelved.

the background image avi is probably too large which causes problems, but I muddled through it - Blowing up 320x240 qt mov’s to fit 1920x1080 was pointless and only caused performance issues.

BG image turned off when I had to smooth out jump cuts and resort to the onion skin. At least one feature request came to mind (different colour for ‘next’ frames).

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8669312/WizDuel/Work01.png

world 'horizon (and zenith?) colour has to be set to 0 or else the render will have a grey background.

When the animation was ‘done’ I rendered (openGL) each element (grease pencil layer) to it’s own folder (such as RedWiz) in an uncompressed RGBA targa sequence. I didn’t bother screwing around with step by twos for those sections that are on 2’s.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8669312/WizDuel/Work02.png

blender Node compositing…
I discovered that (example: the lightning)…
You need the EXACT number of frames in the Node. You need a blank as last frame for those elements that dissappear.
Each layer got a bit of something usually to thicken up / blur the lines and a chain of mix nodes in Add mode to assemble it - couldn’t find a ‘master mix’ node like a gimp/PSP image.

The final render was uncompressed PNG sequence without an alpha channel.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8669312/WizDuel/Work03.png

So what’s better then muddling along with a program I am not super familiar with? Why using two of course. I imported the sequence into Lightworks - a bit overkill because there is no video editing at this point.
http://www.lwks.com/
It might have been ‘neato’ to try fitting wax into the equation with the original layers, but by this time I was a tad tired of working on this.
http://www.debugmode.com/wax/
I’ll look at that later.


After using Audacity to scream (as much as possible with a cold) into a mic I added the incantations. A search at FreeSound provided the lightning strike.
http://www.freesound.org/

haha good idea

thats awesome i might try this some time