DM1 104.01 Digital Animation Concepts

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animation

movement of graphics or text

animation examples

advertising, information, education, games, websites

frame-based

series of continuous frames, where each frame shows the graphic moved slightly (flip book)

vector

movement is defined by formulas to create paths

2-dimensional

animation has a flat look

3-dimensional

animation has a realistic look

GIF

file format often used on the Internet

SWF

dominant format for displaying animated vector graphics on the Internet

MOV

developed by Apple for Quicktime video players

AVI

developed by Microsoft for Windows media players

importing resources

bringing files or images into the sofware to animate

drawing

use of mouse or graphic table to sketch or draw images to animate

layering

technique used to separate images from other images

keyframe

intermediate frames that blend so one appears to change into the next.

tween

animation process or change that occurs between keyframes

anchor point

axis or point of rotation.

transition

change from one scene to the next

rollover

animation of two or more images that switch when the cursor moves over that image

morphing

transformation of one thing into another

virtual reality

animation technology that allows a user to immerse and interact with an artifical, realistic environment

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