Hi friends of animation,
I’m an American expat who’s lived in Berlin since 1972. I just retired but still teach English on a voluntary basis. One of the few animation projects I ever finished was this grammar quiz game http://paths2english.eu/constructexport2/index.html. The artwork was done by 5th graders. I created cutouts and did the animations in Anime Studio, the quiz game was done in the free version of Construct 2.
Animation videos featuring my songs are another area of interest, I only completed one, the ideas aren’t bad but much of the animation is a bit embarrassing to me now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTvwDr4cnb0
Why Synfig when I have Anime Studio? Recently they raised the price of upgrades beyond my budget. And although it’s a powerful software, I’ve always had some problems with editing rigs and animations that went haywire somewhere. Once it goes wrong it stays wrong. How many non-expert users get everything right the first time? My first impression is that Synfig offers a lot of control over every part of the animation.
I’m working on the fable “The Lion and the Mouse”, a project with two characters should be doable. There are lots of versions on YouTube, some well-animated, but the language is 1) unpoetic and 2) not suitable for language learners. Right now I’m doing a tutorial or two a day with the goal of resuming work on this tale in Synfig.
I appreciate the (generally) good tutorials and the hard work put into developing this program. Hopefully someday I’ll learn enough to help struggling newbies in this forum.