You cant have animation without inbetweening! Animators do the key poses or storytelling poses. the inbetweener does the drawing between the animator key poes. A bad in-between will ruin the animation. On the other hand, a great in-between can really make the animation sing! For a great description of inbetweening, you can read these animation books.
What exactly is Inbetweening?
Inbetweening is vital for production! It is the most important job of matching the style and animation of the animator’s poses and following their timing charts. For example, an animator will draw a man throwing a ball on one layer, and on the next layer, the ball hits a tree. An inbetweener will draw all the drawings between those two drawings. As you can see the inbetweener does a lot of work! You should have some knowledge of animation basics.
What about 3d animation?
Well, what about it? It’s the same thing, just a bit different! With 2d you need to draw each in-between, but with 3d the frames are already there. However you do it, you need to have a basic understanding of location and acting. How things naturally move in arcs. What kind of movement is subtle? All of these concepts are important to animation. Some people think that 3d is easier because you don’t have to draw the ‘tween’ drawings. In that way, it is easier but you still need to understand the movement and timing.
Sophisticated animation software has complex algorithms that identify the keyframes in an image and define how the transition goes, creating the inbetweening for the tweening process and completing the animation. This is done by interpolating graphics parameters or data. On the other hand, all of this can be done manually, which is what animators often do as they need more control of the process than an automatic algorithm can afford. Some animation software that automates the inbetweening process still allows manual means of editing each inbetween frame so that the animator can be sure that the movement is fluid and lifelike or whatever demand is. To be honest, you really don’t need to worry about that, because we are focusing on 2d animation. Darn proud of it too!
Here are some things we will cover:
- Timing charts
- shapes and line
- animation and arcs
- line quality
What Will You Learn?
- You will learn how to inbetween an animated seqence.
Inbetweening 201 session 1 Intro to Inbetweening_even timing
Inbetweening 201 session 1 Even timing21:52
Inbetweening 201 session 1 _ Even timing
Inbetweening 201 session 2 slow in and slow out
Inbetweening 201 session 2 slow in slow out05:21
Inbetweening 201 session 2_ slow in slow out
Inbetweening 201 session 3. Arcs and lines
Inbetweening 201 session 3. Arcs and lines07:49
Inbetweening 201 session 3_ Arcs and lines
Inbetweening session 4 complicated drawing
Inbetweening 201 session 4 the complicated drawing!03:06
Inbetweening 201 session 4_ the complicated drawing! Yikes!
Inbetweening 201 session 5 slow in slow out with instructions
Inbetweening 201 session 5 slow in slow out with instructions03:28
Inbetweening 201 session 5_ Slow in slow out with instructions
Inbetweening 201 session 6 moving volumes not lines
Inbetweening 201 session 6. moving volumes not lines03:13
Inbetweening 201 session 6_ moving volumes not lines
Inbetweening 201 session 7_ Jump right up!
Inbetweening 201 session 7_ 3 timing charts02:46
Inbetweening 201 session 7_ Three timing charts
Inbetweening 201 session 8 the hand thump
Inbetweening 201 session 8_ the hand thump
Inbetweening 201 session 8 hand thump04:15
Inbetweening session 9 Frog throat
Inbetweening 201 session 9. Frog throat04:16
Inbetweening 201 session 9_ Frog throat
Inbetweening 201 session 10 Inbetweening a ripple
Inbetweening 201 session 10 Inbetweening a ripple02:00
Inbetweening 201 session 10 _ Inbetweening a ripple