Because YouTube is free, it has affected not just global, but viral distribution as well
As you can easily upload animations to YouTube there has been an increase in the number of animations that are being made, this is because more amateur animators are deciding to use YouTube to distribute their animations.
How has the development of cheaper equipment and free/cheap software affected animation?
As the equipment for creating animations is cheaper this means that creating animations is also cheaper and because of this more people are deciding to create animations, so there is an increase in animators and animations.
Where as you used to have to wait till the end of production to see the animation you have produced, the cheaper equipment means you can see what you have done so far if you haven’t finished your animation yet.
When animators use ‘onion-skinning’ it is easier for them to judge where they need to draw the next picture. This means that the movement of characters is much smoother and you can see if any of your frames need to be deleted or edited in order to make the animation run smoothly.
Because computers can do a range of different things, they have helped animation a lot. You can easily edit your animation, create smoother movement of characters, see your animation half way through completion, use Photoshop and other programs to digitally colour your animation and you can ‘tween’ your animation. ‘Tweening’ is the process where you create a start and an end image and the computer fills in the slides that should go in-be tween .
Computers also allowed a new type of animation called Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) which is basically 2D drawn animation on the computer.