ANIMATION The word “animation” is a for m of “animate,” which means to bring to life. Thus when a multimedia developer wants to bring an image to life, animation is used.
DEFINITIONS Animation is the creation of moving pictures one frame at a time. In the abstract, an animation is a continuous, time-varying image. In practice, it is a sequence of static images displayed in succession so rapidly that it looks continuous.
TYPES OF ANIMATION There are three basic types of animation: Traditional Stop Animation Computer Animation 2D Animation 3D Animation
TRADITIONAL Traditional animation (also called cel animation or hand-drawn animation) was the process used for most animated films of the 20th century. The individual frames of a traditionally animated film are photographs of drawings, which are first drawn on paper. To create the illusion of movement, each drawing differs slightly from the one before it.
STOP MOTION Stop-motion animation is used to describe animation created by physically manipulating real-world objects and photographing them one frame of film at a time to create the illusion of movement. Stop animation or stop motion animation is a technique to make objects move on their own. Here, a few images are drawn with some different positions and photographed separately.
2D ANIMATION It is used through PowerPoint and Flash animations. Though its features are similar to cel animation, 2D animation has become popular due to simple application of scanned drawings into the computer like in a cartoon film.
3D ANIMATION It is used in film making where we require unusual objects or characters that are not easy to display. Use of 3D animation can create a crowd of people in a disaster like earthquake, flood or war.
WHERE THE ANIMATION IS USED? Computer animation is used for many things like film, Flight simulation, Science, and art. Film is a favorite use of computer animation. Movies such as “Terminator Two”, “Jurassic Park”, and “Abyss” use computer animation. It is used in for lot’s of things in architecture like making models houses so that their clients can take a virtual tour. Computer animation is also used in creating three dimensional video games.