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Daz Studio : Getting Started with Animation

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Product Name: Daz Studio : Getting Started with Animation
Product ID: 55291
Published Artist(s): Digital Art Live
Created By: N/A
Release Date: 2018-08-29

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Take the next step in telling your story

If you are a storyteller and love creating visual narratives, a natural step is to explore animation with DAZ Studio. But where do you start?

By utilising aniMate2 (by GoFigure 3D), a tool already incorporated in DAZ Studio, Ivy Summers introduces you to the world of animation, teaching you about the animation timeline and native puppeteer function. She'll go onto talk about other essential tools and methods to enable you to begin your journey and expand your skills and knowledge.

Get started quickly with these tutorials, where Ivy will help you create your first animation with 30 to 60 keyframes in length.

This tutorial product includes:

1) 3.5 hours of tutorial recordings.
2) A pre-saved user interface layout to get you up and running for your DAZ Studio animation workspace.
3) A floor prop to get you started with animating a walking character.
Learn how to set up the animation work environment
a. Setting up Daz Studio User-interface to speed up your workflow.
b. Get organised! Setting up a basic file management, for your animation project.
c. Storyboards and project scripts
d. Animation assets? What are they?
e. Beginning and saving your animated project.

Master animation timelines

a. Learn about the built in Daz Studio Native Timeline.
1. What are keyframes?
2. Touch on the basics of using the puppeteer for setting up animated poses.
b. Introduction to the AniMate2 plugin. Learn the basics of the AniMate2 Plugin by GoFigure. Demonstrate the power of using AniMate2 timelines.
c. Introduction to aniblocks & MOCAPS ( preset motions files) to use with the AniMate2 timeline. A simple demonstration on how using preset motions files and why would you use them.
d. More about Keyframes & Editing them with the license version of animate2
e. Saving your Animation as a Animate Preset to share for other projects or to share with other artist.

Learn Basic Lighting Skills for Speed Rendering.

a. Setting up a scene using AOA lights for quick 3Delight Rendering.
b. Rendering Animation with Iray. Recommended Iray render settings to speed up render times.
c. Essential shadow and display setting cheats to speed up your renders.
C. How to use Spot & Emissive Lights with the AniMate2 Keyframes for simple light-effects…
Rendering your animation
a. Introduction & Demonstration into Render settings & file Options used for a Daz Studio animation.
b. The Daz Studio render settings for 3Delight.
c. The Daz Studio Render settings for Iray
Saving and Showcasing your Animation
a. File options to save your finished animation for film editing
b. Options for showcasing on social media.

About the Presenter : Ivy Summers

Ivy Summers from Northeast Tennessee has always had music and art as part of her life!

She has been an Adobe Creative Suite Ambassador endorsing and working with Adobe creative suite products throughout most of her art career. In 2010, she was then introduced to Daz Studio and soon discovered the joy of creating short story animations, realizing the accessibility to an unlimited amount of quality 3d models, that could be rendered on a home computer.

Since then Ivy has created a series of her own cartoon animations including the “Karate Girl” Adventures. She’s been commissioned to promote country musician Gus Gregory’s children Christmas songs with animation and commissioned for book cover illustrations by Christian author Buddy Vadien.

Today the demand for Ivy’s ability to create commissioned artwork, for print, websites design, business logos, brochures, t-shirt prints, book covers, animation has grown! Throughout her husband has encouraged her creative journey.

You can find more example of Ivy’s work on her website.

Ivy is an active member of the DAZ forums, sharing her art and advice since 2010, especially on this long running thread.

To top it all – Ivy is very energetic and loves all animals, especially the small fuzzy ones!

Product Notes

Installation Packages

Below is a list of the installation package types provided by this product. The name of each package contains a Package Qualifier, which is used as a key to indicate something about the contents of that package.

  • 1 Core 1)

Not all installation packages provide files that are displayed to the user within the interface of an application. The packages listed below, do. The application(s), and the location(s) within each application, are shown below.

Daz Studio : Getting Started with Animation 1 of 3 (Core)

  • You can find new icons for loading this product in the following DAZ Studio Folders:
    • “Props:Ivy:Floor Pane Prop”
  • You can find new icons for this product in the following DAZ Studio Categories:
    • “Props:Landscape:Ground”

Additional Details

  • Please refer to the products included Readme file, located in the Daz Studio Getting Started with Animation 2 of 3 installer, for instructions on placing Animation Layout.dsx file
  • Refer to included PDF for link to searchable video link in 2 of 3 installer: DAZ Studio Animation Searchable Video Set Link.pdf

Resolved Issues

  • 2022-03-28 Searchable Video PDF added

Known Issues

  • None


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