TVPaint Animation contains all the necessary tools to animate without a paper stage : management of the layers and the images, light table, rotative workspace... Thanks to the custom tools already present in the software, you could even draw crayon-looking lines. And thanks to the remote, your animation will be read instantaneously : the time where you lost time with tedious line-test is over. Just click !
Avoiding those off-putting steps will make you earn time to improve your art.
From the first sketches to the final compositing, you can make your projects entirely with TVPaint Animation.
TVPaint Animation imports very easily any video in most(all?) of the common formats (avi, mov, mp4, mpeg...). Importing a video or an image is really easy : a simple drag and drop into TVPaint Animation. These videos will then be placed into an animation layer as an images sequence. Thanks to this system, you could add layers above the layer containing the video and draw your key images, without affecting the original video.
And thanks to the custom brushes' "Smear source" mode, you will have an easy solution to give a crayoned or painted aspect to your videos.
It's also possible to mix video and animation. For example, you can integrate a person filmed before a blue background into a cartoon. You will obtain this result by combining the Keyers effects of TVPaint Animation Professional Edition to the animation layers.
TVPaint Animation contains a floodfill tool (paint bucket) with many different parameters to configure. Using the option to fill on a separate layer, you can conserve the original lines on one layer and put the coloring on the next.
You could even avoid the "holes" from an uncomplete line, in order to fill a zone, wihout overflowing. The "Auto pick color" feature combined to the Light table will allow you to pick up colors from the previous image and then, fill a zone in the current image.
Another tool, located in the Filled free hand tool, will optimize the coloring step. This feature is called "Fill inside" and allows you to circle quickly a zone to color : it is really useful, especially if your characters have a lot of details.
Thanks to the mask and the papers (textures), you will be free to add textures on a different layer.
If you wish to have advanced color renders, don't hesitate to read our solution "Drawing & Illustration", which will learn you more about the drawing tools possibilites.
Various examples of possibles renders with TVPaint Animation
By the way, some special effects will be really useful to help you in your coloring step, such as :
• the effect "Color replacer" and "Tint replacer" (as you suppose, they allow to change a tint or a color from an image) ;
• the effect "Expand" (really handy to expand a flood fill, but it keeps the nuances of gradients and transparency) ;
• the effect "Line colorize" (that allows your lines to automatically take the color of the flood fill colors below).
TVPaint Animation contains two important spaces above the timeline : the sound space and the timeline for notes. Thanks to these both spaces, you could manage one (with TVPaint Animation Standard Edition) or several soundtracks (with TVPaint Animation Profesional Edition), for which you can manage fades and volumes. And if you combine the sound reel, the notes and the image, creating lip-synch animation wil be simple and efficient.