Introduction: Minecraft Animation Maker - First Animation
This first tutorial of the Minecraft Animation Maker Series is very easy because the goal is to explain the basic concepts and to show how fast you can make an animation with this free and easy-to-use program.
It is the secret for a successful learning: staying motivated because you can make Minecraft animations quickly.
Each tutorial of the Minecraft Animation Maker Series will focus on a specific concept. Beginners can learn what they want and are not overwhelmed with too much information.
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Mine-imator is very user friendly and it's super easy to jump into the program and get started with it. But don't think that Mine-imator is a program that allows you to make only easy animations. For example, Legend of the Harbinger is made with Mine-imator and demonstrates how powerful the program is.
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Step 1: Create Your Animation
When you launch the program, select 'New project' at the startup screen.
Enter a name then click 'Create'.
Step 2: Add a Character
To add a new character, you have to click on the top left button to open the workbench.
Then click on the player (by default, a human is selected with the Minecraft skin) and finally click 'Create'.
Step 3: Move the Work Camera View
You can left-click to rotate the camera around the character or right-click and hold to look at what you want and you zoom out with the mouse wheel.
You can also right-click and hold while pressing the keys (Q, E, A, D, W, S) to move the work camera.
Now, move the work camera to be in front of the character but not too close like in the picture above.
Step 4: Give the Character Keyframes
On the bottom you have your timeline. Since you've added a character, you see under the timeline a line for the character (Human). In order to start animating your character, you have to give him keyframes.
Click on the character line to give him a keyframe at 0 for his starting position. Then click on the keyframe at 40 for his ending position.
Step 5: Move the Character
Check that the keyframe 40 is selected then left-click and hold the red arrow of the character while moving the mouse left. Now your character is on the left side like in the picture above.
The red, yellow and blue arrows allow you to move the character in any directions (x, y, z axes).
Step 6: Create a Running Animation
Click twice on the keyframe 0, the keyframe is now highlighted in white.
Click on the button 'Create a running animation to the next keyframe' at the bottom left of the screen.
Step 7: Test Your Animation
'Save' your current project then click 'Stop' to come back at the beginning of the animation and click 'Play' to test your animation.
Now you can see your character running in an impressive way.
Step 8: Export Your Movie
Finally, you can export your movie to an mp4 file.
Step 9: Upgrade to Full Version
Mine-imator is free. But if you want to remove the watermark on your animation, you can donate here: http://www.stuffbydavid.com/mineimator/upgrade any amount like a dollar and get the serial key to upgrade to the full version. You can also get the serial key for free and decide to donate later if you are satisfied with the program.
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