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How to Make free Animations - Pivot Stickfigure Animator

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Hello, Are you one of those persons who just saw an animation and thought it would be cool to make your own? Or maybe you want to know if you're cut out to make some, but You don't wanna waste hundreds of dollars trying to find out?

Well There's a Solution: Pivot Stickfigure Animator

Pivot StickFigure Animator is a free animation program. It mainly uses lines and circles to create animations. It is a very simple program, that is great for learning to animate, and always good for practicing.

The creator, Peter Bone, decided to make a free to use animation program for people who would like to learn if they are cut out for animation, but don't want to spend money in the process. His program has been praised for being simple, effective and best of all FREE!!!!! Be sure to thank this guy any way you can!

Pivot can be used for beginner projects:


By West921

But don't think its just limited to two stickmen fighting:


By Alex Grinjov

Here is the official page of Pivot. Also, check out Peter Bone's other programs

An Msn Group for Pivot can be found here

So without further a do, here's how to make Simple Free animations

This Instructable is still under construction and is not even remotely finished. Some steps may seem out of place, but please be patient.

 
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Step 1: Getting the Software

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First of all, you have to download the software.

You're probably unsure if you should download this program. You might be Thinking that it may have a virus or spyware.

Well, search google all you want. This software has received numerous awards for being safe. If you still don't trust, ask around, maybe someone you know uses it.

Pivot Stickfigure Animation

There are two great reasons to download the program.

1) Its free!
2) Only takes up 1 mb. Really!
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achandra85 months ago

Stickz

Stykz is frame-based, letting you work on individual frames of your animation to make it just right. Onionskins let you see what was in the previous frame so you can make adjustments to your current frame easily.
New frames can be created by clicking on the "Next Frame" button in the Frames palette, or by simply hitting the Enter key... in fact, you can use the Enter key while you're manipulating a figure! It's kind of like taking snapshots of the current frame while you're moving or pivoting segments... this feature makes it very easy to get smooth animation.CHECK MY STICKZ MOVIE

Insurance:Pivot fighting Animation{Pivot stick figure animation}


Edit Directly On the Stage

No need to go to a separated "editing" window; figures in Stykz can be manipulated directly on the Stage. Grab a control node ("joint") and drag to pivot the attached segment and any segments connected to it. By holding down certain modifier keys, you can go into Extend Mode (allowing you to extend a line segment and move all attached line segments accordingly), or Distort Mode (which allows you to move a node by itself, and have any attached line segments adjust like rubber bands).
You can add new line segments to a figure by using the Add Line tool to click on a node and create a new attached line segment. You can do the same for circles using the Add Circle tool. Even beter, you can "draw" new segments by right-clicking on a node and dragging away - the new line segment is attached to the point you clicked on.
You can delete a node or add a node by holding down the Alt/Option key and clicking... if you Alt-click on a node, you delete it; if you Alt-click on a line segment, you add a node where you clicked.

Manipulating Figures

Use the Select tool to select and manipulate one or more figures. Figures can be rotated, scaled, flipped, duplicated, colorized, and aligned.
You can use the Subselect tool to select and individually adjust the line segments in a figure, setting their length, width, color, and angle.
Stykz’s unique PolyFill tool lets you fill shapes with just a few clicks! Shapes don’t even have to be enclosed to use the PolyFill tool; you simply click on the different nodes of a figure and when you click back where you started, the polyfill region is created! It can be filled with color and will move and resize as your figure is moved and resized.
You can individually relayer line segments within a figure so that you can get a “crossing arms” effect simply and easily, and you can change the layer of any selected figures to create the front-to-back order you desire.

Working With Animations

You can have multiple animation documents open at the same time, and can cut, copy, and paste figures between them.
Display the Hints window to help you work within Stykz; it tells you what you can do with each tool, and adjusts as you switch between tools. When you are comfortable with Stykz, you can keep it closed, or use it for a quick refresher in case you forgot something.
Arrow keys can be used to move selected figure(s) by 1 pixel; hold down the Shift key to move in 10 pixel increments.
Use the Commands palette to create buttons for commonly used actions - create your own custom layout, or use the default "Pivot 2" compatible layout.
If you want to work on your animation without being distracted, you can turn on Stykz's internal "backdrop" feature, which covers over other application windows while you're working in Stykz.

Import/Export

You can import stick figure files created in Pivot Stickfigure Animator and they will be converted to Stykz format automatically.
Test your animation in Stykz before you export it; Stykz can export to QuickTime, Animated GIF, or a sequence of images.
Reuse Figures Easily, Share Them With Others
If you have commonly used figures, you can save your figure to the Library where it can be used again and again in other animations by simply dragging and dropping it onto the stage where your animation is being developed.
You can share your Stykz files with others, and even include information with the file that tells who created it, when it was last modified, and even provides a place to include usage instructions.

Auto Save/Auto Backup

If you don't want to be concerned with having to remember to save your document as you work, you can turn on Stykz's auto save feature and it will do it for you.
You never know when you may want to revert back to an earlier version of an animation - Stykz makes that easy by automatically creating as many backups as you like.

Insurance:Pivot fighting Animation{Pivot stick figure animation}

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Download Stickz here

http://www.stykz.net

The site is gone! Has it been moved?

Awesome animation whoever created those videos.Peace. :D
anja7302 years ago
How do you download it????????????????????
gsukiasyan2 years ago
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tito262 years ago
how can i get this pivot stickfigure thing???
This here sums up my problem:
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I don't know if it is the same software, but this may be a better link:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Others/Pivot-Stickfigure-Animator.shtml
RKOPSSGM2 years ago
i like pivot animation and i want to download it...my question what must i download and how to download pivot animation software?
axien2 years ago
how do i upload my animations on my blog? i ca't find my chosen item!!!
XtraRefleX3 years ago
Hey guys could you type in my username on google and look at my youtube pivot animations and tell me if their good on the videos by leaving comments? thanks!

btw thefoodman, your animations are really good, you should consider making good long ones.
jwest173 years ago
Where do i download it, i cant find anything. i tried clicking the, download the PDF, button, but all it is is a whole bunch of pics.
There is another way to do it for free. it is called rotoscoping, and it is a pain. it consists of making 1000+ images moving at 30 frames a second.

another alternative is Anime Studio. it will set you back 30$, but it is worth the price for all of the features you get. I would call it a consumer version of AfterEffects.
Keith-Kid (author)  AlternateLives3 years ago
Actually I was just watching "A Scanner Darkly" which was made by rotoscoping. I loved it.

I have Anime Studio. I ocasionally experiment with it. Good for vectors. I agree with that its a consumer version of AfterEffects, and thats exactly what I use it for. I use it mainly to add fx to videos.
lol, you won't believe that I found an animation-making program that consumes A LOT LESS space than that. believe it or not, it's 67KB!!!!! YES, KB!!!! and yes, 67, not 670, 67. seriously, I used it in one of my i'bles. you gotta consider using that. it's free and simple to use anyway! but for a animation i'ble this is nice :D
Sounds great! What is it???
I was kinda like an advertiser haha... Anyway, use the program in my instructable here.
thefoodman3 years ago
These are some animations I made
gunshot.gifskate animation.gifrandom fight.gif
Keith-Kid (author)  thefoodman3 years ago
I LOVE the second one :3
Thanks
I clicked your Here link and the page said, "Sorry, the GeoCities web site you were trying to reach is no longer available."
Keith-Kid (author)  resophonicguitarist3 years ago
Geocities, the website that hosted the page, is no longer running, sadly :(

Try searching on download.com
ToddisI3 years ago
Is there a newer version??
Pivot beta 3.1 is the newest version.(and sadly the last)
ToddisI3 years ago
Killer Tutorial!!! Ive made a couple animations but there's a problem... I cant export a video file (gif. or Piv.) that windows movie maker will accept. PLEASE HELP! I'm eager to burn some animations onto a disc and show off to my friends... Wll sorta... LOL... BUT HELP WOULD BE GREAT!!!!
jagnat40004 years ago
come onn alreadyyyy. we need vid!

how do you change the length of the main line? (scratches his head)
Click "Options" then select "Edit Mode". Then drag the dot end of the line...
Ty for that... I didn't realize.
The Jamalam6 years ago
it isn't flash btw
Keith-Kid (author)  The Jamalam6 years ago
Yeah, yeah, I'll fix it.
hey have you made that "tutorial of sorts"?
Keith-Kid (author)  naruto 7776 years ago
Nope, I haven't really had time. I've been quite busy lately.
well just tell m,e when it is ill be hapy to look at it
Keith-Kid (author)  naruto 7776 years ago
Okie
ready yet?
Keith-Kid (author)  The Jamalam5 years ago
Haven't even started. School!
nice new avatar btw
You can download stick figures (wu, dinosaurs, weapons, midgets, vehicles, etc.) at droidz.org
I knew that, but why the message? :S
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