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I'm looking for a character animation program of what the pros use. Also how does it work? Any info or direction is appreciated. Keep in mind I'm new to character animations and bone structures and stuff. -Devin

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Cool, I saw that and a friend had mentioned it. I downloaded it and played with it a bit. Do you think it's adequate to create a high quality game? Also I didn't see skeleton system. Does it have skeleton/skin abilities?

Thanks,

Devin

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Blender is capable of doing Bones Animation. A good place to start is the Blender wiki, there is also one short tutorial about animating using bones:
Your First Animation in 30 plus 30 minutes Part II

However, if you decide to use blender, be aware that it has a steep learning curve, but it is worth it :-) so don't give up early.

Blender is capable of doing artwork for high quality games (and movies). But afaik only very few (big) game studios use Blender for artwork creation. But I think that this is not Blender's "fault".

Paint Shop Pro is not capable of doing bones and stuff...

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Just keep in mind that even though it is a powerful program, Blender is hard(er) to use. That shouldn't keep good artists from it, though. I've seen what people create with it and I'm trying to learn it myself.

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Just keep in mind that even though it is a powerful program, Blender is hard(er) to use. That shouldn't keep good artists from it, though. I've seen what people create with it and I'm trying to learn it myself.

yeah, after using 3ds max, blender is a nightmare in comparison. yet i have some some pretty good art from bender.

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I like Fragmotion. Very cheap program. http://www.fragmosoft.com/ It's only about 20$ and it has lots of nice features, with new ones always being added.

The programs that the 'pros use' are very expensive, and have more junk in them them you will ever need to just animate some game models.

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Be aware of gamespace... I'm currently somehow "forced" to use it.

It is not expensive, compared to max. But it's expensive enough (299$)so that you have to know, what you are doing, if your going to buy it.

IMHO, gamespace is buggy. It has some nice modelling features, but it took me at least a month to understand how careful you have to be with it (I'm not doing this fulltime). Doing the wrong things can crash your work, since the undo is buggy.

When I used Blender, there was none of that harsh crashes I had with gameSpace. So in comparision to the (quite frustrating) time needed to get around with gameSpace you could also put this time in learning Blender :-)

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