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    crazy studios

    I keep hering about it in reveiws of software but what is onion skinning?

    Profile photo of Kyle

    In certain programs it lets your see your previous captures from your camera (or frames) all meshed into one, so you can check your work.


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    crazy studios


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    You wouldn’t believe how useful it can be. I couldn’t animate without it.

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    I’ve got a slightly different take to buxton. When I first got SMP and was able to onion skin i used it all the time and it improved my animation heaps… but now I don’t use it much. It is almost like it supported the developement of a feel for movement I would not have been able to learn otherwise.

    I do use a lot of flicking back-and-forth, which has a similar result to onionskinning, but only with the most recent frame.


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    Ditto to hali. I find I can do just as well without it, as long as I’m careful, and think about what I’m doing. If I focus on the onion skin too much, my animation quality actually drops slightly – everything is slightly less life-like. (If Lego figures can indeed be life-like at all :lol:)
    It’s very useful, though, and is especially helpful for spur-of-the-moment camera pans.


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    Im with hali, frame flicking is better for your animation… I really only use onion skinning when I bump something, or knock it over between frames, and need to reposition things to where they should be.

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    My favorite use for onionskining is when panning or doing a dolly shot. You can move the object a set distance then move the camera to line the images back up. If I am doing a pan without a moving object, I place a dummy object in the frame move it, align the camera, take out the dummy object than take a frame.

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    onionskinning really improve my animation skills, but sometimes i just go over with, not really take attention on it.

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    Uh oh

    Once I get my new camera for christmas I can do onionskinning with SMA. It’s going to be SO HELPFUL. :excited: I always bump things when I animate. :wink

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