getting started with video production

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donnielighto

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I am kinda new to the whole world of video production but *stars in eyes* would like to be able to produce short films that ideally can mix animation with live action. What I have in my head as a dream piece of software is something that will allow me to see frame by frame what is on a piece of film footage so that I can add a layer of animation over the top.

I've been googling for a while now and can't seem to get a handle on the right starting point (i.e. which software, preferably freeware) to use

Can anyone help?

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donnielighto said:
What I have in my head as a dream piece of software is something that will allow me to see frame by frame what is on a piece of film footage so that I can add a layer of animation over the top.
You need a video editor that supports overlays. And animation software that supports outputting overlays. Some animators do both but I'm not aware of one that does both well. Ulead Cool 3-D for example you can create simple animations, you can use a video as the background and animate objects. The way I use it is too import the background to use as a reference to create the animation then remove the video and output as a sequential overlay.... if you use TGA it will output the files with a transparent background. theses files can then be imported into a video editor that supports it. It's great for making titles and other things but again it's for simple work.

I haven't used it but Wax is supposed to be very similar and it's free, might be a good starting point if you're just experimenting at this point:

http://www.debugmode.com/wax/

One thing to note is that both of these applications are very CPU and Graphics card intensive....

The site mentioned above is a great place to learn more for using both. Once you get the animator figured out you can move onto the editor part. ;)
 
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