How to Use Cambridge Animation Systems Animo 60zip for Traditional Animation
Cambridge Animation Systems Animo 60zip is a software package that allows you to create and edit traditional 2D animation on your computer. It was developed by Cambridge Animation Systems, a British company that was acquired by Toon Boom Technologies in 2009. Animo 60zip is one of the old skool animation software that was used by many studios worldwide, such as Warner Bros., DreamWorks, and Nelvana. [^2^] [^3^]
In this article, we will show you how to use Animo 60zip for traditional animation, from setting up your project to exporting your final output. We will also cover some of the features and benefits of Animo 60zip, such as its ink and paint tools, its integration with 3D software, and its compatibility with other formats.
Setting Up Your Project
To start using Animo 60zip, you need to download and install it on your computer. You can find it on the Internet Archive website [^1^], where you can also download a portable version that does not require installation. You will also need a Microsoft Loopback adapter, Quicktime (optional), and your favourite VFW codecs to run Animo 60zip. [^1^]
Once you have installed Animo 60zip, you can launch it and create a new project. You will see a dialog box where you can name your project, choose a resolution, frame rate, aspect ratio, and color depth. You can also set the number of frames per exposure and the number of levels per scene. Animo 60zip supports resolutions up to 4K and frame rates up to 120 fps.
After creating your project, you will see the main interface of Animo 60zip, which consists of several windows and panels. The most important ones are:
The Timeline window, where you can see and edit your animation frames and layers.
The Xsheet window, where you can see and edit your animation timing and exposure.
The Camera window, where you can see and adjust your camera view and movement.
The Drawing window, where you can draw and edit your animation frames using various tools.
The Library window, where you can store and reuse your drawings, scenes, backgrounds, effects, etc.
The Palette window, where you can create and manage your color palettes.
Drawing Your Animation
To draw your animation frames in Animo 60zip, you need to use the Drawing window and the tools in the toolbar. You can choose from different drawing tools, such as pencil, brush, eraser, fill, line, rectangle, ellipse, etc. You can also adjust the size, shape, opacity, and color of your tools using the options panel.
Animo 60zip allows you to draw on different levels or layers in your animation. You can create new levels by clicking on the New Level button in the toolbar or by pressing Ctrl+N. You can also import existing images or drawings from other sources by clicking on the Import button or by pressing Ctrl+I. You can then drag and drop your levels onto the Timeline or Xsheet windows to arrange them in order.
Animo 60zip also supports vector drawing, which means that you can edit your drawings without losing quality or resolution. You can convert your bitmap drawings into vector drawings by clicking on the Vectorize button in the toolbar or by pressing Ctrl+V. You can then use the Edit Vector tool to modify your vector drawings using nodes and handles.
Inking and Painting Your Animation
After drawing your animation frames in Animo 60zip, you need to ink and paint them to give them color and style. You can use the Palette window to create and manage your color palettes for each level or scene. You can add new colors by clicking on the Add Color button or by pressing Ctrl+A. You can also edit existing colors by double-clicking on them or by pressing Ctrl+E.
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