Free content for Budding Directors

June 18, 2008

Antics will be launching its next Premium Content pack next week; and Budding Directors (those who have “Budding Director” status on our forum) are getting a preview of the pack and the chance to download it for free before it goes on sale next week.

If you are a Budding Director, look out for an email with details of the pack and how to access it.

For those of you who are not yet Budding Directors, there is an easy way to become one – just submit us a video you have made with Antics, something that shows you understand the basics of how to use Antics to produce your own animated output. Read this post to find out how to submit a video.

The Budding Director program will be continually evolving, with early access to content and details of new products, special offers on Premium Content and webinars designed to help you make your videos more compelling. We will be announcing further details soon.

Meantime, happy directing.


Calling all Budding Directors

June 12, 2008

We are changing the forum to make it easier for you to move up to Budding Director level, and then on to Power User. At the same time, we are launching a program of incentives and tools for those who reach these levels.

As you will have seen, we have introduced regular weekly webinars for those who are just starting out using Antics and they are proving really popular. Well now we are launching webinars just for Budding Directors to help you hone your skills, with the first one in three weeks. We’ll also be announcing some special offers for you very soon.

So how do you become a Budding Director and get an invite to these new webinars? Simply by meeting one of the following requirements:

  • Submit an original video made in Antics. Read this post to find out how to submit and publicise your work. The video does not have to be long, sophisticated or complex (it could be all of 10 seconds). It just has to show that you can manage the different stages of using Antics : creating or modifying a set, directing action, choosing the appropriate camera shots, producing a timeline and outputting it as a final video
  • Make 25 posts on the forum
  • Provide helpful advice on the forum to others which indicates your knowledge of Antics and/or animation

Antics will be the judge of submitted videos, to check that they contain a reasonable amount of original work, and of forum posts, to see that they contain valid and useful remarks; and hence Antics will decide on the award of Budding Director status. However if anyone challenges our decision, we will be happy to publish all the material for the community to decide.

We will publish more details of the Budding Director program in the next few days but in the meantime, get cracking on those videos to submit and watch out for more details.

Sending an Antics Project

April 15, 2008

It is possible to send your entire Antics Project (not just the video you created) to Antics staff, to your friends, to the Antics Community, or even to yourself for work on another computer.

Preparing your Antics Project:

-Save your project. Be sure to save it to its own folder separate from any other Antics project(s).

-Locate the folder in Windows Explorer that contains your project. This folder should have a folder structure that looks something like this (where Project Name is the name of your project)

Sample Antics Project Directory

It is important that when you send a project, you include the entire contents of this folder as they appear above, including all subfolders.

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