Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Join the New Generation of Animation

Folks, as the clock struck midnight, ushering in the month of April, we released a new video that will change the way you think about animation.  This incredible piece of software, which has lived in obscurity until now, is absolutely groundbreaking. This picture says it all.

This is going to change everything.  Watch the video below and witness the amazing things that can be done with it!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Learning Anime Studio - A New Book!

Hi Guys,

A few weeks ago I mentioned we were working on two big projects.  The first was the Anime Studio 10 tutorials for Smith Micro.  I am now happy to announce the second "secret" project.

In December 2012 I started writing a book on Anime Studio Pro 9. My goal was to create a reference guide that would take beginners from start to finish on how to create an animated cartoon.  Since that time Anime Studio has undergone two new versions.  Plus, I was delighted when Packt Publishing picked the book up last night summer.  The result?  Learning Anime Studio, my first book!

Packed within these 350 pages is a guide to creating a cartoon.  This includes: drawing, rigging, designing set pieces, using the library, creating Smart Bones, animating characters and much more.  I also updated the book before its release to include many of version 10's new enhancements, such as Bone Constraints and the new drawing tools.  Not only is this a good guide for beginners, but longtime users looking for a crash course on the new features will find the book to be of value too.

The book comes with several exercise files so you can easily follow along.  Plus, two of the chapters give tips on how to write scripts and edit your animations in a video editor.

I will bring you more information soon.  But in the meantime, you can preorder the book on Packt's official website, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and a few other places.  The book is due out in April.  If you have any questions about the book, please leave them in the comments.  I'll be happy to answer them!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Anime Studio 10 Podcast

As some of you are probably aware, +Jim Mills and I posted a podcast of sorts on March 3rd discussing the new version of Anime Studio.  We cover the new features as well as address the big question... is this new version worth buying?

Jim Mills makes his grand debut... on VHS!
If you haven't done so already, check out the video below!  And be sure to check out Anime Studio Pro 10 if you have yet to do so!

This video was also testing the waters to see if our viewers would be interested in more videos like this.  If you're familiar at all with the old Chad Chat's, we see this as the next step in that format.  Please let us know how we did and if you'd be interested in participating in future live Hangouts with us!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Anime Studio 10, Baby!

Yesterday I posted an announcement in regards to two projects +Jim Mills and I have been working on. Well, it looks like one of those projects has been publicly revealed.

We were contracted by Smith Micro to create a new batch of tutorials for Anime Studio 10.  And you can check them out... right now!  They are currently being uploaded to the Content Paradise YouTube Channel, a few days ahead of the March 4th launch.  So jump on over there if you're interested in the new version.  Here is the Overview and New Features videos, narrated by yours truly:

On a personal note, after working with the program extensively over the past few weeks, I can say it's awesome.  Some of my favorite features include the new Bone Constraints and Tabs.  But... we'll have more on that a bit later.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Where is this Week's Tutorial?

That's probably what many of you are asking (or maybe not).  Yes ladies and gentlemen, after a valiant effort between +Jim Mills and myself to produce a tutorial a week in 2014, we just missed our first release.  But I promise you, there is a big reason for this.  We weren't just slacking off.  Well, I wasn't.  Jim was, as usual.

Look at him - slacking off in his stylish golden 90's suit.
So, what are those two reasons?  I don't want to say... yet.  And not because I am under some weird contract, but because I am sadistic and like to torture people with vague statements.  I mean, you're reading this and expecting me to say something incredible when I might not.  It's a risk, and possibly a waste of time.

But I won't do that to you.

Here's the big secret: the two projects we have been working on have to deal with Anime Studio and the number 10.  What could it mean?  Let's just say March is going to be a lot of fun!

We plan to resume our normal release schedule next week.  Stay tuned for that!  In the meantime, if you missed it, check out our 5 part mini series on how to create a shading effect for a character in Anime Studio:

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Incredible Tutorials Returns January 8th!

Hey Guys!  +Jim Mills and I hope you had a great holiday.  We also hope everyone is rested up and ready to dive into more incredible tutorials on animation!  We have a lot of ambitious goals this year for the website and channel, but let's focus on the immediate stuff first.

Starting Wednesday, January 8th, we will be resuming our release schedule for tutorials.  There is one slight change though.  We are reducing the number of tutorial releases from three to one a week.  After receiving some feedback and monitoring viewer trends, we realized we may not be giving everyone enough time to take in each lesson with such a rigorous release schedule.  The content itself will not be sacrificed.  In fact, the first lesson we will be releasing is over 45 minutes long!

The lesson in question is the long awaited (and requested) detailed head turning animation in Anime Studio.  We will be splitting this one into the three parts: one that focuses on making the eyes blink, one that deals with mouth movement and the head turn animation itself, all of which will be released on Wednesday.  This gives you the opportunity to break the lesson down or watch it altogether to get the most benefit.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them here.  As you know, we are always looking for viewer feedback and tutorial suggestions.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Holidays from Incredible Tutorials!

We here at Incredible Tutorials just want to wish you guys the happiest of holidays.  And don't mind +Jim Mills, he always works overtime.  That's why I designed the Incredible Workshop, to keep him... I mean us, on schedule.

But seriously, thanks for sticking around guys.  We have a lot of stuff coming up for you in the New Year.  We hope you're just as excited about it as we are!  Enjoy the holidays!