TET Project Updates 14th June 2017

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It's nearly 2 months since I last posted to this blog so I thought it was way beyond time I made the obligatory 'I'm not dead, check in with anyone wondering where I've been and what I've been up to' post.

Looking back at my two last update posts, the first from March 2016 and the second from July 2016 I'd like to say the reason for my lack of posting is different but no, still Animation 4 Business client projects have been a factor.

Review: Parblo Coast22 21.5" Graphic Drawing Tablet Monitor

The Parblo Coast22 21.5" Graphic Drawing Tablet Monitor is the largest sub AU$1000.00 pen display monitor I could find that met all my other criteria. When it comes to drawing surfaces I believe the bigger the better, hence my choice. I know there are bigger displays but my budget didn't stretch that far.

I also know WACOM pen display tablets are generally better quality products but I didn't want to settle for the 13.3" screen of the Cintiq 13HD, the only one of their tablets in my price range.

It should be noted that this is my first Pen Display monitor. Prior to this I was using a WACOM Intuos 4 Drawing Tablet (which is no longer available but is similar to the Intuos Pro Tablets). This was a factor in my choice not to stick with a smaller WACOM display tablet. I figure, what I don't know I won't miss. Even if a WACOM 13HD is better for drawing - I'm not going to know.

That said, I can still compare the Parblo Coast22 to my WACOM Intuos.

Use Your Mobile Phone as a Sketchbook

As mobile phones become more powerful with bigger screens it just makes sense to utilize these devices as a sketchbook. Chances are, your mobile phone is nearly always within arms reach anyway so, instead of carrying a sketchbook everywhere, why not just use your phone?

My current phone is a Samsung Galaxy S5, running Android 6. It's fairly powerful and has a relatively large screen. Prior to that I had a Nokia, Lumia 720 phone running Windows 8.1. It has a smaller screen but I used it a lot for sketching ideas and characters.

Generally most modern phones with a capacitive touch screen (the kind that you can use your fingers with) should be fine for sketching.

Learn Moho Pro 12 Free Using SmithMicro's Own 104 Video Tutorials Sorted into a Logical Order of Progression

So you've bought Smith Micro's Moho Pro 12 along with the Moho, 10 hour, 104 Video Tutorials Add On pack so you can get learning right away... only you can't. For whatever reason, the video tutorials aren't sorted into any logical order of progression making them hard to follow.

Yeah, I've been there, only I've done what Smith Micro should have done and sorted all the video tutorials into a logical order of natural progression for you. That is, each tutorial builds upon what you learned in previous videos and you won't suddenly come up against some feature you've never used before, unless that feature is what the video tutorial is about.

Learning Moho Pro 12 (Anime Studio Pro) - Part 12 (Final), New Features V12 Pro Only Videos 1-10

Applying a Smart Warp to a Raster Image.
All of the points can now be key framed.
It's hard to believe I made it to the last nine tutorial videos for Moho Pro 12 but here we are. The final nine.

These videos focus on all the new features added to Moho Pro 12 that you won't find if you bought the cheaper Debut version. So, to find out what you're missing, or to see what you have (if you did or are buying the Pro version) read on. Read the previous post here.

Learning Moho Pro 12 (Anime Studio Pro) - Part 11, New Features V12 Debut and Pro Videos 1-8

Pin Bones - Moho 12
It really has been a marathon of video watching and at this point I'm down to the final 18 Moho tutorial videos that came with my software purchase. These videos focus specifically on the new features of Moho Debut and Pro 12.

I'm eager to get through these as quickly as possible so, let's get straight to it. You'll find my previous post here.

Learning Moho Pro 12 (Anime Studio Pro) - Part 10, Pro Only Videos 34-45

Continuing on with my quest to learn Moho Pro 12. Can I get through the final twelve advanced tutorials this post? Will I make a start on the final run of 'What's New in Moho Pro 12?' tutorials? Can you believe my attention span has lasted this long - oooh shiny!

The list below are the tutorial titles that I've completed for this post and my summaries of each follow after that.

Learning Moho Pro 12 (Anime Studio Pro) - Part 9, Pro Only Videos 28-33

It's hard to believe I'm still going with my quest to learn Moho. It's definitely been an up hill battle but I'm determined to get to the final run of video tutorials that will teach me what is actually new in the latest release of the application.

Unfortunately that's not going to happen with this installment which continues on with the Advanced Moho Pro Tutorials from video 28.

In this installment I've drifted through another six tutorial videos and am finally starting to discover some of Moho's more useful features.

Review: CrazyTalk Animator 3 vs Moho Studio Pro 12

Reallusion's CrazyTalk Animator 3 or Smith Micro's Moho Studio Pro 12. Which of these 2D animation applications is right for you?

Regular readers of this blog will know I'm a strong supporter, and fairly proficient user of CrazyTalk Animator since version 1. It's a great piece of software for producing 2D animations from purchased content quickly and, with version 3, is easier than ever to create animations from your own art.

Lesser known is that I first purchased Moho Studio Pro 12 (then known as Anime Studio Pro 9) back in October of 2012 and have been upgrading it to the latest version ever since because I believed in it as an application for creating great 2D animation to TV quality standard. As such, it's a much more complex application than CTA3 that I only got around to learning properly late last year. I'm still in the process of blogging my progress.

Despite this I feel I've learned enough of Moho to compare it to CTA3 to help you determine which application may be suited to your needs.

Learning Moho Pro 12 (Anime Studio Pro) - Part 8, Pro Only Videos 22-27

A brief look at 6 more of Moho's Pro Video tutorials in my continuing series following my progress of learning SmithMicro's animation studio.

Of most interest here is the ability to create and import 3D objects. To me that's a little beyond the scope of 2D animation software but if you do want to combine 2D characters with 3D environments it is nice that you can achieve that without having to leave the program.

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