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Learning Moho Pro 12 (Anime Studio Pro) - Part 1, Introduction

This week Smith Micro released the latest version of it's animation software, Moho Pro 12, which is actually the latest, completely revised and updated version of Anime Studio Pro 11 with a new name, kind of. As I understand it Anime Studio used to be called Moho in the beginning and this is a return to the original name.

I firmly believe in this software as a professional animation tool, as evidenced by the fact I've kept upgrading every time they release a new version, despite never having the time to even scratch the surface learning how to use it properly.


Whilst it may not have all the bells and whistles of high end, industry standard, animation software like Harmony, it's still packed full of more than enough features to create professional animation. Particularly for online distribution.

Naturally I upgraded pretty much the day I got the email announcement there was a new version. Aside from all the new features, what tipped me into a purchase was a special launch deal to get nearly 3GB of video tutorials and a free Retro Space Content pack (Which I could take or leave. I was interested in the tutorials).

In order to make sure I do learn this software beyond the introductory tutorials, I've decided to blog my progress like I did to learn iClone5.

The blog posts won't be a learn along with me rehash of the tutorials. If you want to learn the software yourself just get the tutorials and learn first hand. What it will be is a recording of my  experiences learning the software, so you can see how easy or difficult I found it. Hopefully, you'll also find it interesting as a kind of overview of how easy Moho is to learn.

The First Hurdle...


Here is my one and only major gripe I have against Smith Micro and previous versions of Anime Studio as well as Moho. This is the main reason I haven't been able to learn it with any great confidence...

Despite having a plethora of video tutorials, they're not organised into any kind of logical sequence so that each new video progresses logically from what was taught in the last. Instead, each video teaches a feature or an aspect of the program. So it's hard to know where to start.

For example, one directory of video tutorials contains 15 videos for Moho Debut (the cut down version of the software). The first video is labelled 'Getting Started' (seems like a good place to start, right?) but it's not until video 14 you get something telling you about 'Beginners Mode'. It's the same across  all the tutorial folders. The order is alphabetical based on video titles and not any kind of logical lesson order.

It's confusing and caused me to resort to learning from the written tutorials in the manual when I tried to learn Anime Studio Pro 11. Which is a slow and not particularly fun way to learn so eventually I abandoned my efforts.

The thing is, Smith Micro could easily solve the problem just by either releasing a list of the best order to view the videos and/or giving the videos numbered file names, so they arrange themselves in their folder in the correct logical order. Seriously, I feel a lot more beginners would embrace their software if they just did that one thing.

Because, as I said, I firmly believe in Moho Pro 12 as being a great animation tool. Just check out some of the new features of the latest version in the video below.



Once I sort out the mess of tutorials into some kind of order I'll make a start learning the software. Watch out for future posts of my experiences right here in this blog.

Update: Part 2 is now available where I draw, rig and animate my first Moho Character.

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