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  1. Thanks Jon! Appreciate the heads-up on the changes in version 4. Agree, good to see continued development.
  2. Ooh, nice, also sounds useful for emulating perspective. Thank you, jon13! Hopefully I can try this tonight when I get back to my own computer. Will also try the zoom feature to see if I get the same results, and will report back.
  3. I applaud your suggestions for an update of the primitive interface, but the current functionality is not bad for a free motion graphics editor. Once you've created a multi-composition project, as described above, you can see multiple compositions (by name, rather than thumbnail) and quickly modify composition order, in both layer order and time order. It is nowhere near as pretty as thumbnails, but it works (especially if you give your compositions meaningful names). What's more, you can animate compositions on the canvas and timeline, giving you movement within movement.
  4. 1. Each composition is an animation, so each composition might start with an empty background before objects come into view, then go out of view later, so it might not be useful if the software simply picks an arbitrary frame (first, last middle) as a static composition thumbnail - depending on your project, you might end up with several identical thumbnails. The software would need to generate animated thumbnails to be particularly useful If you create a couple of compositions (let's say, scene1 and scene2) and create a new composition (mymovie) then add the other 2 compositions to it,
  5. From the animation aspect it is sometimes better to think of it as a parent object rather than a group of objects. Compared to more complex animation software, it is the equivalent of a bone rather than a group. You can visually move/rotate/scale the Dummy object, move its anchor point, edit its path, keyframe it, etc, exactly the same as you would do to any other object. You can, for example, solo it (show only the Dummy object) for animation - I don't think Photoshop has an equivalent to "show group but don't show any of it's contents". You can build more complex hierarchical
  6. I see the top menu bar has disappeared (File, Edit, Object, and Help menus) - that's OK, all of it is available through other controls and it adds a little more screen space. The online manual is currently missing (re-directs to the NCH home page) - hopefully a temporary measure. The Save Video dialog has been significantly improved - separation of file and folder choices, more presets, extra options. Has anybody spotted any other changes?
  7. Provides an invisible parent object to allow for group animation. Suppose you have two pieces of text, a circle, and a custom shape, and you want to move and rotate them all together - make them all "children" of a Dummy object , then animate the Dummy object - all the attached child objects will move as part of the single combined group.
  8. Hi Peter Express Animate is not a slideshow or frame-by-frame animation program. It is more a "motion graphics" animation program. Think of it as "I have a bunch of shapes (or images). Now I want them to move around (move, resize, rotate, or change colour)". It is more like directing a movie or play than creating separate animation frames or a slideshow. So, create an ellipse at frame 0 (or you could import an image), move the timeline marker to 1 second and drag the ellipse to a different place (you will probably be asked if you want to enable animation for this parameter. Yes, you
  9. Four (and a half) tips: 1. Make sure you have plenty of disk space available, including enough for temporary files several times the size of the video as well as the video itself. 2. Never save large or complex files (including video files and layered image files) directly to a folder that is being synced with an online service (e.g. Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc). The files will have a high chance of being corrupted. If you want these types of files in your synced folder, save to a non-synced folder first then copy them to the sync folder after the save is complete. (Hal
  10. I see a rather nice repeating linear gradient fill has been added to shapes and to the background. Anything else that I've missed? (Apart from the updated tab interface - no separate Edit tab, the new Suite tab, etc)
  11. Hi Graham/grazzaloptus If you are still interested and haven't already solved it, Path allows you to keyframe changes to a shape outline - you can move vertex positions to animate the "shape of the shape", so to speak. No way to change multiple durations that I can see.
  12. Tsam, are you perhaps referring to VideoPad or one of the other NCH Software programs? Neither of those features (backup project files nor split track) appears to be present in Express Animate. bty, I don't think you can directly choose a portion in Express Animate - you would have to either edit your project output afterwards in a video editor (which I think Tsam is talking about) or make a copy of your project, delete any earlier or later keyframes than the portion you want, change the duration of your project and, if necessary, move your keyframes into position to suit the new reduced d
  13. Hi John If you are still interested, it looks like NCH Software are starting to put up some tutorials for Express Animate here: http://www.nchsoftware.com/animation/tutorial.html I've started playing more with Express Animate for a recent motion graphics project, and it has more functionality than I originally thought. Regards, Obtusity.
  14. I haven't looked in on this forum for a while, so my apologies for such a late reply. I don't think there is any one-button loop functionality, but you can easily cut and paste keys in the timeline to create such a pulsing effect, or even a walk cycle.
  15. The first important question is what format is your output? A movie might not play back in simple .swf output, for example (no ActionScript playback control), but would play back fine in .mp4 output. What format are the included videos/media files in the project? There might be some problem re-encoding it which does not show in the playback, only on export (and again, .swf problems - a great format for handling its own vector content and simple raster images, but not a good choice for general movie manipulation).
  16. Update: I was browsing the help file, trying to find out what is new in the 2.0 release, and I saw that some speech bubbles are included in the NCH clip art library: http://help.nchsoftware.com/help/en/expressanimate/win/content_clipartlibrary.html Nifty!
  17. Well, I've found there is a version log here: http://www.nchsoftware.com/animation/versions.html ... but no change notes.
  18. Hi Tim! As a workaround in the interim, you can hold down the Spacebar to drag the canvas around with the mouse. If you roughly centre the object first then use the mouse wheel to zoom, the object is less likely to disappear. Other keyboard shortcuts here: http://help.nchsoftware.com/help/en/expressanimate/win/keyboardshortcuts.html
  19. Are the changes for new releases documented on a public page anywhere?
  20. Yes, I've played with the (rather nice) Text tool, it was the text bubbles that intrigued me, as I dabble in static and animated cartooning. Possibly my interpretation differs from that of the person who wrote that. I can use a modified ellipse and use it as a text parent, I was just wondering if I'd missed something for cartoony text bubbles (callout-style). Thanks for listening!
  21. Dear NCH Software, on the Express Animate front page, it mentions "Create animated text and text bubbles". Just a point of clarification - do the "text bubbles" refer to custom shapes and/or modified ellipses (I'm OK with that), or is there another option somewhere that I've missed? Thanks for listening! And thank you for a fun little animation program to play with and recommend as a freebie! I like the interface and implementation, more so as I play with it - great context-sensitive tips in the status bar down the bottom.
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