Best free morph and animation programs and tools

FotoMorph enables you to create fun animations in a few steps. Each animation (or project) is composed by one or more Morph, Warp or Zoom/Pan sequences. Your animation can have as many sequences as you like. In a Morph sequence you transform one image into another. In a Warp sequence you make parts of an image move and deform. In a Zoom/Pan sequence you zoom and pan between two portions of an image. You can export your animation to one of the following animation file formats. Image Sequence: Each frame of the animation will be saved as an individual file in either one of the following formats: BMP, JPEG, PNG and GIF. In most cases, JPEG is the best choice. – AVI Movie: Common, high-quality video format on Windows platform. Good for importing into movie editing software such as Adobe Premiere. – Animated GIF: Good for web pages, because all browsers can view them. The quality is lower because Gif’s support only 256 colors. – Flash Movie: Best for web pages, very small and high quality. Best choice for sharing with friends by e-mail. – Web Page: Can play flash movies at their original sizes in Internet Explorer. – Standalone EXE: A standard Windows .exe program. They can view your animation without having to install FotoMorph or other player programs. – Screen Saver: A standard screen saver to show animation effects.

Sqirlz Morph allows you to mark features on several images, and the program mixes the images so that each feature on one image moves smoothly to the corresponding feature on the other images – a technique widely used in the film industry. A morph animation can be run directly on screen, or saved as an AVI video clip or Flash movie. If you just want to distort a particular image in some way without trying to combine it with other images, then the Warp Mode lets you do this. A warp animation can be run directly on screen, or saved as an AVI video clip or Flash movie. Multi-morphing is available – any number of images can be morphed together. Morph animations can be saved as Macromedia Flash (SWF) files, AVI video clips, and bitmap and JPEG files. You can morph one or more AVI videos as well as still images.

Blender provides a broad spectrum of modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and video post-processing functionality in one package. Aimed world-wide at media professionals and artists, Blender can be used to create 3D visualizations, stills as well as broadcast and cinema quality videos, while the incorporation of a real-time 3D engine allows for the creation of 3D interactive content for stand-alone playback.

Windows Live Movie Maker will help you turn easily photos and videos into movies and slideshows you can share on the Web or on DVD.

Synfig Studio is a free and powerful program that will let you make great 2D animations faster, without editing each and every frame. You can avoid twining with an easier simulation of motion. The program features editing in layers to apply filters, gradients, distortions, fractals, etc. A Skeleton Distortion layer can produce exactly the effect that you need..

MachStudio Pro 3D lets 3D artists create and manipulate lights, materials, and HDR cameras in a real-time, non-linear workflow environment to achieve film quality results. MachStudio Pro was the brainchild of a group of digital artists and engineers who saw an opportunity for streamlining the 3D production process. The result is this powerful application that harnesses the power of the GPU to provide resolution independent, non-linear, real-time feedback on the desktop. The exporters included provide seamless transfer of static models, animations and cameras created in popular modeling and animation programs right into MachStudio Pro. Exporters for leading CG packages such as Maya, 3ds Max, Rhino, SketchUp Pro, Revit and ArchiCAD are available now, with SolidWorks, XSI, Blender and more coming soon. MachStudio Pro also imports .FBX files which can be saved from most leading CG software programs.

Pivot Stickfigure Animator makes it easy to create stick-figure animations. You can build your own stick figures and load your own backgrounds. The animations you create can be saved as animated gifs to be used on web pages. The program includes also a ready animation as an example to help you learn.

iSpring Free PowerPoint to Flash converter creates Flash movies from PowerPoint presentations, keeping their visual parameters and animation effects. iSpring will generate html code to place an .swf file on your web page or blog. It supports automatic and mouse click animation step advance and looped playback. Its functions are accessible in PowerPoint through the standard toolbar.

Pazera Free Video to Flash Converter will convert the most popular video formats (AVI, DivX, XviD, MPEG, MPG, WMV, ASF, MOV, QT, FLV, SWF, MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, MKV, VOB, DAT) into Flash Video format (FLV, SWF). The application allows you to convert a full movie or a selected range only. You can set encoding parameters (audio and video bitrate, fps, resolution, sampling frequency).

PaintStar is a free image editing program, versatile and efficient, if you need to retouch your photographs, create new images, even capture your screen. It supports alpha, layer, path , and the most common editing techniques.

Photobie is a free program for photo editing, scrapbooking, animation, screen capture. It combines features for amateurs with  advanced tools for professionals. It supports embedded filters and Photoshop free 8bf filters, custom brushes, textures, masks and regions.

SWiX is a free (for personal use) XML-based editor for SWF files debugging and updating. With SWiX you can open any SWF file in XML format, modify it with a handy preview mechanism and save it as SWF or SWiX file. You can also use it to figure out Flash file structure and undocumented Flash player features. A common use would be to overpatch incorrect Flash banners when you have no access to original FLA file.

SWFTools is a free collection of programs for reading SWF (flash) files, combining them, and creating them from other content (like images, sound files, videos or sourcecode).

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