Most people are fascinated with animated videos and animations, especially the youth. Then there are those of us that are star-struck with the genius behind the imaginations of these creators of animation. If that youthful creative energy lives on in you and you want to know the basic overview or broad strokes on how they make computer animated videos or animations, then you have come to the right place.
It might surprise you that computer animated videos are not entirely done using computers. Half of it is all about making a storyboard. The storyboard is where the animators create the story and polish to perfection. A storyboard is usually presented in 2D and comic style. The animators will set all the possible scenes of the final video in the storyboard in the form of snippets.
The next step involves recording all the dialogs needed to give voice to the characters in the video. At this stage, the voice actors work closely with storyboard people. This stage usually takes a lot of re-writing and re-recording. Once this stage is finished, the actual animation process begins.
At this stage, the art department starts designing or pilots, props, major set locations and characters of the video. All the non-digitized elements of the videos are usually scanned to create digitized representation.
The elements of the film are usually created individually. At the stage known as “blocking”, the characters are then placed to its respective sets.
After the blocking, the tweening process begins. Tweening process involves additional animators since this is the stage where fine animating of individual process begins. Interpolation is the process of animating one frame to the next frame and it is usually the computers that handle the bulk of the work. However, sometime animators intervene to create life-like results. After this stage, further fine tuning and refinement are usually done to significantly improve the quality of the final video. Some of the fine tuning elements involve creating moods, shadow, depth and omnidirectional lighting.
The final stage of the process is called rendering. In this stage, a very powerful computer will render all the elements into one frame. The rendering computer usually works with digital matte paintings, lighting, props, sets, colors, textures, tweens, key frames and character models. The rendering process is very time consuming. Even the biggest animation companies in the world with their powerful computers will usually take 6 hours to render a single frame. Fortunately, they have more than one rendering computer to speed up the process.
Creating an animated video takes a long process and involves a lot of different elements from animators to voice actors. Hopefully, after reading this article, you have learned a thing or two about creating an animated video.