Synfig Studio Animation Software is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as a powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create an animation frame-by-frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources. Synfig Studio is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS X.
Features of Synfig Studio:
Synfig supports a multitude of layers of various types; geometric, gradients, filters, distortions, transformations, fractal, and a few others.
The full-featured bone system allows you to create the animation using bitmap images or control your vector artwork. The Skeleton Distortion layer allows applying complex deformations to bitmap artwork.
Most elements are vector-based, and all layers are parametrically generated, hence even when changing the target resolution of a project, the only pixelation will occur in imported raster images, not the built-in components.
Temporal resolution independence
Animation-keyframes are automatically interpolated by the computer, resulting in a smooth motion
High Dynamic-Range Imaging (HDRI)
By using floating-point math in the image calculations, HDRI processing allows canvases to internally understand a far greater range of pixel luminance, resulting in better lighting effects, and improved color composition.
Synfig has basic features for syncing your animation with a soundtrack using Sound Layer. Linux users can get all benefits of full-featured audio editors through the JACK integration.
Pen tablet-friendly tools
The draw tool can read the pressure sensitivity channel off your favorite tablets, for natural line weighting, and more to come!
While it may not be obvious in this early state, Synfig (and its proprietary predecessors) has been designed from the ground up with animation workflow in mind.
Unlike purely SVG-based vector software and most consumer-level animation programs, Synfig has full support for gradient paths – gradients that follow along with a drawn shape. This allows artists to easily add soft shading to animation without the trouble of painting it onto every frame.
Synfig Studio might not match the capabilities of professional animation creation software, but it provides an open-source alternative that can help you make some of your ideas come to life.
Despite the fact that its working environment needs a little time to adjust to and the set of tools might not be so intuitive to some, it cannot be denied that it is an interesting piece of software for people interested in creating film-quality 2D animations.
|Operating System||Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000.|
|Processor||1 GHz processor.|
|Memory||1 GB of RAM|
|Storage Space||233 MB free hard disk space|
|Software Name||Synfig Studio Software For Windows V 1.3.4|
|File Size||106 MB|
|Languages||English, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, German, Japanese|
And if all this is new to you, there are a few sample projects to help you get started and comprehensive documentation with tutorials that can provide assistance.