So, here’s what you do!
PLAN THE ANIMATION
Number of Frames: There is a trade-off between the number of frames, movie size, and overall impact of the information created. For reference, the average cartoon is 6-12 frames/second. A movie is 24, and many broadcasts are 30. NX has a simple playback speed adjustment you can use throughout this range. In general, too few frames will result in a hard-to-understand, jerky slide show effect. Too many frames and the movie create process (and resulting file) may be large, and may not play back well on some devices, such as mobile.
Assembly sequence: Another element of animation planning is to determine whether or not multiple movies can be derived from the same assembly sequence. Often, sequencing a movie by disassembling an assembly yields both:
- An assembly movie (by outputting it backwards)
- The forward-moving disassembly movie
Colors and attributes: We recommend a solid white or black background to make best use of the encoder built into NX. Use clear, strong colors where possible and limit the use of transparency and other effects.
SAVE OFF A WORKING COPY OF THE ASSEMBLY
We recommend doing this at least the first couple of times. In practice, having sequences in a production assembly won’t be an issue; this is less about data loss, and more about having the freedom to quickly generate the movie, change colors, and to hide/show components as needed.
UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS
- Prep the data to be made into a movie (colors, background, components, etc)
- Generate one or more assembly sequences
- Output movie files
- Play movies back to verify intent is communicated
- Optionally, post-produce files to add voice-over, titles and other transitions and effects
- Repeat as necessary
STEP 1: PREP THE DATA
If you’d like to follow along, you can find the sample assembly here.
STEP 2: GENERATE ONE OR MORE ASSEMBLY SEQUENCES
Now it’s time to make a sequence:
When you use insert motion, you get the motion tool bar:
Continue with moves, camera captures, disassemblies and/or assemblies , until the sequence is complete.
Use the playback panel to review your movie before it’s output. Select a playback speed, forward, begin, end buttons to view the sequence. If it looks good, you can go to output the movie! Otherwise, edit your sequence until you are satisfied.
This is the movie output command. You will be asked for a movie output name, simply provide one.
You can delete steps, go to them, cut, copy, etc. from the navigator.
Do you have any tips to share, or any post-production, third party programs you have used to improve your movies? Let us know!