Animation basics

Making motion out of still images is a challenge overcome by film and animation. The basic way to show motion is with the use of several images with small changes in between. Creating the individual images is hard but there are some tricks to make it look believable. The most important trick is to keep a reference for the viewer that doesn’t change much or at all. Another important trick is to have action that flows through from one image to the next in order to create believable motion.

The video of the horse galloping uses both tricks to make a convincing video. The head and tail stay in relatively the same spot while the motion of the feet flows from frame to frame.


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