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4 Steps to Animating Your Toys in Moho - Updated

Posted by Smith Micro Blogger on Apr 18, 2018 7:46:00 AM

Originally published in May 2016, we felt it was important to bring this to the surface. As you will see, this can have broad appeal to not only the professional animator, but also to the hobbyist just looking to get started. Happy Animating!  

With Moho you can animate just about any object you'd like! Just take a photo of it and go from there! In this post we will show you how to animate your Teddy bear as an example (because we know you still have one)!

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Topics: Insider, Moho (Anime Studio), Featured Artists, News, Education, Digital Artists

4 Ways Poser Pro 11.1 Speeds Up Your Visual FX Pipeline

Posted by Smith Micro Blogger on Apr 12, 2018 11:20:00 AM

Originally published in July 2016, this article has been updated for Poser Pro 11.1 with additional ways Poser can improve this important process.  

Today’s artists and studios need to increase the efficiency of their production pipelines. That requires the best technology to be successful. For freelance artists and teams that are part of a large production studio, Poser Pro 11.1 offers several ways to create your 3D art more efficiently. Here are just a few of the ways you can speed up your visual effects pipeline with Poser Pro 11.1.

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Topics: Insider, Featured Artists, News, Education, Poser, Digital Artists

How to Use Moho’s Curve Profile Tool in 7 Seconds - Updated

Posted by Smith Micro Blogger on Apr 4, 2018 7:01:00 AM

Originally published in June 2016, this is another great example of the great tools available in Moho and how easy it is to get started. Okay, maybe 7 seconds is a little ambitious for a new user. But you get the idea! Happy animating!

The Curve Profile tool is a very powerful feature in Moho. It allows you to create and animate complex shapes rather quickly. You might be wondering when this tool comes in handy. Lets use a gear for example, let's say you have to draw a gear using the Curve Profile tool, in just 7 seconds!

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Topics: Insider, Moho (Anime Studio), Featured Artists, News, Education, Digital Artists

The Making of an Animated GIF in Moho - Updated

Posted by Smith Micro Blogger on Mar 28, 2018 11:31:00 AM

This was originally published in May 2016. We thought it was pretty cool and wanted to bring it back to the forefront as it shows the versatility of the Moho application and how different artists are using Moho.



We asked Moho Artist Emanuel Rodriguez to explain how he made his Zen Froggie GIF. And though it may seem like a simple GIF, he explains that the process is a bit more in depth. To accompany his explanation, he also shares a 2 minute time-lapse video of the actual animation process – from conception to completion. Enjoy!



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Topics: Insider, Moho (Anime Studio), Featured Artists, News, Education, Digital Artists

Unity and Moho (Anime Studio) Pro: The Making of the Monster Mingle App

Posted by Smith Micro Blogger on Mar 8, 2018 12:06:00 PM

Note: This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. For example, Anime Studio is now called Moho.

When Chris O’Shea and the team at Cowly Owl had the idea for their game, Monster Mingle, they decided to take advantage of the powerful animation tools in Moho Pro (Anime Studio Pro) in order to create it. With Moho, you can easily create fully animated content for your games, and with its FBX file support, effortlessly import them into Unity. By working with animated files for your game, you are able to achieve expressive, fluid movement that is hard to get otherwise.

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Topics: Moho (Anime Studio)

And the Nominees for Best Animated Feature Film Are...

Posted by Smith Micro Blogger on Mar 1, 2018 10:01:58 AM

Photos courtesy of the distributors

The OSCARS® are coming and we’re counting down to see who wins the award for Best Animated Feature Film. Of course, we’re partial to The Breadwinner, since Moho was used in part for the making of the film – read more about that here.

But let’s take a look at the other films nominated in this category (not in any particular order), as there are some really great animated films in the running.

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Topics: Moho (Anime Studio), News

OSCAR® Nominated Film, The Breadwinner, Used Moho for Character Rigging

Posted by Smith Micro Blogger on Feb 22, 2018 8:57:36 AM

Congratulations to the team at Cartoon Saloon, who has once again produced an Academy Award® nominated film! This year, their film, The Breadwinner, has been nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. Based on the bestselling novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner tells the story of 11-year-old Parvana who gives up her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father's life.

But why are we so excited? Because Moho was used! In an interview with The Breadwinner director Nora Twomey, she indicates that Moho was specifically used for “the imaginary world…as a rig-based software to mimic cut-out animation.”

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Topics: Moho (Anime Studio), News

Drum Roll...Poser 11.1 is Here!

Posted by Smith Micro Blogger on Dec 18, 2017 1:00:00 PM

As 2017 winds down, Poser is heating up. Smith Micro has released Poser 11.1, an upgrade extension to Poser 11 and Poser Pro 11. The new release will include:

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Topics: Poser

Smith Micro's Top Animated Holiday Movies

Posted by Smith Micro Blogger on Dec 7, 2017 3:30:00 PM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are a time filled with cheer, giving, and best of all, animated movies! At Smith Micro, we love animated movies just as much as you do so we wanted to share our top four of all time. Grab your mug of hot coco and get ready!

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Topics: Moho (Anime Studio), Poser


Posted by Smith Micro Blogger on Oct 25, 2017 7:15:00 AM

A New Chapter

Several years ago, we took on a challenge with a company called CELSYS. Our challenge was simple yet exciting: get CLIP STUDIO PAINT / Manga Studio 5 into the hands of American comic and manga artists. In this time, we helped build CLIP STUDIO PAINT into the world’s leading comic and manga creation software. Now, we are ready to embark on the next journey of putting our world class technical and business skills to work towards creating the next global brand.

We are pleased to announce that our good partner, CELSYS, is now expanding their capabilities beyond software developer. For Smith Micro customers of CLIP STUDIO PAINT / Manga Studio 5, as of October 28, 2017 you can now look to CELSYS for download licenses, support and technical inquiries.



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Topics: CLIP STUDIO PAINT (Manga Studio), Digital Artists

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