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Digital picture animation

One of the best illustrations of this area of work is a film like "Shrek" (yes I'm a fan!), which took two years of work for hundreds of people, and over 20 million hours of computing, in short, considerable resources! But we can do the same thing on a scale much smaller, of course.

Making digital animation, the basis is the same work to create an image (see "Picture" section), except that it adds a true staging with camera motion, objects, light, characters, etc...

Of course, I only work in high resolution FullHD, that's to say, 1920x1080 pixels, only 2Mp. The computing time per image is so much shorter, and happily! Because in animation, following the format used, it'll be at least 25 frames per second, sometimes see 30 frames per second, so if an image is calculated in just 5 short minutes it will take two hours per second of animation...
The first constraint is to have a computing time to the image "reasonable", in my case, I'm forbidden to exceed 15 minutes per image, the very most, in Full HD format. If you do the math, that gives more than 6 hours of computation per second of animation and is just four seconds of animation a day calculations! Beyond, we must have several networked computers to reduce computation time, which involves other technical and financial constraints.

But for animations that I make, some which are intended to microstock site, their duration is between 10 and 60 s maximum. And yes, some microstock sites also accept videos. Of course, I chose to do animation in computer graphics, but you can also work like a video with a good camcorder that can shoot in full HD.
What's the advantage compared to the images? Firstly, to diversify because it doesn't touch the same public. Then, the gains are greater, because even if the percentage of commission is often identical to images, selling price is much higher! But, it's not yet widespread, so the number of sales is less than the pictures, hence the justification to do both...

The first one is ShutterStock where I posted some animations, home video is sold between $10 and $50 of which you earn 30% commission, and you can see my animations here:

ShutterStock

The second site is Fotolia where videos are sold between 10 and 200 credits (1 credit is worth 1 Euro more or less depending on the formula chosen to purchase) and the format rights, over you have at least 21% (depending on your Fotolia rank), mine are here:

Bannière Fotolia

That's all for the moment, there are also iStockPhoto that supports video, but the validation of account opening is always difficult...

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