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    Recently I became a member of the UNV Online Volunteering service and joined an interesting project there - Urunji Child-Care Trust, dedicated to helping children in the poorest rural areas of the African Republic Malawi. Here is my first video for this organization. I hope that it will help the children in need.

   I added models of our African characters to the "Downloads" section of our site. So you too can take part in creating our cartoons to help children in Africa.

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    This information is intended primarily for those who visit our site for the first time. Our regular visitors can immediately go to the section "Blog" and "Our projects" in the main menu of the site.
    We are glad to welcome you on the portal of our studio General-Animation, where together with our partners from many countries of the world we create cartoons dedicated to solving the most painful problems of our time. You can ask: how children's cartoons can help solve the problems of humanity? It seems to us that the main barrier to the development of human civilization is an extreme imbalance in the level of development of the most advanced countries and the rest of the world. The development gap generates many conflicts, the solution of which absorbs huge resources, and hinders the accelerated movement of humanity along the path of progress. Our efforts are aimed at eliminating this imbalance as soon as possible. And we have instruments, which allow even the inhabitants of the poorest countries right now to join the achievements of modern computer technologies, to participate in the process of human development and at the same time to improve their personal well-being and the general welfare of the countries in which they live.
New feature 300x170    To achieve this goal, we have created a series of animated video lessons, in which funny cartoon characters in an easy and accessible form tell about how to make cartoons. Our video lessons and our cartoons have gained quite a lot of popularity, and now we use them for training our students, who later become our animators and make cartoons with us. So welcome to our global animation network. You can write scripts for cartoons, create characters and voice them, draw backgrounds, and of course make animation. How to do this is told in our wonderful video lessons link to which you will find in the main menu. Read the news of the site and our projects in the sections "Blog" and "Our projects" of the main menu, learn the animation with us, and we will make cartoons together!
    The most active and creative students in the learning process we pay incentive scholarships.

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   And so - you decided to make animation. Now I will show you how you can easily create your own cartoons or participate in creating animations with us. As an example, I will use our charming symbol of 2018 - the Yellow Dog.
   Visit our website general-animation.com Go to the “Downloads” section of the main menu of the site. Find there the article "Models for Animation 2018", click on the picture with the Christmas tree and the Dog and download the archive "Danny Dog 2018.rar" Unpack this archive using Winrar, and you’ll get the folder "Danny Dog". In this folder you will find another folder "Christmas tree" with Christmas trees, photoshop files "Christmas background.psd" with a New Year background that you can use in your cartoon and the file "Danny Dog Rastr.psd" with a rasterized model of our Yellow Dog. But the most interesting are the first three files, the names of which begin with 01, 02 and 03. These are ready-made projects for the Adobe After Effects program, in which we assembled the model of our Yellow Dog, and now we will tell you how to work with these models.
   Let's start with the project "01 Danny Dog.aep" In this After Effects project the simplest model of the Yellow Dog is assembled. That is, we just imported a file with parts of the dog "Danny Dog Rastr.psd" in Adobe After Effects, tied the eyes and mouth to the head, the head to the body, hands to the body, and so on. And got the simplest model of a dog that will perfectly suit your first experiments on animation. Open this project with Adobe After Effects, move hands and feet with the “Rotation” parameter, and make your cartoons about the adventures of the Yellow Dog.

Danny Dog Project
   How all this can be done we tell in detail in our fascinating video lessons on animation in the Adobe After Effects program. These video tutorials you can find on our website General-Animation.com

   The link to our Video Lessons 

   Do not forget also about our free course on the Udemy website, where you will find even more interesting materials.

   We continue our acquaintance with the contents of the archive "Danny Dog 2018.rar". I think the greatest value for true connoisseurs of animation is the file "02 Danny Animette.aep" This is the same model as in the project "01 Danny Dog.aep", but in it added animation of walk and speech cycles. That is, you do not have animate each time the movement of hands and feet when walking. It is enough to set the parameter "Go" to 1, and the dog will start waving his arms and legs, representing walking, and you will only have to move the model over the composition. It's also easy to do speech animation: use Keyframe Assistant to convert Audio to Audioamplitud for an audio file, insert the resulting keyframes into layer 6 “Danny Audio Amplitude”, and the dog will start opening her mouth and waving her hands to represent the speech. What is Animettes and how to use them I described in detail in one of our lessons.


And finally, the exemplary project "03 Animation Sample.aep" in which our dog runs around the Christmas tree. You can learn how the animation is done in this project, how to modify it and use it in your cartoons.

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   We continue to make our cartoon. In this scene I used our footage for year 2017 the symbol of which was a rooster. In our video lessons we use animal models for each year. In such way in this scene met the symbols of two years at once - 2017 the year of the rooster, and 2018 - the Year of the Yellow Dog. It turned out very joyful and cheerful meeting. And so: Yellow Dog walked along the cartoon forest and came across the house of a merry chicken family. View the full version of the cartoon and take part in its creation you can in "Our Projects" sectition of our website.  

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   I'm happy to tell you that our funny video lessons on animation dedicated to the Year of the Rooster have turned into a whole new interesting animation project - we'll call it Chicken Adventure Time. In this project we will use all our footage with chickens to make an interesting cartoon about the adventures of the chicken family. In this cartoon there will be many funny little animals, a lot of interesting stories on the most pressing topics of our time, and of course there will be Trump and Putin and many other glamorous characters. 

   All this and much more you will find in our free Udemy Course "Basic Animation in Adobe After Effects".

 

   We continue to develop the theme “Five little chickens jumping on a bed”. I will try to demonstrate how you can use this lovely children's song to cover the most burning problems of our time. I hope that with your help we will be able to raise the art of political satire to new heights. And so, on our scene appear Mr. Putin and his “polite green men”. And in the next episode we will meet Mr. Trump. and will be able to create cartoons about serious international collisions. 

 

   In this episode on the scene appears the magnificent Mr. Trump on a brave warhorse in a knightly garment.

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   I think you all noticed a nice little hamster that appeared recently in our cartoons. This cheerful character was created thanks to the efforts of the participant of our project Marina Kon. Today I place this hamster in “Downloads” section of our site so that you too can create cartoons with this character. After downloading the archive, you will find in it a PSD file with a hamster cut into parts, as well as several AE projects in which the hamster is already assembled into the model and used in animation. Notice the project “Hamster Animette.aep” In this project a model with pre-programmed animation is assembled. Open the composition "00 hamster Animette". The very first layer of this composition is called “Homa Control” and it has a “GO” slider. With this slider, a walking animation is turned ON an OFF. When GO is 0 the hamster is standing still. Set the GO value to 1 and the hamster will run happily along the track. Also included in the project is animation of speech.

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   I always liked to make satirical cartoons on political topics with my students. This very well stimulates students to create their own animation. But making satirical cartoons about Putin in Russia is becoming an increasingly risky occupation. Besides, Trump seems to me a much more promising character in terms of political satire. So I decided to switch to Trump in my lessons. Well, Putin, too, will be somewhere on the background. Sweet couple.
   If we are going to make satirical cartoons about the most urgent problems of our time, we certainly cannot do without leaders of world powers. We already have Putin. Today I made Trumps model. How do you like my Trump? Is not he a cutie? Who wants to voice Trump?
Subscribe to our free Udemy course "Basic Animation in Adobe After Effects" and we will do cartoons together! You can find model of Trump in downloads of my course. 
   Link to our free Udemy course on animation in Adobe After Effects https://www.udemy.com/basic-animation-in-adobe-after-effects/learn/v4/overview

        

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  I started a new series of video lessons, in which will be even more funny cartoons, more music and dances. We are going to study animation in After Effects, and at the same time create our own cartoon show! You all can be participants of our show – created by you training animated clips we’ll include in our final cartoon ballet. And as we start our project in the beginind of the year a rooster, I decided to name it a Chicken Lake, with some claim on classic. And so, we offer you the first lesson from our new series of video lessons on animation in Adobe After Effects: Chicken Lake Ballet - First Act. In this lesson we will take a look at the program interface and teach a chicken to perform the simplest movements.

     

   Added to DownloadsChiken AABB Small archive in wich I gathered footages Hen Cock Thumbnailneeded to make a merry Christmas scene with dancing chickens. Here you will find Photoshop models of chickens and a rooster, and a New Year bakgraund and music. In addition, you will find in the archive AE projects of already fully assembled and ready for animamation models of chickens and rooster.

 Are you ready for the New Year? I think we absolutely must make a New Year concert. With songs, jokes and dancing chickens. I have already done something. Please visit my class on Skillshare “Animation in After Effects - Musical project” where you can download the model chickens and rooster. So you too can take part. Let's have a contest for the best dancing chicken. http://skl.sh/1XW2FGW       

      

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   As you may know, just recently in our course «Basic Animation in Adobe After Effects» appeared a new section «Creating your own models for animation». And now I added to this section a new lecture, in which I tell in detail how to create in the Adobe Photoshop program your own models for animation in After Effects. So now you can create your own characters to make with them cartoons.
   We will be glad to see you in our free Udemy course «Basic Animation in Adobe After Effects». Link to the course https://www.udemy.com/basic-animation-in-adobe-after-effects/learn/v4/overview

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We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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      We are pleased to welcome you on website of our crowdsourcing animation project General-Animation!

   On our site you'll find all you need to make cartoons. In the «Video Lessons» section of the Main Menu there is amusing animated video tutorials in which cartoon characters in funny and accessible maner  tell you how to create animation in the Adobe After Effects program. In the Downloads section you’ll find all the necessary software and models for animation. Send us your ideas and let's make cartoons together.

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   We continue to develop the theme “Five little chickens jumping on a bed”. I will try to demonstrate how you can use this lovely children's song to cover the most burning problems of our time. I hope that with your help we will be able to raise the art of political satire to new heights. And so, on our scene appear Mr. Putin and his “polite green men”. And in the next episode we will meet Mr. Trump. and will be able to create cartoons about serious international collisions.
   Study Adobe After Effects with us and you too can create your own cartoons! All footage and models for animation you will find in our lessons.