OpenToonz

4.0
(3 reviews)

OpenToonz is software for producing a 2D animation. It is based on the software "Toonz", which was developed by Digital Video S.p.A. in Italy, customized by Studio Ghibli, and has been used for creating its works for many years. Dwango launches this OpenToonz project, in cooperation with Digital Video and Studio Ghibli.

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OpenToonz review by Crixell O. M.
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"Incredibly powerful free animation tool created by the masters of the field."

What do you like best?

This is a free open-source 2D animation software "developed" by Studio Ghibli. It's incredibly powerful and it's free!

What do you dislike?

The interface could be a little more aesthetically pleasing. It basically looks like an old Windows application. There's also a steep learning curve with very little sources for learning.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You really have to be willing to learn how to use this program on your own through a lot of trial and error. Unlike much bigger name software (think Adobe AfterEffects) there is very little support, and very few tutorials to be found on this program. But if you're willing to push through, you'll be able to use the open-source version of a tool developed by the masters of animation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this software primarily to learn animation and for freelance projects. This software has the capabilities I need for full-length animation feature films with way more tools than I can ever imagine using on my own, and you really can't beat it for the price.

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OpenToonz review by User in Graphic Design
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"Heavy Learning curve but worth it!"

What do you like best?

I like that this program is free and very powerful. I enjoy the layer options and the fact that I draw each frame by hand. There's a lot you can do with this program. I mainly use it to practice animation techniques.

What do you dislike?

There is a really really heavy learning curve with this program. I advise watching a lot of tutorials before really diving into this program. A lot of options like lowering the opacity and onion skinning are hidden. You've really gotta search for these I feel.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Maybe redesign the app for better user interface or include some tooltips or a series of tutorials.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can create hand-drawn animations without any time limits or restrictions.

What Animation solution do you use?

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OpenToonz review by User in Animation
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"Improving Animation"

What do you like best?

I like that I am able to plan out my animations ahead of time before moving into 3D animation. It helps my animation and improves the quality dramatically.

What do you dislike?

This software has a bit of a learning curve, but otherwise it works well for what I need. There are also some other features I would like added, but it gets the job done.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to plan out animations ahead of time before going in 3D in opentoonz is very helpful.

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