updated 07:40 pm EDT, Thu June 25, 2009
Toon Boom 5 released
Toon Boom Animation has released Toon Boom Studio 5. The application is used to create video animations in a variety of styles including traditional, digital, cut-out, rotoscoping, or a combination of styles. The update features stop-motion capabilities and time-lapse Imagery that is used to edit the speed of video frames. Toon Boom 5 also boasts a new interface and Chroma Key tools enabling users to replace the background in a video. User's can also position elements of their project more accurately using Onion Skinning.
The update additionally features Live View and Image Capture, enabling users to view images as they would appear in the video as they are being captured from a video source. User's can also import video and use it for reference when animating characters frame-by-frame to make animations more realistic. The application features an enhanced image Playback Optimization tool that improves the playback speed of videos.
v5 includes Annotation Layers that are used to make in-video notes for students. The application features enhanced export capabilities, including new formats that are better compatible with YouTube and Facebook.
Toon Boom 5 requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later and is immediately available from the Toon Boom Animation online store. The new version costs $350 while an upgrade from previous versions of the software costs $100. Registered users of Toon Boom 4 who purchased the software May 1st or later will receive a free upgrade to the current version.