Video animation is, in technical terms, known as the rapid display of a sequence of images to create an illusion of movement. The most common method of presenting animation is as motion picture or video program, although there are many other methods. The position of each object in any particular image relates to the position of that object in the previous and following images so that the objects each appear to fluidly move independently of one another. The viewing device displays these images in rapid succession, usually 24, 25, or 30 frames per second. By combining the artist’s ability to express creatively and the computer technology to bring it to life, video animation allows the creator to connect to their viewers and send them either a message or form of entertainment.
In the video production world, video animation has become essential to the workplace and is continually challenging the imagination of both the artist and the viewer. Many techniques are used to establish bringing some of the most creative images to life.
I have listed some of the most common techniques used today.
Traditional animation: also known as cel animation or hand-drawn animation. This was the process used for most animated films of the 20th century. The individual frames of a traditionally animated film are photographs of drawings, which are first drawn on paper. To create the illusion of movement, each drawing differs slightly from the one before it.
Stop-motion animation: used to describe animation created by physically manipulating real-world objects and photographing them one frame of film at a time to create the illusion of movement.
Then there is computer animation, which encompasses a variety of techniques, the unifying factor being that the animation is created digitally on a computer; most typically known are 2D animation and 3D animation.