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    General Tutorial - BTC

    Welcome too my General Tutorial


    Contents:


    Pivot:

    Getting to know pivot
    Abbreviations
    How to use pivot

    Saving:

    How to save

    Animating:

    Easing
    Stiffness
    Styles
    Gravity/Physics
    Realism

    Misc:

    Stick Making
    Uploading
    BB Codes
    10 Tips

    Credits

    Special Thanks

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    Getting to know pivot:

    What is Pivot?
    Pivot is a animating program used for fun. Pivot was created by Peter Bone a great juggler.

    What Pivot version should I use?
    You should use Pivot version 2.25 - ToastMaster edited version (recommended) Download


    If you want too use sprites Use Pivot Version 3 - Modded by Darkdemon (not recommended for animating stk but recommended for sprites) Download
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    Abbreviations:

    FFA
    Meaning: Free For All
    Info: The FFA is a competition where many people make animations and battle, much like the Fifa Word Cup. You have someone that you are against, and if you lose then you are eliminated, but if you win then you go onto the next round, and whoever is the last person still in the competition, wins.

    PW
    Meaning: Pivot War
    Info: A PW is where two people make animations where they use their sig stick and fight their opponents sig stick. And then the two competitors then post their animations and people vote whose animation is better, and who ever gets more votes, wins.

    MM
    Meaning: Mini Mod
    Info: A MM is like a moderator, only with more limited power. They have the ability to lock threads, and edit or delete posts, but only in certain sections. E.g. Like the Entrance hall, or the Beginnerís halls.

    CC
    Meaning: Constructive Criticism
    Info: Well look it up in the dictionary if you donít know what it means. :\

    Ani
    Meaning: Animation

    AOTM
    Meaning: Animation of the Month

    AOTF
    Meaning: Animation of the Fortnight

    SOTW
    Meaning: Stick/Signature of the Week
    Info: These are all names of competitions. There used to be weekly/monthly/fortnightly competitions where people submitted animations and sticks to win a prize.
    Uber thanks too Sir Wojack!
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    How to use Pivot:


    To learn How too use Pivot Read This Tutorial
    Getting to know how to use Pivot
    Thanks Jon From DD
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    Saving:

    How too save:

    Once you have finished your animation Press File. Then Click Save animation. Save it in piv. First.

    After you have saved it in Piv. form save it in Gif
    [img]http://**********.com/img/1207075831.png[/img]
    Then after you have pressed save a window should open up saying Gif Options
    [img]http://**********.com/img/1207075864.png[/img]
    Save It like this.
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    Animating:

    Easing:


    Easing is easy once you read this.
    Easing is when something starts of slow and gradually picks up speed. Take running for an example. You start of slow then start to speed up. Then after a while you will slowly slow down until you stop.

    Here is an example of easing:
    [img]http://**********.com/img/1207075915.gif[/img]

    Here is another example just not moving:
    [img]http://**********.com/img/1207075956.gif[/img]

    If your ready too move onto the next stage then heres another example:
    Link
    Thanks Lf2master
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    Stiffness:

    What do people mean by stiffness?

    Stiffness is an animation which is very stiff here is a example:
    [img]http://**********.com/img/1207076676.gif[/img]
    Bad Example

    As you can tell the arm is very stiff and un-eased

    Here is a better example:
    [img]http://**********.com/img/1207076059.gif[/img]
    better example

    Now this is better it is less stiff and more eased.
    Too make stks or what ever your animating unstiff all you have too do is pick or make your own style then make the animation flow together. For beginners I suggest picking a smooth style. After you've picked your style all you have too do is move most (not all) of the joints to make it less stiff.
    Credits too scythe
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    Styles:

    There are many different animating styles here is a list of them:

    Choppy
    Realistic
    Heavy
    Heavy Realism
    Exaggerated Realism
    Super Smooth
    Midgets
    Lanky
    Effects
    Movements
    Normal eased
    Flash style
    Jelly Style
    Cartoon

    Pick one of them or make up your own style and stick with it. Once you've become very good at animating with a certain
    style you can then pick another style.
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    Gravity/Physics:

    What is Physics?
    Physics is the stuff you need to know to make realistic animations, I covered this in the top of this post, but I'll say it again. Physics = What makes animations smooth and realistic. The first you should need to know when doing physics is gravity.

    What is Gravity?
    Gravity is a type of force that keeps thing down without gravity right now we would all be floating around and I won't be able too make this tut.

    Here is an example of Physics:

    link

    Here is an example of Gravity:
    [img]http://**********.com/img/1207076102.gif[/img]
    link
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    Realism/Stances:

    What is Realism?
    Realism is something that looks real (pretty obvious)
    To make a realistic animation, you will have to animate it as if the stickman(men) were human.

    Stances:

    Here is a picture of un-real stance:
    [img]http://**********.com/img/1207076132.gif[/img]

    Here is a picture of a more realistic stance:
    [img]http://**********.com/img/1207076183.gif[/img]

    See the difference?
    If you make your animations unrealistic you will most likely be ranked a low beginner even if you animated like a pro.
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    Misc:

    Stick Making:


    How do I make stks?
    Well first of all you have too go too the edit option
    [img]http://**********.com/img/1207076215.png[/img]

    Then click File. Then click new.

    You can then go ahead and make what ever you want.
    But before you do you need too have Edit mode on or else you won't be getting anywhere. Edit mode allows you too change the length of the figure you are using.
    [img]http://**********.com/img/1207076351.png[/img]


    If you are going too become a stk maker then all you have too do is start with making bases (a basic stk with 1 or more backbones) then start to develop your bases into stks with armor.

    Making a base stk:
    Making a base stk is actually very simple all you have too do is make the body first (I recommend 1 backbone much easier too animate with) then just make the head, add arms and finally add legs. Also you could add feet too make it more realistic.

    Making a more complex stk:
    I'm going too tell you something that happens too a lot of stk makers they always put the armor attached to one red dot so when they move the arm or body or whatever the armor doesn't come with it. too stop this from happening all you have too do is attached the armor the stk/figure too the furthest red dot that is going out from the body.
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    Uploading:

    Here are 3 of the most commonly used uploaders

    [img]http://**********.com/img/1207076382.png[/img]
    http://www.imageshack.us


    http://www.filecram.com

    [img]http://**********.com/img/1207076414.png[/img]
    http://www.pivothost.org

    after you have saved your animation in Gif go too one of these site and upload them its as simple as that. If you vist the site it's pretty much self explanatory.
    After you hosted it you can now put it on websites such as:
    http://www.Darkdemon.org

    http://www.droidz.org

    http://www.de-coded.net

    The letter used for italic letters, is I.
    alt+i is also a quick shortcut.
    The closer for italic letters, is [/ i] without the space.
    If you follow that, you should end up with text like this!
    Here is a code example:

    Code:
    Read this Tut!
    final product:
    Read this Tut!

    How to Underline your Text!

    The letter used to underline your text is U.
    alt+u is a shortcut to get the same effect
    The closer is [/ u] but without the space.
    Here is an example:

    Code:
    I hope you like my tutorial
    Final product:
    I hope you like my tutorial

    How to Quote someoneís reply!

    A lot of people ask a common question:
    How do you properly quote someone?
    Well, they dont ask exactly that, but this is the solution to that question!
    To start off a quote, you start with [quote(bracket).
    But, if you want to properly quote someone, you would type this:

    Code:
    [quote]
    The closer for a quote is [/ quote] but without the space.
    Here is an example:

    Code:
    Quote Originally Posted by Skype
    don't bump old topics, check the dates.
    final result:
    Quote Originally Posted by Skype
    don't bump old topics, check the dates.
    How to make Codes!

    To start a code, you use [code(]).
    Then, you type a code...or just type something.
    You close it with [/ code] but without the space.
    Example:

    [c ode] This is an example[/code]
    type that and u get this:
    Code:
    This is an example
    How to add an Image to your signature, threads, replies, etc.

    Images are probably the most commonly confused of the codes...especially with the new folk.
    Now, to start, you need to type [img(bracket).
    Next, you need to type a URL address, preferably from filecram, imageshack, photobucket, etc.
    The closer is [/ img] without the space.
    Here is an example:

    Code:
    end result:


    Url codes

    Url code are mostly used to tidy up thing. like the layout for example.

    [code:1y1xkxp5] your title here! [/code]
    If you do this correctly you should get something like this:
    Heart
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    Here are 10 Tips that you must read.

    Tip 1: No pic, No click.
    Before putting downloads to things put a picture/image. No one is going to click something that they don't even know what is. So put a picture or some infomation before putting download links.
    This applys for everything.

    Tip 2: Spam, Hey isn't that that meat?
    If you spam you will be warned and possibly banned for life. So keep all spam low. If you do spam try not to spam to much. If you are going to spam do not just type random giberish such as this: "ajasdjasd". That is just complete nonsense and doesn't mean anything at all.
    This applys for everything.

    Tip 3: Flamming Threads. Holy crap!
    Please don't flame if you are going to flame do it over msn. If you do flame on the forum, members, admins and the moderator team will lose respect for you and you will probably be hated and will be banned if you flame again. Flaming is rude and imature only 8 year olds would reply back.
    This applys for everything.

    Tip 4: I R 1337
    Please talk in normal english or at least basic english I think even 11 year olds could do that so if they can you can. If you do speak like "LoLolOLOL WuTTS Up DOOD" You will lose respect from other memebers. No one will understand you and think your a utter idiot. If you are from another country I sugggest you use Google translator
    This applys for everything.

    Tip 5: I like bumps they remind me of arseholes.
    Don't ever bump anything that is over a week old (7 days old) if you do you will probably be complained at and the topic will be locked. You will be pmed my a mod or admin and be warned. You can bump anything else that is under 7 days old. Meaning you can bump any topic/thread that is 0 - 6 days old.
    This applys for eveything.

    Tip 6: Constructive Critisim
    When commenting on animations please add a bit of critisim such as "Very nice animations. Like the use of the double framing. But work on the physics etc". Tell the user/member what thye need to improve on. How can they improve it? What good things have they done. Saying "Nice animations" won't do much good. You've got to tell them everything. Even if there are no bad things just say how good it was. Here is the compliment sandwich, it shows you how to comment on someones animations.

    (Picture drawn by Highly)
    This applys for all animation and art.

    Tip 7: Tutorials, Tutorials, Tutorials.
    When making tutorials you must explain fully and clearly or elese people won't understand. Tell them what to do with full detail at the same time make it simple and easy and fast for people to understand quicker.
    This applys for all animation and art.

    Tip 8: Ahh, Good Old "Img" tags.
    Everyone like image tags. But there are some who just make every animation of theirs all images. This makes people lagg and especially dial up people. They will barely be able too load up 4 images without thier computer or internet crashing. So keep all things down to 3 images and then make the rest into links/urls.
    This applys for everything.

    Tip 9: Layout.
    Well if you read the tips above you might want to start on the layout. Layout is extermely helpful. It organizes things and make things easier. For example. You don't want your latest animation to be with your old animations. You would want it to be with you latest and newest animations. Also don't let your animations pile up a bit. Delete some of the really old animations. And maybe keep one or two animations to show how much progress you made.
    This applys for all animation and art.

    Tip 10: Read the tips above. Just kidding.
    Well the final tip I've got has too be stay active to see all the latest updates and all that other sort of stuff. Learn from the new things such as new animations with a creative side. Learn from those keep things orginal and creative. Also you wouldn't want to miss the latest things such as fads and stuff. So stay active.

    -Random Santa
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    Credits:

    Phoenix
    Sir Wojack
    Lf2master
    Imageshack
    Filecram
    Pivothost
    Classic
    Plan B
    Lemonade
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    Special Credits:


    http://www.Droidz.org
    http://www.darkdemon.org
    http://www.pivothost.org
    DarkOchid
    Peter Bone (The maker of pivot)
    [img]http://**********.com/img/1251393696.png[/img]

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    Re: General Tutorial - BTC

    Really nice job with this tutorial. This took time and effort, and you showed everything simply and made it easy to understand. I really like this tutorial and will probably come back every now and then whenever I need something because this probably has it.
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    Re: General Tutorial - BTC

    Decoded and Yaffletoonz fail. And you fail for mentioning them. But nice tut. Not a total rip of Bahas.

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    Re: General Tutorial - BTC

    Quote Originally Posted by Skype
    Decoded and Yaffletoonz fail. And you fail for mentioning them. But nice tut. Not a total rip of Bahas.
    You really need to let things go...

    Nice tut Rs, looks like you put alot of time and effort into it. Good general tutorial overall.

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    Re: General Tutorial - BTC

    when i was judging this i was like, wow someone has put a fuhk load of effort into this

    so well done you, you deserve it.

    <3

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    Re: General Tutorial - BTC

    Quote Originally Posted by elmo
    when i was judging this i was like, wow someone has put a fuhk load of effort into this

    so well done you, you deserve it.

    <3
    <3

    Thanks guys. And Gratz to P2K for winning .
    Also lol skype.
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    Re: General Tutorial - BTC

    Purty nice job you've done there, I congratulate you, I see lots of effort has been put into this, nice job.

    Oh, and don't uncheck merge.

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    Re: General Tutorial - BTC

    Quote Originally Posted by Niall
    Purty nice job you've done there, I congratulate you, I see lots of effort has been put into this, nice job.

    Oh, and don't uncheck merge.
    Well I learnt from the best.

    viewtopic.php?f=36&t=22662

    If you scroll down till you reach the saving post you will see he unchecked merge.
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    Re: General Tutorial - BTC

    Looks like you really tried to teach the new people something so they won't be hated... and succeeded
    Good Job
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    ohoh... good job


 
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