Anime Studio Pro - Overview

Set your story in motion with Anime Studio

Bring your imagination to life! Anime Studio is your complete animation program for creating 2D movies, cartoons, anime and cut out animations. Create your own desktop animated shorts in the style of South Park Studios©, Nickelodeon Animation Studios©, Cartoon Network Studios©, Disney Animation Studios© or use it to produce animations for film, video, commercials or streaming over the web.

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Anime Studio Pro 10 is one of the most powerful animation
products on the market at an incredibly affordable price.

Anime Studio offers an end-to-end tool that makes it possible for a single person or small animation teams to produce work on par with a full animation houseFor professional animators, Anime Studio offers an end-to-end tool that makes it possible for a single person or small animation teams to produce work on par with a full animation house.

~ Don Varga, Director of Product Marketing for Wacom Technology

Bone-Rigging System

Bone-rigging is a fast and efficient alternative to tedious frame-by-frame animation. Add a skeleton to any image by pointing and clicking to create bones that overlay the parts of your image, to control arms or legs for example. Then bring your image to life by moving any individual bone point to create the pose or motion you want, while keeping your project organized with the sequencer and timeline. Bones allows you to add labels and assign colors to bones. The keyframes for colored bones show up in the timeline in special colored channels to match.

Revolutionary Smart Bones™

Smart Bones is an incredible feature that reduces or entirely removes distortion around your character's joints - specifically around knees and elbows. Group a set of points and use the Smart Bones control levers to create 3D looking motion that you can easily repeat with the turn of a dial. For example with Smart Bones you can control facial expressions and head-turning on a character with simple dial movements instead of having to touch each bone point. Smart Bones not only steps up the quality and realism of the bone actions, but makes it MUCH easier to repeat complex movements and control your rigged elements. Smart Bones allow the ability to control Switch layers, Layer order, Layer visibility, Follow path, Flip layer horizontally/vertically, Stroke exposure, Shape effect positioning, Shape effect parameters (like gradient colors), 3D thickness of vector shapes that have been converted to 3D and even more smart bones controls. [Pro Only Feature]


FBX Support for Unity™ Game Developers

New in Anime Studio Pro - Unity™ game developers and users will now be able to use FBX support of animated 2D content in Anime Studio Pro, eliminating the need to create rigid sprites for game development and providing the ability to get the exact look and feel that they want. FBX, the adaptable file format for 3D animation from Autodesk®, is the most common method for integrating animated 2D and 3D assets in Unity.

Anime Studio's Smart Bone Rigging system is a phenomenal advantage and really helps to accelerate my workflow.Anime Studio 10 uses a unique smart bone rigging system to create a character skeleton and then effortlessly move the character over the timeline. This is a phenomenal advantage and really helps to accelerate my workflow. With Anime Studio, a process that might have taken weeks, takes just hours - or sometimes even minutes!

~ Victor Paredes, renowned Anime Studio artist whose animation credits include Nestle, Becker Beer, Chevrolet, Axe, Pepsico and the Chilean government.

Import Layered Photoshop Files

Import your existing Photoshop files with all layers intact. Changes made in Photoshop instantly appear in the imported file in Anime Studio, allowing you to continually refine your Photoshop document. Many Photoshop features are supported in the imported PSD files, including blending modes, layer opacity, smart objects and smart filters. Groups are also supported and can be set up in Photoshop to automatically get imported into Anime Studio as switch layers for quick animating. [Pro Only Feature]

Real Time Media Connection

The new Real Time Media Connection in Anime Studio Pro automatically updates image, movie and audio files in your imported Anime Studio files when edited in an external program. This is a great workflow enhancement for individuals and production studios alike.

Anime Studio's Smart Bone Rigging system is a phenomenal advantage and really helps to accelerate my workflow.“Anime Studio 10 is among the best animation products on the market as it is both powerful and easy to use with tools that users of all skill levels can harness. Software features such as the Bone Constraints and Smart Bone Dials allow animators to quickly, efficiently and cost effectively bring their imaginations to life with the utmost control. I was thrilled to work with the new content and characters when creating the Anime Studio 10 animated clip and hope that fellow animators enjoy them as much as I did.”

- Victor Paredes, award winning animator, Fluor Films


Even easier to use than before, with a more intuitive user interface, faster access to critical and often-used tasks and tools, Anime Studio's timeline is used to control animation timing through keyframes. Key Frames are a core element in creating animations and provide a level of speed and organization to your workflow that will impress even the most proficient animator. Anime Studio Pro 10 includes advanced timeline features such onionskins, enhanced interpolation intervals and editable motion graphs. Users can now get maximum, detailed, control of their animations!

Drawing Tools

Draw directly in Anime Studio with a suite of powerful drawing tools or import your favorite digital images or artwork to get started. Use a mouse or recreate the sensation of drawing on paper using a Pen Tablet. Anime Studio's vector-based drawing tools allow you to manipulate your art to get the exact look and feel you desire. Choose from a variety of customizable brush styles and pattern brushes when creating your own art.

Anime Studio's Smart Bone Rigging system is a phenomenal advantage and really helps to accelerate my workflow."Anime Studio Pro 10 puts the right foot forward in this latest release. Animators should get a real kick out of it."

- Charles Kenway,

64-Bit Architecture & Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Acceleration

Anime Studio10 Pro is now a 64 bit application. Improvements in speed and memory will be noticed by all those who use 64 bit machines. Improve rendering speeds and preview performance. As well, get maximum usage of your graphics card with Anime Studio Pro. The setting to enable or disable this option is located in the Preferences dialog. [Pro Only Feature]

Wacom Multi-Touch Support

Wacom Multi-Touch support allows you to use Wacom's new generation touch tablets with Anime Studio. Easily edit characters, scale, rotate, pan, zoom in and out of the canvas with simple finger gestures. Available on Bamboo, Intuos and Cintiq touch based tablets.

Automatic Image Tracing

You don't have to start from scratch or reproduce imagery you've already created in Photoshop or other drawing programs. You can even work with a drawing you sketched on paper. With Anime Studio's Image Tracing tool you can automatically convert existing artwork and sketches to fully editable vector drawings. Anime Studio's powerful, vector-based drawing tools and the ability to import scanned drawings and images, let you quickly animate or create your own characters and objects in Anime Studio.

Anime Studio's Smart Bone Rigging system is a phenomenal advantage and really helps to accelerate my workflow."I have used Anime Studio exclusively in my studio since 1999 with animation featured weekly on Australian TV. Version 10 is really built for speed! Smart Bones, Squash and Stretch, Target bones plus new tool improvements. Anime Studio Version 10 just knocked it out of the ball park!"

- David Knight, DK Toons

Automatic Lip Synching

Integrated Audio Recording

Audio Recording & Sound Effects

Add a soundtrack and lip-synching to your animations! Record your own sound clips inside Anime Studio and adjust the pitch from high to low to fit your animated characters or import existing audio files into your project. Anime Studio will automatically insert them into your timeline, where you can adjust the timing and length to fit your scene. Using the Sequencer, freely move multiple sounds along the timeline to adjust syncing. Anime Studio supports WAV, AIFF, MP3 and M4A formats.

Automatic Lip Synching

Built-in lip-syncing in Anime Studio is a huge timesaver. Simply load a sound file, and from the layer options of the layer you wish to synch, select the sound file from a pull-down menu. Anime Studio does the rest. Easily synchronize characters' lip and mouth movements to a sound file through a simple and intuitive process.

GPU Acceleration

NEW in Anime Studio 10 - GPU Acceleration takes advantage of your computer’s hardware, boosting performance and quality for several layer types while allowing you to see exactly what the tool is doing as you apply a stroke or shape to the Workspace. The performance boost will help reduce pixelation and artifacting when working with certain graphical elements, such as Vector and Image layers. [Pro Only Feature]

Flexible Import and HD Export Capabilities

Anime Studio can import several kinds of other media files into an animation project. Import QuickTime®, AVI or MPEG-4 video or even 3D scenes from Poser. Image Based Modeling allows you to create 3D objects from 2D vector layers. And the included Content Library contains hundreds of ready to use characters, props and more.

Anime Studio's Smart Bone Rigging system is a phenomenal advantage and really helps to accelerate my workflow."Once again an upgrade to Anime Studio brings useful enhancements to my everyday work flow. I can't just imagine rigging a character without the new bone constraint tools."

- Dave Cockburn,

Importing Content

Content Library

Brush Styles

See Anime Studio In Action

Thousands of animation artists use Anime Studio and other design tools to create incredible films, cartoons, commericals and even music videos. Spend some time in our gallery of featured artists who are at the top of their game to get some inspiration.

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Choose Your Level of Performance

Whether you're just starting out in the fun world of animation or you're a seasoned professional, Anime Studio is the right tool for you. Choose from two levels of features and performance. Debut is great for beginner's, but doesn't lack for features needed to create amazing animations fast. Anime Studio Pro provides all the high-end capabilities that a professional animator needs and wants.

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