I want to do an animation project. Which video editing program should I use after I finish all the frames in firealpaca to make animated video?
Here are some video editors which have free versions and can import image sequences:
- VideoPad (relatively simple to use) - free version for non-commercial home use only, limited to 2 audio channels. I have tried this one - basic features but easy to use, image sequences import fine (entry in the File menu, if I remember correctly).
- Lightworks (not as simple, but powerful) (free version: maximum 1280x720 resolution) I have not tried this.
- HitFilm Express (more complicated but very powerful - lots of good feedback about this one but more of a learning curve). I have tried this, image sequences import fine, but not as obvious.
Personally, I am fond of Corel VideoStudio (commercial software, or in other words, you need to pay for it), although I’ve also heard good things about CyberLink PowerDirector, Magix Movie Edit Pro, and Vegas Movie Studio (formerly from Sony), but never tried them.
When working with longer animation sequences in Firealpaca, keep in mind that many animations stitch together multiple camera views of no more than 2-8 seconds long, cutting frequently to another view.
Each of these views (a sequence of multiple scenes, or a scene of multiple shots, depending on who you believe) would be a separate FireAlpaca project. FireAlpaca probably cannot handle enough memory for one long continuous animation of considerable length. Remember, each second is 24 frames (or 25, or 30, or at the lowest maybe 12, depending on which standard you are working with) that you have to draw.
To save yourself problems later, see also my advice about workflow and saving Firealpaca projects.
Edit: Also adding OpenShot, free, which I tested not long ago. Latest version seems stable and has a nice feature where if you import the first image in a sequentially numbered sequence (such as FireAlpaca onion skin output files) it will ask whether you want to import the sequence as a video clip, and add it as a video clip in the project bin.