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Introduction about TVP Animation

TVP Animation is a program compiled for graphic design and 2D animation. This program is intended for drawing and animation enthusiasts. With its bitmap approach, its goal is to cover the main needs of the artist. It offers a complete range of high-performance tools, the parameters of which may be set, whether for the layman or the professional artist and yet still offers the creative feeling provided by pen and paper.

Based on TVPaint technology, which is renowned worldwide since its success on the Amiga in 1991 and constantly upgraded for ever better performance, TVP Animation adapts to all production diagrams, whether traditional, fully digital or hybrid.

Designed to work in all resolutions, it will delight all drawing enthusiasts thanks to its tools which offer limitless possibilities. Your creations are only restricted by the boundaries of your imagination !


TVP Animation is a bitmap software. The workflow differences between a bitmap-based and vector-based animation package have their advantages and disadvantages. While vector art excels as a medium for cutout animation and is resolution-independent it is difficult to reproduce the highly detailed spatter or grain patterns commonly found in traditional media. Bitmaps can represent natural art media more readily, although they are not resolution-independent, as aliasing or blurring artifacts become an issue when resizing a bitmap to a resolution greater than 100% of the total. High resolution projects are also memory intensive, presenting storage issues that are multiplied over each frame.

TVP Animation manages large amounts of bitmap-based footage using a proxy playback system and scratch disks. It supports several different image formats such as JPG, TGA, FLI, Quicktime, AVI, BMP, PCX, PNG, TIFF, PSD, GIF, and DEEP (TVP Animation's proprietary sequence format). Projects are saved in self-contained .TVP files.


An animation software package presents the user with various tools to edit multiple (bitmap/vector) frames simultaneously (in the case of applying effects or for cutting/X-Sheet purposes) or in rapid succession. TVP Animation includes functions to allow the user to 'flip' a segment of the animation while working on individual frames to help the user feel the movement of the animation. There is also a function called a 'Light Table' which allows a user to see superimposed frames before and after the current frame. This function also goes under the name of "onion skinning" or "tracing paper" and is not unlike using tracing paper for an animation in real life.


TVP Animation's GUI has been programmed from scratch, eschewing the use of standard the GUI libraries provided by the OS. Cosmetically, the rebuilt interface looks somewhat different, but retains much of the functionality of its OS-based GUI counterparts.

Most features accessible through the GUI can be assigned to hotkeys, and combinations of features can be assigned to a single hotkey, resulting in a short macro. GRG scripts can also be assigned to buttons in TVP Animation's toolbars, as well as practically any function available in the interface. The result is an interface that can be automated to handle many of the repetitive tasks that face an animator. The George scripting language (also known as Element, for Mirage users), can also be used to create new macros and tools.

The plugin API allows third-party C/C++ developers to create image filters, colour palettes, or tools that do not fit into any category.


2009 September 8 : TVP Animation Standard and Pro 9.5 : This new version contains many great features like : a Storyboard tool, a Peg-hole tracker, a Smear mode, a Camera tool, a Out of Pegs feature and many panels and features are improved.

2008 June 24: TVP Animation Standard and Pro 9 : TVP Animation 9.0 Standard Edition contains many improvement : the layer blending modes, the Panel Bin feature, the TimeLine Notes, the TVPX format, the Drawing Recorder... In addition to all those improvements, the Professional version allows to integrate numerous audio tracks, to mix layers with many blending modes and gets four separately customizable workspaces. Each workspace's panel layouts and hot keys can be customized to a different stage of your animation (for researches, storyboards etc..).

2007 May 28: TVP Animation Pro 8.5 : A major free update is released in June 2007. This update contains an instance system allowing you to easily time your animation, profiles on tool's connection for a custom behavior and new customizable interface look.

2006 December 13: TVP Animation Pro 8.1.1 : In December 2006, TVPaint Developpement released TVP Animation 8.1 Professional Edition, second software based on the TVPaint Technology 8.1. In addition to the features of the Standard Edition, this version benefits of an XSheet System allowing you to make your lip-sync and of a lot of video functionalities.

2006 September 19: TVP Animation 8.1.1 : In june 2006, release of the first software based on the TVPaint Technology 8.1: TVP Animation Standard Edition. This version is dedicated for animators and allow them to create an animation from scratch to the end. Many improvements are made, such as supporting to the new Mac Intel, a rotative canvas like on a real drawing table, new drawing tools behavior, new special effects for saving time to the animators, etc... TVP Animation 8.1 is developed and distributed by TVPaint Développement.

2006 : TVPaint Animation -- TVPaint Developpement begins distributing their products under their own name. TVP Animation is dedicated to graphic creation and 2D animation. It is 100% compatible with MacIntel computers. New Effects : MultiPlane camera, Rotating project, Toon Shading, Add Border, Scan Cleaner, Lens Flare.

2005 : CBPaint -- Filter pack, object tracer and Deluxe 3D titler add-ons developed by TVPaint Developpement and distributed by Macro System

2005 : Mirage 1.5(TVPaint 7.5) -- German and Spanish support, more effects including Color Replacer and customizable toolbar interface. Scanners with paper feeders supported.

2004 : CBPaint -- Add-on for the Casablanca video system, developed by TVPaint Developpement and distributed by Macro System. CBPaint is TVPaint 7.0 technology for Casablanca.

2004 : Mirage 1.2(TVPaint 7.2) -- Rototracker, improved particle engine, ease curves, MP3 support, new AVI engine (support for 4GB+ files), frame buffer for Bluefish and DPS cards and international language support (French)

2003 : Mirage 1.0(TVPaint 7.0) -- Bauhaus software begins distributing Mirage in the US for Microsoft Windows / Mac OS X. FX Stack, volumetric lights, and enhanced light table added.

2003 : Aura 2.5b(TVPaint 6.5b) -- LW unwrap mesh function for drawing textures in a project

2002 : Aura DV Clay -- Improved Aura 1.0 version targeted towards the Japanese claymation industry. Aura2VT(TVPaint v6.0) -- Second version for Video Toaster

2001 : Aura 2.5(TVPaint 6.5) -- Proxy player, MMX support, live video stream background for telestration

2000 : Aura 2.0(TVPaint 6.0) -- Support for sound tracks, 16-bit drawing masks, selection tools and pixel tracker added (PC/DECAlpha)

1999 : Aura VT 1.0(TVPaint 5.0) -- TVPaint/Aura ported to the Video Toaster

1998 : Aura 1.0 (TVPaint 5.0) -- TVPaint marketed by Newtek under the name of Aura for PC/DECAlpha systems

1997 : TVPaint 4.0 -- Layers became animatable. Projects were also given the ability to support an unlimited number of layers.

1995 : TVPaint 3.6 -- Ported to the SGI and DECAlpha systems, while still being available for the PC and the Amiga. An API was created to allow third-party developers to create plug-ins.

Trivia: Interestingly enough, a screenshot of the TVPaint 3.6 About Box shows TVPaint's original name: "Tecsoft Video Paint"

1994 : TVPaint 3.0 -- This release was the first to arrive for the PC, though the Amiga continued to be supported. ARexx scripting was supplanted by George scripting. Also, TVPaint Junior, a light version of TVPaint, was being bundled with the VillageTronic Picasso, EGS video card.

1993 : TVPaint 2.0 -- First appearance of a multi-window GUI, Propelling Pencil & Chalk added

1992 : TVPaint 1.4 -- ARexx scripting language was integrated for automation of repetitive tasks

1991 : TVPaint 1.0 -- TVPaint's first incarnation was a 32-bit painting software on the Amiga called TVPaint, programmed by a student of the Metz Academy of Arts.



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