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Utilities

Countless software utilities are useful to the animator, and I've chosen to discuss utilities intended for specific tasks in other chapters. A few really useful utilities for animators defy placement in a single category, however.

DeBabelizer

DeBabelizer is the ultimate animator's utility. The program was created to process frames of video into animation suitable for use in video games, and of all the graphics utilities out there, it is perhaps the most utilitarian. The original version ran only on the Mac, and its interface resembled an Internal Revenue Service long form—ironic for a program that was supposed to descramble the language barriers between applications. (The product was named for the biblical Tower of Babel, which fell to Earth when God made everybody "babble" in different languages.) Fortunately, Equilibrium has updated the program with an easy-to-use interface that makes it a lot more accessible to the average graphic artist, and it runs on both Mac and Windows. See Figure 5.21.


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