Anime Studio Pro 9

Anime Studio Pro 9


Complete Animation for Professionals & Digital Artists!

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Explore the more advanced features available in Anime Studio Pro. Before you dig into a particular feature, watch the Full Feature Tour below.


Anime Studio Pro 9 is for professionals looking for a more efficient alternative to tedious frame-by-frame animation. With an intuitive interface, a visual content library and powerful features such as a bone-rigging system, bitmap to vector conversion, integrated lip-synching, 3D modelling, physics, motion tracking, a character wizard and more.

Anime Studio Pro is ideal for professional artists looking for advanced animation tools to speed up workflow.

New Features Back to the top

New Revolutionary Smart Bones™
New in Anime Studio Pro 9, 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 lever movements instead of having to touch each bone point. Smart Bones makes it MUCH easier to repeat complex movements and control your rigged elements.

New Editable Motion Graphs
The single most requested feature that our users have been asking for is finally here! In Motion Graphs, the animation channels of the current layer are displayed graphically, rather than just as points along a line. Now get maximum control of your animation with Editable Motion Graphs. You can now edit motion curves with Bezier handles directly instead of relying on tweening, ease-in and ease-out.

New Layer Comps
Export multiple layers individually with one click. Layer comps are useful if you want to export only selected items in your scene so that you can composite them externally in third party software. For example, you can create a layer comp that relates to background elements, another that relates to characters and another that relates to foreground elements or titles. Turn groups on and off until you get elements that logically belong together. Then create a new layer comp from that group. At render time, you can then choose to render specific layer comps as a movie file.

New Enhanced Timeline
Enhanced timeline improvements include navigation changes, key frame changes and enhanced interpolation intervals.

New Onion Skins
Onion Skins have been completely redesigned and allow for precise adjustment of your animation.

New Key Frame Editing
Key Frame Editing has been significantly updated to improve overall workflow.

New Speed-up Workflow Features
The new 64-bit Architecture will increase the speed and memory handling of your computer. The new GPU Acceleration maximises your graphics card capabilities. Plus, workflow improvements to repetitive tasks will help overall user productivity.

Character Wizard – Brand New Content
Anime Studio Pro 9 now includes brand new characters. Quickly design ready-to-animate characters using the built-in character wizard. Select a preset, dial in the body proportions and choose from dozens of pre-designed 2D components such as hands, feet, mouths, eyes, noses and heads.

New 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.

New Enhanced Drawing Tools
Enhanced drawing tools allow you to create complex shapes quickly by eliminating the need for precise drawing and giving you the freedom to sketch as you desire.  

Pen tablet support lets you draw naturally with a pen tablet and recreates the sensation of drawing on paper.

New Texture Budget
This is a memory management tool that automatically downsizes your images when your computer is running low on memory.

New Key Frame Hold Duration
This feature allows you to hold the duration of a particular key frame as long as you want.

New Key Frame Colour Assign
Assign colours to key frames in a timeline, to help keep track of animation sequences that relate to each other.

New Layers Palette Colour Assign
Assign colours to layers in the layers palette, helping you keep track of layers that relate to each other in some way.

New Adjust Thickness Line Width Tool
Adjust the thickness of the line width with more control. Magnet mode allows you to adjust and influence multiple points on a line.

New Text Input Enhancement
The Text Input Enhancement allows for greater flexibility in specifying font, line width, colour, kerning and more.

New Tutorial Help
Updated documentation and user tutorials let you get started faster.

New Bone Rigging
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 organised with the sequencer and timeline.

Real Time Media Connection
The 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.

Global Rendering Styles
Global Rendering Styles allow you to quickly change the overall design of your animations. Choose from various presets such as sketchy, cutout, crayon and more to easily transform the look and feel of your entire animation. Create your own custom combinations by mixing and matching different styles for fills and outlines.

Vector Shape Selector
Quickly find and edit vector layers using the Vector Shape Selector. You no longer have to worry about naming each layer to find the one you're looking for. Just click on a shape in your project and the corresponding layer automatically gets selected for editing.

Automatic Image Tracing - Use Your Own Artwork
Import your scanned drawings or existing images and photos then convert them to vector drawings with the click of a button. Trace as black and white or edges only and adjust a number of settings to style your vector image. Colour your vector art, resize without loss in image quality and animate it using bones.

Audio Recording, Sound Effects and Automatic Lip Synching
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.  

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 synchronise characters' lip and mouth movements to a sound file through a simple and intuitive process.

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 Modelling allows you to create 3D objects from 2D vector layers. Plus, the included Content Library contains hundreds of ready to use characters, props and more.

You can even import Photoshop files complete with all layers. Updates made in Photoshop are automatically updated in the imported file in Anime Studio.

Follow Path Tool
The Follow Path tool allows you to have any character or object follow and bend itself along a pre-drawn path (like a snake), making tons of animation possibilities super easy.

Patch Layers
Patch Layers were designed for constructing characters and are similar to masks by allowing you to hide certain parts of a layer. Create each body part separately and then hide the overlapping lines. Adjust the size of the patch to perfectly blend the layers to get the desired style.

Video/Motion Tracking
Add an object to an imported video that will follow the position and rotation of something, like a person's thumb. Just add tracking points that identify the item on the screen you want to follow.  

More 3D Video Rendering options with full support for YouTube’s 3D formats.

Finish for Web, TV, Film and Still Formats
Output to formats including NTSC/PAL D1/DV Standard and Widescreen; HDV and HDTV 780p and 1080p; AVI, MOV, Flash, Stereoscopic 3D and more.  
Upload your creations directly to Facebook® or YouTube™. Gather up and organise all your project files in one location using the Gather Media feature.

System Requirements Back to the top
Platform Windows XP, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Windows 8, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks


  • XP, Vista, 7 or 8 (64-bit OS required for 64-bit installation),
  • 1 GHz Intel® Pentium® or equivalent,
  • Windows® Internet Explorer® 8 or newer


  • OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 or 10.9 (64-bit OS required for 64-bit installation),
  • 1.5 GHz Intel Processor or above CD-ROM Drive,
  • Internet connection required forContent Paradise™

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