Toon Boom Animation has launched Toon Boom Studio 5, a new version of the Toon Boom Studio 2.5D animation software that adds stop-motion animation tools to its existing array of animation capabilities.

Toon Boom Studio 5 offers tools for multiple styles of animation, including a combination of stop-motion, traditional, digital, cut-out and rotoscoping animation methods.

Studio 5 adds tools for creating stop-motion animation, as well as time-lapse imagery. The new Live View and Image Capture tools lets users see images exactly as they will appear in the final movie.

Users can change the backgrounds of scenes using green- and bluescreens keying tools, and position and align elements using onion skinning. Rotoscoping tools allow animators to draw over photographs and other images.

Toon Boom says that other new features include improved image playback optimization for faster previews, Annotation Layers for feedback, easy export of animation directly to YouTube or Facebook, support for import of projects from Flip Boom Classic and Animation-ish, and an enhanced user interface.

Animators who pre-order Toon Boom Studio 5 through May 14 will get the software for US$329.99 (around £220), and a copy of version 4.5 to use until version 5 ships. After May 14, Toon Boom Studio 5 will cost $399.99 (£270).

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