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While there are video encoders that do this kind of thing, most commonly this is the work of a video switcher or mixer. A video switcher is a device used for mixing live video from multiple sources. The bad news is they generally aren't cheap. An HD capable switcher is typically in the $6000+ range with the absolute cheapest one I know of being the Black ...


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After purchasing Sony Vegas Pro 12 Premium I can confirm that it DOES include the full version of Sony Vegas Pro 12! This really is a great deal as it also includes DVD Architect Pro 6.0, Sound Forge Pro 11.0, and CD Architect 5.2.


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Synfig Studio is a free option. It's a free 2d vector animation package, similar to Flash. I haven't used it, so I can't vouch for how easy it is to learn. Since Blender can pretty much do anything - provided you can work out how to use it - you could probably do this in Blender. Though it's not really purpose-built for 2d animation or motion graphics. For ...


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This type of animation is known as motion graphics. It is generally done with keyframe animation and vector graphics. It unfortunately is not something that has many free tools available however and it does require developing a fair bit of experience and quite a lot of time to do well. As Craig mentioned, After Effects is really the ideal package for this ...


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The animation that you refer to was probably made with Adobe After Effects. You can animate this kind of thing for 'free', if you don't value your time, using PhotoShop CS2 (free from Adobe) and the Quicktime player which will import image sequences and save them as movies. But your hope for free software misses the point that the costly parts of animation ...



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