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Creating Animation in Harmony

When creating character rigs and animation for games, there are a few things to think about before you get started. Artists and programmers should work together to make sure their needs are met.

What platform will your game be going on? Windows, Mac, Mobile, iOS, PS, XBOX, etc.
What game engine will you be using?
What is the style of the game? Hand drawn, cut-out, with textures, etc.

These are just a few of the questions you need to answer before getting started. They all have an impact on how you design, build, and animate your characters.

For example, if you’re planning a mobile game for smart phones, then you will most likely want to keep your game under 50 MB, so it can be downloaded without having to be on Wi-Fi. In that case, your most important consideration is to create efficient characters with very tight sprite sheets and reuse a lot of the animation to keep the file sizes small. During the process, you will need to:

Rig and animate characters in Harmony
Extract out the Harmony data
Import the Harmony data into the game engine

This guide covers the entire process, including how to import the data into Unity. Keep in mind, if you’re working with a custom engine, you can also process the Harmony data that’s exported and use it in a custom game engine. If you need assistance with adapting data for your engine, please contact support@toonboom.com.

If you’re making a game for consoles, like the PS or XBOX, then you have the freedom to create larger textures. You may want to animate frame-by-frame, or you may want to animate with a cut-out character. You can feel free to follow the flow in this guide if you want to extract the Harmony data.

If you are simply going to export on a frame-by-frame sequence, then you can use all of Harmony’s tools without limitations. You can then process an exported image sequence into a sprite sheet. Harmony can easily support this process as well, though it will not be explained in this guide as there are no special guidelines required.