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I am fascinated by this movie about string theory. What kind of software did they use to create the animations? What would you suggest to create similar movies ?

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I suggest piracy, uhhh borrowing! –  Ivo Flipse Jul 21 '09 at 7:33

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Flash is a very powerful program, but FlashDevelop is a free, open source, application to create 2D animations compatible with Flash.

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Two programs that you might want to take a look at for your use or inspiration are:

  • Blender - 3D modeling, rendering and animation

  • Pencil - 2D traditional bitmap and vector drawing and animation

Both are free and open source.

Here is some information on open source Flash development.

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Pencil looks very interesting. –  Stefano Borini Jul 21 '09 at 2:57
    
Interesting, but quite unstable :( –  Stefano Borini Jul 21 '09 at 12:11

That particular video was created using Adobe Flash. It's fairly easy to make the same kinds of movies with Flash, but the IDE is commercial, so if you were looking for free software you're out of luck (although I'm sure there are free alternatives to it somewhere). I wouldn't really be able to recommend any other alternatives to Flash for making animations, because it doesn't get much better.

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Do you think flash is overkill for the casual user ? (not much for the price, rather for the time needed to use it proficiently). I'm not planning to throw $699 into it, I think it's too much. just curious. –  Stefano Borini Jul 21 '09 at 2:14
    
In all honesty, yes I do. But I don't know of a free alternative. –  Sasha Chedygov Jul 21 '09 at 3:20

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