Looks like there is a standard open format for vector animation: SVG.

How to create and edit such files?

I expect something like Blender with keyframes and curve editor. Inkscape does not seem to have animation abilities at the first glance.

FOSS is strongly preferred (so Flash-related things are discouraged, but if there is a Flash to animated SVG converter it should be mentioned).


Here there is a list of already existing animation programs (including SVG animation) http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Animation-%28Timeline%29

There are both FOSS and proprietary ones.


I think Accelerated-IO.com has an online app that can convert raster to SVG then animates it. I think the app can also edit existing animation. Check http://www.pac-n-zoom.com/.


Since inkscape list does not include a brand new product I will list it in addition to the accepted answer:

Non free

https://aphalina.com/ - commercial SVG Animation Studio similar to Macromedia Dreamviewer and Microsoft Expression Blend.

Disclaimer: This product is created by my friend. I do not work for him.

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