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Jason Bartgraphics pad animation
by on Jun 17, 2010 at 4:24:14 pm

my company is starting to create so animated graphics to be added to video footage.

We'll be using 3ds max and after effects cs5 and will be starting with simple animations at first until we become familiar with the programs better thru trainings... so we are very new to this.

What are some decent mid level price range graphics pads that work well for creating animations?

I've been checking out cnet and the forums here and not able to get any reviews of tablets within the last few years so i thought i'd ask here.

any recommendations for product or websites that'll give me some reviews?


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: graphics pad animation
by on Jun 19, 2010 at 7:00:23 pm

Hi Jason -

Having been a user of graphics tablets (always Wacom) for many years, I recently purchased a tablet from Monoprice for the princely sum of 35 bucks for a tablet and two pens (battery powered, not passive, like the Wacom).

It took me a while to install and configure it, finally downloading and adding the Wacom Bamboo drivers to get some of the advanced pen functions (which worked fine in Vista 64). I'm now using it with After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Max 2010 and am very pleased. It's no Wacom, but after I tweaked the brush settings a bit in Photoshop and the overall sensitivity settings in the Control Panel, I've very pleased with the tracking and sensitivity.

Apparently this Monoprice tablet is manufactured in Taiwan and sold under several brands (I believe DigiPro is one) - do a search on "cheap drawing tablets" and you'll find some good articles. Here's the link to Monoprice - they shipped fast and the price was very right:


Make your own decision - but for the price, you can decide you don't like and and won't be too badly burned.

Joe Bourke
Creative Director / Multimedia Specialist
B&S Exhibits and Multimedia

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