Hi guys! Feedback is appreciated from anyone who reads this and uses my animations.
I generally try and keep animations 35 frames or below. Sometimes I will choose to go over that limit if I feel making it longer will produce the animation I envision (see Water_003). However, I prefer not to do that very often.
Some general stats regarding animations in VX before I move on:
- VX plays animations at 15 frames per second.
- The total amount of frames you can use from animation sheets for a single animation in the VX Database is 200 even if you different animation sheets for “Graphics 1” and “Graphics 2”.
- The maximum frames a single Database animation can have is 200. That equals ~13.3 seconds. This is different from having an animation sheet frame limit.
- I don’t know what the frame limits are in XP (if there are any).
The reason why I’m concerned about animation length goes back to my experience in Final Fantasy X. Although Lulu was able to hit hard with her spells for most of the game, having her cast anything was quite annoying due to her long-ass cast animation. That resentment may also have to do with Quick Hit being so overpowered (and quick!), but I digress. 🙂
The point is — I understand from a player’s view that long, repetitive animations can get really annoying. 30 frames is 2 seconds and I feel that is comfortable length for players to endure for most of the game.
How do you guys feel about lengths of animations in your projects? What length is comfortable for you and what is your breaking point? My goal certainly isn’t to use 200 frames for an animation. That’s far from it. But in the event that I create a relatively long animation, let’s say 3 to 5 seconds long, how would you feel about that?
This also brings up the concern regarding file sizes. Up to this post, my animations all together have reached over 25mb in file size. It is inevitable that the number will grow as I make more. How concerned are you about your project’s total size? I don’t expect anyone to use every animation I make, but I understand that keeping your project size small is good so it’ll be easy and fast to upload/download. This is another factor I want to keep in mind when I decide on animation lengths.
Let me know what you guys think by leaving a comment.