What does "on twos" and "on ones" mean in animation?

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What does "on twos" and "on ones" mean in animation?

Post by ShyViolet » September 24th, 2016, 9:59 am

I've heard of this quite a few times but never really understood what it meant. Can someone please explain?
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Re: What does "on twos" and "on ones" mean in animation?

Post by Dacey » September 24th, 2016, 12:17 pm

On twos: 12 frames (or drawings, etc) per second.

On ones: 24 frames (or drawings, etc) per second.

To provide a specific example, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was animated in "twos," while Coraline was animated in "ones."
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Re: What does "on twos" and "on ones" mean in animation?

Post by ShyViolet » September 24th, 2016, 12:26 pm

Thanks Dacey! :)
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Re: What does "on twos" and "on ones" mean in animation?

Post by manga raw » September 30th, 2016, 9:37 am

Most animation in anime is done on ones, twos, or threes - anything slower will look decidedly jerky

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Re: What does "on twos" and "on ones" mean in animation?

Post by Ben » September 30th, 2016, 11:04 am

Actually, most manga is done minimum on twos (Ghibli) and the lower budget stuff is usually done on threes or even fives or sixes.

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Re: What does "on twos" and "on ones" mean in animation?

Post by Dacey » September 30th, 2016, 3:47 pm

And stuff like Blood+ (really the only Anime I ever became addicted to) will animate the fight scenes in ones or twos, and then use less for the other parts.

I'm also pretty sure Ghibli uses ones for certain sequences. Princess Mononoke's attack looks very smooth, to provide just one example.
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