My work as an editor means that I spend a lot of time in timeline-based software, namely Premiere and After Effects. For this reason, I was stoked to explore a cool web tool called Tumult Hype 3 during a technical sprint with Untold’s tech intern, David Dempsey. Tumult Hype is software designed to help streamline HTML animation for people who are used to working with timelines and keyframes.
Tumult Hype Introduction
The software saw an update to version 3 in March of this year so it’s a fairly new tool for web content creators but has the benefit of a robust community from fans of the previous two releases and a bevy of support information in the form of examples, tutorials and forums on their official website. Overall, David and I had a great experience using the software. The UI was quite intuitive and we were able to create and trigger animations with relative ease.
This brings us to one of the limitations of the software. You can export to a variety of formats, such as animated gifs and even mp4s, but once your scene is “rendered” or the code is compiled, it gets a bit messy. So going in and trying to alter or modify the code without using the Hype software is nearly impossible.
Shortcomings aside, what Tumult Hype 3 sets out to achieve, it does so with flying colors. It is simple and fun to use and it comes highly recommended by two individuals, each of whom have strengths in opposite ends of the digital spectrum- tech and creative. If you are into animating or like making fun widgets for the web (or you just want to impress your friends), I recommend downloading it and giving it a spin for yourself!