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Software Our software, Firka is a linetest tool for cartoon animators. The linetest or pencil test is a working phase of the traditional animation, when the pencil-drawn pictures are photographed by a camera, then these pictures are played according to a projection schedule, called exposure sheet. This exposure sheet contains more than one levels. The linetest is an important control phase, because the corrections are really expensive in the following steps of the working process (painting, post-production) both in money and in time. The animator also uses the linetest as an animation tool.

In the beginning, the linetest process was very similar to the final film shooting: they used film cameras with black-and-white negative film. In the next step some special machines appeared, like video recorders capable of capturing frame by frame. Finally, these days in the studios there are personal computers with video cameras for this purpose. The Amiga machines became popular first, because of their good video capabilities. In recent years, IBM compatible PC computers were preferred.

Our Firka is a system-independent software. This means it is not limited to one hardware or operating system. It is specially made for animation professionals, to create linetest easy and fast. We test the software in our productions under real conditions. The author studied at an art school and he worked also as animator, line-test operator and compositor.

The operation of the software seems similar to the painting and rendering softwares, but the goal is very different: the line-tester must work as fast and comfortable as possible, while the painting system have to create the best possible picture quality with very wide visual effect capabilities. Fortunately, today's computers are fast enough to finally combine these two requirements. Firka has some functions usually you can find only in painting systems, like camera movements, geometrical distortion, usage of masks and other effects, for example cross-fade and blur. Screenshot

Here are some main features of the Firka software:

  • Real-time playback, pre-rendering is also possible,
  • Any picture resolution and field format,
  • Any playback speed,
  • Video effects and sound,
  • Integrated picture digitizing for cameras and scanners,
  • Integrated painting and drawing tools,
  • Database structure of movies and scenes,
  • Unlimited number of levels in the exposure sheet,
  • Playlist of scenes,
  • Camera movements,
  • Dialog breaking down,
  • Works on Windows, Apple OSX and Linux,
  • One scene is one file, easy to send,
  • In English and other languages,
  • Network capabilities.
How to buy?

For professional purposes, you have to purchase a User Identification Code (UIC) from Firkafilm studio. After you entered the UIC into the program's “About” window, you can use all features and you can save and transfer the animation to other machines. The purchased UIC will be valid for all past and future versions of the software, for all supported operating systems. You can download the new versions of the software from us for free of charge.

An UIC can be installed on one software instance only. If you want to run Firka over a network, you must purchase and install as many UIC codes as many softwares you want to run simultanously. To use the UIC on a specific computer, you also have to register the computer. To achieve this, save the registration request file from the program and send it to the e-mail address below. This is required for the purchased licenses only, not for the free version.

We recommend you to try the restricted free version first. You can get it from the download page. If you want to know more about the program before purchase, we are happy to assist you. Please note that an UIC code, due to its nature, is not under our control after delivery. Please handle it carefully, because we cannot redeem or replace the purchased UIC code.

Professional UIC license

The full version, which also supports camera movements and pegbars. This version can work together with other UIC codes on a shared scene database through a network.

Price of one Professional UIC: 550 € (Euros).

Personal UIC license

Almost all capturing and drawing functions are available, but some advanced capturing functions are disabled. Camera movements and sounds can not be edited. This version is able to work only as a single-user system.

Price of one Personal UIC: 100 € (Euros).

These are net prices in Euro currency, excluding VAT. The total price for a specific purchaser depends on the trade regulations of Hungary and the European Union. For any questions regarding the prices, please contact us.

To purchase one or more UIC licenses, please send an order by e-mail with the following informations:

  • Number of UIC codes you want to purchase,
  • Purchaser's official name and mailing address.

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We will answer to your request by sending back a formal invoice by e-mail. It contains our bank account parameters where you can transfer the payment. You don't have to give us your bank account or credit card data. After we received the amount to our bank account (usually within a few days), we send the UIC license by e-mail and also by mail, together with the original invoice.

Comparison of different license versions

Free demoPersonalProfessional
Net priceFree100 €550 €
UIC requiredNoYesYes
Multi user (multiple UIC)NoNoYes
Database of scenesYesYesYes
Exposure sheetYesYesYes
SoundYes (1)Yes (1)Yes
Camera movementsYes (1)Yes (1)Yes
PegbarsYes (2)Yes (2)Yes
Playlist of scenesYesYesYes
Loading scene from external fileYesYesYes
Saving scene to external fileNoYesYes
Transfering scene to another FirkaNoYesYes
Rendering to image sequenceYes (3)YesYes
High quality renderingNoYesYes
Loading from fileYesYesYes
Saving to fileNoYesYes
Picture capturingYesYesYes
Peghole recognitionNoNoYes
Chroma keyingNoYesYes
Stereoscopic capturingNoNoYes
Multiple exposureNoNoYes
Onion skin overlaysYesYesYes
Displaced overlaysNoYesYes
Picture editorYesYesYes
Flood fill paintingYesYesYes
Fill patching and underflowNoYesYes
Filling with textureNoYesYes
Freehand drawingYesYesYes
Outline shapesYesYesYes
Pen stylesNoYesYes
Lines and gradientsNoYesYes
Swappable drawing statesNoYesYes
Sound editorYes (4)NoYes
Dialog breaking down (lip-sync)NoNoYes
Camera path editorYes (4)NoYes
X-sheet camera viewNoNoYes
Pegbar positioningNoNoYes

1 No editing of sounds and camera paths, but these data types can be loaded from file.
2 Pegbars cannot be selected and edited, but the loaded files may contain pegbars.
3 With simplified export options.
4 Only for demonstration, editing of actual data is disabled.