Need some help deciding
I'm trying to decide between Moho 12, Crazytalk animator 3, and Hitfilm pro 2017. I will mostly be doing 2D animations and short cartoons (that is my goal at least). That makes me lean towards Moho or Crazytalk. However, I am also interested in stop motion and occasionally do short projects with people as well (mostly editing things for family and friends).
Up to now I have been using FCPX on a mac, (haven't been doing any animation), but my macbook pro is old and isn't doing well. I can't see me buying one of the new macs as I don't think they are a good value. Besides, after Apple stopped supporting Aperture, I don't have a lot of faith in their software side. I have a windows system that I game on, so was interested in an editing solution for windows. I tried adobe CC and Vegas pro, but neither felt right after coming from FCPX.
The thing is, funds are relatively limited for something I do as a hobby, and I will only be able to buy one piece of software (another nail in the adobe coffin). I came across someone who did a semi-animated commercial on the forums, but there wasn't much in the way of cartoon animation. It was more like stop motion and cutouts. However, Hitfilm does have an amazing particle system, which I would use sometimes.
Does anyone know if you could upload a drawn image to deform and move it using keyframes in such a way that it works like a regular cartoon? Maybe at least like one of those rubber band-esque animations that programs like Crazytalk and Moho do?
As a side note; I wish every NLE and effects software would steal the skimming feature of FCPX. That is the one feature that I truly love about it. Sure some programs now allow you to skim in the preview, but I haven't seen anything that lets you skim the timeline too, at least without having to click and drag.