Create Instant Facial Animations & 3D Heads
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Create Instant Facial Animations & 3D Heads

Quickly create professional-level, facial animations with no prior experience.
4.1 (33 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
5,029 students enrolled
Created by Reallusion Inc
Last updated 3/2016
Price: Free
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create custom 3D Heads
  • Generate lip-sync animations
  • Create facial expression animations
  • Generate face and upper body animations from music
  • Export 3D facial animations and heads to other 3D tools
View Curriculum
  • Download and install CrazyTalk 8 software - TRIAL or PIPELINE version

•This course is designed to teach anyone how to create professional 3D & 2D facial animations without having to spend months, or years, learning the ins-and-outs of other complicated 3D software. In just days, you will be able to get ahead by learning to exploit the power of a real-time 3D engine, in order to maximize your time and project completion. 100% GUARANTEE!

•Different from other animation tools, CrazyTalk is designed for instant creation and visualization feedback. Its unique real-time animation engine give you 10 x faster production speed, allowing you to create 3D or 2D heads which you can quickly animate with automatic lip-syncing from your own voice or music track. Once you are ready, feel free to export your animations to iClone prior to exporting them via the 3DXchange converter to Unity, Unreal or any other video game engine or 3D applications.

•There are free trial versions for CrazyTalk 8, iClone 6 PRO, and 3DXchange Pipeline, so users are welcome to download them all in order to go through the entire course. The Character Creator tools is 100% FREE.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for ANYONE regardless of their age, artistic or animation experience. But it is mainly designed for indie game developers, game studios and app creators. Teachers, Students, 3D Animators, video producers, previz artists, and movie makers can also greatly benefit from this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
Introduction to CrazyTalk 8
1 Lecture 12:27

CrazyTalk is the world's most popular facial animation software that uses voice and text to vividly animate facial images, as it offers lots of powerful creation and animation tools that make it easy and quick to use. Learn how to use this tool for all your 2D & 3D facial animation projects. We have designed this Udemy course to be easy to follow and understand. Take the time to watch all the video tutorials to quickly become a facial animation expert.

3D Head Creation & Customization
6 Lectures 02:31:02

The 3D face fitting technology in CrazyTalk 8 is based on a library of ethnic human anatomies, making it not only look real but also making it fun to use with all the free range morph sliders. Learn all the basics of image 3D Face Fitting with this starter tutorial that will introduce all the tools, gizmos and tips on the best kind of images for 3D face fitting in CrazyTalk 8

One Image 3D Face Fitting

CrazyTalk 8 is also an incredibly powerful 3D head generation tool that allows you to map 2 separate facial images (front and side-facing) to a single 3D head. This tutorial will take you through the steps for setting your fitting points and then blending the texture of your images onto your 3D model for a smooth and natural look.

Two Image 3D Face Fitting

CrazyTalk 8 includes a number of different eye and teeth templates that you can apply to your character to enhance their look with content that is tailored for use within the program. In this tutorial, you'll learn about the basic make up of character teeth and eyes, as well as how to customize them using their respective settings panels. You'll also learn a couple of bonus tips on how to use Photoshop to give your character some interesting looking teeth. This is an important step towards creating a good 3D head from a 2D photo!

Customizing Eyes and Teeth

Once you've finished photo fitting your character, you will likely want to replace the automatically generated eyes to avoid giving your character too many eyelids! You can do this by importing eye templates from the Content Manager, but if you want to keep more of the look and character of your original eyes, you can export your eye texture to Photoshop for some serious eye editing. In this video, you'll learn about a couple of simple steps you can take in Photoshop to refine your original eye texture map to get rid of the common issues from photo fitting.

Enhancing Photo Fitting Eyes

Customizing your characters is a fun part of using CrazyTalk for your animation projects! There are limitless combinations of quirky character looks that you can achieve by adding various accessories, hairstyles, and clothing to your character. In this tutorial, you'll learn all about how to apply and customize the embedded hair, accessories, and clothing both in CrazyTalk 8 and in Photoshop.

Clothing, Accessories and Hair

In addition to creating realistic 3D character heads, CrazyTalk 8 can also be used to turn a single 2D cartoon image into a stylized 3D head with unique cell-shading with some help from Photoshop. This tutorial will walk you through the process of mapping your 2D caricature image to a 3D head, and then show you how to modify the facial texture map in Photoshop and re-apply it to your character in CrazyTalk 8 for a cool looking toon shader effect. You'll also learn how to do the same thing for the body to dress your character as you wish.

Turn a 2D Caricature into a Stylized 3D Head
Facial Lip-syncing, Expression & Animation
5 Lectures 01:23:23

Lip sync editing is one of the key features of animating your character properly. Sometimes, the automatic lip sync may not be entirely accurate, in which case it's up to you to get in there and do a little dirty work with viseme key editing. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to edit and customize the viseme keyframes in your lip syncing track that create the mouth shapes the character uses to form words. More importantly, you'll learn how to edit the clip strength and smoothness to refine the lip sync and establish different talking strengths from mumbling to yelling. Finally, you'll also learn some quick tips about moving your character and getting them to look at the camera.

Basic Lip Sync Editing

Auto Motion is a useful and intuitive feature of CrazyTalk that allows you to apply a variety of customizable motion templates to your character for various talking and listening scenarios. This intro tutorial will walk you through the basic theory of Auto Motion as well as how to apply various templates from the content library to accommodate different project scenarios.

Intro to Auto Motion Library

This tutorial focuses on creating and customizing different emotions in a scenario that has our character telling a joke. You'll learn about how you can use global settings to set the main movement in your animation, and then tweak it by adjusting various parts of your character's body and face. Most importantly, you'll learn the difference between Auto Motion clips and regular Motion clips, and how you can successfully blend the two together for full control over the timing and emotion your character displays.

Auto Motion for Custom Talking Scenarios

This tutorial will demonstrate the various ways that you can make your character dance and move to a beat. Auto Motion settings such as Offset and Ping Pong are explored in this tutorial, in combination with various Global Settings including Transition Curves and Spring Hardness. With a good knowledge of these tools and how to use them in combination, you can customize your character's dance movement in an infinite number of ways!

Auto Motion for Dance Movements

Occasionally when trying to make your character dance to an audio file using Auto Motion, you will come across certain complex audio tracks that contain an instrumental mixture that will not provide accurate dancing 'to the beat'. This tutorial explores a pretty easy work around to this problem using a microphone and a free audio-editing software called Audacity. Here you'll learn how to create your own custom beat and apply it to your auto-motion track while the actual music is applied to the background music track. By combining these two tracks together and following the techniques in this tutorial, you'll be able to get your character to dance accurately to absolutely any music out there!

Syncing Dancing to Complex Beats
Environment & Atmosphere
1 Lecture 13:39

Aside from your character, you can also customize your scene and environment in tons of different ways. CrazyTalk 8 has introduced Atmosphere settings, which allow you to apply different lighting, physics, and wind settings to your project. In this tutorial, you'll learn all about how to apply these to your scene and customize the various aspects to achieve the results that you want.

Intro to Scene Atmosphere
Export to other 3D Tools
1 Lecture 23:55

CrazyTalk 8 is a powerful and easy-to-use 3D head creation tool that can be used with other 3D modeling/animation tools as well as game engines. Taking your 3D CT8 head into Character Creator provides you with an expanded number of customization options from character eye type and skin texture to detailed morphing of the head and facial features. In this tutorial, you'll learn all about this awesome and intuitive pipeline that allows you to customize your CrazyTalk heads like never before, and then export them to your favorite 3D tool.

Exporting CT8 Heads to 3D Tools
About the Instructor
Reallusion Inc
4.4 Average rating
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34,627 Students
5 Courses
Software Developers & Trainers

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Reallusion is a leader in the development of 3D cinematic animation tools for consumers, students and professionals. Recognized as an industry pioneer, the company provides consumers with easy-to-use avatar animation, facial morphing and voice lip-sync solutions for real-time 3D filmmaking and previsualization for professional post-production. Reallusion's core technologies are widely used by consumers, educators, gamers and filmmakers to ready their desktop and mobile devices with a total real-time animation studio that plugs-in to the gamer mentality with videogame-like play-to-create technology.

These focused animation courses were created with novice animation users in mind. They were designed to quickly teach any person, from any age, education and background experience to create, animate, modify and export their customized animations in a fraction of the time that it would take with other applications. All lectures were created by highly skilled professionals that have years of experience in creating short and focused, topic-based tutorials for easy following and understanding. Learners can rest assure that each lecture is designed to focus on each topic in order to save time and maintain attention.