Animate characters you create with your web cam and automated lip sync in Adobe's Character Animator!
Motion capture puppets are great for:
We'll cover mouth shapes, layer placement, syncing an audio track to lips or creating your own audio for your puppet to voice, adding physics for more life-like movement, creating custom puppets and even walk cycles.
This course utilizes Adobe Photoshop to build our puppets and files are exported to Adobe After Effects, so both programs are essential to using Character Animator effectively.
This is a highly effective way to create reusable characters for explainer videos, short film, music videos and other media.
We learn how Character Animator works with motion controlled puppets and mouth phonemes- shapes that correspond to particular letter sounds.
We see how a Photoshop puppet translates into Character Animator layers.
In this lesson we finalize our photo layers in Adobe Photoshop.
We begin organizing our layers for our talking puppet.
Here we do our audio syncing and troubleshoot potential problems.
What to do with a puppet once you've made it? Here we export our PNG sequence/ WAV and import as a script in After Effects.
In this lesson we showcase how to work with a puppet's body in motion.
This lesson covers "rigging" or how to attach the various sections of the body so Character Animator recognizes which parts are supposed to move in which way.
In Photoshop, we create a body out of different parts on a puppet created from scratch.
We finalize our body in Adobe Photoshop in our created-from-scratch puppet.
Here we organize our Photoshop puppet layers in a way that Character Animator will understand.
Now we have our Photoshop puppet in Character Animator and rig the structure.
In this lesson we explore variations of the basic rig.
At this stage we cover the various options of having your character walk, run, lope, and how to refine it so it looks and feels natural.
We summarize the basics of Adobe Character Animator!
David was born in 1977 in Omaha, NE. He graduated with his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University in 2006, creating portrait series that reflected both the hyperkinetic films, games and comics of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as more humanist documentary work with Indigenous communities in America and Australia.
After ASU he became a teaching artist as well as exhibing around the Southwest/ West Coast and been published in numerous magazines such as Orion, View Camera, B+W/ Color, and others. In 2014 he was named as one of the top 100 Creatives of Arizona by New Times Magazine. He currently lives in Chandler with wife Vesna and 2 children, Patrick and Magdalena.