Learn Adobe Character Animator CC
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Learn Adobe Character Animator CC

Motion Capture Animation Basics
2.2 (3 ratings)
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Created by David Miller
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create their own motion capture puppets using Adobe Character Animator and Photoshop
  • Set physics on their animated puppets
  • Record voiceover or sync pre-existing dialogue to their puppet's mouths
  • Incorporate their Character Animator puppets into Adobe After Effects
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  • Students should have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud, including Adobe After Effects CC which uses Adobe Character Animator as a subprogram, and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Basic understanding of layers in Photoshop.
  • Access to a webcam is required.

Animate characters you create with your web cam and automated lip sync in Adobe's Character Animator!  

Motion capture puppets are great for:

  • explainer video animations
  • short films + cartoons
  • commercials
  • creative live interactive characters
  • motion comics
  • anything needing reusable characters - no need to redraw frames or set keyframes anytime a character moves!

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.  

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginning animators.
  • People with interest in motion capture programs.
  • Creatives looking for new means of self expression.
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:38

We learn the core concept behind motion capture and how Character Animator is used in contrast to frame-by-frame or keyframe animation.

Preview 02:38
Designing Puppets with Photographs
6 Lectures 25:42

We learn how Character Animator works with motion controlled puppets and mouth phonemes- shapes that correspond to particular letter sounds. 

Preview 03:01

We see how a Photoshop puppet translates into Character Animator layers.

Puppet Layers

In this lesson we finalize our photo layers in Adobe Photoshop.

Working with Photo Layers

We begin organizing our layers for our talking puppet.

Working with Character Animator Pt. 1

Here we do our audio syncing and troubleshoot potential problems.

Working In Character Animator Pt. 2

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.

Exporting for After Effects
Physics in Character Animator
4 Lectures 19:52

This is where we add on puppets within puppets in Character Animator so we can assign physics.

Creating Sub Puppets

Setting Dangles

Keyboard Triggers
Walk Cycles
9 Lectures 44:16

In this lesson we showcase how to work with a puppet's body in motion.

Preview 02:27

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.

Designing A Body Pt. 1

We finalize our body in Adobe Photoshop in our created-from-scratch puppet.

Designing A Body 2

Here we organize our Photoshop puppet layers in a way that Character Animator will understand.

Grouping Body Sections

Now we have our Photoshop puppet in Character Animator and rig the structure.

Rigging Body Structure

In this lesson we explore variations of the basic rig.

Rigging Options

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.  

Walk Behavior Controls

Recording And Exporting To After Effects
Wrap Up
1 Lecture 01:01

We summarize the basics of Adobe Character Animator!

Final Thoughts
About the Instructor
David Miller
2.6 Average rating
5 Reviews
29 Students
2 Courses
Multimedia Artist

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.