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Using Adobe Character Animator for Lip Sync 2: Triggering Morphs

Here it is. Part Two of dwburman’s free tutorials showing how to use Adobe’s Character Animator (Preview) to animate mouths for LightWave and other apps. This time it’s definitely a LightWave tutorial, although the principles should work in other apps that can sample a color value from an image sequence and apply it to something else.

 

Here’s a little promo for the tutorial showing the results of the technique.

 

The tutorial itself is 18 minutes long and quickly covers steps in Photoshop, Character Animator and LightWave. The concept of using an image sequence of gray tiles can be expanded into any part of LightWave that has a node editor or texture channel. Again, this probably isn’t good enough for hero animation on a high quality production, but it’s a fun technique to play with and my have some practical uses.

Here are a couple of bonus notes not mentioned in the video:

  1. Experiment with the different modes for the gradient keys. I had mine set to step (by default they are on Spline, I think).
  2. In the demo I’m getting some unwanted bad blending between the morphs. This is most noticeable on the Oh-Uh phoneme. In the demo scene (done after the tutorial) I lessened this effect by adding keys before and after the Oh-Uh key and connecting the Oh-Uh morph into those two as well. I did have to adjust the placement so it didn’t interfere with the Ooo-W shape, and the tongue is still a bit messed up, but you don’t see the problem in the render.

 






One Comment to Using Adobe Character Animator for Lip Sync 2: Triggering Morphs

  1. jeff thomson says:

    The character animator is really a great tool for 2d animated video production.

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