Rigging and Recording in Adobe Character Animator by Chad Troftgruben

Rigging and Recording in Adobe Character Animator

Learn how to animate characters using your video camera and microphone!

3 hours of learning content to get you up and running with Character Animator

Learn how to effectively rig and animate a puppet inside of Adobe Character Animator! With the use of your video camera, microphone and custom behaviors, you can create unique rigs that can be used for business presentations, entertainment and more! Become an animator with no prior knowledge!

More specifically, in this course, you will learn how to
  • Layout a Photoshop character for Adobe Character Animator import
  • Tag layers for lip syncing and facial behaviors
  • Add special handles such as draggers to allow interactivity with the mouse
  • Create triggers for hide-able layers
  • Create Swap Sets for multi-phase layers
  • Auto lip sync in the application
  • Lip sync using external audio
  • Edit recorded actions
  • Work with backgrounds
  • Work with multiple puppets
  • Export animations through Adobe Media Encoder
What you’ll learn
  • Properly assemble rigs in Photoshop for Character Animator
  • Add tags for proper behavior tracking
  • Add handles for pin, draggable and physics effects
  • Refine rigs with customizable behaviors
  • Create Triggers for exposable props
  • Create Swap Sets for multi-phase items
  • Add dynamic motions with head turns and walk cycles
  • Record animation for export
Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?
  • A subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud
  • A webcam for capturing facial motions
  • A microphone for capturing mouth pose data
Who this course is for:
  • Beginners who are looking to rig and animate a character in Adobe Character Animator

What's included?

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Downloadable Source Files
463 MB
What You Will Learn in this Course
3 mins
System Requirements for Character Animator
3 mins
Setting a Rest Pose
2 mins
Playing with the Sample Files
2 mins
Character Animator Updates and New Features
UI and Interface Updates (April 2019)
4 mins
Turning Yourself into a Cartoon with Characterizer
8 mins
Preparing Your Character
Designing Your Character
5 mins
Combining and Streamlining Layers
6 mins
Creating Independent Groups
6 mins
Assembling the Eyes
7 mins
Assembling the Eyebrows
5 mins
Rigging a Puppet in Character Animator
Overview of the Rig Tab
8 mins
Exploring the Record Tab
6 mins
Tagging the Head and Mouth
11 mins
Placing Pins
5 mins
Adding Dragger Handles
7 mins
Rotating Limbs for Different Bends
5 mins
Refining Limbs with the Stick Tool
3 mins
Adding Physics with Danglers
7 mins
Refining with Behaviors and Triggers
Modifying Universal Behaviors
10 mins
Creating Layer Specific Behaviors
5 mins
Explanation of Meshes
5 mins
Creating Triggers
6 mins
Creating Swap Sets
5 mins
Other Rigging Tips
Adding Eyelids
6 mins
Designing a Character for Head Turns
7 mins
Adding Breathe and Jaw Handles
9 mins
Creating a Walk Cycle
8 mins
Modifying a Walk Cycle
9 mins
Recording Your Animation
Navigating the Timeline
9 mins
Auto Lip Syncing and Correcting
3 mins
Auto Lip Syncing with External Audio
4 mins
Working with Multiple Puppets and Scenes
11 mins
Importing Image Sequences
4 mins
Wrapping Up
Exporting Animations
3 mins
Final Thoughts
1 min

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