Adobe Character Animator Review

Adobe is renowned for their creativity software such as Photoshop, Lightroom and Illustrator; more recently they added Adobe Character Animator into their repertoire as an animation tool.

Real-time motion capture combined with multi-track recording is used to control layered 2D puppets – an invaluable asset when creating online video content.

Real-time performance signature

Adobe is a well-known name when it comes to software for web and graphic design, digital marketing, visual editing and more. They have long been at the forefront of creativity with top-tier products like Photoshop, After Effects, Lightroom and Illustrator being top choices among creatives; most recently though they released Character Animator which is creating waves in animation circles.

Adobe Character Animator allows users to import their own artwork or images and transform them into animatable characters using features such as face tracking, lip syncing, body movement capture and hand drawn frame-by-frame animation. The program offers basic rigging where a character rig can be posed and manipulated without needing to redraw it again; web cameras for face-tracking as well as keyboard (for hiding/showing layers and warping specific handles) provide access.

Adobe Character Animator’s main advantage lies in its ability to produce realistic facial expressions and movements from any subject in real time, making the software ideal for producing animation for Youtube videos, vlogs, live streams, as well as short animated TV shows – it has even been utilized on CBS All Access show “Tooning Out The News.”

Innovative features of this software include the ability to add authentic physics animations. These animations include hair falling and fish swimming around; while also offering easy use and user-friendliness. Anyone with basic technology and time can utilize this program; there’s even a simplified Starter Mode version specifically geared toward beginners!

Super accurate in lipsyncing and facial

Adobe Character Animator is your go-to app when it comes to creating short clips or videos for social media or full animated films – this versatile program has already been employed in TV series such as Grimm and offers lip sync animation amongst other capabilities.

Prerecorded audio files or real-time voice recording with the built-in microphone on a device running the software can be used. Real-time voice recording provides more control of results and should be preferred for professional applications. Adobe Sensei machine learning technology will then analyze each word of your text file and generate visemes accordingly for improved accuracy of results.

This app boasts several additional features that make it indispensable for those wishing to animate characters, including body tracking (both head and hands), an extensive Motion Library with facial expressions and limb movements, facial keyframes for facial and mouth animation, as well as easy-to-use hotkeys to manage animation.

Additionally, the software offers a free Starter mode that makes getting started easier than ever – simply choose your puppet and background, record audio for recording purposes, add animation triggers as desired and export your final result!

Super accurate in body tracking

Adobe Character Animator’s body tracking feature takes performance capture animation to another level. By animating an entire puppet’s body instead of only its facial expressions or hand gestures, animators can create more natural and realistic motions resulting in engaging videos.

To get started with body tracking, first calibrate your camera. This requires standing in front of it while moving your body normally and standing still as the camera records you. Once this step has been accomplished, recording can begin immediately; each sequence you record for will last five seconds at first; you can extend or reduce this duration by changing the number of frames recorded using the Body Tracker Countdown window.

Body Tracking also enables animators to control a puppet’s mouth with their voice, using Visemes as visualizations of key mouth positions. When recording sounds such as Aa or Woo, these Visemes translate them into animation shapes known as Visemes which then control how its mouth moves when animated using Cycle Layers behavior within mouth groups or transitional animation when changing sounds (for instance when saying Aa or Woo can change to “Oo” animations). You can also resize scale and position accordingly.

Easy to use

Adobe is well-known for their top-tier computer software products like Photoshop, Flash, Lightroom and Illustrator; thus making Character Animator one of the easiest programs for beginners or anyone seeking to create simple animation videos. Downloadable from Adobe’s website, users can sign up for a free trial version to give it a go before making their final decision.

Once you’ve downloaded Adobe’s animation application, you can immediately begin animation. There are some pre-made puppets to get you going; there are also tutorials on Adobe’s website and dedicated YouTube channels dedicated to animation software – an effective way of learning the basics and seeing if this tool suits you well.

Adobe Character Animator stands out for being extremely user-friendly, thanks to its superb face tracking feature and timeline assets panel rescaling capability. Furthermore, draggers allow for precise movement of certain body parts like hands. If face tracking doesn’t seem to work for you, try changing lighting or posing parameters or reseting its position if something else looks like your face (like a door handle!). For advanced animation use keyframes.

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