In this video, learn tips on how to get a clean audio recording during live animation sessions for the most accurate lip sync.
- Character animator does a great job with automated lip sync, but there are times when you'll want to adjust the visemes or phonemes in your production. Now, I'm really picky with my lip syncs, so I often make little adjustments just to make it perfect. Now, this recording that we did in the last video, in the automatic lip sync from the pre-recorded audio was virtually perfect. But I want to just make a couple changes just 'cause I want a slightly different look.
So let's take a look at the different things we can do when we're editing our audio and lip sync within Character Animator. Now, if I need to change the timing, like right here where he opens his mouth for the E sound, if I want that earlier, I can just grab the front of the E and drag it to make it go earlier. Let's take a listen. - [Puppet] Do you like- - Probably not quite that early. Adjust the difference halfway. And I can do that in between, and you can see just grab the line and drag it.
I can also use my left and right arrow keys to hop between the various phonemes and visemes. Now if I want to split one of my visemes, like let's say on the "Ooo" here, I want to change it to where it goes from this to a mouth that's not quite so small, I can do one of two different things. So I can use my forward slash key and there it cuts it. Or I'm going to control Z get out of that or command Z if I'm on a Mac. Or I can also hold down the alt key and that turns my cursor into a razor blade and I can slice it there.
Now I don't want to do that so I'm going to control Z undo out of it. And the other thing that you can do, which is what we're going to play with just to make a little adjustment here, is to change what viseme was automatically used by Character Animator. So let's see. Now, I'm going to scrub this, 'cause if you play it, it looks fine. - [Puppet] Do you like movies about- - See, that looks great. But when I scrub it, - [Puppet] Do you like movies- - So the "Ooo" and the M sound don't seem like they're in the right place.
So instead of "Ooo" I want that to be an M so I'm going to right click on it and I'm going to select the M. And now I'm going to come up to the, that should be the "Ooo" on the M. So I'm going to right click and select on that. Now let's scrub it. Now look how great that is. We'll play it back real time. - [Puppet] Do you like movies about- - See? Perfect. One thing to keep in mind is some visenes read best when they lead a sound by a frame or two.
So try leading the sounds F, P, B, T, and M by a frame or two and edit until you're happy with the way it looks and sounds.
- Creating a list of production needs
- How the varied styles of animation impact production
- Creating usable digital puppets
- Working with drawn characters, objects, and CG characters
- Adding value to the look of your production
- Exploring various audio recording options
- Organizing files for production, backup, and transport
- Using animation cycles
- Building and editing a scene
- Troubleshooting issues
- Tricks for enhancing your production
- Post-production and delivery
Skill Level Beginner
After Effects Guru: Character Animatorwith Ian Robinson2h 19m Intermediate
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