In this video, explore the various audio recording options and which is best with Adobe Character Animator.
- Poor audio can make the best animation look cheap. So take a few minutes to set up great audio. (lively jazz music) When you're recording live animation using Character Animator, my favorite kind of mic is the headset microphone combo. This is actually what I'm using to record the bulk of this course. One of the reasons I really like this is because as I'm reading the script and looking at my keyboard for doing the triggers and all the different elements that you need to do, you tend to look around, and the mic follows my mouth.
So the consistency and volume of my voice is fantastic this way since it tracks with me. I also like using a lavalier. That's why I'm using it to record this video right now. Lavalier is a small mic that fits on your lapel. It's often called a lapel mic as well. And it picks up a small area. So it's not picking up background noises, which is great, 'cause you want it as clear as possible. Any audio you use really needs to be clear. If you want to use a studio mic, studio mics, you generally want to spend a little bit more money on.
For a good one, they do cost a little bit. They're great. The problem with a studio mic is as that I'm looking over at the script, or looking down, my voice goes away from it, and so the volume level of my voice is going to fluctuate quite a bit using one of these. However, if you do want to use one, get a windscreen. The windscreens are great for your Ps and your Ts. A lot of air comes out of your mouth, and if it hits the microphone itself, you're going to hear the pff pff sound constantly.
Now if you're doing pre-recorded audio that you're going to roll in, a studio mic is great because you're going to be consistent. You're not having to look around while you're doing your live animation. In fact, you've probably noticed when I first put this on, I made sure it was away from my mouth. So if I put the microphone in front of my mouth, I'm going to get those Ps and those T sounds, and I want to avoid that. So I want to make sure it's off to the side about my hand width. Now one thing you definitely don't want to do is use the microphone from your webcam.
They're really tinny, and they're omnidirectional so they pick up everything. So if there's any external noise, you're going to hear it with that. So I'm going to show you a quick little sample of the difference between using the headset mic and using the mic on your webcam, so you can see and hear the difference. It's amazing. Joey, do you like movies about gladiators? Joey, do you like movies about gladiators? So a decent mic does not have to be that expensive. But not paying attention to your audio can really cost you.
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- 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
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2. Puppet Production Issues
3. Add Production Value
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