Amaze your friends on Skype with a live animated avatar. See how in this video.
- How cool would it be to have your Skype avatar be an animated character? Well it's very cool and we can do it. So let's check out how. (upbeat music) In order to have your avatar on Skype you need to have your NewTek NDI plugin installed which is a free download and we talked about that in one of the earlier videos and you should have something like Wirecast. We described how to download and use Wirecast in earlier videos as well so check those out.
So the first thing you're going to want to do is start up character animator and set it up and for Skype you're generally going to want to be closer to the face of your character rather than a full body. Because the Skype image is usually a bit smaller. Then we're going to want to set up your output. So let's go to edit preferences and go to live output and select Enable Mercury Transmit and make sure your NewTek NDI output is selected. This allows your system to send the signal from Adobe to other programs like Skype.
Click okay. Another way you can do this is click on stream. We have a stream live button here. If I hold down the control key on a PC or the command key on a Mac that brings up the same preferences window. So once this is set now we need to go to Wirecast. So in Wirecast I now need to bring in my character. I'm going to click on this plus sign on one of my layers and capture devices. There's my Adobe character animator NDI plugin works beautifully with Adobe. There's my character I'm moving my head around he's still talking so we are live.
And pressing on this go button this arrow sends it live signal over to the right and now we need to trick the system by setting up a virtual camera. So we're going to go to output, virtual camera out, then we're going to click on start. Now the first time that you click on the virtual camera you're going to be asked to install virtual devices. You already have the software it came with the download of Wirecast. Just select okay let that install and you can move forward. Now once this is set up we are ready to go to Skype.
Now make sure you don't open Skype before you complete all of this. All of this has to be done first. It's very important. So let's go ahead and open up Skype. All right so we're in my Skype window and depending on the version that you have you have different ways to take the next step, but what we're going to want to do is we're going to go to our audio and video settings. Open that up. And we're going to set up which microphone we want to use. I want to use my Preamp 2 that's what I'm speaking on right now. Then your camera now the default is going to be your webcam, but we're all ready using that for Adobe character animator.
So we need to go to the virtual camera that we just set up in Wirecast. Once you see the image come up you are ready to make any call you want on Skype. This is so fun that you will be the coolest kid on Skype. (upbeat music)
- 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
2. Puppet Production Issues
3. Add Production Value
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