Lately i have been playing around on Character Animator, Adobes new motion capture software. The software allows the user to track their face instantly and they can record them self talking. The character on screen will then move according to the users movements. Although it is a fun program, i don’t see much potential yet for it to be used in the industry. That being sad, it is only in very early stages of being released.
It allows the user to create interesting characters in illustrator or Photoshop and import them over to the scene in Character animator. It may be useful for university students as it would increase the speed and progress of most 2D animations, Allowing the user to quickly synchronize mouth, eyes, eyebrows.
It hasn’t had too many good reviews as it takes the really talent and skills out of animation.
It has many handy features such as using Photoshop or Illustrator in character animator. The feature allows the animator to adjust their character and it will instantly apply to the character on the scene. For example; if you don’t like the character’s colours, you can change it and it will apply suddenly. The user can create multiple layers for their artwork. Meaning they can change any feature (e.g the nose) without affecting the rest of the artwork.
I did a test animation on character animator. This is due to the fact that is is very new and has barely any reviews or information on it. Some things that i found buggy were the character rig. It wouldn’t stay in the place that you move it and it would snap back into the original position. This made move this character tricky. The interface is pretty full on and isn’t consistent to the other adobe programs, which is really difficult to make your way around without learning the basics.
1 thing i really loved was the instant tracking mode it had. This is for the motion capture side. It is really cool that you can click 1 button and it tracks your face instantly.When it came to exporting the scene, it exports it as a PNG sequence. This isn’t bad but it is annoying that you need to open up another program to export it as a mov. or mp4. file.
I can’t see this program expanding any more, but it might be helpful for playschool and i am sure Andy Serkis loves it.
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