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Ulf Ohnesorgetalking animals
by on Jul 24, 2006 at 11:25:28 pm

Hi all,

first I wanna say that creative cow is a really great comunity. I learned a lot bye reading the AE articles and tutorials here!! I hope to give back a bit in future.. =)

Now my little question, im still looking for a nice and "easy" way to animate the mouth/face of animals with a natural organic movement.

For the beginning with stills ;)

At the moment, I figured out 2 ways for me, to get start with..

Way 1)..I`ll model the part of the face in 3d and animate an compose it later.. hmm easy to do and after cameratracking it will work with a movieclip too... but has not much to do with AE, I think ;)

Way 2)..I take the animalstill and cut it into a lot of layers and deform and move them to fit with the sound of the voice.. a bit like Mister Aharon Rabinowitz do this in his tutorial with the smiley-guy.

Maybe anyone here has another good idea to do it in a better way =)

Thanks & Greets


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Chris SmithRe: talking animals
by on Jul 25, 2006 at 2:58:04 am

Good animation of the mesh warp can do miracles as well.

Chris Smith

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yikesmikesRe: talking animals
by on Jul 25, 2006 at 4:18:24 am

You might check out Crazy Talk, it's not perfect but I have 3.5, it's 4.5 now so better. I used it to animate an Illustrator Bigfoot. There is a trail version and the only learning curve is fitting the face with the morph line, then it will lip-sync to your audio or text (synth voice then).

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Graham QuinceRe: talking animals
by on Jul 25, 2006 at 10:33:45 am

I just want to second CrazyTalk, we use it where i work to create fast turnaround, hi(ish)-impact animations to get people's attention

Graham - web design
-------- - Free FX for amateur films

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Ulf OhnesorgeRe: talking animals
by on Jul 25, 2006 at 12:42:54 pm

Hi guys,

thanks for your tips! =)

I think I`ll take a look on it.. and will try to figure out a nice mix of all this stuff =)

thanks for all your comments!



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Aharon RabinowitzRe: talking animals
by on Jul 26, 2006 at 2:06:55 am

This is not exactly organic, but if you go to the link below, it will take you to a tutorial video that will show you a different method of lipsynching:

Maybe it will help you...

Aharon Rabinowitz
Creative Cow Master Series DVD
particleIllusion Fusion Volume 1
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Ulf OhnesorgeRe: talking animals
by on Jul 26, 2006 at 7:24:54 am

Hi Aharon,

your tutorial was one of the first is was watching, but you are right it`s not much organic but maybe a good base for a talking animal setup.

I think I will make a mix of technique`s, a bit 3D, a bit AE and a bit whatever... ;)



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