04 May 2015

Sync 2d artwork with your movement, using Adobe Character Animator

Adobe wows the design world yet again. With Adobe Character Animator, you can bring 2D image artwork from Photoshop or Illustrator to life by capturing your performance using a camera and microphone, reproducing your facial expressions, synchronizing mouth movements to your speech, and giving you control over all aspects of a character’s movement through the mouse, keyboard, and programmable behaviors.

While I don’t see this taking over traditional animation methods any time soon, it seems like it will stir the pot for animators, both aspiring and old school. The movement interaction/artwork sync alone shows that this software will be a fun time. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of internet cartoon shows come out of this, what with the high-quality/low-budget appeal that Adobe Character Animator has. If anything, I can see this tool saving a lot of time with pre-production for animators.

The software will be installed along with the new After Effects release. There hasn’t been a release date set by Adobe as of yet, but I’ll definitely keep my eyes open for it.

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