Adobe Character Animator Makes Animations Easy and Fun

Character animation can be an engaging way to make video promos, explainers, or podcast teasers. Adobe Character Animator will make that easy!

At NAB Show 2016, Adobe previewed great features coming soon to the prerelease Adobe Character Animator, packaged with After Effects.

Character Animator imports layers from a Photoshop or Illustrator file to become designated parts of a character. You can either name the parts of your character for Character Animator to automatically recognize, or you can tag the parts as necessary.

The easiest way to get started with Adobe Character Animator would be to look at the samples in the welcome screen, as well as the video tutorials. Each character would need different mouth and eye images, then Character Animator can automate the animations beyond that.

Where Character Animator gets really easy is that it can listen to a real-time or recorded voice and animator the mouth automatically. Plus, a webcam (or recorded video) can be used to animate eye, eyebrow, head, and more movements. Once recorded, you have full control over the animations to tweak as you wish.

When you want to animate limbs, it’s easy to make a bone structure that lets you move those parts with a mouse or other control. Specific positions or animations can even be assigned to keyboard shortcuts to make it easy for you to animate live.

Instead of getting everything right the first time, Adobe Character Animator lets you target specific pieces for recording. Thus, you can layer your animations over each other. Such as recording facial animations, then lip-syncing, then body, and so on.

Adobe Character Animator installs automatically with Adobe After Effects and can be accessed through the After Effects “File” menu. Or, you can launch it directly from your applications.

Adobe Character Animator is currently in public preview mode (in other words, beta) and will eventually be part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

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