Adobe Character Animator uses your webcam to easily animate your illustrations

By Shawn Knight
Apr 9, 2015
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    During the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas, Adobe showed off a couple of upcoming Creative Cloud-based video tools. Of particular interest was a Character Animator which does exactly what its name suggests.

    As Forbes notes, the Character Animator is capable of taking a user’s character illustrations and adding real-world physics to them. Adobe isn’t exactly covering new ground here but what is new is the ability to use a webcam to track your movements and facial expressions and apply them to a character illustration in real-time.

    The embedded video demonstrates exactly what is possible here. As you can see, the animated characters move from side to side, front to back and look around in tandem with the user. Mouth movements are also mimicked and it can even pick up eye blinks, eyebrow movements, smiles and so on.

    For the most part, the animations look spot-on although the mouth movements could be improved upon a bit. Even still, this looks like an excellent way for more people to get into animation without spending a ton of money and time on complex methods like keyframing.

    Adobe first previewed this feature at its MAX conference last October. It’s still not quite ready for prime time but the company is releasing a preview version of it to Creative Cloud subscribers.

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  2. Adam1

    Adam1 TS Rookie Posts: 28

    This is amazing. Think of how this can improve the development of cartoon animations?
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,136   +480

    The main issue I see, is that it is only useful when the character is facing forward.
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +463

    Well that is the beauty of animation, it isn't just 2D, so you can... rotate... things.
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,136   +480

    well with this demonstration of this tool, there was no demo of rotating that I can recall.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +463

    You record the animation from front angle and then once you use it you rotate the 3d model

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