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  1. import video to scene as background

    as that user can perform to match the timing of the background video

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    Sirr Less responded

    While the heading of this post is “import video as scene background”, and you can’t just grab any video file to do so, you can accomplish the requests of both comments in Character Animator now. By importing a PNG sequence. Once you’ve turned the video background you want into a PNG sequence, using an encoder/transcoder like Adobe Media Encoder, then, in Character Animator, go to:

    File→Import Cycle→
    (browse to PNG folder and click on first image of your PNG sequence)
    →Import

    You will create a puppet in your Project panel with the name of the sequence folder. Open this puppet in the Puppet panel (Rig workspace) and apply the Cycle Layers behavior to the root puppet layer. In the Properties panel, under ‘Behaviors’, you’ll see your Cycle Layers behavior and an item that says “Start” with a corresponding drop down menu that defaults to “Immediately”. Click on the drop down…

  2. Allow keyframing using draggers

    The workaround for keyframes (using the transform behavior) being used in draggers is good. The problem I run into is now both objects marked (like the elbows) are rotating using the transform tool (because ARM IK is set at the body level). Posing arms would be a lot easier with the ability to set keyframes for arms or wherever draggers are.

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  3. Teleprompter Feature - Separate Tab or Onion Skin Over Scene

    It would be great to have a Teleprompter feature that prompts the person speaking with a visual text of a speech or script.

    This could take the form of a Teleprompter tab or an onion skin over the scene as it's being recorded (that is, the script is superimposed over the scene as it's recorded).

    Since I do most of my recordings on an iMac, I could see undocking the Teleprompter tab and placing it at the upper middle of the Desktop, just below there the built-in web cam is located. Or, reading the text as is scrolls by while…

    11 votes

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  4. ZOrder Behavior - Reordering Layers at Recording Time

    Hi Guys!

    I think a feature "ZOrder Behavior" would improve Character Animator a lot!

    For example, consider a character sitting behind a table - where both are separated puppets. As expected, puppet character should be BEHIND the table puppet - but the arms should be OVER the table. Today, it's a big problem when you are dealing with different puppets.

    A Zorder feature would solve this problem at recording time. By adding this new behavior to the arm and changing a simple index value, the arm layer can OVERLAP another puppets. So, the character arms would appear OVER the table…

    10 votes

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  5. Add Volume level adjustment for imported audio clips

    There does not seem to be a way to adjust audio levels from imported clips such as sound effects and background music. I can do this in an external app but its cumbersome and hit and miss. So having a simple audio level lever would be awesome and save a lot of time.

    10 votes

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  6. Let us record facial tracking markers

    The facial tracking in Ch is so great, it makes me crazy that we seemingly have no access to it. The mouth is tracked in fine detail, but it seems almost entirely discarded. You can't record the markers, and I can't seem to find any way to drive visemes with video (sorry guys, but driving it with audio is too sketchy)

    If Ch can give me a real-time, 1:1 line up with my face and the trackers, why can't I drive more with that? And why do I have to use AE's slow and error prone facial tracking to do…

    10 votes

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  7. Hold position of draggers when puppet is armed

    I find it very frustrating when wanting to add more detail to arm motions for example that I can't see the previous position I'd recorded without un arming the puppet.

    For example, if I want to create a simple wave motion and have set a basic position for the arm but then want to add some extra motion to it, I struggle to match the original position to then add the extra piece of motion.

    The only way I can see the original position is to unarm the puppet - hold the position in my mind, arm the puppet, and…

    9 votes

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  8. Keyboard shortcuts for arming behaviors

    It would be very helpful for workflow speed if we could assign hotkeys for arming specific behaviors and puppet tracks. Instead of having to mouse over to the puppet to disarm it so that I can see it's current position, a quick keyboard shortcut would really help. Same with the item behaviors - if I have the Dragger armed, but I want to turn it off and instead use the mouse for Eye Gaze, I have to scroll through all the behaviors and find the ones I want to arm/disarm. If each behavior had an assignable hotkey, it would be…

    9 votes

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  9. Selected Camera Unavailable for iPhone Epoccam webcam app

    Character Animator CC on 5/29/20 shows "Selected Camera Unavailable" when app and phone are working correctly

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  10. Enabling record for a take should not discard other property values set up for recordings

    If you have say three properties armed (red dot on) and you set up all the draggers etc, then you decide to arm the "trigger" behavior as well, it loses all the other values you set up for armed behavior properties (e.g. all the drags you set up ready for the record are reset). I don't think arming or disarming a property should reset values for other properties (especially draggers). It should only reset a specific property if the "arm" (record) button is turned off for that property.

    7 votes

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  11. Be able to easily import pre-recorded video of someone speaking to control characters facial movements

    Be able to easily import pre-recorded video of someone speaking to control characters facial movements.

    6 votes

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  12. Beard Recognition

    I've noticed quite a few problems using the camera with a full (and dark color) beard. This causes two problems.

    First, the software seems to confuse my mouth and my beard hair.

    Second, the software can't recognize the bottom of my chin. This makes sense, but it keeps jumping from the bottom of my mouth to the bottom of the beard. This tricks the software into thinking that I'm rapidly moving towards and away from the camera. This could be fixed by using eye and nose tracking to triangulate the position and calculate the scale of the face in relation…

    6 votes

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  13. Having a bar that limits the record parameters

    In music sequences programs, there is generally a bar that you control for record in and out. So, for instance, if you just wanted to record something for .5 seconds, it would do that only and you don't have to go back and change all the little things that have been recorded past that time. For one character these little things can be 10-15 bars you have to adjust. I could send a picture of an example, but I don't think there is that capability here.

    6 votes

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  14. Automatic Reset on Rewind before Playback

    Using Physics and Magnets, when I go to do the performance, at the end of the performance, Character Animator stops and leaves the character in the final position. When I rewind, not all items are reset to neutral/default. Consequently, if you then play back again... everything is shifted starting from a new neutral.

    Ideally there should be an option to either keyframe the "reset" OR a way to keyframe ALL items in the initial frame (or maybe frame (-1.0) )

    Anything so we don't have to every time remember to click "reset"

    Note - this is particularly bad when exporting…

    5 votes

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  15. Choose anti-aliasing options

    I want to be able to link dynamically with after effects, but the linked animation has blurry edges and not hard pixels that I need.

    For instance part of the aesthetic is that my animations are low resolution, with pixilated edges. I cannot use character animator unless there is an option to export or link using a "draft" quality, such as in AE. Please give us a hard pixel export option (no anti aliasing)

    5 votes

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  16. Sync lips and actions from uploaded video.

    I would like to be able to prerecord an actor talking and moving and have character animator analyse their movement and sync the lips and movements.

    4 votes

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  17. speech to text and text to viseme syncing?

    I'm profoundly deaf. It makes editing audio and visemes a bit of a pain.

    In my everyday life, I lip read, and when my brain adds this to the bit, I do hear through the device embedded in my head, I do ok. It works better when I know the person and recognises the mouth movements and the sounds they make. This is a major problem for the alogrythm when trying to lip sync audio. We may speak the same language, but the sound and mouth shape we make it with varies a lot. I think there is a possible…

    4 votes

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  18. Set custom duration for manual take record

    Situation: I want to create exact poses. After that, I blend them together.

    Problem: The manual take commands are either too short (so I have to zoom in to expand them so I can add a blend) or too long and I can't see the start and end of the take.

    Solution: Let us set a custom length for manual takes. (For instance 2 seconds)

    4 votes

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  19. Make the default be the last thing you did, rather than the pre-set default

    Please change the default setting to what you did previously, rather than some pre-determined default. It is so irritating to constantly have to go back, un check the red buttons, etc.

    For instance, in recording a walk behavior, you have to go back to the beginning, so your characters are in the correct place, then you have to make sure to fix the body speed so that they actually record. If you want to record it over again, you AGAIN have to go back re-do the body speed.

    There should be a default to what you just did and then…

    4 votes

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  20. Can we have a view toggle to allow us to see Dragger handles?

    I like using Dragger behaviors. Something intuitive about being able to move a limb exactly where I want it. Sure, I can get bad results if I overly rely on it, but it can help when layered atop other behaviors doing simple fixes.

    But sometimes when I'm trying to pose the character just right, I get lost in where the dragger handles actually are and end up grabbing the wrong one. It's not like I can go back if I'm having to handle multiple handles at once, meaning I have to start all over.

    It'd be nice if there was…

    3 votes

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