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  1. Ability to copy and paste resolution settings when using high res PSD files to record Ch actions in low res

    Please add feature where resolution settings can be copied as templates to use in instances where you need to animate with low res versions of bigger files to avoid clipping that occurs with less powerful computers, eg Start with a 4K master Photoshop file, then edit the Scene in 1080p to avoid clipping, then change the Scene settings back to 4K after all actions have been recorded. What we need to be able to copy is the scale size of the puppet, X/Y axis, etc. Not just the Scene pixels ratios.

    2 votes

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  2. Ability to save out a vector animation json / third party support like Bodymovin in AE

    Ability to save out a vector animation json / third party support like the Bodymovin plugin offers in After Effects for use with Lottie

    31 votes

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  3. import video to scene as background

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

    42 votes

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    4 comments  ·  Recording  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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…

  4. Webcam using my own phone (using Droidcam or IP Webcam)

    My webcam is messed up (very blurry because i put on a tape on it before)

    I want to suggest if I can use my phone as a webcam. Droidcam is what I use (using USB), I hope Character Animator detects it too although I know that it is not listed in the 'Camera' or 'Imaging devices' in Device Manager.

    I am really hoping for this to be added.

    20 votes

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  5. Color Blending Mode

    I'm unsure why the color blend mode isn't already a thing in the blending modes for CA. It is extremely useful. If there is a true technical reason why it isn't added or can't be added, then I would love to know, it sounds like an interesting thing to leave out. It may also just be a mistake, and it got left out when programing it.
    Anyway, I hope the best for the program, I'm having so much fun creating, and pushing it to its limits.

    2 votes

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  6. need parallax effect for mouth too

    CH only have parallax effect for eyes and nose. wish to have it for mouth too.

    4 votes

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  7. 9 votes

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  8. 4 votes

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  9. Can we have CYCLE LAYERS be automatically the same way the EYELID behavior is added (by typing it)?

    I find that adding the CYCLE LAYERS takes the most time (besides assigning MIDI triggers to multiple hand positions) after importing. It can also be a challenge to explain this to a client when passing off work.

    WHAT IF:
    In Illustrator or Photoshop, you could just write "CYCLE LAYERS" and the behavior would already be added? You could even give us a letter to add for "hold on last layer" "cycle once" and "when trigger released" [Or give us the ability to change the default of CYCLE LAYERS in ACA].

    THANK YOU!

    13 votes

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  10. parallax 3d and cameras

    3D layering like after effects for background and foreground characters. You can add a camera for easier movement possible blur etc. Just to be able to add a bit more depth so when you do want to add more you then bring it into after effects and the 3d layers are all set up.

    44 votes

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  11. Option for additional in-between states on head turns.

    The snapping of the head to different views isn't a big deal if you are using the pose to pose feature. It really stands out however when pose to pose is off. I would like a few in-between states for the head turns.

    7 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Rigging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Do you mean that you want more than 5 stopping points or views or do you mean that you are trying to get more layers into the head turn? As noted, you can add several image layers that play in sequence to a single view by using cycle layers behavior, allowing for a smoother head turn with more ‘in-between’ frames. However, assuming you are asking for more pre-defined views in the rigging, that wouldn’t solve your request.

  12. Internal error code: (751789695:79+6) assertion failed!

    Hello! I love your product. :)

         Internal error code: (751789695:79+6) assertion failed!
    

    I was working on creating an animation, saved a new file, imported a puppet, and then was going to drag into the timeline but as I moved the mouse from the menu, as seen in the screenshot, I received the following error code. I was able to recreate it several times.

    Everything seems to be fine with the file, however.

    Thanks!
    Axel

    ps I guess there isn't a place to save the screenshot. I have it if it would be helpful. :)

    4 votes

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  13. Inverted variables

    One thing that I could see to be helpful, not only in my puppet designs, but just generally in character animator is the option to invert the way the camera reads the facial movements. How I see this working is to create a little check box that says "invert" next to it, and all it does is invert the way the assets of your puppet reacts to your face.

    Nutcracker Jaw: Invert [ x ]

    Examples:
    Nutcracker jaw closing when your mouth is open.
    Eyes looking left when you look right.
    Eyebrows moveing down when you rais them.

    It's a…

    7 votes

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  14. Have the scale and both X and Y anchors be easy set and stay without recording

    The scale and anchor points now are set but won't remain unless you record them. If you touch any other behavior before recording, they disappear, causing you to have to re-enter them. These are so basic to where a character is in a scene and need to just have them inputed in an easier and more stable fashion, such as typing in a box.

    2 votes

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  15. 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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  16. Cinema 4D

    Character Animator could has an interoperability with Cinema 4D to animate 3D models with Character Animator. This can be the next union level between ADOBE and MAXON, like is happening with After Effects/Illustrator with Cinema 4D.

    11 votes

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  17. 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…

    8 votes

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  18. Choose default settings for Cycle layers & other behaviour modifiers

    I find myself always having to adjust the parameters whenever i add a cycle layer behaviour. If there could be a way to set default settings to your own custom ones then that would save a few more clicks.

    7 votes

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  19. Setting to quickly switch between different backgrounds & character during performance

    I would like to incorporate multiple backgrounds and characters during a live presentation, to create the look of a two-way conversation as seen on TV and film. I want to be able to switch backgrounds every time a new character speaks, and have both the new character and background appear onscreen.

    I can currently achieve background switching by stacking multiple backgrounds in the timeline and then manually fading the opacity of the background(s) on top, but it is slow, manual, and very clear to the audience what is going on.

    On a similar note, switching out the characters is currently…

    11 votes

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  20. 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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