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  1. Trigger control improvement

    In the control section for triggers, in layout you can drag the icons to where you want, and you can even drag one icon on top of another, but, when you press it, it still only triggers one of the icons. It would be great if you could layer icons on top of each other, and then you only have to press the one to trigger them all at once. The reason for this is because if you create a trigger group, all the actions in that group has to be the same lengh in frames, otherwise it causes bits…

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  2. When in the scene timeline mode, add a quick shortcut for dragging on empty space: Right mouse button

    As far as I can see I can't find the option to make a shortcut for just dragging around the timeline (similar to the hand/drag tool in Premiere); I saw the "M" thing, but it doesn't seem to be that responsive. It would be sweet if you could right click on an empty space in your scene timeline and that would just drag the entire timeline. Adversely, it could be ctrl+ click, or alt+ click. Just the option would be nice.

    3 votes

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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. Folders in Trigger Panel

    When there are a lot of triggers/swap sets on a puppet, working in the trigger panel gets unwieldy, It would help if we could create folders in which to put triggers already made, just like we can create folders in the Project panel to tidy it up when it gets crowded.

    10 votes

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  5. 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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  6. 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

    34 votes

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  7. import video to scene as background

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

    47 votes

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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…

  8. 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.

    21 votes

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  9. 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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  10. need parallax effect for mouth too

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

    5 votes

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    Sirr Less responded

    As of the April 2019 release, you should no longer have to increase mouth strength for parallax to be effective.

  11. 9 votes

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  12. 5 votes

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  13. 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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    Sirr Less responded

    Hey all, to the point below, we’ve added search filtering in the puppet panel in the Version 2.1 release that went live on April 3rd, 2019. Check it out!

  14. 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.

    47 votes

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    Sirr Less responded

    Scene Cameras have come to Character Animator 3.0 in the November 4th, 2019 release. Find them by clicking Scene→Add New Scene Camera. You can quickly setup and toggle between camera views or apply keyframes to the camera for more elaboration.

    Here’s a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZdnGazWtq4

  15. 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.

    8 votes

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    Needs More Info  ·  Sirr Less responded

    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.

  16. 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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  17. 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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    Needs More Info  ·  Sirr Less responded

    Hey @Austin,

    You can accomplish this by using nutcracker jaw with negative camera flappiness setting in the parameters. Does this resolve your issue?

  18. 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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    Needs More Info  ·  Sirr Less responded

    You shouldn’t need to click the red “arm for record” button for the parameter, just change the parameter value and it should stay. If not let us know.

  19. 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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  20. 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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