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  1. 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.

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  2. import video to scene as background

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

    39 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…

  3. Support rigs for quadrupods, birds, snakes, fish and things with more than four legs.

    Hello, it would be grew to if CA would support models of various kinds of creatures along with their movements:
    quadrupods, birds, snakes and fish

    Thanks,
    Rajnesh

    38 votes

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    3 comments  ·  Rigging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. integration with "Adobe Animate CC"

    If we could import animations and assets from Animate straight into Character Animator that would be incredible. Is this a feature on the docket? I know you can animate in PS, but it doesn't feel quite as streamlined for the animation process as Adobe Animate.

    Also, if we could incorporate tweens, that would be legendary.

    Alternatively, if we could just export Adobe Animate files straight to Illustrator while maintaining layers (and finding some kind of solution for timeline animations, maybe distribute to layers and put in folders). However, this feature might be exclusively used for the purposes of integration to…

    37 votes

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    8 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hey all,

    In the recent release of Animate, under File→Publish Settings→Other Formats→SVG Image (checkbox)→Options, there is now a checkbox “Optimize For Character Animator”.

    Using it, you can export an SVG image that Character can import, that will have a layers structure that works well in Character. While you can’t yet export an SVG sequence from Animate, right now you can get the image from Animate to Character with minimal clutter and add rigging to it for performance. Let us know if this is helpful and what you want to see happen next!

  5. 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

    29 votes

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  6. Puppet App Player

    I sell a lot of puppets, but I, and many other designers, could sell ALOT more if the customer didnt have to sign up for CH to operate the puppet. Bare with me, I have a solution. Its not only the cost, but some people find using the software difficult if they are not use to PC.MAC based programs, many today are use to using simple to load and play apps. What I propose is you build an app player that could operate .puppet files. I am not saying do it for free. Sell it for $50, I can get…

    23 votes

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  7. Support for transcripts/subtitles when auto lip syncing

    Allow support for importing a transcript or subtitle file, so the auto lip sync could analyse both the audio and the transcript for a more accurate result.

    If the program knows exactly what words are said, it should presumably have a much better idea of which 'Visemes' to use.
    (Though obviously this wouldn't work for a live stream aha!

    18 votes

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  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.

    18 votes

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    12 comments  ·  Streaming  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Incorpation with Fuse?

    Maybe be able to animated characters made in Adobe Fuse with Character Animator?

    18 votes

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  10. Being able to copy ALL parameters from one puppet and apply it to another

    It would be great if you could copy and paste all rigging and other parameters from one puppet to another. Say you're creating minions, each slightly different looking from the others, but largely the same. Hours could be saved if you didn't have to rig each.

    And if there were then a couple of issues that needed to be adjusted due to the unique properties of one (say he's only got one eye), that would still be much quicker.

    Martin

    17 votes

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  11. A true skeletal system

    I'd like to see a true bone system implemented instead of trying to derive a structure from points that can be scattered in different parts of the puppet. Consolidating all the hinge points to a single layer will make editing and debugging a puppet much easier and straightforward.

    16 votes

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  12. Use recorded video files as animation source

    I want to use talent in a studio to record voices and basic character movements for our workflow. We already have proper sound isolation for this, but not in front of computers. Therefore, it would be great to be able to use proper green-screened, high-fidelity audio recordings, as an input into Character Animator. Webcam input only cripples quality.

    16 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    As a workaround for importing video to animate against, you can import a PNG or JPG sequence (File → Import Cycle…) and use the Cycle Layers option for Start = Synced to timeline. This is new in version 2.1 released in April 2019.

  13. 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.

    13 votes

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  14. New “loop forever” replay mode

    The new Replays feature is cool, but it is missing a “loop forever” mode. I want to hit a trigger (e.g. latched) and have the sequence play forever until the trigger is hit again. At present a replay plays once and stops and you have to trigger it again to get it to repeat, even when trigger latching is on.

    I assume a third replay mode of “loop forever while triggered” is wanted as a trigger mode.

    The usecase is an “idle” state for the puppet. You can record an idle state (fidgeting etc) and and some other states (“frustrated”,…

    13 votes

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  15. "joysticks and sliders" like option in character animator!

    this would be a game changer for CH. something like this after effect script: https://aescripts.com/joysticks-n-sliders/#

    for controlling facial expression non-live, maybe even the rigging system can improve the live option, this really gives a 3d illustion to 2d animations, and it seems pretty simple in after effects.

    12 votes

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  16. 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!

    12 votes

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  17. using video as a source to animate a puppett

    I would like to use a prerecorded video instead of a live web camera, so face tracking and audio (lipsync) comes from there.
    Instead of applying some sort of filter to the video.

    11 votes

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  18. Frame by frame by arrow key!

    Pleaseee

    Make it like Premiere Pro! The arrow key is to move frame by frame through the timeline:(

    11 votes

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  19. Fixed size (without stretching, but with the ability to drag) Hands - brachium, antebrachium(Forearm) Foot -femur, crus.

    I saw the option "OK hands", but still the character is stretched like an elastic band. I would like to give a parameter forbidding the bones to open: Hands - shoulder, front of the shoulder (forearm), foot - thigh, lower leg.

    There were times when the elbow jumped when recording animations across the screen. (ate not put a point on the elbow)

    11 votes

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    5 comments  ·  Rigging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi there,

    @Иланна Марченко I’m not sure how to answer the question. Placing sticks (bones) in the arm along with tags for elbow and shoulder will allow you to apply a behavior called ‘Arm IK’. Parameters there will allow you to adjust maximum stretch and adjust point at which elbow bends. A wrist tag with a draggable behavior will allow you to drag the arm. Does that help?

  20. 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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