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Can Character animator import a video as stream?

New Here ,
Dec 04, 2019 Dec 04, 2019

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Hi, I would like to import an existing video and animate the puppet with it instead of recording in real time with my camera. Is that possible? Thanks! 🙂

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LEGEND ,
Dec 04, 2019 Dec 04, 2019

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Do you mean using a video file instead of a webcam to control the face etc? I don't think CH supports that natively. You would have to get a virtual camera application that supports it so it appears as a camera source to CH. If you get it to work please share your findings here! Some people have mentioned "ManyCam" in the forums in the past, but I don't recall if they got it working or not.

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Explorer ,
Jan 27, 2021 Jan 27, 2021

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Were you able to find a solution for this?  I'm also looking to do this for an upcoming project.  My previous workflow was to take the audio from the voice actor and process it to make the lip sync.  Then record my face trying to express to the same timing of the actor.  It's actually pretty difficult sometimes!  It would be awesome to have as a feature in CA to import prerecorded video with audio to record as a take.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 27, 2021 Jan 27, 2021

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Try searching the forums for "manycam" - I do think some people got it to work.

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Explorer ,
Jan 28, 2021 Jan 28, 2021

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Thanks, Alan!

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Jan 28, 2021 Jan 28, 2021

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Hi, as alank99101739 said, Manycam is a good option for this.  Even the demo version works, as the watermark doesn't really affect your output to Character Animator.  Just load a video file up in Manycam, press record in CH, and hit play in Manycam.  

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