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Eyes closed until first puppet talks

Explorer ,
Jul 02, 2023 Jul 02, 2023

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All of my puppets who have autoblink close their eyes at the beginning of the scene and keep them closed until the first puppet in the scene has visemes. Then all of them open their eyes at the same time and begin regular autoblink. It's silly looking and also makes it a tight edit due to the character having closed eyes right up until one of them starts to talk. Anyone else encountered this weird quirk?

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Jul 05, 2023 Jul 05, 2023

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I'm afraid I've never encountered that. What are your settings for the blink behavior?

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Jul 05, 2023 Jul 05, 2023

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Thanks for asking! Typically I am using the defaults but I tried tweaking them to something I saw on the forums about changing the duration to 40ms.  I think it might have to do with the number of puppets in a scene. My animations tend to have 4 or more characters in a scene and I think it might just be too much of a resource pull. I noticed that it doesn't happen with a scene with 2 characters or at the very beginning of a work session. As my machine is building up layers of undo and previous versions in history that quirk seems to show up more. That's what I'm going with! 

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Jul 06, 2023 Jul 06, 2023

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Very curious. In the face behaviors, what is the setting for eyelid strength. With autoblink, you probably could turn that off. In any case, do some more tinkering. 🙂

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Jul 07, 2023 Jul 07, 2023

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I do not use Face behavior. I do turn off autoblink and just blink the eyes with a manual trigger but it never looks as smooth/random as autoblink does. I'll keep playing with it!

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Jul 07, 2023 Jul 07, 2023

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When you say manual trigger, does that mean you have the camera input turned off for blinking?

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Jul 07, 2023 Jul 07, 2023

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Correct. I wear glasses and the camera doesn't pick up the blink very well so w/o autoblink I put the blink eyes on a trigger /b/ and mash the button to blink the eyes manually. 

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Jul 10, 2023 Jul 10, 2023

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And for that reason, you choose not to use autoblink? I also wear glasses and I use auto blink with the camera input turn off. Autoblink has a random feature that works well for me.

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Jul 12, 2023 Jul 12, 2023

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I do use autoblink. Sorry, I meant I don't use Face or whichever one tracks my blinks. It just doesn't respond well. I'm glad that it works for you!

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Jul 13, 2023 Jul 13, 2023

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Sorry, my mistake. I wish I could find an answer for you. All I can suggest at this point is saving the project in a zip file and posting it on a file-sharing service like dropbox so someone can take a look at it. 

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