Is there a way to combining Character Animator workflow with Adobe Animate?

Explorer ,
Jun 04, 2021 Jun 04, 2021

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The superior auto-lipsynching and ability to use triggers for facial expressions in character animator makes animating my cartoon character's faces so so much faster than adobe animate.

 

However, I still need to use adobe animate for basically everything else.

 

Is there a way for me to animate my characters heads in character aniamtor, and then import the head back into adobe animate, as a head symbol for my characters? 

 

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Hi, not sure if that is the best way, but should work. Animate your head in Ch. Do not enable face tracking; the head should stay in the same spot, just needs to speak. Add your triggers to blink, swap parts during recording. Make sure that your head does not move up/down/left/right. Only rotation around the neck is appropriate here.

 

Now make the neck and body invisible and export as the PNG sequence.

 

In Animate create a head symbol. Go inside a symbol and import the PNG sequence.

 

Exit the symbol and set the "looping" setting to play once

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This will move animation inside the head symbol and it will move together with the rest of the character. This is why it is important not to move left/right when we record in Ch. If our head stays in the same place we just need to position it in the first frame and it will work.

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One tip, when you create a head symbol make a circle, then position the center/bottom of the head to the center of the circle. This way when you rotate the symbol, you will rotate your head around the neck

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Hi there, thanks for your input. Seems like an interesting solution that I will try!

 

The only thing that worries me is that the face would be exported as a .png file, because in my eperience .png files tend to look a bit funny when exported out of adobe animate.

 

If you have any other ideas I am all ears. 

 

Thanks for that one

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