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Free Plugin: Lip Sync

Free Plugin: Lip Sync


Free Plugin: Lip Sync

Use plugins to help you animate

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After you have inked and colored your character…lipsync_0002_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.40.25 PM lipsync_0004_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.40.31 PM lipsync_0009_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.40.42 PM lipsync_0010_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.40.48 PM lipsync_0017_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.41.03 PM

Create a symbol with the all the mouths inside the symbol.lipsync_0020_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.41.08 PM lipsync_0022_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.41.11 PM

Line up all the mouths to the character. lipsync_0023_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.41.13 PM lipsync_0024_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.41.15 PM lipsync_0025_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.41.20 PM

SMARTMOUTH comes with a set of plugin frames. Plugin the mouth frames under the SMARTMOUTH layer.

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On the MAIN TIMELINE, add the audio layer…

Select the mouth layer area at the same length of the audio clip.

Open SMARTMOUTH by going to COMMANDS>LIPS SYNC WITH SMARTMOUTH. lipsync_0029_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.41.31 PM

Set the pace of the audio under ADVANCED. I set it to “2’s”lipsync_0030_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.41.32 PM

Click on “TELL ME, SMARTMOUTH.”lipsync_0031_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.41.35 PM

You will see it calculate the images to the audio. When it is done, you will see the frames timed for you.lipsync_0033_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.41.39 PM

You can edit the keyframes to fine-tune the animation.

If you are considering becoming an Animator, it’s a great practice to make up random 5-10 second long animations. When I was in school, the teachers asked the students to constantly create short stories. Some students found it difficult to keep their stories short and simple, receiving failing grades in some cases because they got too lost in their stories.

Tips on creating short stories:

Starting the story as close to the end as you can.
Including at last one character the viewer can strongly identify with – either negatively or positively.
Reveal character motivation or traits essential to the story.
Ensuring that each character included needs something to do – even if the action was simply deliver a newspaper.
Metaphors are a great tool – but keep the related to everyday life – or you will lose your audience. In animation, you can be very creative in how you express your point of view in the story. You can be very literal or “trippy” depending on who your audience is.
Know your basic audience and avoid alienating them. Appealing to what people can relate to is an important foundation if you want people to watch your videos.
Keep a notebook at all times! A quick note now can be a great story tomorrow.
Have fun with it! If you are not having fun, take a nap. Ideas have to marinate and evolve within you, so relax, have fun and let them flow.


View more videos below:

To view more videos by EmilyCartoons, go to: http://animationstation.com/channel/emilycartoons/

To watch the step-by-step video, go to: http://animationstation.com/lip-sync-in-seconds/

To view the animation short, go to: http://animationstation.com/talking-green-cat/

EmCartoons Owner and Founder of Animation Station. Animation Station is a website that showcases Artists Artwork from around the world. Each artist has a background ranging in animation, live action, traditional, graphic design, audio, and any form of art connected to animation/digital media.


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