What is Adobe Character Animator
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Published on April 10, 2015
Adobe has announced a new app to create animations, which is available as preview version. The new product is Adobe Character Animator, and will be available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud.
Adobe has a history of providing animation tools, with existing animation tools such as Flash, After Effects, and Edge Animate. Adobe Character Animator is different from these existing tools. As with these other tools, artwork and images from Illustrator and Photoshop can be imported and animated. The difference is the process by which Adobe Character Animator creates animations from these images. It uses the web camera and microphone from a computer to mimic facial expressions and coordinate mouth movements on the animation to those by the user in front of the camera and on the microphone.
Subscribers to the Creative Cloud will have access to Adobe Character Animator along with the existing applications that are part of the subscriptions. It is installed as part of After Effects and it can also be accessed from within After Effects.
The face tracking technology used by Adobe Character Animator has also been integrated directly into After Effects as well. The next version of After Effects will track faces in camera shots and can be used to create masks for isolating faces or generating control points for effects around all facial features.
Because control points for effects can be easily added to facial features, it is now easier to apply effects and layers to individual parts of the face with great precision. These new capabilities make After Effects use for the application of digital makeup both easier and faster.
While individual courses for Adobe Character Animator are not likely to be needed for users wanting to work with this new tool, the face tracking capabilities will be added into After Effects training courses once the next version is released and gains more widespread use.
About the author
Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the creator and editor of the Digital Classroom book series. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, and Microsoft. He delivers workshops relating to digital marketing, web analytics, SEO, and SEM. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.