How does it work
We will create a digital puppet to the design or style of your choosing, either a character that looks like you or a completely bespoke design that can be used with Adobe Character animator to animate in real time using a webcam and mic.
Once we have created your puppet, you can operate it using Adobe character Animator and start animating straight away. Your webcam will motion capture your face and the puppet on screen will copy you movements and expressions. The audio is then picked up via the mic and will automatically lip sync to your voice. You simply record your animation which can then be exported as a image sequence for compositing in the video software of your choosing.
The puppet can also be used to live stream on services such as Facebook live, Youtube Live and Twitch. Also can be setup on a large screen display to act as an interactive character ideal for theatre productions or market campaigns.
Please see tutorial links at the bottom of the page for more info
What can it be used for
There is a lot of potential with Realtime animation! Here are just a few ways it could be used
Youtube: Use your character to host your YouTube channel or create animated series quickly.
Facebook: Post promotion created in real time, you can overlay your animation to video or motion graphics to create content quickly and often.
Or create a live promotion where your character or company mascot can interact live with your customers to answer their question or promote a live event
Twitch Stand out from other online gamers with a unique character reviewing your game playing
Twitter Same as facebook great way to create quick content to keep customers up to date with offers
Theatre production: Create characters to act live on stage and interact with other actors and the audience
Theme parks: have kiosks setup which mascots live on screen which can be run from the comfort of an office and interact with your guests
TV: Create live performances or interviews, which has been done already with a Cartoon Donald trump on the late show and with a live interview with homer simpson. Also the quick creation of content lets you create animations that can keep up with current news and events even reporting on live events.
What are the benefits
One of the Biggest benefits with Digital Puppets is the cost when compared with traditional animation methods. Once a Puppet is created I can be used to create as much content as you required for example.
If you wanted to create 10 x 30 second animation, Using the Digital Puppet method you pay for the Puppet then can create the content yourself as create as much as you want
If using a standard animation service you would have to pay for the character set up costs plus a rate for each animation created.
The other Benefit is speed, as you are able to animate your puppet in real time it rapidly increases your production time, allowing you more time to create more content. Also it gives you the ability to keep up to date with current events and the latest trends.
What is the design process
We offer 4 levels of design, prebuilt template, Rig only, Standard design, and Custom design with optional animation extras.
Template design, would be a pre built design we have created with no customisation (we will soon be opening an online store with will be building a library of pre built characters and assets)
Rig only, if you have a character you have built or designed no problem, we can put that together for you and set up within Character animator
Standard design, Working from our generic design we would customise so the character can resemble you, this will have premade mouths eyes and body but will will add features such as hair colour, nose shape cloths to help resemble you please see an example below
Custom design, This is a complete bespoke character design which we would sketch a concept or work to a supplied concept design, and build from scratch this can be an animal, creature, robot whatever you can think of please see some samples below.
Additions We also offer add on the standard and custom designs, these are animated triggers, we can make the character do whatever you want by pressing a key on the keyboard called triggers within Character Animator software, so i you require the character to morph into something, have a walk cycle, create specific expressions, again anything you can imaging, due to the benefits of animation we can make anything happen!
For any prices please feel free to contact us via email or direct message or give us a call 🙂