Animation is always evolving. Motion capture and rotoscoping (where animators draw over live footage) have been a part of the industry for decades. Now, animators can go to the next level with animation software, and turn a performer’s movements into an animated character’s in real time. As an actor moves and speaks, the character does as well — it mirrors the performance like a puppet. This guide walks you through how to turn a live performance into animation with Adobe Character Animator, translating human movements into a character’s.
Regardless of the type you use, you’ll want to stay organized. “Name your layers,” says Snow. “Make sure your left hand is named ‘left hand,’ for instance.” Once you have the foundational animation done, work on elements like lighting, texture, and other visual details. Make everything look its best as you move into the final stages.
Video editing, motion graphics, and post-production
After your animation is squared away, add on-screen graphics, lower thirds, and other video effects with After Effects. Then combine all the elements together, like sound effects or music tracks, in Adobe Premiere Pro. At the end of all of it, check to make sure that the audio tracks are mixed appropriately and that all of the sound assets complement and work with the visual ones.
Tell your story with animation.
Animation is a combination of many different disciplines that range from design to voice acting to audio editing. High-quality videos are the result of a large team of creative professionals. Each one does their job well as they all work toward the same overall goal. Video animation can be a long process, but it’s ultimately a rewarding one, and it connects to viewers in ways that few other mediums can.