Rigging and Recording in Adobe Character Animator (Udemy.com)

Learn how to animate characters using your video camera and microphone! No prior animation experience required!

Created by: Chad Troftgruben

Produced in 2022

What you will learn

  • Properly assemble rigs in Photoshop for Character Animator
  • Add tags for proper behavior tracking
  • Add handles for pin, draggable and physics effects
  • Refine rigs with customizable behaviors
  • Create Triggers for exposable props
  • Create Swap Sets for multi-phase items
  • Add dynamic motions with head turns and walk cycles
  • Record animation for export

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Course Description

Learn how to effectively rig and animate a puppet inside of Adobe Character Animator! With the use of your video camera, microphone and custom behaviors, you can create unique rigs that can be used for business presentations, entertainment and more! Become an animator with no prior knowledge!
More specifically, in this course, you will learn how to:
  • Layout a Photoshop character for Adobe Character Animator import
  • Tag layers for lip syncing and facial behaviors
  • Add special handles such as draggers to allow interactivity with the mouse
  • Create triggers for hide-able layers
  • Create Swap Sets for multi-phase layers
  • Auto lip sync in the application
  • Lip sync using external audio
  • Edit recorded actions
  • Work with backgrounds
  • Work with multiple puppets
  • Export animations through Adobe Media Encoder
Who this course is for:
  • Beginners who are looking to rig and animate a character in Adobe Character Animator

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Instructor Details

Chad Troftgruben

I have spent several years learning different kinds of software while freelancing personal and commercial projects. Along the way I have collected a bunch of useful knowledge that can be translated into engaging video tutorials. So while I continue to create zany animated adventures, I want to share with you what I have learned.
I have worked for several companies over the years creating eLearning content. Some of these include: Smith Micro, Virtual Training Company, Packt Publishing, Train Simple and Pluralsight.
My animation is freelance based and isn't as well known as my eLearning content. I have a few animation projects I currently have my hands in. In addition, I work for others who need animation assistance.



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I love this course. The teaching style is so relatable and easy to understand. I feel completely prepared to create an animation now and can hardly wait to take more courses from this instructor.

This course was excellent! It got me started in character animator and it was so helpful. Thank you so much!

I already have skills in After effects and this course joined up nicely with that. The logic in both apps is very similar.All in all a great course for somebody like me who needed to understand character rigging etc - but I would recommend learning the basics of AE and PS to get full advantage of this course.A well presented and very clear course as far as I'm concerned.

trke dil deste?i

Very good at covering the basics of rigging and recording. A little light on creating scenes and working with multiple puppets.

There is a lot to take in but the instructor is really good at explaining the material. It really helps to have the files he provides as well.

This course is good explained all good to understand. I like that very much and i am a step closer to my dream to animate things in all kinds of forms.

Has Been very helpful in understanding where i was messing up and why i was, which i feel is just as important and makes for a much better class.

This is a great get to know the layout of CH and jump right in. following along and duplicating the instructors examples is a great way to learn new software.

Thank you for this course. It was exactly what I needed to know to get started. Can't wait to start making my own animations. Thanks again.

Good explanation, well organized content, easy to follow up!

Great course!