Reallusion CrazyTalk is known for its quick results combined with pro features for the easiest approach and workflow since 2008. Cartoon Animator, 3D Head Creator, and live performance capture (webcam facial mocap), to significantly elevate 2d animation production in the industry.
To learn more about the useful features packed into the latest version of the software, we invited animator Garry Pye to talk about his experience beta-testing the new software.
The intuitive 2D in IK / FK system auto-switches invisibly so character posing for animation is a fluid, and logical process. Users can lock the character to have perfect non-sliding foot contact, and lock the character’s hand to get a precise interaction with props or scene. With Smart Motion Retargeting, users can adapt motion files with different body shapes from the motion library, even fine-tune the character’s stride or alter its motion genre. Smart Motion Retargeting translates motions automatically to various character styles with different body scale. Generate IK-ready 2D animated characters, CTA 3 provides standardized IK Controls for template-based characters. It added the Auto IK Rig for Photoshop Imported characters. For custom created free-bone characters, users may create a custom GUI from the Custom Rig GUI.
Reallusion CrazyTalk is a 2D and 3D animation software and content developer. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with R&D centers in Taiwan, and offices and training centers in Germany and Japan. Reallusion specializes in the development of real-time cinematic animation, virtual production, and motion capture tools that connect professional 3D animation technologies to creators from indie to studio. The company provides users with pro character animation, facial and body mocap, and voice lip-sync solutions for real-time filmmaking and previsualization and production. Reallusion’s core technologies are widely used by trainers, educators, game developers and filmmakers.
The Smart IK feature demonstrates how Reallusion made 2D Character Animation more precise, powerful, yet more intuitive. Say goodbye to foot sliding, sinking or floating problems, the new Smart IK/FK system not only switches automatically, but it makes creating amazing cartoon animation so much easier. Posing with locking end effectors gives you power to precisely animate characters with scene interaction. In addition, you can perfectly adapt motion files with different body shapes from our motion library, even fine-tune the character’s stride or alter its motion genre. Simple and functional design sets Cartoon Animator apart from other 2D Animation tools. The intuitive IK / FK system auto-switches invisibly so character posing for animation is a fluid, and logical process. Just lock the character feet to have perfect non-sliding foot contact, and lock the character’s hand to get a precise interaction with props or scene.
Reallusion CrazyTalk 4 includes a new Inverse Kinetic/Forward Kinetic Graphical User Interface that specifically makes it easier to get your characters realistically interacting with their environments. The general process involves locking character limbs such as hands and feet into place, constraining the rest of the character rig to movement based upon which limbs have been locked. It also gives you options to stretch limbs while they are being constrained.
Reallusion CrazyTalk 3 already has IK constraints in a very limited way (as a single checkbox on the 2d Character Motion Editor), Animator expands this into an entire graphical user interface with more constraint options. For my own work this feature alone will make it even easier to create custom cartoon squash-&-stretch style motions, and to properly anchor a character within their environment for more realistic interaction.
One of CrazyTalk Animator’s key time saving features is the ability to create and save motion files for reuse with many different characters. However this doesn’t always produce the desired results when characters are of a different proportion to what a particular motion was designed for. Retargeting allows you to scale the motion so it works as intended for characters of all sizes.
In my own work, I save character motion files all the time and may use them with different characters in multiple projects. Being able to scale a motion file, with Cartoon Animator’s retargeting tool to fit the proportions of any character, simply by adjusting a few sliders, is a huge time saver, doing away with, potentially, hours of key frame adjustments.
This is why it’s possible to apply the same motion to any character that uses the same standard IK rig. For me it’s a real time saver that allows me to think more about character design and less about bone structure. Standard IK rigs automatically include end effector presets for the smart IK system.
If your work includes a lot of non-standard character types, Animator’s G3 Freebone characters allow you to build IK bone rigs from scratch, and include the option of creating custom GUI motion editors so you can animate them as easily as characters which use the standard bone rig templates.
Also, this powerful application comes with a complete environment for handling 2D animations and customizing them with great ease. This powerful application provides face-to-face imagery as well as comes with a variety of settings and customizations that enhances the animation making process. It also comes with support for handling the graphical elements and media files as well as makes the animations look even more realistic. This powerful application comes with a reliable solution for handling various templates and settings. Also, it provides support for dealing with the graphical objects and supports complete drag-drop support to enhance the workflow. It is an intelligent and innovative solution with a variety of details and provides support for compositions of the animations with great ease. All in a nutshell, it is a reliable application for handling animations and supports creating 2D animations from the characters.
Features of Reallusion CrazyTalk
- Powerful application to create 2D animations
- Reliable solution with a straightforward user interface
- Apply various animation effects and filters
- Import media files including images and faces
- Apply motion effects and various transition
- Connecting media items and making blinker animations
- Provides realistic face-to-face imagery
- Allows the users to customize various details of the animation
- A library of elements and a variety of objects to use
- Drag-drop support for different operations
- Lips syncing, facial features, sounds and lips settings
- File Name: Reallusion_Cartoon_Animator_4.5_Pipeline_macOS.zip
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- Developer: Reallusion
- Mac OS X 10.12 or later
- 5 GB free HDD
- 2 GB RAM
- Intel Core 2 Duo or higher