Acting Workshop, Natural Facial Performance in both CrazyTalk and iClone 3.2

Your move Einstein

Your move Einstein

Guess who’s back? That’s right, your favorite insane iClone insider is back and with more goodies than ever to share with you, the iCloners of the world. Today’s tip focuses on the new Acting Workshop, Natural Facial Performance content pack by Reallusion. Think of this adding this content pack to your library the same as adding the ability to apply instant emotion to your characters in any project in both iClone and CrazyTalk. Sound good? Well it should because the new Acting Workshop, Natural Facial Performance content pack contains 43 useful common human expressions that according to your performance type and audio, you can insert any facial expression clip that you like during the performance to enable your avatars to perfor and emote accuractely. This pack will let you create high quality CrazyTalk5 movies much easier than before hands down. But in this iClone Tip of the Day I will show you how to use this pack to create high quality Facial Performance in iClone and CrazyTalk. It breaks down like this, first you start with the audio you want to create facial animation with, then you simply apply the expression to match the look and feel you wish for your character to portray using Motion Clips. Follow the steps provided below after purchasing and installing the Acting Workshop, Natural Facial Performance content pack here.

  • Open CrazyTalk
  • Select the Model tab
  • Click the Import Image icon from the top of the left-hand toolbar
  • Fit the Image
  • Refine the Feature Points
  • Select the Script tab
  • Load or Record audio data to the Timeline
  • Click the Motion Clip tab
  • Locate and select the Acting Workshop – Natural Facial Performance folder
  • Choose an Expression folder
  • Click and Drag a Motion Clip to the Timeline where you want that Expression to take place in the facial animation
  • Scrub the Timeline or select Play to review the Natural Facial Performance expression animation
  • Add or Adjust each Motion Clip according to the audio in your project for the best results
  • Click the Add button under the Content Manager
  • Name and Save the custom Natural Facial Performance  CrazyTalk script
  • Open iClone
  • Load an Avatar into the scene
  • Click the Animation Tab from the top
  • Select the Facial Animation button
  • Choose the Custom tab
  • Double-click the Natural Facial Performance  CrazyTalk script
  • Click Play to review the new facial animation and make adjustments if needed in CrazyTalk

Adding the Acting Workshop, Natural Facial Performance content pack to your iClone and CrazyTalk assets is killing two birds with one stone. You get the ability to add this content in countless combinations via Motion Clips in CrazyTalk, instantly giving your actors and avatars the perfect expression line for line, motion for motion. This movement will also carry over to your iClone avatars, actually effecting the mesh and the morphing of the geometry itself, plus the animation data is instantly saved into the iClone library the moment it is saved in CrazyTalk. With over 43 expressions to choose from, the more time you spend on the Timeline in CrazyTalk the more it will pay off in your iClone projects I promise you.

Below is something a bit new to the iClone Certified Training Blog, ME. Well, my iClone identity anyway to give to all my readers a virtual face to attach to both iClone and CrazyTalk training and your overall expirence here at the Blog. The video format is much the same, however there will be a new intro clip with every video from here on out giving a more graphic example of what to expect in and from tip to tip. For today’s tip the video example provided below shows users step by step how to apply the Acting Workshop, Natural Facial Performance content pack to both iClone and CrazyTalk avatars. It’s good to be back! Enjoy!


8 Responses to “Acting Workshop, Natural Facial Performance in both CrazyTalk and iClone 3.2”

  1. 1 Dulci
    May 8, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks! I saw this pack just recently and wasn’t sure if it was new or old…this clears a lot up for me.

    • May 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm

      See Dulci,

      I promised I would return to you! Just take my advice, never go fishing in Somalia. Damn, dirty pirates. But after my escape, I have returned to the iClone world ready for action. Glad to help as always!

  2. 3 Geoff
    May 9, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I’ve missed your enthusiasm and insight into the deeper workings of Iclone over the past 2 months. Welcome back James.

    • May 9, 2009 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks a ton Geoff,

      It’s good to be back. I felt it necessary to make a pilgrimage to the top of the Rocky Mountains seeking the true real-time animation spirit and returned with more than enthusiasm to share with the iClone kindred. Look for many cool new tips to help out with movie production, contest bonus tips, content specific tutorials and yours truly in virtual form beside you every step of the way. Thanks again!

  3. May 12, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    dear sir
    we need to know more about AML scrpit editor please

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