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Any "puppet" plug-in or tool similar to CS After Effects?

Last post 12-15-2011, 21:54 by ghuck. 2 replies.
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  •  12-15-2011, 17:04 504489

    Any "puppet" plug-in or tool similar to CS After Effects?

    The CS5 After Effects tool called "Puppet" allows one to animate an overlay image.  The user can designate joints on any object and then key-frame movements.  Thus, you can make it look as though a person waves a hand, or just about anyty other 2d motion.  As the name implies, you can make a doll appear to be alive or walk around the frame.  Not only can you make the overlay move across the frame, but also make make its arms, legs, and head appear to move at knees, elbows, or neck  Unlike a purely cartoon animation tool, it can employ photographic or frame-grab images of real objects.  Perhaps some cartoon animation software offers similar abilities, perhaps at lower cost than CS5.  But are there any NLE plug-ins for this purpose that might work with Pinnacle Studio?
  •  12-15-2011, 18:24 504497 in reply to 504489

    Re: Any "puppet" plug-in or tool similar to CS After Effects?

    You might want to check out Crazy Talk Animator by Reallusion.

    It's not cheap but less than AE CS5.

    Someone may come up with a plugin for Studio but I doubt you'll ever see anything like the puppet tool be included in PS or AS.

    imho, the puppet tool isn't that great in AE. There's better ways to do full animations.

    Joe

  •  12-15-2011, 21:54 504510 in reply to 504497

    Re: Any "puppet" plug-in or tool similar to CS After Effects?

    I use blender for stuff like this, it's free and produces very good results, if you have the time to learn it.
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