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Crazy Talk Animator (PC)

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
2.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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  • 2D Animation
  • Cartoon Shows
  • Animated Comic Books
  • Satire Sketches
  • Talking Photos
  • Actor Fitting: Face Only
  • Animation: Face and Body
  • Puppeteering: Basic Profile Control
  • Timeline: Basic Tracks
  • Export: HD Video, Image Sequence, 3D Stereo

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B004KKXMFG
  • Release Date: 4 Mar. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,123 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

CrazyTalk Animator

CrazyTalk Animator, the next level of 2D animation. Create actors using any photo or illustration. Bring actors to life with automatic facial animation & innovative puppeteering motion. Drag & drop to build sets with scenery and props. Film and direct all the action with the camera & timeline tracks for complete 2D Animation.

Why CrazyTalk Animator

CrazyTalk Animator changes the way to work on 2D Animation. With our innovation on character generation and animation puppet control, creating animation is fast and fun.

Why CrazyTalk Animator is Unique

2D cartoon animation is used by almost all design teams in every professional art studio. Usually animators need to have enough skills to draw characters from scratch. They also need to be experienced in key-frame animation, motion logic and other crucial aesthetic concepts. Reallusion's CrazyTalk Animator now changes the way you work with 2D Animation, with its innovative character generation and puppet control. Creating 2D animation has never been this quick and fun as now literally Anyone can animate - with amazingly good results every time!

 Unique photo-to-animation engine
Unique photo-to-animation engine
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Reason 1. Quickly turn any media into animated content

Turn any image into actor

With CrazyTalk's unique photo-to-animation engine; anyone can quickly turn photos, sketches, statues, paintings, comics and toys into amazing animate-able characters.

Build scenes by drag-n-dropping popular media files

CrazyTalk Animator supports a variety of media formats such as"image"(.bmp, .jpg, .gif, .tga, .png),"video"(.avi, .wmv),"Flash"(.swf) and"sprite video"(.popVideo) which can all be dragged directly into a scene from any external window.

 Drag and drop  directly into a scene
Drag and drop directly into a scene
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Drag-n-Drop Super Media & Animation Platform:

  • Drag any media such as; images (.jpg, .png...), videos (.avi, .wmv...), flash (.swf) and sprite videos (.popVideo, iWidget) files from any external drive and drop them directly into the animation stage
  • Complete animation editing environment for Actor, Animation, Scene and SFX; each with its corresponding content libraries
  • Two editing engines: Composer Mode for character and prop set up, and Stage Mode for animation editing
  • Arrange all media with Z-depth layering inside the preview window
  • Intuitive editing (pick, transform, opacity, link, flip) and navigation (camera zoom, pan, rotate) tool sets

Seamless integration with your original creations

If you are skilled in any other painting or vector drawing tools, then you can easily bring your work into CrazyTalk Animator. Create characters, accessories, props, scenes and special effects with this awesome media mash-up platform.

Articulated character-bone templates
Articulated character-bone templates
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Reason 2. Set up an actor with the character composer & templates

Photo fitting with preset bones

No longer do you have to worry about setting character bones from scratch. CrazyTalk Animator provides articulated character-bone templates for quick facial & body fitting. All CTA compatible character can now enjoy this new and powerful animation control.

Character Composer System:

  • Versatile actor composing with both Morph-based (traditional CrazyTalk6 face fitting) or Composer-based (new composition) techniques
  • Completely interchangeable head and body parts like; eyes, brows, ears, hair, upper body, lower body which can be customized into virtual dressing rooms
  • Change styles with freely scalable body parts or custom accessories/decorations attachment

Decorate your characters with virtual dressing room

The Character composer system inside CrazyTalk Animator helps you mix and match different styles of cartoon characters; each with their own exchangeable body parts, accessories, face features and more! With the further touch of object transformation or color adjustment, you can result in a variety of styles.

Build your custom character library

With the expandable Composer system, you may bring in your own stylized character designs and easily manage them. Discover the fun and magic of creating unlimited theme stories and learn the secrets of making your own; South Park, The Simpsons or popular Japanese anime.

Automatic lip-syncing and vivid facial expressions
Automatic lip-syncing and vivid facial expressions
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Reason 3. Create animation by moving your mouse

Instant animation with embedded motion templates

CrazyTalk Animator provides a complete set of motion templates that help you animate a character with professional results in seconds. CTA also provides full-wired eye, mouth and hand gesture systems that correspond to each animation profile.

Auto lip-sync and expression switch

Easily import a WAV file, or record your own voice to create automatic lip-syncing and vivid facial expressions. Morph captured images or create unique sprite animation with any character.

Use a mouse to control character body animation
Use a mouse to control character body animation
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Real-time puppeteering control & custom profile

No more key by key editing. Simply use a mouse or another handheld device to puppeteer your character's animation with customizable puppet profiles. You can even record your movement clips with the smart motion key-layering tools!

Real-time Body Puppeteering:

  • Use a mouse or other handheld devices to control character body animation
  • Two main categories for puppet profiles with over 70 templates: fully body based - full body movement such as idle, communication, emotive, walk/run; body part based - individual body segments such as head, torso, arms and legs
  • Mouse Puppeteering mode for motion timing control; and Auto Loop mode, with sliders, for fine motion tuning
  • Key editing with Forward Kinematics (FK), and Inverse Kinematics (IK) control

Reviews & Awards

Hugo's Tech - "An astonishing amount of features to play with creating great animations, all at a great price for the standard version."
Computeractive - "It offers an easy-to-follow route for beginners, who will really benefit from the tutorials, and a vast array of options and settings for advanced users, who will be able to use it to create exciting animations."
GADGET SPEAK - "Rather than add a caption or speech bubble to get your message across, why not consider putting words into the mouths of your creations."

Crazy Talk Animator Standard and Pro
Crazy Talk Animator Standard and Pro
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VERSION COMPARISON: Standard Vs Pro

Face photo fitting - In both Standard and Pro Version
Full-body photo fitting - Not in Standard, only in Pro Version
Multi-actor creation - In both Standard and Pro Version
Composer system - exchangable body parts - In both Standard and Pro Version
Composer system - custom body parts - Not in Standard, only in Pro Version
Real-time face & body puppeteering - In both Standard and Pro Version
Motion key editing - In both Standard and Pro Version
Advanced puppeteering control - Not in Standard, only in Pro Version
Custom puppeteering profile - Not in Standard, only in Pro Version
Custom sprite animation - Not in Standard, only in Pro Version
Custom Facial motion - Not in Standard, only in Pro Version
Motion path and key frame setting - In both Standard and Pro Version
Play control panel as basic timeline - In both Standard and Pro Version
Advanced timeline editing - copy, paste, move key, clip loop & speed control - Not in Standard, only in Pro Version

Version comparison: Standard Vs Pro
Version comparison: Standard Vs Pro
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Save custom motion clips from timeline (collect clip) - Not in Standard, only in Pro Version
Full Timeline Sub-track Controls (detailed tracks for body segments) - Not in Standard, only in Pro Version
Group/ungroup motion clip for advanced key-editing - Not in Standard, only in Pro Version
Import image (JPG, BMP, GIF, TGA, PNG) - In both Standard and Pro Version
Import video (AVI, WMV) - In both Standard and Pro Version
Import audio (MP3, WAV) - In both Standard and Pro Version
Import sprite video (popVideo) - In both Standard and Pro Version
Import Flash (SWF) - In both Standard and Pro Version
Export image sequence (JPG, BMP, PNG, TGA) - In both Standard and Pro Version
Export GIF Animation - In both Standard and Pro Version
Export Video (WMV, AVI, MP4, popVideo, iWidget) - In both Standard and Pro Version
Export FLV with HTML code - In both Standard and Pro Version
3D stereo output - In both Standard and Pro Version
Full screen HD output - In both Standard and Pro Version
Access to Developer Whitepaper for content design - Not in Standard, only in Pro Version

Customer Reviews

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Top Customer Reviews

This is the next stage in the evolution of Reallusion's popular CrazyTalk 'talking heads' software, expanding CrazyTalk's features into a full animation suite. Characters can now be full-body, either semi-side view or front-facing. The range of 2D toon stock content is excellent, although some of the pseudo-3D photo characters are a little bizarre. The Comic characters range is especially excellent, and various add-ons can be found for these online. It's when you see these 2D props and characters arranged in CTA's '3D stage view' that you start to realise the power of CTA. It makes it very easy to move your characters back and forth in space (the pros at Disney would talk of it in terms of 'z-depth' and 'parallax scrolling'). CTA generally does a lot of the heavy-lifting and tedious grunt-work of animation for you, with drag-and-drop character motions and a range of built-in content that's very easy to access and deploy. Considering CTA is still only in version 1.1, it's already an excellent choice for budding animators, and it should be trialled alongside the demo versions of Anime Studio and Toon Boom. CTA's ease-of-use is partly due to it drawing heavily on its 3D sister-product iClone 4, which gives CTA its polished interface and some advanced features. The documentation and video tutorials are outstanding. Generally I'd say CTA is suitable for anyone over the age of 10 with the intelligence and patience to make storytelling or singing animations. So what is CTA lacking at present? Well, it doesn't yet have Anime Studio's built-in physics. It has no anime (Japanese animation) range of faces or clothes yet, even as an add-on pack.Read more ›
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Although the manufacturer gives system requirements, they fail to tell you the requirements for the graphic card. The program would not therefore run on my machine which in other respects matched the spec

The response to my support query was slow and dismissive.

I upgraded my card as I wanted this program but to no no avail. It still does not run and neither does Crazy Talk 6 which I also bought. The documentation with this is pathetic
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first time CD worked but now refused to reinstall. after adding serial number, all i get is upgrade with a trail version. I just needed to get it reinstalled in my Pc and use what I bought. why should I buy another an upgrade when the first hasn't worked well-
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false advertising this is not an animator, its exactly the same as crazy talk six, only animation pro has any form of animation, shouldnt be called animation at all, when i bought this product it didnt state that it didnt animate, it does now tho, crazy talk six is easier to use, i now have both and they do the same thing, if you have crazy talk six do not buy.
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this is so easy to use and so much fun if you love making cartoons you got to get program.
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