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  • Any tips on lip syncing using brush strokes?

    Posted by Daniel Haskett on April 28, 2005 at 11:53 am

    Hi there

    Basically I have had drawn a person and then put them into photoshop. I now want to do a couple of seconds of lip syncin, but the only way I can think of is using the brush tool and literally using the clone tool to copy the skin tone and delete parts of the mouth and then redraw each frame using the brush over the top. However it gets a bit confusing because I need the cloned out areas to remain there but the brush strokes only to last for about 2 frames each and then change. I was just wondering if anyone had any tips in this area?

    Thanks in advance!


    Todd Morgan replied 18 years, 7 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Todd Morgan

    April 28, 2005 at 12:37 pm

    Are you using AEFX? What is your final output?

  • Steve Roberts

    April 28, 2005 at 1:29 pm

    I would draw the mouth with a mask and use render>stroke to make the mask visible as a line. Then I’d animate the mask shape.


  • Mike Clasby

    April 28, 2005 at 7:50 pm

    My 2 cents. Here’s an old post, some of which may work:|5|4

    Magpie, uses 10 mouth shapes, each for a different sound. You could make each mouth in Photoshop on it own layer, import as a comp and in AE swap them out at the correct time (sound).

    There was a good post awhile back on this, semi-automated with nulls and expressions, but I can’t find it now. And I recall a guy did a cartton about a footbal anouncer posted here with demo movie and details.

    I’m currently animated a talking cartoon goat, there is a closed mouth and an open mouth, then I distort the shapes with effects to get the look. Luckily he only says 10 words. I had him blink just by flashing on a closed eyelid layer for a few frames, it’s kind of eerie, in a cool way.

    Good luck.

  • Daniel Haskett

    April 29, 2005 at 12:43 am

    Wicked thanks for your help! That program magpie sounds awesome but I cant really afford it so I dont know what to do 🙁 Oh well, Im sure Ill find a way, might animate a mask.

    thanks again!


  • Todd Morgan

    April 29, 2005 at 11:11 am

    There is also an older program called Elastic Reality that you could probably find on the net for free that does bezier line morfs and warps, and you use it to create a masked area of lips and mouth then animate those lines. Another way would be to create three layers, one for each top and bottom mouth, then the rest of the character without the mouth elements. The mouth layers on top, and use bezier warp effect that you can either animate by hand or use the audio expressions and import the v/o to animate the motion of the mouth parts.

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