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Lip-syncing in Blender

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Under: Tutorials
Hey all!

This is the big one that GOD wanted me to make shortly after the Make Human to Anime one. Unfortunately, I didn't do it in a timely fashion, and I am hugely grateful for the help HE gave on the others, but I am happy to say it's here and now and done!


(Click to view on YouTube - opens in a new tab or window depending on browser)

I am very happy with this video for a few reasons. The biggest of which is that this one kinda forms part two and three of the Make Human to Anime tutorial, by featuring how to make a male character and how to do lip syncing as well as some animation to make it really not stand out, haha. Sounds contrary, but you really don't want your audience gawking at the mouths of your characters. The mouth should only serve to ID who is actually speaking.

In this one, I cover quite a bit, so I made a guide that is interactive (or should be at least) in the description for YouTube and here it is too:
0:00:09 - Very short example:
I did read quite a bit too fast here. I think I was subconsciously rushing myself, because nr1 the KJV (1611, public domain) is very hard to read fluently and, nr2 reading all 66 books in the Bible does take a while and is quite draining on my voice. The lesson: Do it right the first time, then you don't have to redo it, hahaha.

0:00:17 - Make Human:
This is a very very basic male character that I run you through. Always bear in mind what you want your character to look like and function like when you use a third part modeller like Make Human. In this case, I did not have a specific character in mind, just a male character I could use for the tutorial, so he is very very basic in appearance. To really see how flexible Make Human is, use a sketch of one of your own original character and get as close to that as you can in Make Human, then take it to Blender and finish it. You will be amazed!

0:04:11 - Blender (Make Human to Anime > male character)
This is basically the same process as in the first tutorial, but I do run through the materials a bit. I do however explain a little bit about why I adjust what I do, ito the model, so you can see how to take it further. I also show you a bit on shape keys.

0:36:50 - Blender (lip-syncing prep)
Not to go into too much detail, but this part shows you how to get ready to add everything needed to begin the animation process for lip-syncing, including the shape keys.

0:41:20 - Audacity (animation sound file)
In order to animate the lip sync much faster than usual, we are going to bake audio to our jaw bone. In other words, the very file that your audience will hear will help you do part of the animation for you! Isn't that so cool!!! In this segment, I explain to you how to do it and even give you a hint on what you can do with it.

0:45:42 - Blender (lip-syncing animation)
The main part of the tutorial! Do that lip-sync! As you can tell by the length of this segment, it is not such a time-consuming process as most would like to make you believe it is. If you follow this method, it saves you lots of time. You do still need to do some animation though, but it's not nearly as much as you might think!

Some credits:
Here is the link to VScorpianC's Lip Sync tutorial series (using Make Human, Blender, Audacity and Papagayo):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_W_kKaC9Aw
(When I saw our method differed so much, I was really relieved, because I did not want to come off as some copycat, because the morning I saw his, I wanted to upload mine and I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOO! hahaha).

And here is the link to Jeff Smith's results with baking audio:
Jeff's Profile - https://plus.google.com/u/0/113083880174675054772
Examples:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/113083880174675054772/posts/YNHAQ7k9DnU
https://plus.google.com/u/0/113083880174675054772/posts/FQajPTzUtiS
(He baked to shape keys and not bones)

Blender:
http://www.blender.org/

Make Human:
http://www.makehuman.org/

Audacity:
http://audacityteam.org/

Music: Original composition after watching a tutorial on how to write better melodies - much stronger than the previous ones, imo, haha. The tutorial said that every melody has a rhythm and when I applied it, just wow! Give it a try too if you write music!

Anyhow,  huge thanks to GOD for helping me with this. YOU have helped me put this together, helped me polish it and package it so others can learn these great techniques as well! Thank YOU so much for every app that has been made freely available. Without YOU, none of this would be possible! :D

Know JESUS yet? GOD is reaching out to you through these tutorials. HE loves you more than you can imagine and wants you to know HIM. Not because HE's lonely, but because HE loves you and paid a heavy price to enable you to go to Heaven, where HE is. See, we all have sinned in some way shape or form. That makes us guilty before GOD. If you have ever said that you hated someone, in GOD's standard, you have committed murder (James 4). If you've ever looked on a person with lustful thinking, you've already committed fornication with them in your heart and you are then guilty of sexual impurity. If you were to face GOD on judgement day, saying: "I was a good person" will be a void argument, just like it would be before a human judge. GOD knew that we would have to pay that penalty and that we could not pay it, even if we tried, but sent JESUS to pay the price for us. Your sins were put on HIM and the forgiveness that is there for you was by no means cheap - the cross was not padded and comfortable, neither was the death.
But, HE was raised up on the third day (after being crucified) and finished the work so that we may enter through HIM paying the penalty we were supposed to pay, but it is only valid for you, if you accept it and live for HIM.
If that is you today, please, follow this prayer:
"JESUS, I believe that YOU are real and I believe YOU died for me and was raised on the third day for me. Please forgive me for my many sins. I make YOU the LORD of my life, full time and to fill me with YOUR HOLY SPIRIT. Teach me how to live for YOU, help me become what YOU have made me to be, in JESUS' Name! Amen!"

To find out more, you can check out this link:
http://www.crossallegiance.org/knowJesus.html
It gives you access to free Bible translations, free teaching videos and more. Remember, this is a decision with eternal consequence, choose life, choose JESUS. :D

Have a great one!!!

Thank YOU!!!!!!

In : Tutorials 


Tags: god  jesus  holy spirit  blender  make human  audacity  lip syncing 

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And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
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