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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Animation part 2: Rotoscoping and adding sound

Rotoscoped cartoon of a running horse traced from a series of photographs 
Muybridge published  his groundbreaking book ANIMAL LOCOMOTION in 1877. 
Animal Locomotion Plate 628 by Eadweard Muybridge

*Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators trace over footage, frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films. Originally, recorded live-action film images were projected onto a frosted glass panel and re-drawn by an animator. This projection equipment is called a rotoscope.
Patent drawing for the  original rotoscope. The artist is drawing on a transparent easel, onto which the movie projector at the right is throwing an image of a single film frame.
*Courtesy Wikipedia

Now that you understand the  basic rotoscoping process, you can appreciate just how valuable a resource Muybridge's ground breaking photographs are to animators.

Go through the collections posted above and save the photographs of the animals you are most interested in animating to the photo library of your IPad, IPhone or IPod touch. You can use them to practice rotoscoping  using the app 'Animation Creator'.   Print them out and use them as a reference as you learn to create dynamic animations of birds and animals.


 Here is how to use and IPad, IPhone or IPod Touch and the app 'Animation Creator' to try rotoscoping:

Once you have tried rotoscoping, you will want to start synchronizing the mouths of your animated characters with their words. I created this video to show you how:

Use the pictures below as a quick reference when you animate. Draw in your own mouths frame by frame to correspond to the sounds your character is making. Remember to spell phonetically and leave out silent letters.  Adjust the speed of your animation while mouthing the voiceover before you send your video to your photo library. Finally, do your voiceover in IMovie. IMovie enables you to dub your sound as the video is playing so you can sync your lip movements to the cartoon. Go to http://photobucket.com/LipSyncForAnimators to download my entire library of sound synchronized mouths. Save them to your IPad or Iphone and drop them into your animations for lifelike speech!

Printable worksheet, Lip Sync alphabet for animators page 1

Printable Lip syncing worksheet page 2

I used the mouths in the worksheets above to create these simple videos. 
I synchronized the sound using IMovie.

Lip synching animation sample from Rachel Wintemberg on Vimeo.

Lip Synch Experiment #3 from Rachel Wintemberg on Vimeo.

Here is my complete Lip Synchronized sound alphabet. Feel free to download it and experiment with sound in your own animations.

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