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Friday, 4 October 2013

Maya Tutorials: Lip Syncing- Jaw Bounce and Phonemes

So, we're back on Maya once again and what a way to start but with lip syncing. I was admittedly a little apprehensive because it looks like such a complicated thing to master but of course we were eased into the process. the whole thing starts with as jaw bounce. simply pin pointing when the mouth will be open and closed. The line being spoken by the character is as follows.

'Heyyyy, maybe I'll give you a call sometime. Your number still nine-one-one?'

So to begin all the 'ae', 'ee', 'oh' and 'you' sounds indicate the mouth with be open, while m's, v's and f's will be achieved with the mouth shut. The below animation was my first attempt at opening and closing the mouth at the right moments. I feel its out of place on the second sentence however, mainly due to the speed at which the line is spoken.

The second part of the tutorial was adding phonemes- essentially shaping the mouth so that the words can be read on the lips. This made a far more interesting looking character as things began to take shape. the resulting video is still messy, but it came out better than I thought it might.

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