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Mimic Pro Reference Section

These pages are still in work. There are pages still to be added, links that need updating, and some pages may be split out because of length. (7/11/08)

Supported File Types

This section provides some basic information about the different file types used by Mimic. These are:

  • Sound: Sound files contain the speech to which you want to lip-sync your characters.
  • Text: Mimic includes additional tools that analyze text files to better identify phonemes in the sound file. Text files are not necessary but can help improve your results. Imported text also appears in the Timeline, giving you additional reference points when editing your sessions. These files must be plain ASCII text (with the extension .txt on a Windows PC).
  • Configuration: Configuration files store definitions for phonemes, gestures, and expressions.
  • Character: Mimic applies speech and gestures to Curious Labs Poser character files. Each character file references a polygonal mesh and defines its shape and size and a corresponding character file that defines how that mesh bends and morphs. Selecting a character file determines the figure you are working with when creating an animation. Please refer to your Poser documentation for more information about the CR2 file format and its relationship to figures. DAZ Studio by DAZ Productions supports the CR2 format, meaning that you can bring your Mimic sessions into DAZ Studio.
  • Video: You can import video files into Mimic for use as side-by-side comparisons while working on your animation sessions.
  • Session: Mimic session files allow you to store your work for later use and/or modification.

The Interface

This section gives a brief overview of the Mimic interface and shows you how to customize Mimic for your specific needs. Once you are familiar with how the interface works, subsequent sections will explain Mimic functionality in more detail.

Session Manager

Mimic's Session Manager is the starting point of every Mimic session. The Session Manager is where you specify your session's files and basic settings. It appears whenever you launch Mimic. You can also access it at any time by selecting File > Session Manager from the Mimic Workspace.

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When you have completed specifying your desired files and options, click on OK to enact your desired changes. If you are making changes to an existing session, the Confirm window pops up to warn you that you are about to overwrite one or more existing settings. Clicking Yes proceeds with the changes. Clicking No cancels them and returns you to the Session Manager.

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The following topics describe each Session Manager function:

Mimic Workspace

The Mimic Workspace is where phonemes, expressions, and gestures are combined to create a realistic animation.

The Mimic Workspace consistes of the:

  • Menu Bar
  • Palette Window
  • Display Window
  • Video Window
  • Timeline

Click on the link below to learn more about the workspace: