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Mimic Flash Output Tutorial

Author: Koda

Tools Needed

  • Mimic 3
  • Poser

Introduction

Flash animations can be created from Mimic 3 in two ways. Before Mimic 3, the only method was for the user to create a Poser PZ2 file in Mimic and use Poser to generate the Flash animation. Mimic 3 now allows the user to create the Flash animation directly from Mimic.

In this tutorial we will explore both methods of creating flash animations using Mimic.

Before we start, there are some things you need to remember when creating a flash animation for use on the Web. Limit the number of colors, frames per second, and width and height of the file. Keeping the height and width down will help keep the file small for faster downloads.

Step 1 - She Talks in Stereo

What if you want to make your character sing or you're working with a stereo sound file?

First if you have a stereo sound file you need to resample it to mono with a conversion tool such as Audacity. It can be downloaded for free at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ .

We will cover sound files with music in depth in a later tutorial, but for now the easiest way to create a Mimic animation with music is to use a file with just the vocal track. This is usually done by you'recording yourself saying or singing the words along with the music (try having the music play through headphones so you don't capture any of it).

Once Mimic has used your placeholder sound file to generate the initial animation, replace it with the sound file that contains the music. Remember, though, after you swap out the file to make sure to deselect 'Analyze Sound File In Mimic.'

Open Mimic 3; the Session Manager is displayed.

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Load in your Wav file, the text file, the Character file(CR2), and the Configuration file(DMC) for your character. Then set your Frames Per Second to 12 FPS and click OK.

Step 2 - The Main Window

The Main Mimic window loads with your selected character and the automatically-generated animation data. From here you can alter the animation, lighting, and camera settings. For this tutorial we will leave the settings at their default values.

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From the Main Menu Select FileExport Pose (PZ2). Save the pose to RuntimeLibrariesPoseMimic.

Step 3 - In Poser

Open Poser and load the character you wish to use for your animation.

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Open your pose library and select the saved pose from step 8. A dialog will appear asking if you wish to add frames. Select Yes.

Select AnimationAnimation Setup. Adjust the frame width and height. 50 X 50 works great!

Select AnimationMake Movie.

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Enter the Movie Name.

Select Macromedia Flash from the 'Sequence type' drop down menu.

Click the Ok Button. When prompted enter the name for your animation file and click Save. The animation will begin rendering. You have now created a Flash animation through Poser.

Step 4 - Mimic Direct

To create the Animation directly from Mimic 3 do the following:

Open Mimic 3; the session manager is displayed.

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Open your Wav file.

Open your text file.

Set the Frames per second to 12 FPS and click OK.

Step 5 - Finish!

The Main Mimic window loads with your selected animation data. From here you can alter the animation, lighting, and camera settings. For this tutorial we will leave the settings at their default values.

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From the Main Menu select FileCreate Movie Preview. This will open the Video

Preview Control Box.

Select Make Preview.

Select Save Preview to Flash.

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The Save dialog appears. Enter a file name, and select Save. That's it. You have created a Flash animation-using Mimic.