CrazyTalk Animator 2 Review – Join The Wacky World of Animation In This 2D Software

 
crazytalk-animator-2-boxProviding an exciting new addition to the world of 2D animation, Reallusion has released its CrazyTalk Animator 2 animation software. Building on the success of previous versions, CrazyTalk Animator 2 provides the tools you need to apply 3D motions to 2D characters, along with a host of tools that let you customize your animations and control every detail to produce a professional quality product.

With three different editions, Standard, Pro and Pipeline, anyone can take advantage of CrazyTalk Animator 2’s exciting features. No matter what your level of experience, you’ll be able to put this amazing program to use and create a wide range of characters, scenes and finished animations that express your creativity.
 

System Requirements

 

Windows: Windows 8/7/Vista/XP (with Service Pack 2 or later) compatible; support for 32 and 64-bit OS.
 

Minimum requirements: Dual core CPU or higher; 2 GB RAM or higher recommended; 5 GB free hard disk space or higher recommended; Display Resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher; Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 8 Series or higher /ATI HD 3000 Series or higher; Video Memory: 512MB RAM or higher recommended.

Recommended requirements (CrazyTalk Animator 2 will have better performance in this environment): Dual core CPU or higher; 4 GB RAM or higher recommended; 10 GB free hard disk space or higher recommended; Display Resolution: 1440 x 900 or higher; Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 9 Series or higher /ATI HD 3000 Series or higher; Video Memory: 1 GB RAM or higher recommended.

Additional requirements: 3-button mouse; DirectX 9 and WMEncoder 9 are required for WMV exporting; Internet connection required for online activation; Stereo devices and player are required for viewing contents with stereo vision.

Macintosh: Macintosh OS X 10.7 or later;
 

Minimum requirements: Dual core CPU or higher; 2 GB RAM or higher recommended; 5 GB free hard disk space or higher recommended; Display Resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher; Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 8 Series or higher /ATI HD 3000 Series or higher; Video Memory: 512MB RAM or higher recommended.

Recommended requirements (CrazyTalk Animator 2 will have better performance in this environment): Dual core CPU or higher; 4 GB RAM or higher recommended; 10 GB free hard disk space or higher recommended; Display Resolution: 1440 x 900 or higher; Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 9 Series or higher /ATI HD 3000 Series or higher; Video Memory: 1 GB RAM or higher recommended.

Additional requirements: 3-button mouse or touch panel; Internet connection required for online activation; Stereo devices and player are required for viewing contents with stereo vision.
 

Features

 

Production environment – Dockable user interfaces, a 3D camera system, motion path and simple animation and the ability to manage your project’s export range all combine for the most flexible, user-friendly software on the market today. You can set up your screen any way you choose to make using CrazyTalk Animator 2 that much easier. Powerful tools help you control all of the action and the export process for complete management from start to finish.

Character creation – With a mix-and-match character system, instant style rendering, single V.S. multi-dimensional character and custom character creation via composer, you have the ability to bring your characters to life in almost any way you choose.

Motion & Animation – Adapt dual-angle characters to 3D motions, use real-time face & body puppeteering, put the layer key editor and advanced 2D cartoon effects to use to enhance your animations.

Stage & SFXs – Set the perfect scene for your animated characters with prop & scene group management, prop composer with parent-child hierarchy, instant render style for any scenes and mask layers for smart focus.

Input & Output – These features include Drag-n-Drop photo, video and flash media, a customizable composer system, expandable content library and image sequence for video compositing. All of these let you add the finishing touches to take your animation to the next level.

Advanced Features – Available only in the Pipeline edition, these include the ability to create custom, multi-dimension characters from scratch, design characters and props compatible with 12 render styles, import and 3D motion via iMotion format and connect with any 3D motion source.
 

Pros

 

This new version of the popular CrazyTalk Animator software gives users of any level, from beginner to mid level to pros in established animation studios, the ability to apply 3D motions to 2D characters, freely edit 2D motions and view animations from any angle with a single click. No matter what your level of expertise, you’ll be able to use Animator 2 to create top quality animations.

The Standard edition is designed specifically for beginner animators, who will be able to jump right in and use the content library without making any detailed customization. The Pro edition is for those users who want to flex their creative muscles by modifying content. It allows users to practice timeline editing and custom media importing. For more advanced users, Pipeline allows you to import custom characters and motion files from iClone and other external tools via 3DXchange.
 

Cons

 

While CrazyTalk Animator 2 provides the best tools available for animators today, it can be a little difficult for users to get acclimated to the software. While there is a series of tutorial videos available, these really only offer minimal information and may leave less advanced users feeling frustrated. Also, there seems to be a distinct lean toward encouraging the use of their own content library rather than allowing for the creation of unique content that some advanced users may not appreciate.
 

Summary

 

The ability to create, edit and manipulate 2D characters like never before as well as a wide range of tools that let you customize settings and import and export fluidly all make the animation process that much easier with this exciting new software. CrazyTalk Animator 2 can help you take animation to the next level in ways that you’ve never imagined.

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