We can now do fully automated nine-phoneme lipsinc, using the same Program that Ron Gilbert and his team used on Thimbleweed Park.
Rhubarb Lipsync is created by Daniel S Wolf, and the Blender addon is created by Scaredyfish.
There are a lot of links in this tutorial, so here goes…
First there’s the software:
- Rhubarb Lipsinc Download Page:
- Rhubarb Lipsinc Blender Addon:
And then some bits I created myself:
I was really exited to discover this – even if it makes my previous tutorials obsolete!
Leading in to Lipsinc for the Lazy Episode 3: Stopmotion Style I look at anticipation, reaction, and, for some reason, the smear frame.
The creation of anticipations and reactions before and after snappy movements can be semi-automated in Blender.
Maybe at some point I can start going through all the other animation principles. I also have some ideas for creating smear-frame rigs, but I currently have 4 other videos planned:
- Forms of Lipsinc (not so much a tutorial as a 5 min animation history lesson)
- Lipsinc for the Lazy Episode 3: Stopmotion Style
- Animating Eyes
- Lipsinc for the Lazy Episode 4: Motion Capture Data
- Put yer Hands in yer Pockets in Blender
As promised – lazy lipsinc with realistic human models – from Makehuman, ManualBastioniLAB or wherever.
Personally, I’m using a model imported from Makehuman using this method ➡️
but other realistic humans are available.
The technique for lazy animation for realistic humans is a little different to lazy animation for more cartoony characters: The movement has to be more subtle.
00:55 – Creating shapekeys
08:45 – Setting up drivers
18:07 – Facial expression
19:15 – Recording body animation
I hope you all find this helpful.