Inkscape

Are you a CrazyTalk Animator user looking for the perfect vector drawing software? Inkscape is a dedicated free open-source vector drawing tool, that’s mature and has a large user-base. But without third-party scripts it can only output .svg (scalable vector graphics). This .svg vector format is an open source alternative to Flash, and the Inkscape community generally seems to have a big dislike of Flash. Hence no native Flash export scripts. Such a dislike of Flash is increasingly justified, but CrazyTalk Animator users need Inkscape’s vector pictures in .swf format, for drag-and-drop import to CTA. So here are three possible svg-2-swf solutions.

a)

The free way is to get the Windows installer for Inkscape’s SGF2SWF plug-in. If you have l33t techie skillz you can also compile this plug-in from source-code.

b)

Or to easily get Inkscape drawings from .svg to .swf using DrawPlus X4, simply…

1. Load the .svg picture up in DrawPlus X4.

2. File | ‘Convert to Keyframe’.

3. File | Export | Export as Flash.

4. Now drag-and-drop your .swf Flash picture onto the CrazyTalk Animator stage.

5. Check it’s converted OK, and save to the Content Library.

Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be any way for DrawPlus to ‘batch automate’ this conversion, to automatically convert many files.

c)

If you want simple vector-to-bitmap conversion to .pngs. in a batch of many files, then CorelDRAW X5 has Macros for this…

1. Tools | Macros | Macro Manager

2. File Converter | Double-click on Start.

3. Set input and output folders and select files.

4. Start the mass conversion.

So… why not use CorelDRAW X5 for batch .swf conversions instead of DrawPlus X4? Simply put, the CorelDRAW output from .svg is crap — with huge numbers of mangled .swf conversions.

CrazyTalk Animator characters – new tutorial and ‘man in suit’

A new official CrazyTalk Animator tutorial: Advanced Body Photo Fitting…

And talking of new characters, Kurzal has a new Marketplace “Man in Suit” character. It’s more suited to classic-style straight informational/training movies than the toony Comic-series CTA characters, and it’ll hopefully be the first of a series…

The thick waves in the hair means it doesn’t quite match the body style, but that could probably be adjusted fairly easily with Photoshop.

50 free props for Crazy Talk Animator

Here’s my new pack of 50 free props for CrazyTalk Animator. They’re my selection from the huge number of Inkscape .svg vector files at Open Clip Art, and they are all in the Public Domain. That means you can freely use them royalty-free and without needing to give credits, for your commercial movies and illustrations. They’ve been carefully selected to be compatible with the look of the Comic characters in Crazy Talk Animator, and these 50 are those that passed various conversion hurdles such as “too many shapes”, mangled colours, fringing problems, etc. They’re all made from .swf vector files, so they scale crisply and allow close-ups without pixellation.

Download here (3Mb)

To install, just unpack and copy to:

C:\Users\Public\Documents\Reallusion\Custom\CrazyTalk Animator Custom\Props