Go from complete beginner to advanced power user, fast, with The Lazy Animator Beginner's Guide to Reallusion's Cartoon Animator. The only beginner, intermediate, and advanced course you'll need to learn how to animate with Cartoon Animator.
Have you ever just wanted to learn Cartoon Animator as quickly as possible without having to navigate all the official tutorials that don't really cover everything in a logical order? Or have you been frustrated by really entertaining beginners courses that run you through a fun, step by step project, but doesn't get you to where you need to be to really get the best out of Cartoon Animator's incredibly powerful studio. You're once again left with navigating the backwater of free tutorials on YouTube... not to mention the online manual that no one ever reads, because it's more a reference tool than a learning tool.
The Lazy Animator, Beginner's Guide to Cartoon Animator is the kind of course I wish was available when I was learning the software back in 2012. With just over three and a half hours of video tutorials it is a crash course in all the main features you need to know in order to make 2D animated cartoons with Cartoon Animator. You can follow along but there are no step by step projects to complete. The course is a structured walkthrough of all the essential features you need to know to make amazing animations.
Designed to teach you the easiest concepts first, gradually moving up to harder, more complex features, that you will not be intimidated by, if you follow through all the videos in order. There are six main video topics (with each topic section split into about ten minute bites so you're never too far from taking a break). You'll learn about:
- Navigating the stage, Scenes, Converting Props, Saving Scenes and Projects (1 Video).
- How to animate the camera using the Timeline and Transition Curves (1 Video).
- All the types of Props and how to transform, deform, and animate them using Transitions, Transition Curves or Elastic Motions, plus where each system creates key frames in the timeline. (3 Videos).
- All the types of Characters and how to animate G3 Characters using pre-animated motions, pre-animated root motions, and the 2D Key Motion editor, as well as how to modify, make, and save custom motions. You'll also learn where motion files and the 2D Key Motion editor make key frames in the timeline and how you can apply transition curves to them. (6 Videos).
- How to make your characters talk with auto lip syncing, and how to manually adjust the lip sync in the timeline. You'll learn how to animate G3 character faces using the Face Puppet Editor or the Face Key Editor. You'll learn where both systems create key frames in the timeline and how you can apply transforms, deforms, and transition curves to facial animations. You'll also learn about character layers and where to find the key frames for those. (6 Videos).
- Finally you'll learn how to add sound effects and music, adjust their volume, and how to edit audio in the timeline. Then you'll learn how to export your work as a single frame, frame sequence, transparent video, or standard video ready to import into your preferred video editor. (2 Videos).
As you can see, even the course outline goes from easy to progressively harder concepts because so much thought has gone into the learning order. Again, I highly recommend you watch all the videos in order, at least once, even if you think you already know the earlier stuff (those sections are short, you'll power through them!). The order matters because later videos assume you've seen what has been shown before. It's how I can teach so much in such a short time.
If getting you up to advanced level with Cartoon Animator as fast as possible wasn't enough, the course comes with a free Office scene project that is Render Styles compatible (you'll know what that means by part 3 of the course if you're completely new), and includes a G3-360 head, bone hands, Office woman character that you can use in your own personal or commercial projects.
When you're finished the course there is a PDF document with all the time codes for what you learned in each video so you can easily find anything you wish to revisit without having to scrub through each video trying to remember where that information was.
Essentially this is the last beginner's course you'll ever need. It doesn't teach you everything (how could it in just over three and a half hours) but it goes so much further than any other beginners course. Even advanced users might find a thing or two they haven't tried or didn't know about.
If you purchase the course and find it delivers, please be sure to leave a review. You'll help other complete beginners, and newbies lost in the free tutorial video backwater, find the answers they've been looking for.
NOW INCLUDED AT NO EXTRA COST!: The Beginner's Guide Demo Project. Practice your skills right away on a ready made 'draft' project. No need to start from scratch!
IMPORTANT: This Course is still current for Cartoon Animator 5. All principles taught are identical to the current version. The only major difference is the implementation of the new Smart Content Manager. The course now includes an additional video to explain the differences between version 4 and 5's Content Managers.
21 Video Course MP4 Files (about three and a half hours of Video in Total), 1 PDF Time Codes Document, 1 Cartoon Animator Project File, 1 License Text File