This is perhaps the trickiest bit of animation - matching recorded dialogue with ANIM8OR or FLASH animationSound_AudacityLipSynch04.png
It takes a bit of careful preparation, but can yield VERY believable results.

What we want to do is determine exactly what SOUNDS are occurring at which FRAMES - so we need to make a dialogue lip synching sheet.

The phrase "Take me to your Leader" was recorded in Audacity.
A spreadsheet is used to break the phrase down into it's distinctive PHONEMES
Now we need to match each phoneme with the precise frame it should occur in.

Fortunately, Audacity can help us with that:


1. START AUDACITY
  • Load your audio wav into Audacity
  • The dialogue in this demo is "Take Me To Your Leader"

2. VIEW by FRAMES
  • Use VIEW | SET SELECTION FORMAT | "NTSC Frames 29.97fps"
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3. SELECT a WORD
  • Highlight the first "word" in your sound sample (in this case, it's the word "Take")
  • You may want to zoom in using the magnifying glass
  • Hit the PLAY button to confirm which word you're making
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4. NOTE the FRAME INFO
  • Check the frame information at the bottom of the screen
  • At 30fps, the word TAKE is 4.5 frames long and starts in frame 2
  • ROUND the information to the nearest frame
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5. FILL IN YOUR SPREADSHEET
  • Create a GoogleDocs or EXCEL spreadsheet - SAVE IT with an appropriate name
  • Type out the PHONEMES you hear VERTICALLY
  • For the word you're examining, type the appropriate STARTING and ENDING FRAMES - for instance - I'll put the "T" in frame 2, and the "K" in frame 6. Think of these as being audio KEYFRAMES
  • Approximate, or use the cursor in Audacity to determine the appropriate frame for the phonemes in between - for instance, I'll guess that "AY" should fall in frame 4 (just because it's halfway between 2 and 6)
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