Feature summary | Character Animator (June 2022 release)

Starter mode

Starter mode for Character Animator is for everyone, and you don't need any subscription to use it. Starter mode offers a streamlined interface focused on performing, recording, and exporting characters. You can start animating through live performance, triggerable poses, and emotions. You don't have to be an expert rigger. Upgrade to Pro mode when you are ready.

Below are some features Starter mode has to offer:

  • Starter mode offers sample puppets and allows you to import puppets.
  • Drag and drop behaviors from the behavior panel on the upper right.
  • You can change backgrounds using the background button.
  • You can adjust the aspect ratio to scale the puppet to fit the new dimensions.
  • You can preview triggerable poses, emotions, and background.
  • Quick export to export your animations directly in the H264 file.

For more information, see Animate a Puppet with Starter mode.

Quick Export

You can export animations quickly in Starter mode and Pro mode. Export your animations directly in the H264 file using Quick Export. Choose a Match Source preset to automatically have settings like resolution and frame rate match your sequence, or select from a list of common video resolutions. Both Starter and Pro modes support Quick Export. For more information, see Export a scene or puppet.

Auto-swapping artwork and Leader/Follower behavior

Auto-swap automatically switches to the pose most closely matching the character's movement. If you have a group of layers representing different poses, create a swap set from that group with the "Auto-swap" option. As you control the character, the best matching artwork will be triggered. You can control the character via Dragger (and the Leader/Follower behavior) or Body tracking. For more information, see Switch artwork with Auto-swap


SVG (.svg or .svgz) files can no longer be imported. You can use an alternative vector artwork file format like Illustrator (.ai).

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