Learn about new features and enhancements in the October 2020 (version 3.4) release of Character Animator

Speech-Aware Animation

Animate a Photoshop or Illustrator puppet with just an audio file. Powered by Adobe Sensei, any puppet’s head and eyebrows comes alive with a simple voice track and Character Animator will automatically generate movements and expressions helping to create fast easy animations.


Limb IK

Animate character arms and legs with responsive natural movement when the rest of the body moves. Ground detection and the ability to pin limbs give you more control. Make your character jump, dance, bend, squat, and much more.


More accurate lip sync

Get a better lip sync with improved Adobe Sensei machine-learning technology. With a deeper understanding of spoken words,, see a significantly more accurate result.


Timeline improvements

This release brings to you additional search filter options, and the ability to hide and group takes to streamline your animation workflow. Use Sequence Takes to arrange takes on the timeline.

Speech-Aware Animation

October 2020 release (version 3.4)

Using the power of Adobe Sensei you can create automatic animation from speech. Character Animator will generate head and eyebrow movements corresponding to a recorded voice.

For more information, see Speech-Aware Animation.


Limb IK: Control bending and lengths of arms and legs

October 2020 release (version 3.4)

Arm IK is now called Limb IK and can control the bend directions and stretching of legs, as well as arms. For example, pin a hand in place while moving the rest of the body or make a character’s feet stick to the ground as it squats in a more realistic way.

For more information, see Limb IK: Control bending and lengths of arms and legs.


More accurate lip sync

October 2020 release (version 3.4)

The latest version (3.4) of the lip sync engine improves automatic lip sync and timing of mouth shapes (visemes). Prior versions can still be selected and viseme detection can be tuned in Lip Sync preferences for both live performance and when computing from scene audio. The updates improve showing F and W-Oo visemes when expected, and showing fewer repetitive L and M visemes during transitions. Enjoy an enhanced experience with the need for fewer corrections to computed lip sync.

For more infromation about lip sync, see Lip Sync: Control a puppet’s mouth with your voice.

Use Lip Sync preferences to select version and adjust settings

Timeline improvements

October 2020 release (version 3.4)

Adobe Character Animator 3.4 brings to you multiple improvements, enhancements, and updates to the Timeline.

Merge takes

Combine multiple selected Lip Sync or Triggers so that they don’t occupy as much vertical space in your timeline. See Merge takes.

Different colors for take rows

In the timeline, each parameter’s row of takes is colored differently, to help visually identify them.


Refined search filtering

In the Timeline panel’s search filter, refine the filter criteria with additional search terms:

  • kind:value (where value = audiopuppetscenecameratakekeyframe)
  • shared:value (where value = name of a shared puppet that has keyframes or takes)
  • armed:true (for any armed track or behavior)

You can also match all entered search terms (“AND”-based operator) by separating them with a space; matching any search term (“OR”-based operator) is still supported by separating terms with a comma.


Collapse or expand all takes or keyframes on a track

Collapse all takes or keyframes for a track to see more of your timeline’s tracks and rows of takes and keyframes at one time, reducing the need to scroll vertically. See Collapse or expand all takes or keyframes on a track.

Shy and Hide Shy buttons

Quickly hide or show individual rows in the timeline by selecting the Shy button for them and then toggling the Hide Shy button next to the search filter text field. See Shy and Hide Shy buttons.

Sequence takes

October 2020 release (version 3.4)

Arrange selected takes for a parameter sequentially in the timeline with a new menu command. See Sequence takes.

Pin feet

October 2020 release (version 3.4)

The Walk behavior has a new Pin Feet When Standing option to stick a character’s feet to the ground when not walking.

For more information about this behavior, see Walk: Make a character walk.