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03/04/2015 17:19:42

theotherguy
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I'm familiar enough with the 'direct character actions' menu to use the preset actions, what I'd like to do is create my own actions, nothing fancy, just having a character point at something would be helpful.
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04/04/2015 14:47:26

ziggy72Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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All actions below the neck are pre-sets, no custom moves possible, sorry to say.
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03/07/2015 21:47:29

HungPH
HungPH
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Hello , it will be added to the future ?
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06/07/2015 20:19:12

shiningmonk
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You can make your character point at things. It's a bit tricky but not impossible. Use a character action which involves raising the arms. Sorry I can't remember which ones (and Muvizu is being updated as I type this so I cannot check) but there are character actions which involve the right or left arm moving up or even (I think) pointing. The trick is then to freeze the pose, which I think you can do if you turn off breathing, alternatively repeat the action several times, record the video then load it up in Virtual Dub (possibly with AVISynth) and edit out the bits of the video where the arm goes down and back up, to make it look like the pose is being held. It's not nearly as complicated as it sounds. I had a toon fall on his knees and stay there, by using the same technique.
For an example of simple pointing, see my Putin video at 8 seconds where Naked President Putin points at Boris.
Maybe also camera cut to the object you want him to be pointing at (maybe with a camera zoom in), to force the audience to look at that object and help create the impression that he is pointing at it.
With Muvizu, don't think that because there isn't an obvious way to do something, it always means you can't do it. One of the gems of this software is that there is often a less obvious, sneaky way to achieve your goal. (Though I await the time when I can trade cunning for laziness!).
Happy animating!
edited by shiningmonk on 06/07/2015
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