Adobe Character Animator 2016

It’s that time of year again, where Adobe lifts the veil on the next major release of each of their Creative Cloud video applications.

This year, in addition to the major updates to Premiere, After Effects, and Audition, Adobe also gave a significant boost in functionality and ease of use to its newest piece of software, Character Animator.

As a quick refresher on Character Animator, it’s basically a simple performance capture tool for giving life to 2D animations. It uses the facial movement, gestures, and sound from your webcam, and applies that data to characters (which you can create pretty easily in Photoshop) in real time.

Here are the improvements that Adobe has added to the 2016 update:

Tag puppet layers easily and record multiple takes of a character’s movement. Enable your puppet to respond to motion and trigger animation accordingly. New puppet attachment modes control how each child moves with its parent. Export animations faster via Dynamic Link to Adobe Media Encoder.

And here’s a quick video showing you these new features in action.

Though Adobe hasn’t shared when the 2016 versions of their Creative Cloud video apps will officially be released, it will likely be sometime mid-summer 2016.