Animated characters in Storyline

Mar 10, 2016

Hi. I am new to Storyline, so apologies if this question has already been answered. Is it possible to have characters within Storyline animated, i.e to have arms, mouths, legs, etc moving, in sync with sound? If so, how can this be done? Thank you.

6 Replies
Jerson  Campos

There are several applications that you can use.  You can use web apps like GoAnimate that have prebuilt characters and a selection of animations and poses. 

If you are looking for something more standalone and customizable, you can look try MoHo (previously known as Anime Studio), Adobe Animate (previously Flash). Both of these have a IK bone system which makes animating characters easier.

I use Adobe After Effects with DUIK plugin.  DUIK adds a bone feature just like the other two software.  Plus I can use After Effects for motion graphics as well.  Adobe also has a new software in development called Character Animator.  It uses facial recognition software to help you animate facial expressions and some other neat features.  

Alexander Melo

Hi Jerson... 

Those options you recommend only let you export MP4 or SWF files as output.

Importing MP4 or SWF files in Storyline won't let you create characters that would interact with other Storyline elements.

The only way I've been able to do this is by creating the character with as many poses and expression as I would need in my Story to create the animation and the import it into Storyline.

This is a very long time consuming task, but gives you full control of the character and it's states.

To animate the already existing characters would be necessary to export the character and using something like Illustrator, Photoshop or similar modify those characters to create the movement frames and reimport it all to create the animation.

I think that would be great that native characters would have some standard movements like walking, running, talking, etc.


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