Ideas to build courses faster with characters
First off, I love this discussion forum. It's always my "go-to" location for tips. So thank you everyone for your participation.
I love using characters in my eLearning. With the characters, I can make example scenarios that relate to the topic. However, there are only so many expressions with the characters. With the realistic images, finding shots that show them interacting (i.e. facing sideways) can be difficult. Also, does anyone ever use the image without cropping? I feel like I can't get it to look natural.
In addition, I find myself always struggling with how I should utilize animation when I have two characters interacting. When I do add animation, it feels like overkill.
My biggest concern with using the realistic characters is the amount of time it takes. There's no easy way to locate the expression you want. I find myself spending 10 minutes just to find the right pose and expression. On top of all that, adding the animation takes a significant amount of time. It concerns me that its taking me an hour to complete one slide, when I have many more to create.
I realize I am covering a multitude of topics but I am hoping we can create a list of best practices when using these characters. I would love to hear what people have learned in using these features.
Any thoughts? Ideas? Resources?