Auto Sequence Singing Faces

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This feature can automatically move the mouth of a singing face to match the singing in a song! To access this feature, either:

 

1.From the “Tools” menu, select “Auto Sequence Singing Faces…”; or

2.Click on the “Image Setup” button on the toolbar, then in the “Image Setup” dialog box click on the “Auto Sequence Singing Faces” button in the lower right of the dialog box

 

 

Singing Faces on a Pixel Matrix

 

In the “Singing Faces” dialog box there are settings for five mouth positions, closed, ¼ open, ½ open, ¾ open, and Full Open. The first time you launch the “Singing Face” dialog box default images will load and those images will appear in the mouth image settings. The images will default to a position at the top half of a 16x50 pixel matrix.

 

There is a field that shows the “Audio File to Use to Auto Sequence the Singing Face.” This will default to the audio file that is loaded for the sequence you are making. If the words to the song are prominent then you can use this song. Merely click on “Auto Sequence the Singing Face” and it will create image effects at the top of the image layers for the singing face.  Click on the “Play All” button in the toolbar to play the effects that were created

But normally to get the best results you will want to record the words using your own voice.

 

 

Recording your own voice

 

For best results, make a recording of your own voice by doing the following:

 

Plug in some earphones into your computer

Plug in a microphone into your computer

Click on “Start Voice Record”

While listening to the song in the headphones sing or speak the words of the song into the microphone

When the song reaches the end the recording will stop. The recording will automatically become the “Audio File to Use to Auto Sequence the Singing Face”

Click on “Auto Sequence the Singing Face”

Click on the “Play All” button in the toolbar to play the sequence

 

 

More Singing Faces

 

At the top of the “Singing Faces” dialog box is a setting labeled “Which Singing Face?” To sequence a second singing face set this setting to “2”

The default images for face 2 will appear in the images for each mouth

You can record your voice using words to a different singer in the song

Click on “Auto Sequence the Singing Face” and effects will appear on the time layers. The effects for Face 2 will appear below the effects for Face 1.

Click on the “Play All” button to play both faces

 

To use the default images for more than two faces, click on the “Tools” button and select “Layout.” Set the number of ribbons to 32. You can now do sequencing for face 3 and face 4.

 

If you want to use 6 singing faces using the default images then set the number of ribbons to 48.

 

 

Standard Singing Faces

 

Standard singing faces have a face with four channels for the mouth. One channel is for the closed mouth, another channel for the half open mouth, another channel for a full open mouth, and a channel for an “O” mouth.

 

 

How to use the S5 Sequencer to set up an S5 Preview of one or more Standard Singing Faces

 

In Preview Design, click on the “Add Item” button

In the list of items, select “Light-O-Rama Props (online)”

Select one or more of the singing trees and click on “Import Checked Items”

There should be a group for each tree. For example, there should be an “Elden the Tree (RGB)” group

Double click on “Elden the Tree (RGB)” make sure “Vertical Stack” is selected for the “Arrangement,” click on “Save”

If you have more than one singing tree, you can make a group containg all the trees. Click on “Add Item” and select “Create a new GROUP from existing props and groups”

In the “Preview Group Definition” dialog box select each tree group. Then set “Horizontal Stack Align Bottoms” for the “Arrangement,” name the group something like “Singing Trees,” click on “Save”

In the “Preview Design” dialog box click on “Save”

In the main screen of the “Sequencer” find the “Singing Trees” group, expand it so you can see the motion effects row.

Right click on the motion effects row and click on “Select,” then click on “Row”

Right click on the motion effects row again and select “Insert SuperStar Effect”

SuperStar will launch

 

 

Sequencing Standard Singing Faces in SuperStar

 

After creating a Preview in the S5 Sequencer and you have launched SuperStar do the following:

 

Bring up the “Image Setup” dialog box and click on “Auto Sequence Singing Faces”

Click on the “Load Single Pixel Images for 4 Standard Singing Faces” button.

Sixteen images will load and be placed at the bottom of the Image List. Scroll to the end of the Image List and the last four images should be:

Mouth-4 Closed

Mouth-4 1/2 Open

Mouth-4 Full Open

Mouth-4 O

 

The images will have been automatically set into the “Singing Faces” dialog box. But if you were to enter them manually you would do the following:

Scroll the list up until you see the four images that start with “Mouth-1”

Select “Mouth-1 Closed” and then click on the top “Set” button in the “Singing Faces” dialog box

Select “Mouth-1 1/2 Open” and then click on the second “Set” button in the “Singing Faces” dialog box

Keep “Mouth-1 1/2 Open” selected and click on the third “Set” button in the “Singing Faces” dialog box

Select “Mouth-1 Full Open” and click on the fourth “Set” button in the “Singing Faces” dialog box

Keep “Mouth-1 Full Open” selected and click on the fourth “Set” button in the “Singing Faces” dialog box

We will not be using “Mouth-1 O” because the O is intended for “oooo” sounds and the SuperStar code has nothing in it that detects “oooo” sounds. So it works best to not use it

 

Your screen should look like this

 

AutoSingingFaces1

 

 

At this point if you want to see what is generated using the audio file you can click on “Auto Sequence the Singing Face” and effects will appear in the time layers. Click on the “Play All” button to play the sequence. If the voices in the song are prominent you may be happy with using what you see. But for best results you should record only the words of the song using your own voice using these steps:

 

Plug in some earphones into your computer

Plug in a microphone into your computer

Click on “Start Voice Record”

While listening to the song in the headphones sing or speak the words of the song into the microphone

When the song reaches the end the recording will stop. The recording will automatically become the “Audio File to Use to Auto Sequence the Singing Face”

 

The Singing Faces dialog box should look like this except the number at the beginning of the image may be different.

 

AutoSingingFaces2

 

Click on “Auto Sequence the Singing Face”

Effects should appear in the first 5 layers of the time layers

Click on the “Play All” button in the toolbar to play the effects that have been created for the singing face

 

If the mouth is not responding well to the voice, you can increase the sensitivity or increase the number of Freqs selected but normally you can leave Sensitivity set at 5, and Freqs 8-16 selected.

 

 

Set Images for the next Singing Face

 

In the Singing Faces dialog box set “Which Singing Face?” to “2”

Using the same steps you used for Tree 1, you can add images to the image list for Tree 2 and set them into the “Singing Faces” dialog box.

You can record your voice again and this time you can speak words that match a different singer in the song.

Click on “Auto Sequence the Singing Face” and effects will appear on the time layers for Tree 2. The effects for Tree 2 will be below the effects for Tree 1

Click on the “Play All” button on the toolbar and both singing faces will play

 

You can do the same for tree 3 and tree 4