Oh bother!  Don't have the old message board anymore!  Ok, I guess ALL those questions will have to be asked and answered all over again. . .

What is your opinion on the best lip synch software for stopmo?

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I know, right? And then just about the time they've all been re-answered, suddenly the old board will pop up again! 

This does seem like a good opportunity though to create more condensed and to-the-point versions of some long and meandering threads, like the old Lighting Control thread. 

I believe the top lip sync app is Magpie Pro, then I also remember one called Jlipsync I think. 

Magpie!  That is what I was trying to remember!  Thanks!

BTW, I am TRYING to put together a proposal for the Ecuadorian government to finance some animation schools -- not university schools, but trade schools.  I pitched the idea last Tuesday to the Ecuadorian equivalent of a national senator, and he loved the idea, and asked me to get something together by last Friday for review and a presentation to the appropriate people today since nothing will get done in December or January, so he wants to fast track the idea.  However, we are in the last couple months of an election cycle, so, he has had to delay things a bit.  I might be pitching it later this afternoon, or not. 

The thing is huge, with all kinds of animation and game design too, and my budget is so far, with many key things still to be added, around $700,000 in administrative costs, supplies, equipment, tools, etc., and that is not counting space, computers, and the like because we will get that basically for free from another government agency.

I am trying to source things locally, but much of that is impossible.  For example I have been searching for something like Hydrocal for forever, but no one even knows what it is!  Even getting latex here is difficult!  Unbelievable that I might have to buy latex from the US and have it shipped here when Ecuador is the world's largest producer!  But that is life here.  I would love to have some experts look over the proposal.  I REALLY need the old message board for research into materials, but apparently that is a pipedream at this point, and it is very disappointing, given the incredible amount of information on it.

I am looking for skilled animators to come here (all expenses paid, of course) to teach month-long workshops on various aspects of their art, so if anyone is interested, let me know.

This thing is still in the planning/pre-approval stage, and is NOT real, yet.  Hopefully I will know later this month for sure what is going to happen, if anything.

I found that using Dragonframe, I could simply load the soundtrack while animating, and do the lipsynch with that.  I did most of the dialog shots on Butterflies, just doing it in Dragon while I animated.  

For my own films I animate with SMP on a PC.  I haven't found the audio track works well on my ancient Pentium 4 computer. So for breaking the audio into frames I still use the old free version of Magpie, which is impossible to find now.  I looked at Magpie Pro and couldn't figure it out  - I had seen images of cgi mouths instead of the old cartoon drawings, but couldn't work out how to load them. 

J lipsynch looked like a similar thing to the old Magpie, for Macs.  

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