If you are looking for a Daz3d Lip Syncing Solutions then this article is for you. Here we are going to look into most notable available daz lip sync tools.
Lip synch is short from lip synchronisation. It is a term for matching lip movement to speaking or singing. Meaning, that this technique provides the ability to load audio and configuration files to a scene, so the figure could talk, sing etc. Or even sometimes you can record the sounds yourself using a microphone
Source Z Read My Lips Sofa
Sadly, there is no proper lip-syncing technology built-in the Daz Studio. Though there are a lot of ways to add it anyway. I can’t say that one of them is the best or will be good for everyone. That is why we are going to look into all of them.
Using 32-bit Daz3D Lip Syncing Solution
So I said that there are no built-in options to lip sync using Daz Studio. I was not totally honest, because there is a way. In the most popular and used version of Daz Studio – there is no way. But in the 32-bit version there is a tool called “Lip-Sync”.
This tool works well enough. To find it, as always, go to the “Windows > Panes(Tabs) > Lip Sync”:
Here you can load your file, listen to it or record your own sound using a microphone. “Analyze” button will process the current sound file and apply it to the selected character.
Problem is that if you have a 64-bit system. And most people do. Then using a 32-bit Daz Studio is just a bad idea. It can lead to some problems and mistakes. For example, some people simply can’t render using the 32-bit version, they get an error.
All this means that the plan is to have both versions installed at the same time. Make your scene in the main version, then open the 32-bit one, use the lip-sync function, save and proceed further in the 64-bit version.
You can install 32-bit Daz Studio using DAZ Install Manager or product library on the official Daz3D website. Also worth noting, that this Daz3D lip syncing plugin should work on mac OS.
Mimic Live! Daz3D Lip Syncing Solution
Now we go to the paid lip-syncing options. The first plugin I will tell you about is the “Mimic Live!” provided from the Daz3D themself.
This add-on gives real-time lip sync functionality. So you can talk into your microphone and the characters will talk right along with you.
Source Mimic Live!
It is a good and cheap choice, though it has some problems. Main one is that it is quite old and does not support Genesis 8 figures at all. So you will need to use Genesis 3 or earlier. Also this does not support MAC OS, sadly.
Using Anilip 2 as Daz3D Lip Syncing Solution
Next product is the Anilip 2. Theoretically this is the best way to lip-sync in Daz Studio. As it does not have some big problems, support all Genesis generations on the 64-bit version of the software.
Besides, Anilip 2 provides different speech styles that you can realize. A lot of parameters that allow you to set characters speaking to whispering, singing, muttering etc. Furthermore Anilip supports a wide range of input sources such as “Speech Recognition”, “Text to Speech” or “Cloud Services”.
Source Anilip 2
What can be a problem then? Well, mainly the price and absence of MAC support. Some might find this plug-in too expensive. Right now its full price is $89.95. Which can be a lot to someone. Though you always can wait for the sale and save some money. Gladly, Daz3D shop has sales regularly.
Third-Party Daz3D Lip Syncing Solution
That is all for the ways to lip sync right in the Daz Studio. But there are always more options. Especially if you consider doing it outside of the Daz Studio. As there are good ways of doing that.
The way here is to export your character(File > Export). And then import it in some other software that has lip sync functionality. After that you simply can import the finished result back to the Daz Studio.
Firstly I want to recommend using a Real-time 3D Animation Software called iClone 7 for this purpose. Why? Because they specifically have a Daz Genesis Extension that allows iClone to work with all Genesis figures. In particular it allows lip sync.
Another good third-party software is free Unity Real-Time Development Platform. And namely extension for it – SALSA LipSync Suite. It provides the high quality, language-agnostic, lip sync approximation and out-of-the-box support for Genesis, Genesis 2, Genesis 3, Genesis 8.
Using AniHead to improve your Daz3D Lip Sync
Lip synching usually only provides the lips and mouth movement of a character. This means that you will need to manually create an animation of characters blinking, moving their head and eyes, gesturing with hands and other types of movement people do while talking or singing.
I want to recommend you another good tool. This one should help you with creating animations for talking or any other purpose at that, instead of making animations yourself. The tool is aniHead.
This is a motion-capturing plugin to animate head movement. It detects heads and their movement on the provided video. Then calculates this movement and animates your characters in the same way. No additional plugins or hardware needed.
Conclusion Daz3D Lip Sync Tools
So we looked into all main Daz3D lip syncing solutions. This includes using 32-bit versions of the programm, using paid plugins or third-party software. Hope that we helped you to answer all your questions regarding Daz3D Lip Sync. You can read more about Daz3D And Daz Studio on our website. For example, our Daz Studio Animation Tutorial: Step by Step, where we already covered the topic of lip synchronisation.