The Vowel Builder application uses information from the vowel stress tagging framework to assign animation events to an input speech signal. Vowel Builder implements characters with embedded movements and gestures that are completely independent of the authoring stage. In this manner, fully reusable character animation is possible across characters and languages. An authored asset can be re-used as often as desired, with the character concerned also being completely configurable art runtime.
Dialogue animation authoring in Vowel Builder.
The tool loads interactive, reusable avatars (robots from My Tiny Planets in the prototype) into an authoring window that allows gestures and movements to be allocated to stressed vowels in the speech file. The application will only allow movements to be allocated to the current characters vowels. Each speech track is given a separate colour, with future work considering the possibilities of group animation authoring.
SALERO is co-funded by the European Union through the IST programme under FP6.