Can I ask what is your downside for just “doing it” in Carrara without the DMC?
I’m not sure I understand the question. I work in Carrara with the Mimic plugin for Carrara and the standard DMC file that is provided. But I heard that if you modify or edit this DMC file, you can get better results. I though a DMC file was essential. I’m a bit confused because I’m still learning Mimic.
I have the old Mimic Pro that writes the DMCs, but I don’t use it…. I am not aware of any helpful controls that allow you to create nuances, other than just editing the poses. It’s been a while since I used it - and I may be confusing it with CrazyTalk (which *does* have a lot of nuance controls).
I set up the associations in Carrara (for mouths generally it is like 5-7 poses, which I re-use on similar “visemes”. I actually like the “soft” look of this better than the DMCs which can look a little ar•tic•ul•at•ed - somewhat distracting - especially the letter L which suddenly makes the tongue appear but you don’t see it otherwise.
imho, people’s faces just don’t move much when they talk… most people just talk slackjawed and expressionless unless it is public speaking.
I have been saving a Master Scene of my character with all her Mimic setup and call it “mimic ready”. For me it hasn’t gotten more complicated than that. (I try to render figures and background separate, it’s faster)
But I just tested whether you can export the character with all the Mimic assignments (to get it into another Carrara scene). It is pretty easy. You have to drag all your poses and clips into a track (just one), then export your figure via the Browser / Scenes or Browser / Objects (use a group to save clothing, etc w the figure).... When you drag the figure into your new scene the NLA track is still there and all your Mimic assignments are attached to their poses…. In otherwords, all the poses export along with the figure by riding along in the NLA track. If you forget a pose it will not be saved with the figure and that assignment under Mimic will be blank.
You can’t just “drag all the poses” onto the NLA track, they have to be dragged one-by-one, so that’s a bit of work if you have a lot of poses…