updated 03:50 pm EDT, Sat March 29, 2008
CrazyTalk 5 live puppets
Reallusion recently unveiled CrazyTalk 5.0, a major update to its 3D character animation and lip-syncing application, adding support for non-human characters, enhanced facial meshes, and more. CrazyTalk 5.0 features real-time puppeteer control through the mouse or other input device, as well as five default puppet profiles, which can give the avatar a wicked, goofy, youthful, attractive, or grumpy demeanor. CrazyTalk 5.0 sells for $50, with a Pro version available for $150.
Users can customize textures on both teeth and eyes, and can add several cartoony effects, such as for comic captions and titling effects. Puppeteer control also gives users control over six emotion styles, with head orientation and tilt control, as well as robust camera control.
CrazyTalk 5.0 also adds 720p and 1080p high-definition resolution output, as well as Flash FLV and YouTube video format compatibility.