The easiest way to make a photo or drawing of a human being able to speak is by creating a 2D actor in the CrazyTalk 8 application, including creating a talking face animation from a photo of a statue’s face.
The following are the steps that can be used to make a talking statue using CrazyTalk 8 software:
- Open the CrazyTalk 8 application.
- Click on the menu [Create New Actor] which is at the top of the CrazyTalk8 editor screen then select [2D]. Find the location of the photo file of the statue to be edited.
- Crop the image to determine the area of the statue’s face then click [Next] for the next step.
- Determine the points on the face based on the image guide on the left (2 eye points and 2 mouth points). Click [Next] for the next step.
- On the Face Fitting Editor screen, correct the points on the eyes (right and left), nose, chin, cheeks, ears, and general head circumference. Click [Next].
- Adjust the mask rotation to adjust the orientation of the head or face. Click [OK].
- To improve the appearance of the mouth (to make teeth visible), select the [Teeth Setting] menu and select a template that is already available in the [Content Manager] – [Actor Elements] – [Teeth] menu. Drag and drop the tooth in the content library towards the mouth of the statue. The same can be done for the eye component.
- To make it appear as if you are talking, you can add a voice by selecting the [Create Script] menu which can be filled directly from the Voice Record, TTS (Text to Speech), Audio File, and Import Script. Because I already have an mp3 recording, I select [Audio File], look for the file on the PC, then select [Lips-Synch only].
- Because the face of the statue is still blended with the background (for example, there is vegetation) so that when there is a movement of the face, the background image moves too, so do the mask editing process by selecting the [Create] – [Mask Editing] menu. CrazyTalk 8 will automatically detect the background of images marked in blue. Click [Preview] to see if the face of the statue is selected correctly and the background colour will change to transparent. If it is appropriate, click [OK]. Now the background colour will change to white.
- Change the white background with the background image you want. For example, in this case, I want to add green as the background for the statue, so I change the column [Color Selected] to green. If you have your own image, select the [Background Settings] – [Import Image] menu, then select the image file that has been provided.
- Finally, you can export the animated video composition into a mov file for further processing in other video editing software. An example of the final composition after further processing in the Filmora 9 software can be seen in the video below.