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The Lazy Animator Beginner's Guide to Cartoon Animator - The Fastest Way to Learn Reallusion's 2D Animation Software Application

The Lazy Animator Beginner's Guide to Cartoon Animator.
IMPORTANT: This Course is still current for Cartoon Animator 5. All principles taught are identical to the current version. The only major difference is the implementation of the new Smart Content Manager. The course now includes an additional video to explain the differences between version 4 and 5's Content Managers.
How much value do you put on your time? $10 an hour? $50 an hour? $200 an hour, or more?

While you can learn Reallusion's Cartoon Animator 4 using free tutorials, you can spend hours of your time looking for tutorials that don't actually address what you're trying to learn, or worse, may not even exist. 

Don't waste hours of your valuable time when you can learn all the main animation features of Cartoon Animator, and become a power user, fast, for just USD$49.95, without having to navigate all the official video tutorials that don't really cover everything in a logical order, or show how everything is connected ...not to mention how hard it is to navigate the online manual (that no one ever reads, because it's more a reference tool than a learning guide).

The Lazy Animator, Beginner's Guide to Cartoon Animator is the kind of course I wish was available when I was learning the software back in 2012. I just wanted to learn Cartoon Animator as quickly as possible so I could spend more time creating my own animations without getting stuck on things I had yet to learn.

With just over three and a half hours of video tutorials The Lazy Animator Beginner's Guide to Cartoon Animator is a crash course in all the main features you need to know in order to make 2D animated cartoons with Cartoon Animator. Suited to complete beginners or even if you've already been learning Cartoon Animator for a while.

Follow along but there are no step by step projects to complete. The course is a structured walkthrough of all the essential features you need to know to make amazing animations.

Designed to teach you the easiest concepts first, gradually moving up to harder, more complex features, that you will not be intimidated by, if you follow through all the videos in order. 

There are six main video topics (with each topic section split into about ten minute bites so you're never too far from taking a break). You'll learn about:
  1. Navigating the stage, Scenes, Converting Props, Saving Scenes and Projects (1 Video).
  2. How to animate the camera using the Timeline and Transition Curves (1 Video).
  3. All the types of Props and how to transform, deform, and animate them using Transitions, Transition Curves or Elastic Motions, plus where each system creates key frames in the timeline. (3 Videos).
  4. All the types of Characters and how to animate G3 Characters using pre-animated motions, pre-animated root motions, and the 2D Key Motion editor, as well as how to modify, make, and save custom motions. You'll also learn where motion files and the 2D Key Motion editor make key frames in the timeline and how you can apply transition curves to them. (6 Videos).
  5. How to make your characters talk with auto lip syncing, and how to manually adjust the lip sync in the timeline. You'll learn how to animate G3 character faces using the Face Puppet Editor or the Face Key Editor. You'll learn where both systems create key frames in the timeline and how you can apply transforms, deforms, and transition curves to facial animations. You'll also learn about character layers and where to find the key frames for those. (6 Videos).
  6. Finally  you'll learn how to add sound effects and music, adjust their volume, and how to edit audio in the timeline. Then you'll learn how to export your work as a single frame, frame sequence, transparent video, or standard video ready to import into your preferred video editor. (2 Videos).
As you can see, even the course outline goes from easy to progressively harder concepts because so much thought has gone into the learning order. 

Again, I highly recommend you watch all the videos in order, at least once, even if you think you already know the earlier stuff (those sections are short, you'll power through them!). The order matters because later videos assume you've seen what has been shown before. It's how I can teach so much in such a short time.

The included Office and Business Woman Project Scene
If getting you up to advanced level with Cartoon Animator as fast as possible wasn't enough, the course comes with a free Office scene project that is Render Styles compatible (you'll know what that means by part 3 of the course if you're completely new), and includes a G3-360 head, bone hands, Office woman character that you can use in your own personal or commercial projects.
When you're finished the course there is a PDF document with all the time codes for what you learned in each video so you can easily find anything you wish to revisit without having to scrub through each video trying to remember where that information was.

Essentially this is the last beginner's course you'll ever need. It doesn't teach you everything (how could it in just over three and a half hours) but it goes so much further than any other beginners course. Even advanced users might find a thing or two they haven't tried or didn't know about.

Created by me (David Arandle (TET)), a Certified Reallusion Trainer, I've been animating with Cartoon Animator 4 since its first iteration as CrazyTalk Animator Pro, released in 2010.

Purchase using the 'Buy the Course' button bellow or visit The Lazy Animator Art Time Store to buy this course and see other Cartoon Animator tutorials that are available.

If you purchase the course and find it delivers, please be sure to leave a review. You'll help other complete beginners, and newbies lost in the free tutorial video backwater, find the answers they've been looking for. 

Feedback for TLA Beginner's Guide to Cartoon Animator

"Hi David, Just thought I'd let you know that I found your complete Cartoon Animator course really, really useful! I've been using CA4 for a while and have gone through most of the Reallusion tutorials and the difference between those and yours was the intuitive approach you took. Totally worked for me and taught me things which should have been obvious (Transition curve explainer, Character layer explainer and how to tweak easily etc etc) but other tutorials didn't cover...maybe because they're conceived and delivered by the software techies who assume people like me (retired social worker) will find all the nooks and crannies on their own. Once again  a BIG Thank You!"

- Gerard, Retired Social Worker.

"I'm on the first lesson and no where ever did any video tutorial I ever watch cover what this is covering handling scenes and props--I've been working hard and not smart. I'm delighted so far, and don't think that will change."

"Best money I've spent so far on anything CA4, really. And I've purchased a lot of characters and assets---all of which I love and glad I have, but without this course I certainly wasn't using the software to the best of its ability, nor mine. I was able to play right along with you and learn---tempo is awesome in each video, really enjoying it."

- Renee, Creator of several Cartoon Animator
shorts prior to purchase of the course.

"I just want to say thank you David for creating this course. I’ve watched and rewatched the first 3 videos about 5 times each and I’m finally beginning to “get it”. Your slow and methodical pace was just what I needed!"

"I tried watching some of the other videos and many were good but I never was able to really connect it all together and I really think that’s where your course really shines. In fact after finally grasping some of the basics from your first 3 videos I looked at another video I had tried to follow and it finally made sense to many."

- Charles Brady-Voice Actor.

"It's totally worth the money! I'm about to start on video 4 and, even though I have used CTA before, I'm learning a lot. What I like most about this course is how it is built up systematically and you never feel swamped by too much information."

- Muriel Raes - Teacher.

"This was the best beginning course I have taken. I was able to do a fun animation to I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas as I was learning the program (and it came out so much better than I anticipated!). I really appreciate the time and effort that went into creating this class. I would strongly recommend it to anyone looking to get up to speed with CA4 quickly. Thanks David!"

- Kathy Adler - New CA4 User.

"There are a lot of videos out there to help getting to grips with CA4, I have seen most of them and they all can be a bit of a task to get to grips with, mainly because the little bits of detail that we all need, seem to be missing as it is assumed we know. So I bought this package and it was very very helpful. Now those little missing bits in all those other videos start to make sense! It`s well set out and easy to follow - well worth buying"

- Steve Messruther - New CA4 User.


Do I need to know anything about Cartoon Animator to take this course?

All you need to know is how to start the application. The course assumes you have never used Cartoon Animator before.

I've been learning Cartoon Animator for a few months will this course be too basic for my level?

You may have already learned some of the concepts but you will still get excellent value from the course as it demonstrates almost every major feature of Cartoon Animator and how everything relates back to the timeline, where each system makes key frames in the timeline and more. Because it doesn't start with a run down of the User Interface you won't feel like you're repeating other beginner courses.

What makes this course better than all the free courses and tutorials?

Unlike other courses this one is very specifically organized from easiest to hardest features and shows you more complex features earlier so you can see how many, seemingly unrelated features share common traits. This makes really difficult things like character and face animation seem less complex by the time you get to them. Other courses jump around, and teach you some basics but don't dive into advanced things like what all the tracks on the timeline are for? Trying to learn from individual tutorials, that may have been created by many different tutors, will leave you with a lot of knowledge gaps.

Can I see a sample video from the course?

Yes. Scroll down to the product box below where you'll see a graphic advertisement for the course (just above the yellow $49.95 price ticket). The graphic is a slide presentation. Click the arrow on the right of the graphic (when you mouse over it) to the fourth slide which is a video tutorial about Clipping Motions taken from the course. You'll learn something from it because I taught myself something new making this part of the course - and I've been using Cartoon Animator since 2012 when it was called CrazyTalk Animator Pro.

Does this course teach you how to animate like a pro?

Not really. While the course does give a few tips on how to animate, the purpose of the course is to show you how to use Cartoon Animator to animate the camera, props, and characters. You'll learn the features of Cartoon Animator in the shortest possible time so you can spend more time improving your animation skills and less time getting stuck on how Cartoon Animator works. 

Does the course teach me how to create, rig, and animate props and characters from scratch?

No. The main goal of this course is to teach you all the essential features of Cartoon Animator you need to know in order to animate existing props and characters that come with the program or you've purchased in Reallusion's Content Store or Marketplace. If you would like to learn how to create and rig your own characters I have a beginner's tutorial.

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