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Sound integration in TBS V3 is very flexible and useful. Sounds
are imported into TBS much the same as in Flash. You import a
sound to a sound element. Just as a reminder, elements in TBS
are the same thing as timeline layers in Flash. Once you import
a sound into a sound element in TBS, you can display that sound
in one of three ways in the exposure sheet.
(1) As a series of cells with the name of the sound file
(2) As a series of phoneme letters or symbols (more on this
(3) Or as a sound wave form.
TBS can also display the sound as a solid color coded bar in the
time line or as a wave form or as a series of sound bars. And
you can zoom in the views to get a really detailed analysis of
things. As in Flash sounds may be set as streaming or event
sounds as most appropriate.
TBS V3 has an internal sound editor that lets you customize and
edit the sound without actually changing the source sound file.
You can adjust the start frame and the play time for each sound,
you can clip off sections from the beginning or end of the
sound, you can adjust the volume and create sound fade envelopes
and you can generate lip sync charts. (more on that later) You
can selectively set exactly what section of the sound you want
to play back. An the same sound file can be used at different
places and in different scenes with selective edits for each
instance even partial play back of small sections of the larger
For track reading needed to synchronize actions to sounds, TBS
V3 gives you lots of options. You can use the exposure sheet, or
the sound editor, or the timeline. Besides the well known TBS
lip sync generator, you can view wave forms or sound bar forms
to identify peak to frame relationships and with real-time
scrubbing it is easy to match the two. You can also control
looping of sounds as well as the exact start and stop playing
frame numbers. And you can adjust volumes and fades on each
track and section of sound independently.
The lip sync generator is very useful but not dictatorial. It is
based on 8 standard phonemes which you can map to you own mouth
position drawings in a mouth element to automatically generate
the mouth sync assignments. But you can also freely edit the
system generated lip sync chart to customize its initial
recommendations so it is not a “you can only do it this way”
type of aid, just a starting point. You can also add lip sync
notes to the individual cells of a sound element which is a
really useful feature when you want to identify other facial
expressions or body language gestures to use in sync in your
character animation. All in all TBS V3 has some really nice
tools to assist in sound integration for your animation work.
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