ALL ABOUT SOUND
Make your animated movies sound as good as they look
Plotagon Studio is a rich animation application, but it also takes sound seriously. The characters come alive with dialogue to match their motions. Sound effects can match character interactions or the setting. Music can underscore the emotion of a scene.
(Did you even notice the background noises in the Plotagon scenes? Office fans, conversational murmurs, clanking dishes. . . . You’ll notice from now on.)
The application will automatically turn your text into speech thanks to the lifelike digital voices. If you like, you can replace these with voice recordings. From there, you can enhance the scene with sound effects (like a clap or bell), or background music. As with all dialogue elements, you can control the timing by dragging and dropping them within the script. You can stop your music at any point in the script by clicking the music button and then selecting “Music stops”.
You can also import your own music and sound effects. Click on either the sound effect or music icon, and then browse for an audio file to import. Just make sure you don’t tread on any third-party copyrights.
In the Plot User Interface you can control the volume of every element separately: music, sound effects, dialogue, and background sounds. Now you can adjust all of these yourself to get the right balance of sounds worthy of the 4K resolution video. Just click the speaker icon next to each element and drag the slider to the desired level.
Import voice dialogue into Plotagon
There are two ways to add voice dialogue to your Plotagon movies.
Record directly into the application. This is the easiest way. Click the microphone icon, hit the record button, say your lines, and hit the record button again to stop recording. You can hear and re-record the line until you are satisfied with the result, and then approve the voice.
Pros: Quick and easy. Record as you go.
Cons: You must be at the computer where you are making your Plotagon movie. There is also no way to export and re-use the sound later.
Import audio files. Simply click on the microphone button and select “Import voice audio” to browse for an audio file on your computer. (Plotagon Studio supports numerous audio formats, including WAV, AIF, AIFF, AAC, MP3 and M4A, with a sample rate below 44.100 kHz) This is the more time-consuming method, but it means that other users can send you dialogue recordings. You can export a script by clicking the PDF button on the Plot UI, send it to your colleagues or voice actors, and then they can record their lines.
Pros: Work with remote colleagues or voice actors. Also, you can have a separate audio file to use in other projects.
Cons: More time consuming to record lines in another application and save them as individual audio files.