Add a talking cartoon character to your PowerPoint video using Pixton add in

In a previous video, we learned about the %%MAGICMOUTH% command line which is a free way to animate cartoon characters. This time, we'll make the process easier by using the Pixton add-in. For our premium members, we'll use the %%TALKINGHEAD% command line. Let's get started!

Start by downloading the Pixton add-in. Go to the Home tab and open the Add-in browser on the right. Search for Pixton and download it.

After you have finished creating your cartoon character, you can choose its main features such as its body type, skin color, hairstyle, outfit and pose. Once you have made your selection, the character will be added to the current slide. You can add as many characters as you want, and also resize or move them as needed.

In order to use the %%MAGICMOUTH% command, you need to draw a shape on top of the character's mouth using the free form shape tool. After that, remove the outline of the shape and choose a color that matches the character's face to fill the shape.

Group the character and shape layer by selecting both, right-clicking, and selecting "Group".

Draw a circle where you want the mouth to be animated, automate video will use it as a mark to animate it. Once it’s done, right-click on the circle you created, select alt text, and write the command: %%MAGICMOUTH%, followed by %%FEMALE%, or %%MALE%, according to your character. Finally, don’t write your text into the notes section of the slide but in the alt text after the commands. DO NOT group this shape with the character shape.

You can duplicate the slide for each character's dialogue and remember to repeat the mouth creation process on every slide.

To keep everything on a single slide, you can use the "break time" command in the alt text ()>. This will add a pause to the speech. Make sure to adjust the duration of each pause according to the length of the text the other character is currently speaking.

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Now for our premium members, we’ll use the talking head command. Right click on your character, select alt text then type percent percent talking head percent inside the window that just appeared.

If you want to create a dialogue between two characters, you can duplicate your slide as many times as necessary to switch between the characters who are speaking, just like with Magic Mouth. After that, write the %%TALKINGHEAD% command in the alt text of the character who will be speaking on each slide. This time, you will need to write your text in the notes section of the slide using a TTS code %%TTSVOICE% [id of the voice] %%TTSVOICE-END% to select the voice you want.

Once it’s done, upload it on automate video and select use powerpoint notes and slide images to create talking head video.

Thank you for following this tutorial. We hope you enjoyed it. Go to www dot automate dot video to sign up and start creating your videos !