here is one idea, get a program like Magpie, pro, i think they make a light version, and learn blend shapes via Kurt's orc head (the talkng one, or read a lot of tuts and help files, magpie will show you the basic vowel shapes, i don't know how it plugs in not that advanced, i would probably just use blend shapes and take the AVI (after composition) into premier or Avid and sync them there.
in English this time, I would find out what the mouth looks like with each vowel or word i need, learn about blend shapes (or the hard way, key the curves of the mouth) make an AVI in after effects then sync it in Avid, premier, or even windows movie maker.
best bet, get the tut of the talking orc head, but unless you are an experienced animator, it will sound like Martian and be completely a turn off, go slow and go simple, what you are asking is very big and best left to at least intermediate, i cant do it but i know the theory of it, or some of it.
do a google search; lip sync and maya
there is one i know for free called lyp-sync, they gave it away in 3D World, the guy was very helpful and answerd all my e-mails but i got lost (no smart remarks guys) and it went over my head, that was about two years ago, i could probably do it now, but coming from a film back ground i would first go the way i just mebtioned above, sync it in an editing program, slow frames where needed, cut and paste where needed, ect.
you can just animate a simple curve moving on the surface of the face if it is a simple cartoon style, and people will understand by default (its a convention so people are used to it) while the dialogue is played as a voice over and it will be fine, look at 'South Park' dont look at 'shrek' unless you are very good and if you were you would not ask this question, am i right?? lol
take it easy and life will be easy
Last edited by mirek03; 22-11-2006 at 10:24 PM.