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Office Tutorial 5 - Character Dialog

Use a character action resource to make your characters speak.

Training Notes

In this tutorial, we will introduce conversations to our scenario.

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Step 1: Create a "Conversation" Script

Step 2: Add it to the Director Script

Step 3: Add Your Character to the Script

Step 4: Add a Character Dialog Resource

In the Headset

Key Takeaways

Step 1: Create a "Conversation" Script

We are going to put all our conversations in a new script.

  • Create a new script called "Conversation".

Conversation script

Step 2: Add it to the Director Script

  • Open the Director Script.
  • Create a new frame in the Director Script called "Conversation".
  • Add the Conversation script to that frame by dragging it in from the script catalog.

  • Save the script.

Step 3: Add Your Character to the Script

  • Open the Conversation script and ensure it is the active script.
  • Open catalogs by clicking on the folder icon on the far right:

  • Under "Named Objects", click on "Characters".
  • Drag your chosen character from the "Characters" catalog into your frame. In this tutorial, we chose to use the "Stacey" character, so we will drag "Stacey" into the frame.

drag stacey into frame

  • Re-name this frame "Scene Objects".

Step 4: Add a Character Dialog Resource

  • With the "Conversation" script still open, create a new top-level frame.
  • Re-name the frame "Stacey greets user".
  • Under Resources, search for Dialog. 

  • Drag and drop the Dialog resource into your frame.
  • Under "Character", choose the character you previously determined.
  • Under Dialog - Audio, click on "+".
  • Choose either Female or Male Dialog.
  • Choose the Greeting Boss file:

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  • STOP:  Save and test.  When you play the scenario, your character will speak. They will speak as soon as the scenario starts. It would be better if they spoke after the initial notification. 

Feature Alert!

If you don't have pre-recorded sound files for your character's lines, you can use our text-to-speech feature. This is a great tool for rapid prototyping and can help you build out and finalize your scenario for timing and content before having a voice actor record the lines. Click here for more details.

In the Headset

This is what your scenario will look like so far:

 

Training Notes

Key Takeaways from Tutorial 5

  • If there are conversations in your scenario, you need to add the audio files to the catalog first.  To keep it organized, we suggest a frame called "Conversation".  
  • To create audio files on the fly, or to use as a placeholder before custom recordings are updated, use the text-to-speech feature.

 

 

Next Up:  Office Tutorial 6 - Using Custom Events