TrashTalker! iPhone/iPad App by Marcus Satellite
TrashTalker! Online HELP! for iPad


TrashTalker! is a revolutionary talk-back app that lets you take photos and artwork of faces of people and animals and animate them to the sound of your munked voice.  You can share your characters by email with your friends.  iPad users can render high-quality movies of their characters and upload them to YouTube and Facebook, or share them by email.

Don't have time to read all this HELP stuff?
Watch a short video tutorial on how to create new characters:
Animation Rig Tutorial Video

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TrashTalker! iPad splash screen
TrashTalker is a universal binary that supports the following devices:

Device Type Talk-back Characters Video Enabled
2G YES NO
2nd Gen
iPod Touch*
YES NO
3G YES NO
3rd Gen
iPod Touch*
YES YES if on iOS4.0 and greater
3GS YES YES if on iOS4.0 and greater
4 YES YES, HD
iPad YES YES, HD
*iPod Touches require an external microphone!

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The iPad version of TrashTalker! has a slightly different interface than the iPhone/iPod Touch version because of the larger screen.  There is no equivalent to the "Main Menu" of the iPhone/iPod Touch version.  This makes navigation much faster because you can get to different parts of the app with fewer steps.

Library Popover:
TrashTalker! app Library Button

The Library Button is "home base".  When you press it, the Library Popover appears with a table of Libraries:

1) Select "Backgrounds" to browse your Background Library.
2) Select "Characters" to browse your Character Library.
3) Select "Dialog" to browse your Dialog Library.  Note that the size of your Dialog Library is shown here.
4) Select "Video" to browse your Video Library.  Note that the size of your Video Library is displayed here.
5) Select "Info" to get online help, email support, etc.

When you select a library the balloon to the right of the Library Button changes accordingly.  For example, the screen shot above is in "Character" Mode.
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Character Library Popover
TrashTalker! Character Library
When you select "Characters" from the Library Popover the balloon will change to "Character".  When you press the "Character Balloon" a popover with a table view of your characters appears.  When you first install TrashTalker! there are only two bundled characters, but over time as you create new characters your library could resemble something like the above screenshot.

The characters shown above are not included with TrashTalker!  They are for instructional purposes only.

From here you can:

1) Press "Library" to select a different Library.
2) Select a character in the Character Balloon popover's table view, which will load that character.
3) You can browse through your characters by pressing the left or right arrows, or by swiping left and right.
4) Press the "Action!" button to present a sheet of actions you can perform on this character.
5) Talk to your character and hear him/her/it talk back!

Character Browse Action Sheet
TrashTalker! Character Browse Actions

From here you can:

1) Press "New" to create a new character.
2) Press "Edit" to edit this character.  This takes you to the Character Edit screen.
3) Press "Delete" to delete this character.
4) Press "Record New Dialog" to edit a new Dialog using this character.
5) Press "Share by Email" to upload the character to a server and send an email form to your friends, who can then import this character into their TrashTalker! app on their device.
New Character Popover

TrashTalker! new character action sheet

* Select "Photo Library" to choose a photo from your Media Library.  

TrashTalker! will then place a default animation rig over your photo.  This rig will (at first) not be lined up with your photo's head, mouth, and body.  You need to "Edit Rig".  You can watch a short video tutorial on the Animation Rig Help page.

* Select "TrashTalker Website" to quit the app and open the TrashTalker! Character Library Webpage in Safari.  The best way to learn how to create your own characters is to import lots of other characters.

Character Edit
TrashTalker! Character Edit

The navigation bar and toolbar turn orange to indicate that you are editing a character.

From the Character Edit screen you can:

1) Change the background of the character
2) Change the pitch and the speed of the voice of your character in real-time!
3) Change the mouth animation, and the level of "squash and stretch" of the animation.
4) Change the caricature, or shape, of the head and body.
5) Edit the character's animation rig
6) Change the name of this character.
7) Click on "Done" to bring up the Character Edit Done Actionsheet.

Edit Rig
TrashTalker! Character Edit Rig
TrashTalker! features a simple and powerful animation rig that lets you define the animated parts of your character.

1) Red dots to outline the head
2) Green dots to outline the bottom lip and chin.  This creates a mouth that moves up and down.
3) A Magenta (pink) line separate the head from the body.  Usually this is the line between the jaw and neck.  Note that the Green and Magenta lines overlap on the chin.
4) Blue lines outline the body.

This is a conceptual illustration of the animation rig:
TrashTalker! Animation Rig Concept

* Pinch to zoom
* When no points are selected, DRAG to pan.
* Select a point by tapping on it.  
* De-select a point by tapping anywhere on the screen.
* Move a selected point by dragging anywhere.  Note: you can drag the selected point with your finger anywhere on the screen--you don't have to cover the point with your finger.
* Press "Done" to return to the Character Edit screen.

Points become large when selected, and the "- delete point" and "+ add point" buttons can become highlighted.

* Add a point by tapping the "+" button.
* Delete a point by tapping the "-" button.

The rig has a certain structure to it, so some points can NOT be deleted.  If the "-" button is gray you cannot delete the selected point.

TrashTalker Character Edit Rig

In this example, clicking "+" adds two points, one on each side of the selected point.  It then deselects the points.
TrashTalker! Character Edit Rig

Character Edit Change Background Popover
TrashTalker Character Edit Change BG

Press "Background" to get a popover with a table of all the Backgrounds available.  Select a Background for your Character.

Character Edit Voice Popover
TrashTalker Character Edit Voice

Press "Voice" to get a popover with the Voice Controls.  

Talk to your Character while changing the Pitch and Speed of the voice in real-time!
Character Edit Animation Popover
TrashTalker Character Edit Animation

Press "Animation" to get a popover with the Animation Controls.

"Mouth Open" changes the extremes of the mouth open position.  None means the mouth doesn't open (this is great for having your character dance to music!).  Extreme has a very exaggerated mouth open position.

"Squash & Stretch" changes the extremes of the style of animation.  "None" means that the character moves up and down.  "Extreme" means that the character squashes and stretches between the range of motion.
Character Edit Caricature Popover
TrashTalker Character Edit Caricature

Press "Caricature" to get a popover with the Caricature Controls.  By design, this popover stays visible even when you tap outside of it for faster workflow.

Select "Head".  Pinch to scale the head (shown here very large).  Drag to move the head.

Select "Body".  Pinch to scale the body.  Drag to move the body.

Select "Both".  Pinch to scale both the head and body.  Drag to move the head and body.

This screen is a great way to see the effect of how you edited your rig.  Remember that the Magenta (pink) line defines the border between the Head and Body.
 
Character Edit Done Actionsheet
TrashTalker Character Edit Done Actionsheet

1) Choose "Overwrite" to overwrite your character with the changes you made.
2) Choose "Save As New" to create a new character with the changes you made.
3) Choose "Discard" to discard the changes you made to this character.  This will take you back to Character Browse.

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Dialog Browse:

When you first install TrashTalker! there is only one dialog recording in your library.  This screenshot is an example of what your library could look like as you create new dialogs.  Please note that this screenshot is for instructional purposes only and that these particular recordings and characters are not bundled with the app.

TrashTalker Dialog Browse

From here you can:

1) Press the Library Button to go to a different Library.
2) Press the "Dialog" balloon to bring up a popover with a table view of all your Dialogs.  Select a Dialog to load it into the Dialog Browse.  Note that the size of the recording is displayed.
3) Press "Action" to bring up a sheet with all the actions you can perform on this Dialog.
4) Press the left or right arrows, or swipe left or swipe right to browse through all your Dialogs.
5) Press "Play" to hear your dialog.

Dialog Browse Actionsheet
TrashTalker Dialog Browse Actions

From here you can:

1) Select "New" to create a new Dialog with this Character.
2) Select "Edit" to edit the existing Dialog.  Note that this could overwrite your Dialog.
3) Select "Delete" to delete the Dialog from your Dialog Library
4) The coolest button of all: "Create Video", which will render a Video of this Dialog to your Video Library.
Render Movie Resolutions:

TrashTalker Dialog Render Resolutions


iPad and iPhone 4 users have such high-resolution screens that they are provided the option to select a render resolution.

3GS and iPod Touch 3rd gen users on iOS 4.0.x can only render video at 480, so this screen is not offered to them.

2G, 3G, 3GS on iOS 3.1.3, iPod Touch 2nd gen., and iPod Touch 3rd gen users on iOS 3.1.3 cannot render video, but they can view videos rendered at 480 and 640 on Facebook and YouTube.  They cannot view videos rendered at 960.  Consider this when you want to share a video with your friends.

Dialog Video Render

TrashTalker Dialog Render Video

Press "Cancel" to cancel the video render.

When the Video has finished rendering it is saved in your Video Library.  Press the Library Button and select "Videos" to see it.

Dialog Edit
TrashTalker iPad Dialog Edit

The navigation bar and toolbar turn orange to indicate that you are editing the Dialog.

Whether you are editing a newly created Dialog, or you are editing an existing Dialog, you can:

1) Change the character speaking the dialog by pressing the "Character" button which will bring up a Character Library popover.  It's fun to take the same recording and hear it spoken by different characters.
2) Change the name of the Dialog.
3) Press Record to start a new Recording.  This will overwrite whatever you had before!
4) Press "Play" to hear the Dialog played back.
5) Press "Done" to bring up a sheet of actions: "Overwrite", "Save As New", or "Discard".


Dialog Edit in Record Mode
TrashTalker Dialog Record
The toolbar turns RED to indicate that you are in Record Mode.  This means that you are either 1) recording, or 2) you have paused recording.

When you are in Record Mode you can:

2) Press "Pause" to pause recording.  Press "Record" to resume recording.
3) Press "Stop" to stop recording.  This will take you back to "Dialog Edit".   The toolbar will turn orange to indicate that you are in Edit Mode.  Remember that if you press "Record" in Edit Mode it will overwrite this recording you just completed.
4) Press "Done" to present an actionsheet that lets you save a copy, save over, or discard this recording.

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Video Browse

When you first install TrashTalker! your Video Library is empty.  This screenshot is an example of what your Video Library could look like as you create new Videos.  Please note that this screenshot is for instructional purposes only and that these particular Videos and Characters are not bundled with the app.
TrashTalker Video Browse

From here you can:

1) Press "Library" navigate to another Library.
2) Press "Play" on the transport controls at the bottom of the screen to play the video full screen.
3) Press the Fullscreen button on the right of the transport controls at the bottom of the screen to go to Full screen mode.
4) Press the left arrow, or right arrow, to browse through your Video Library.
5) Press "Action" to bring up a sheet of actions you can perform on the video.  For more details see "Video Browse"


Video Browse Actionsheet
TrashTalker Video Actionsheet

From here you can:

1) Delete the Video from your Video Library.
2) Copy this video to your Media Library.  From there you could sync the video to your desktop, email it, submit it to YouTube, etc., depending on the capabilities of your device.
3) Upload to Facebook.  
4) Upload to YouTube
5) Select "Share by Email" to upload the video to a server and create an email form to share with your friends.


Facebook Upload
TrashTalker! Facebook Upload

The first time you login to Facebook you will see that you are not logged in.  You need to login to then give the TrashTalker! app permission to upload videos to your Facebook account.

1) Press "Upload" to upload the video.
2) Press "Cancel" to cancel the upload.

You cannot change or edit your privacy settings using the TrashTalker! app.  The video will be posted with your default privacy settings.  You should login to your Facebook using your web browser to modify the privacy settings, keywords, title, etc.


YouTube Upload
TrashTalker! YouTube upload

1) Type in your username and password.
2) Title your video.
3) Type in a description.
4) Type in some keywords.
5) Select a YouTube category.
6) Press "Upload" to begin the upload.

* For your convenience your username and password are saved by default.  Press "Logout" to logout and completely remove your username and password defaults.
* Press "Cancel" to return to the Video Browse screen.
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