Making a high quality slide show for a friend as a favor, but one of his requests has me stumped. He gave me all the pictures and the music files to make the slideshow, but he wants me to insert a little moving character into the video that appears randomly and walks around the screen. Is this doable? If so how would I accomplish this? I know what the character looks like, but would I need to have someone write a program of this little creature walking around and import it into the video?
You need an animator.
depends how 'good' u want the little character to 'animate'.
you could do it in after effects (AE) and for each new step, rotate the character a little and so on.
i think to get him showing on your slideshow you would need to use the AE video and use ULTRA KEY to make it work.
i'm a beginner though so don't ask me anymore as i've never done it, this just came to mind after watching a few tutorials.
oh, u could also use FLASH to do it for sure.
If you want to ask about character animation in After Effects, come on over to the After Effects forum, and we can talk about this there: