Rigging a Character in After Effects for Animation
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Rigging a Character in After Effects for Animation

Take your Illustrator File and connect each body part to easily control your character for animation
4.7 (20 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,774 students enrolled
Last updated 6/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Take a character designed in Adobe Illustrator and prepare it for animation
  • How to rig a character in After Effects
  • How to set up replacement animation for lip sync, and switching hands
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Requirements
  • You should be able to use a Computer at a beginner level
  • You need to know how to download and uncompress ZIP files to download the project files
Description

Ok, so you prepared a character in illustrator and you want to animate it inside after effects.

The problem is that you have to put every single piece of the body in a new position and that can be very tedious.

Even for simple movements, like weaving good bye to a friend.

You need to do a bunch of clicks and repositioning each single part.

Well, there is a faster way to do it.

You can connect each part of the body, so you can move it easily, with just a few clicks and drags.

And if you need to change the hand, you don’t have to disappear the hand, and reappear another one, no. You can set a rig with replacement animation, and just by moving a switch layer you can easily change to any version of the hand you want.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to rig a character inside after effects.
  • How to set forward kinematics: So you can move your character easily, without having do draw each frame
  • How to set up inverse kinematics: An advanced mathematical formula that lets you control your character easily, and all done automatically without you having to scratch your head figuring out any formula.
  • The clear difference between Forward Kinematics, and Inverse Kinematics, two concepts that a lot of animators are not familiar with.
  • How to set up replacement animation: A technique in which you can change for example, the mouth of your character, to express different phonemes, so then, you can add some lip sync.

Every step is explained in detail, and I also take the time to tell you why we do the things we are doing, so you will always know what we are doing, why and to what outcome.

Very nice.

Enroll now and start rigging your character for your next animation. See you inside.

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Music Credits: "DarxieLand" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Who is the target audience?
  • Animators who want to learn how to save time in character animation by rigging a character
  • Animators who want to use After Effects for character animation
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
01:38:41
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Introduction to Rigging a Character
5 Lectures 11:29

In this lesson we will cover an overview of the whole course

What You Will Learn In This Course
05:57

In this lesson you can download the project files

Download Project Files
00:18

In this lesson you will learn how to download a trial of After Effects

Download After Effects
02:24

In this lesson you will learn how to download Duik 15

03. Download Duik 15
01:31

In this lesson you will learn how to import the character

Import The Character
01:19
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Rigging The Character
11 Lectures 01:14:20

In this lesson you will learn how to set up the joints

Set Up Joints
05:18

In this lesson you will learn how to set up forward kinematics

Set Up Forward Kinematics
06:00

In this lesson you will learn how to pre compose layers for replacement animation

Pre Compose Layers for Replacement Animation
02:51

In this lesson you will learn how to fix the precomp sizes

Fixing PreComp Sizes
04:23

In this lesson you will learn how to set up the joints

Set Up Joints and Forward Kinematics for Pre Comps
04:07

In this lesson you will learn how to set up the inverse kinematics

Set up Inverse Kinematics
09:33

In this lesson you will learn how to set up the switch layer

Set Up Switch Layer
07:09

In this lesson you will learn how to set up the left hand

Set Up L_Hand PreComp for Replacement Animation
05:51

In this lesson you will learn how to set up the time remap

Set Up Time Remap
03:16

In this lesson you will learn how to set up switches for replacement animation

Set Up Switch for Replacement Animation
12:38

In this lesson you will learn how to set up the mouth

Set Up Mouth for Lip Sync
13:14
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Finishing Off
4 Lectures 13:03

In this lesson you will learn some extra details you can apply

Extra Details
07:09

In this lesson you will learn an extra tip for animating replacement animation

Extra Tip for animating Replacement Animation
02:48

This lesson concludes this course

Conclusion
02:27

In this lesson you will learn what you can do next

BONUS LECTURE: What's Next?
00:39
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