Mark – Save Time in Character Animation in After Effects
“What options do I have for animating a character?”
Picture this. You have a project in your mind, let’s say, a 2 minute animation. You have the plot in your mind, it’s a good story and you even have the main characters drawn and ready.
You know how to use After Effects, because you went to Video Copilot and learned the basics for free.
Option 1: Puppet tool
You could put your drawings inside After Effects and put a couple of puppet pins, so you can move the character by changing the position of the pins. Right? Well that takes a lot of time to animate, it’s faster than drawing frame-by-frame, but still takes a lot of time.
Option 2: Cut out animation
Maybe you don’t know about the puppet tool technique and you just split the character into the different parts of the body. The arms, the legs, the body and the head. Everything in a separate layer. Animating that “rig” takes a lot of time too. Maybe it’s faster than classical animation but it won’t be as fast as a few clicks and drags to change the position.
What can you do to make it super fast?
Option 3: Advanced Rigging
Using a powerful rig that calculates everything for you so you only have to make a few clicks and drags to change the position of your character.
It’s so easy that you will remember when you played with toys
Have you ever played with toys? If you wanted to raise the hand of your Action Figure or your Barbie, all you had to do was to take the hand and raise it right? Imagine if animating was that simple.
Well, this is what this course is going to teach you. How to change body positions in a snap.