In this After Effects tutorial series from Movies & Computers, Chad Perkins shows you how to create and rig an arm from scratch, using parenting and expression controls.
This mini-series is beneficial both for those new to After Effects and also those more skilled in character animation. It’s a pretty sweet trick, and some obstacles and extra tricks are covered throughout the series as well.
In Part 1 of this series, Chad covers creating the arm with shape layers – one of his favorite AE features. Then, the process of quickly changing the placement of the anchor point is discussed (using a spring-loaded shortcut for the Pan Behind tool). That sets everything up for Part 2, where Chad demonstrates how to set up the parenting structure of the various arm components.
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Creator of Movies & Computers. Filmmaker. Author of How to Cheat in After Effects, The After Effects Illusionist, and of several video training series on Lynda.com, Video2Brain, Total Training, and VTC.