Continuing this series, Chad shows you how to control the rigged arm with expression controls in After Effects. Even if you’re unfamiliar with expressions, you can do this!
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 3 of the series, we control the grip of the hand, the bending of the elbow, and the rotation of the entire arm with 3 expression controls on a single null layer. This is really handy for those doing character animation, and really easy to pull off. In the next movie, we’ll look at how to use this arm to pick up objects.
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