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Character Animation in After Effects – Part 3 – Rigging The Face



In Part 3, Dave Legion shows how to set up custom sliders to control your puppet’s facial expressions. He walks you through the whole set up and demonstrates how to create slider controls to facilitate facial animation in After Effects.

Tutorial Series:
Overview: https://vimeo.com/79168351
Part 1: Displacement Maps For Use With FreeForm https://vimeo.com/78495246
Part 2: Create A Facial Rig For Your Puppet https://vimeo.com/78496022
Part 3: Control Facial Expressions with Custom Sliders https://vimeo.com/78496045
Part 4: Set up the lip syncing for your puppet using Mamoworld’s Auto Lip-Sync https://vimeo.com/78496080
Part 5: Create a Working Jaw Using AE 3D Layers https://vimeo.com/78530799
Part 6: Create a Swinging Head of Hair https://vimeo.com/78538199
Part 7: Create Simple Controllers for the Head and Eyes https://vimeo.com/78593912
Part 8: Switch Out Existing Voice Over With Auto Lip Sync https://vimeo.com/78593953

Mettle`s FreeForm plug-in for After Effects is a key component of Dave`s character animation. It streamlines the workflow in AE, and lets you control your character more like a puppet. A key feature is the ability to rotate your character`s head 180 degrees in 3D space.

Dave Legion put together this tutorial series because of all the positive feedback and inquiries from “A Story of Hope”: http://vimeo.com/76355324 – an animation that he and the amazing folks at Funky Medics put together for the FH Foundation. It was all done in Adobe After Effects using Mettle’s FreeForm + MamoWorld’s Lip Sync. Great animation and a great cause. Dave wants to send out a big thanks and shout out to Daniel Gies, whose work and tutorials inspired and helped him tremendously.

Mettle would also like to thank Dave for using our FreeForm plug-in, and for creating such inspirational work!.

Dave Legion is an award-winning music video director from the UK.
www.davelegion.com

Find out more about FreeForm: http://www.mettle.com/freeform-v2/
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Character Animation in After Effects – Part 2 – Create A Facial Rig For Your Puppet



Here in Part 2, Dave Legion shows how to set up a rig to control your puppet’s face. He’ll walk you through the whole set up including how to use Nulls and the Puppet Tool. He’ll then demonstrate how to create slider controls to facilitate facial animation in After Effects. Mettle`s FreeForm plug-in for After Effects is a key component of Dave`s character animation. It streamlines the workflow in AE, and lets you control your character more like a puppet.

Tutorial Series:
Overview: https://vimeo.com/79168351
Part 1: Displacement Maps For Use With FreeForm https://vimeo.com/78495246
Part 2: Create A Facial Rig For Your Puppet https://vimeo.com/78496022
Part 3: Control Facial Expressions with Custom Sliders https://vimeo.com/78496045
Part 4: Set up the lip syncing for your puppet using Mamoworld’s Auto Lip-Sync https://vimeo.com/78496080
Part 5: Create a Working Jaw Using AE 3D Layers https://vimeo.com/78530799
Part 6: Create a Swinging Head of Hair https://vimeo.com/78538199
Part 7: Create Simple Controllers for the Head and Eyes https://vimeo.com/78593912
Part 8: Switch Out Existing Voice Over With Auto Lip Sync https://vimeo.com/78593953

Download a Demo of FreeForm: http://www.mettle.com/free-demo/

Dave Legion put together this tutorial series because of all the positive feedback and inquiries from “A Story of Hope”: http://vimeo.com/76355324 – an animation that he and the amazing folks at Funky Medics put together for the FH Foundation. It was all done in Adobe After Effects using Mettle’s FreeForm + MamoWorld’s Lip Sync. Great animation and a great cause. Dave wants to send out a big thanks and shout out to Daniel Gies, whose work and tutorials inspired and helped him tremendously.

Mettle would also like to thank Dave for using our FreeForm plug-in, and for creating such inspirational work!.

Dave Legion is an award-winning music video director from the UK.
www.davelegion.com

Find out more about FreeForm: http://www.mettle.com/freeform-v2/
www.mettle.com
Don’t wait… Create!

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Rolling Shapes. C4D xpresso! DOWNLODABLE



WIP!

http://www.mediafire.com/file/i95zq29j1ncflqx/Rolling_Shapes_V001.c4d

This project started thanks to this video https://vimeo.com/4976255. I tried my best to replicate the rolling effect. (you can download the source file and look how was done!!!)
It was very interesting to take a look at ICE and see how powerfull it is. Seems to me much more powerful than xpresso, infact i couldnt replicate a couple of nodes of his setup!
So to make my rig work i had to use NaturalRolling, a great xpresso node done by Westy http://www.geocities.jp/westy_net/tools/xpresso/xpresso006/NaturalRollingNode1_0.html

This rig is still a work in progress and i will make it more user friendly over time (right now is pretty messy sry).

I have 3 goals for this rig (any help is very well accepted):
1 get rid of NaturalRolling and make it all with xpresso tools
2 make it more user friendly
3 find a reliable way to make deforming shapes roll on deforming surfaces (i currently have heavy sliding problems)

Thanks a lot to Torben Dirksmeyer who helped me a lot understand the softimage file!

This file is just working until c4d r19

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Houdini – Plant simulation – Part 2



Link to part 1: https://vimeo.com/282530608

In this second video I cover the tips and tricks on how to re-use our initial plant skeleton setup to scatter and simulate many plants on the ground.

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Maya Applied Math – Placing Pole Vectors



In this video I show you how to use Python and vector math to place your pole vector controls. We go over how to use vector addition/subtraction and how to use the dot product to project one vector onto another.

Here are the 2 videos I mention in the tutorial:
3D Math for Artists

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Cult of Rig – Season 00 Day 005 Stream – Vectors

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Also check out Khan Academy’s linear algebra section:
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/linear-algebra

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Do More With Your DSLR II: Building a Rig



Introducing the next installment in our new video series: Do More With Your DSLR.

When it comes to DSLRs, rigs are all the rage. Find out what they are, how to use one, and other great tips for keeping your shots stable.

Read the full Video School lesson here: http://vimeo.com/videoschool/lesson/175/do-more-with-your-dslr-building-a-rig

Also check out the other lesson in the series as well:
http://vimeo.com/videoschool/lesson/174/do-more-with-your-dslr-working-with-available-light

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