Part 9: Character Animation in After Effects by Dave Legion
Dave shows us a fast and easy way to create a 3D head for your puppet. He creates a displacement map using Cinema 4D Lite (bundled with After Effects CC). This displacement map can be imported into After Effects, and used for your character animation with mettle’s FreeForm. This is a follow-up to a technique shown in Part 1 of this series.
Here’s the original animation, “A Story of Hope”, where Dave created the Hope character.
Dave also shows a technique to use Photoshop in conjunction with AE + FreeForm to interactively paint a texture map for the models head.
Watch the earlier tutorials in this series:
Part 1: Displacement Maps For Use With FreeForm
Part 2: Create A Facial Rig For Your Puppet
Part 3: Control Facial Expressions with Custom Sliders
Part 4: Set up the lip syncing for your puppet using Mamoworld’s Auto Lip-Sync
Part 5: Create a Working Jaw for your Puppet
Part 6: Create a Swinging Head of Hair for your Puppet
Part 7: Create Simple Controllers for the Head and Eyes
Part 8: Switch Out Existing Voice Over With Auto Lip Sync.
Dave Legion is an award-winning music video director from the UK.
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