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Learn the 2D and 3D techiques used to make an animation and bring a character to life. Join expert instructors to create character animations and explore character rigging, create a walk cycle, and make an animated movie.
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  • view course page for Toon Boom Storyboard Pro Essential Training

    Learn to storyboard commercials, features, games, or TV shows with Storyboard Pro. Get tips to speed up your storyboarding workflow and get the most from Storyboard Pro's drawing tools.

    4h 29m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Fundamentals of Character Animation: Facial Animation and Dialogue

    Learn how to convey emotion through facial expression, and animate dialogue, with these fundamental animation principles.

    2h 15m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Cloth Simulation in Blender

    Learn how to simulate cloth, control its appearance, and make it interact realistically with other objects in your scene, using Blender.

    2h 0m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Character Rigging in 3ds Max

    Character Rigging in 3ds Max with George Maestri

    Learn how to rig your 3D characters for realistic motion and animation with 3ds Max.

    3h 45m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Rigging a Winged Animal in Maya

    Learn how to rig a bird for animation in Maya.

    1h 54m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Rigging a Quadruped in Maya

    Learn how to rig a four-legged creature (aka a quadruped) in Maya.

    1h 55m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Fundamentals of Character Animation: Locomotion

    Learn how to create walk, run, and skip animations that give your character style and subtly move the story along.

    2h 41m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Hand-Drawn Animation in Flash

    Hand-Drawn Animation in Flash with Dermot O' Connor

    Achieve a richer, more dynamic look for your Flash-based animation by incorporating hand-drawn animation techniques.

    2h 54m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 2D Animation Principles

    2D Animation Principles with Dermot O' Connor

    Bring a cast of characters to life. By following the basic principles of animation, you can build characters that interact naturally with their environments, convey realistic emotion, and talk and walk convincingly.

    2h 25m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Cloth Simulation in 3ds Max

    Create realistic garments and fabrics, from T-shirts to tablecloths, with the Cloth system in 3ds Max.

    3h 20m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Facial Rigging in Maya

    Facial Rigging in Maya with Jason Baskin

    Use blend shapes and a joint-based approach to build facial controls that are versatile and easy to use.

    2h 38m
    Intermediate
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Between Two Worlds, The Hybrid Animation of Tiny Inventions

    The founders of Tiny Inventions explain how their (tiny) two-person animation studio evolved and share the process behind their film Between Times.

    26m 1s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Creating Hair with Maya nHair

    Learn to create, style, animate, and render realistic hair with Maya nHair.

    3h 8m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Mograph Techniques: Rigging a Robot Arm in CINEMA 4D

    Learn to rig and animate a 3D robotic arm in CINEMA 4D.

    1h 11m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Modeling Characters in CINEMA 4D

    Modeling Characters in CINEMA 4D with Christopher Broeska

    Learn how to model realistic 3D characters with the powerful and flexible modeling toolset in CINEMA 4D.

    3h 43m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Fundamentals of Character Animation

    Learn the skills all beginning animators need to know to bring their characters to life, including posing to the camera, animating from pose to pose, the basics of walking, and dialogue.

    3h 32m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Chris Korn's Digital Character Design: Start to Finish

    Chris Korn, character designer at FUSE Animation, explains how he brings his creatures to life with CINEMA 4D and Zbrush.

    33m 52s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Character Modeling in Blender

    Learn to model a production-ready 3D character with topology that deforms properly when it is animated, using Blender.

    3h 41m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Fur in Maya

    Creating Fur in Maya with Aaron F. Ross

    Create, render, and customize fur and hair for your 3D models in Maya.

    1h 12m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Animating Characters with Mecanim in Unity 3D

    Bring 3D game characters to life with the help of Mecanim, Unity's new character animation system.

    5h 28m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Working with HumanIK Rigs in Maya

    Find out how to set up the HumanIK rigging system in Autodesk Maya and start creating realistic skeletons for your 3D characters.

    57m 58s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Animating Characters in Toon Boom Animate

    An introduction to creating and animating cutout characters in Toon Boom Animate.

    5h 39m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Getting Started with CAT Rigging Tools in 3ds Max

    Discover an alternative to the traditional character rigging workflow with the Character Animation Toolkit (CAT) toolset for 3ds Max, which offers quick preset character rigs as well as custom tools for creating a rig from scratch.

    2h 33m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for CINEMA 4D Essentials 8: Character Rigging and Xpresso

    Take a look at Xpresso, a scripting tool that allows you to speed up your animation workflow, and the basics of character rigging in CINEMA 4D.

    1h 8m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Rigging a Face in Flash Professional

    This course offers intermediate and advanced Flash designers a step-by-step guide for creating full-featured facial rigs in Flash Professional.

    6h 46m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for CINEMA 4D Essentials 3: Cameras, Animation, and Deformers

    Focuses on the basics of animating in CINEMA 4D, including setting keyframes, moving the camera, and adding movement and interest with deformers.

    1h 46m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Maya Essentials 5: Animation Tools

    Focuses on the basics of animating in Maya, including setting keyframes, working with animation editors, and automating animation with constraints and simple rigs.

    1h 20m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Character Animation Fundamentals in 3ds Max

    Employs the basic principles of animation to bring to life simple 3D characters.

    5h 56m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for After Effects: Rigging a Character Arm for Animation

    Breaks down the process of creating, rigging, and animating the arm of a character in an opening title sequence in After Effects—a task traditionally performed using rigging or skeleton tools available in 3D programs.

    27m 43s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Character Rigging in Maya

    Character Rigging in Maya with George Maestri

    Provides a basic introduction to rigging theory, plus details of how to create professional 3D characters in Maya.

    4h 37m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Digital Creature Creation in ZBrush, Photoshop, and Maya

    Introduces the skills needed to create photorealistic 3D creatures for film, video, and game production.

    5h 11m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Game Character Creation in Maya

    Create characters for video games or real-time rendered applications with Maya.

    2h 58m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Animated Characters in After Effects

    Create and animate highly controllable characters using After Effects.

    3h 53m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Modeling a Character in 3ds Max

    Design and build a 3D human character that can be used for feature film, broadcast, and games.

    4h 31m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Character Animation Fundamentals with Maya

    Shows how to animate 3D characters in Maya utilizing the basic principles of animation.

    6h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 2D Character Animation with After Effects

    Discover how to import layered files and paths from Illustrator into After Effects, animate flat vector artwork in both 2D and 3D space, and output your animations.

    2h 35m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Animated Character Design with Illustrator

    Teaches you how to use Illustrator's tools and features to prepare 2D files for animation in Adobe After Effects.

    2h 33m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Flash Professional CS5: Character Animation

    Use nested symbols and motion and shape tweening to create believable characters in Flash.

    9h 19m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Modeling a Character in Maya

    Modeling a Character in Maya with Ryan Kittleson

    Demonstrates how to create professional, realistic 3D characters from scratch in Maya 2011.

    3h 3m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 2D Character Animation

    2D Character Animation with George Maestri

    Teaches universal principles of animation, as well as how to use After Effects and Flash to apply all the tricks of the trade.

    5h 50m
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for Blender 2.48 Essential Training

    Gives users a thorough explanation of the Blender interface, tools, and features and demonstrates practical techniques for this amazing tool.

    9h 54m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Flash CS4 Professional Tools for Character Animation

    Shows how to master the new Motion Tween model and the Motion Editor to control easing and effects.

    1h 57m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for After Effects CS3: Animating Characters

    Follows the creation of a short animated film, from storyboard through final output, using After Effects CS3.

    4h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Maya 8.5 Character Rigging

    Maya 8.5 Character Rigging with George Maestri

    An overview of rigging, character geometry, and topology, plus details of how to create professional 3D characters in Maya.

    4h 39m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Carrara 5 Essential Training

    Shows how to create scenes and animations, control cameras, manipulate lighting, and create 3D objects.

    8h 23m
    Beginner
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  • view course page for Character Animation in Discreet 3ds max 6

    Teaches the fundamentals of character animation, from basic movement to advanced dialogue animation.

    6h 42m
    Intermediate
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“My biggest problem is figuring out what I want to watch next. Just when I think I'm all set, I find something ELSE that is fascinating.” —John O.
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