In this video, discover how to fix keyboard triggers that don't work.
- Triggers are fantastic production tools to help you trigger an action with your puppet. What if your triggers don't work? (upbeat music) Now, I've found that triggers usually always work. User error is my issue. So here's four reasons your triggers may seem like they're not working. One, maybe your puppet's not selected. So for instance, my W key here, well, I'm hitting the W, nothing's happening.
Well, I know you window of Character Animator selected. So select that, oh, now it's working again. But what if I do have the window and I'm still not getting it? So here I'm hitting W again, nothing's happening. Because I have my background selected and not my puppet. Cause notice the puppet, nothing is working on the puppet right now. No blinks, the head's not moving. Your puppet has to be selected, and you'll see that little record button next to it. Now everything's going, I'll hit W. So that's two for one right there.
And maybe your trigger is turned off. So for instance, right now it's tracking with the head. Over here, under properties, you'll see the record button next to triggers. I'm going to turn that off. So it won't record it, but it also keeps it from happening. I'm hitting the W right now, and nothing's happening. I'll turn the trigger back on. Hit the W, there it is. Alright, so it is working. Let's go to number three. Maybe I accidentally deleted the trigger.
So just to make sure, you might think that you've got one going. If you don't, what you'll want to do is go to rig, look under your triggers panel. And see if the trigger you thought was there is still there. Cause sometimes as you're building a puppet and putting a production back together, you change things. You've renamed certain layers or you move layers into other folders, and all of a sudden a trigger might not be set up anymore. So if you don't see it in here, rebuild it.
Could be very, very simple. And the last, number four. There's a chance that your trigger is part of a hidden set. So let me give you an example. Make sure my triggers are working, yep, W works fine. Now I have F set for fire. So I'm going to hit F. There is no fire. Now I see a glow on his face. Why is this potentially happening? Because the fire is part of a hand set that is not turned on yet.
So I'm going to turn F back off again. And the way I get to that, when I hit R his hand reaches. Now when I go over and I want to reach for this bottle, I hit V. And now the hand set with the bottle is visual. And my fire, hit F. Now my fire can be seen. So the only time that that trigger's going to work is when the layers that it's effecting are not within a hidden set. So let's take a look real quick in rig so I can show you what I mean.
So on my right arm I've got my default, I've got my reach, and down here you see flame is in the hand 2 on reach. And that's only ever going to be visible when I've grabbed that bottle. So flame can't be seen otherwise. So check your list of triggers and go over these four items and you'll get your triggers working again. (upbeat music)
- Creating a list of production needs
- How the varied styles of animation impact production
- Creating usable digital puppets
- Working with drawn characters, objects, and CG characters
- Adding value to the look of your production
- Exploring various audio recording options
- Organizing files for production, backup, and transport
- Using animation cycles
- Building and editing a scene
- Troubleshooting issues
- Tricks for enhancing your production
- Post-production and delivery
Skill Level Beginner
After Effects Guru: Character Animatorwith Ian Robinson2h 19m Intermediate
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