Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Animating the arm, part of After Effects Apprentice 07: Parenting.
Okay, time for the payoff.…Animating this anthropomorphic robot arm to go ahead and reach out to each of…these titles in time with our video edits.…I pressed Home to return to the current time indicator to the very start of the composition.…I'm going to enable Rotation for each of the arm pieces.…I now need to start moving it into position.…Unfortunately with this default parenting setup, you cannot just grab the end of…the arm and move into place, because none of the other pieces are going to…follow along with it.…
To do that would require something known as Inverse Kinematics.…There are scripts available to do that in After Effects, but that's not the default.…Instead, you need to build stuff from the bottom up.…So say I wanted to setup an initial at-rest position for this arm.…I will need to manually scrub first the Big Arm to get it into place.…Remember, you can hold Command on Mac or Ctrl on Windows to scrub by minor increments.…And let's pull down the Medium Arm to a nice at-rest position like that and…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Preparing files
- Making parenting connections
- Arranging the frame and arm
- Using null objects
- Crafting anthropomorphic-style animations
- Avoiding problems with non-uniform scaling
- Animating Fractal Noise