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In the first part of this two part tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the basic things that you will need to have in mind when creating a run (or walk) cycle for a character you may be animating in After Effects. Andrew looks at ensuring that the cycle is fully looping and that a real sense of weight is given to the character with things like body movement, hip movement and ensuring that the feet appear to make real contact with the ground as the cycle moves through. The included project file is of the project completely un-animated which can be used to follow along as you watch the tutorial and to practice on as needed (CS5 and above only).



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If you want to also practice your parenting skills, then download the project attached to AE Basics 16: Parenting, which has a version of the character at a very early stage. The second part of the tutorial will look at using a simple expression to save a great deal of time and effort in key-framing your character.

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Re: Creating a Run Cycle in After Effects Part 1
by Andrew Devis
Hi Camille

It is a real pleasure to have the tutorials free because then it isn't the few who can get the benefit but everyone :o)

Actually, there is an even easier way to do really complex character animation in AE using a free script and a process called inverse kinimatics ... I intend to do a tutorial to promote it at some point and will let you know when I do. Hopefully I can make it a step by step easy to follow process. In the meantime see this page as there are already some tutorials and you can download the script ...

http://www.duduf.com/ressources/duik/en/

This guy is a real genius!
Andrew

... because it's all about stories ...
Re: Creating a Run Cycle in After Effects Part 1
by Camille Katz
This is soooo easy and cool!! Thanks a lot!
When i made someone walking with Toonboom it took me two days to do frame by frame. this is sooo much easier!
Thank you so much for making your tutorials free!

Camille


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