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Video 13 of the Controllers & Expressions Series:
Creating an icon grid for lip synchronization, part 3 of 3

Welcome to the final video in the Controllers & Expressions Series. In this final installment, I’m going to show you how to lip synchronize your puppet’s mouth to a audio track using the icon grid built in the last two videos. This will also show you how keyframes can be set using the icon grid composition controller, making trips to the timeline or Effect Controls panel unnecessary when lip syncing.

When working with a composition icon grid controller like the ones in this tutorial, you will want to disable motion paths in After Effects.

Composition icon grid showing what happens when motion paths are not disabled

If you don’t disable motion paths in After Effects, they’ll show up on the icon grid, which can be distracting.

After Effects preferences display panel showing motion path options

Turning motion paths on and off is easy, just go to Display, in the preferences list.

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Creating an icon grid for lip synchronization,

part 3 of 3

If you missed part one, it’s here, along with the work files.

Video content:
  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 0:24 Syncing switch layers to the wave form
  • 3:32 Final results & closing
  • 3:51 End Credits
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