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Although not created for character animation, Adobe After Effects has been adopted by many filmmakers to produce some excellent animated films. Duik Tools is a free After Effects® script that offers many automated features to assist you in rigging puppets for…
You can choose between two methods to learn how to find, download, and install Duik. The first is a written set of 4 easy steps, and the second is a 4 minute video walking you through process. Use either one to get this essential, yet free, tool for After Effects.
This tutorial is a follow-up to Auto-Rigging with Duik. It focuses on the puppet controls that were added when the Duik script auto-rigged Stickman. This video may move a little slow for an experienced After Effects user, but you still may find it faster than trying to figure out what each Duik control does by exploring it on your own.
The Duik script offers three types of limb rigs. Plantigrade, digitigrade, and ungulate. The section below defines these, while the video shows how the reverse kinematics works on each type of leg when using Duik.