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18May 18
Clamp

clamp

The clamp expression allows you to restrict a value to within a specified range. If a clamped value exceeds the range in either direction, it returns whichever is closest, the minimum or maximum specified limit.

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10May 18
The Angie Tutorials

The Angie Tutorials

When I redesigned donQmedia, I drop a lot of the tutorials. However, I archived them on Vimeo in case anyone wanted to take a look at them. While I might update most of the Stickman-Duik series, I won't be adding the Angie puppet series here. I did want to make the work files available to people interested in this tutorial series, so here they are.

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03May 18
A Leg By Any Other Name

A Leg By Any Other Name

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.

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28Apr 18
Property

property

A property in After Effects refers to an attribute that can be changed and animated using expressions or keyframes. These include basic properties such as position, scale, and opacity.

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25Apr 18
Exploring The Duik Rig

Exploring the Duik rig

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.

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23Apr 18
Auto-rigging With Duik

Auto-rigging with Duik

This tutorial shows you how to auto-rig an After Effects puppet (limbs and primary body parts) using Duduf’s Duik script. You can download the free Illustrator file Stickman 1.1 (see below) if you wish to follow along with the tutorial.

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22Apr 18
Welcome To The New Face Of DonQmedia

Welcome to the new face of donQmedia

So, why the change?

If you have visited my website before the redesign of Don Q Media (donQmedia), you will notice I removed quite a bit of material, including the tutorials. I decided to change the focus of the website because it was becoming more of a distraction than an asset in reaching my goals. Sometimes, when you...

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14Apr 18
Find, Download, & Install Duik

Find, download, & install Duik

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.

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13Apr 18
Raster Image

raster image

A raster image, also referred to as a bitmap image, is an image produced by individual dots called pixels (they can be squares or rectangles as well). How many pixels an image contains makes up its resolution. The more pixels packed in the same space, the higher the resolution, or detail, the image can contain. No matter…

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13Apr 18
Vector Image

vector image

Vector images, when applied to creating images with computers, are produced using points and mathematical expressions which define how each line gets from one point to the next. These points also define attributes such as stroke thickness, color, fill, and other properties. Because vector art is defined mathematically, scaling…

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13Apr 18
Inverse Kinematics

inverse kinematics

In animation, inverse kinematics (IK) refers to equations that calculate how the joints of a limb or body should change position when the end point is moved. For example, if inverse kinematics was applied to a shoulder > elbow > hand arrangement, moving…

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13Apr 18
Introduction To Duik

Introduction to Duik

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…

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