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Head Rig and Facial Animation using Joysticks ‘n Sliders in After Effects

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Need to create a simple head rig and facial animation? It’s easy with Joysticks and Sliders. Jafar Fazel shows you how. He has tons of fun motion design and character animation tutorials on his YouTube Channel, including several about creating walk cycles. Very useful indeed!

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Pose-based rigging system for After Effects with limitless applications

Joystick controllers are commonly used in 3D character rigging for facial animation. With this tool, you simply set five consecutive keyframes to represent your origin, right, left, top, and bottom extremes. With those layers selected, you can instantly create a joystick controller on the stage that will interpolate between those extremes appropriately.

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki