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Character Animation (17 Tutorials)

sf-caddy tutorial

Script-Fighter SF-Caddy Overview #gettingstarted

September 8, 2021

Watch this short overview to learn how to use SF-Caddy to replace images and quickly add lip-sync to character animation.

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Cat Washer After Effects Tutorial

Cat Washer After Effects Tutorial

June 15, 2021

Motion Design School shows you how to animate a cat in a washer. Animate the tail, the washing machine, and the spin in After Effects.

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Animate Shape Layer Arms and Legs [EASY] - Adobe After Effects Tutorial

Animate Shape Layer Arms and Legs [EASY] – Adobe After Effects Tutorial

June 9, 2021

Evan Abrahms shows you how to simply animate arms and legs that are, of course, made from shape layers. Super fun stuff!

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Frog Catching Fly Animation - After Effects Tutorial

Frog Catching Fly Animation – After Effects Tutorial

May 13, 2021

May 13 is Frog Jumping Day, so to celebrate this important holiday, check out this fun After Effects tutorial from Simple Video Making.

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How to Make an Animated Cartoon of Yourself

How to Make an Animated Cartoon of Yourself | Adobe Character Animator

May 13, 2021

Emmanuel Crown shows you how he made an incredibly cool animated cartoon of himself with Adobe Character Animator and Photoshop. Super fun!

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Daniel "Hashi" Hashimoto | Maxon NAB 2020 Rewinds

Daniel ‘Hashi’ Hashimoto | Maxon NAB 2020 Rewind

April 28, 2020

Daniel “Hashi” Hashimoto creates a quick and easy CGI character in his Maxon NAB 2020 Rewind. He composites a giant monster onto the Las Vegas Strip!

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Maya Monday

Make a Jurassic World Dinosaur in Maya + Pixologic™ ZBrush® #MayaMonday

October 21, 2019

Soni Kumari at CG Tuts has put together an amazing 11 part series on making a hulking, bipedal T-Rex dinosaur with Maya and ZBrush. For fun, I’ve thrown in some interesting T-Rex facts along the way.

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miarmy quick start tutorials

Miarmy Quick Start Tutorials #gettingstarted

September 11, 2019

This series of 5 tutorials will get you up and running quickly with Miarmy, the crowd simulation tool for Maya.  The series covers character rig to OA, animation to action, export, simulation and render.

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Character Animation: Adding Weight and Life to a Character’s Legs in 3ds Max

Character Animation: Adding Weight and Life to a Character’s Legs in 3ds Max

June 13, 2017

Jonathan Abenhaim explains how to mimic the subtle vibrations of the leg when the foot comes in contact with a hard surface.

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4 Legged Animals: Quadruped Locomotion Tutorial

4 Legged Animals: Quadruped Locomotion Tutorial

June 13, 2017

So, what if you're animating a 4 legged critter instead of a bi-ped? It's double the fun! Felix Sputnik explains how to animate a quadruped. [Via Lester Banks]

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Female Walk Cycle – Workflow Tutorial

Female Walk Cycle – Workflow Tutorial

June 13, 2017

Another from Chiara Porri, this time focusing on the walk cycle of the female of the species. [Via Lester Banks]

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Run Cycle Tips

Run Cycle Tips

June 13, 2017

Chiara Porri has been an animator for over a decade and in this video she gives some great advice on creating a run cycle in Maya. She talks about the style and build of the character and how it pertains to the run cycle. [Via Lester Banks]

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A Common Mistake when Animating Walkcycles in Maya

A Common Mistake when Animating Walkcycles in Maya

June 13, 2017

Brian Horgan tells you what NOT to do when animating walk cycles. This is extremely useful information, especially if you're a beginner. [Via Lester Banks]

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Animation for Videogames tutorial: Creating a character animation set in Maya

Animation for Videogames tutorial: Creating a character animation set in Maya

June 13, 2017

This is the third part of a series of tutorials by James Marijeanne. He talks about the pre-vis process, which is extremely important in the video game development process. Then he sets up run and walk cycles for our new character. [Via Lester Banks]

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Creating a Walk Cycle in Maya

Creating a Walk Cycle in Maya

June 13, 2017

In 2015 I wrote an article about how to create a walk cycle with several tutorials and examples, plus, some animals, not just people! This article is a follow up, focused on Maya. Yes, we missed Maya Monday due to the holiday yesterday, but we’ll do it like the garbage man, and bump things back a day!

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