1. Here in Part 2, Dave Legion shows how to set up a rig to control your puppet’s face. He’ll walk you through the whole set up including how to use Nulls and the Puppet Tool. He’ll then demonstrate how to create slider controls to facilitate facial animation in After Effects. Mettle`s FreeForm plug-in for After Effects is a key component of Dave`s character animation. It streamlines the workflow in AE, and lets you control your character more like a puppet.

    Tutorial Series:
    Overview: vimeo.com/79168351
    Part 1: Displacement Maps For Use With FreeForm vimeo.com/78495246
    Part 2: Create A Facial Rig For Your Puppet vimeo.com/78496022
    Part 3: Control Facial Expressions with Custom Sliders vimeo.com/78496045
    Part 4: Set up the lip syncing for your puppet using Mamoworld’s Auto Lip-Sync vimeo.com/78496080
    Part 5: Create a Working Jaw Using AE 3D Layers vimeo.com/78530799
    Part 6: Create a Swinging Head of Hair vimeo.com/78538199
    Part 7: Create Simple Controllers for the Head and Eyes vimeo.com/78593912
    Part 8: Switch Out Existing Voice Over With Auto Lip Sync vimeo.com/78593953

    Download a Demo of FreeForm: mettle.com/free-demo/

    Dave Legion put together this tutorial series because of all the positive feedback and inquiries from "A Story of Hope": vimeo.com/76355324 - an animation that he and the amazing folks at Funky Medics put together for the FH Foundation. It was all done in Adobe After Effects using Mettle's FreeForm + MamoWorld's Lip Sync. Great animation and a great cause. Dave wants to send out a big thanks and shout out to Daniel Gies, whose work and tutorials inspired and helped him tremendously.

    Mettle would also like to thank Dave for using our FreeForm plug-in, and for creating such inspirational work!.

    Dave Legion is an award-winning music video director from the UK.
    davelegion.com

    Find out more about FreeForm: mettle.com/freeform-v2/
    mettle.com
    Don’t wait... Create!

    # vimeo.com/78496022 Uploaded
  2. In Part 3, Dave Legion shows how to set up custom sliders to control your puppet’s facial expressions. He walks you through the whole set up and demonstrates how to create slider controls to facilitate facial animation in After Effects.

    Tutorial Series:
    Overview: vimeo.com/79168351
    Part 1: Displacement Maps For Use With FreeForm vimeo.com/78495246
    Part 2: Create A Facial Rig For Your Puppet vimeo.com/78496022
    Part 3: Control Facial Expressions with Custom Sliders vimeo.com/78496045
    Part 4: Set up the lip syncing for your puppet using Mamoworld’s Auto Lip-Sync vimeo.com/78496080
    Part 5: Create a Working Jaw Using AE 3D Layers vimeo.com/78530799
    Part 6: Create a Swinging Head of Hair vimeo.com/78538199
    Part 7: Create Simple Controllers for the Head and Eyes vimeo.com/78593912
    Part 8: Switch Out Existing Voice Over With Auto Lip Sync vimeo.com/78593953

    Mettle`s FreeForm plug-in for After Effects is a key component of Dave`s character animation. It streamlines the workflow in AE, and lets you control your character more like a puppet. A key feature is the ability to rotate your character`s head 180 degrees in 3D space.

    Dave Legion put together this tutorial series because of all the positive feedback and inquiries from "A Story of Hope": vimeo.com/76355324 - an animation that he and the amazing folks at Funky Medics put together for the FH Foundation. It was all done in Adobe After Effects using Mettle's FreeForm + MamoWorld's Lip Sync. Great animation and a great cause. Dave wants to send out a big thanks and shout out to Daniel Gies, whose work and tutorials inspired and helped him tremendously.

    Mettle would also like to thank Dave for using our FreeForm plug-in, and for creating such inspirational work!.

    Dave Legion is an award-winning music video director from the UK.
    davelegion.com

    Find out more about FreeForm: mettle.com/freeform-v2/
    mettle.com
    Don’t wait... Create!

    # vimeo.com/78496045 Uploaded
  3. In Part 4, Dave Legion shows us how to set up the lip syncing for your puppet using Mamoworld’s Auto Lip-Sync solution. He also shares some interesting tricks and techniques along the way.
    Mettle`s FreeForm plug-in for After Effects is a key component of Dave`s character animation. It streamlines the workflow in AE, and lets you control your character more like a puppet. A key feature is the ability to rotate your character`s head 180 degrees in 3D space.

    Tutorial Series:
    Overview: vimeo.com/79168351
    Part 1: Displacement Maps For Use With FreeForm vimeo.com/78495246
    Part 2: Create A Facial Rig For Your Puppet vimeo.com/78496022
    Part 3: Control Facial Expressions with Custom Sliders vimeo.com/78496045
    Part 4: Set up the lip syncing for your puppet using Mamoworld’s Auto Lip-Sync vimeo.com/78496080
    Part 5: Create a Working Jaw Using AE 3D Layers vimeo.com/78530799
    Part 6: Create a Swinging Head of Hair vimeo.com/78538199
    Part 7: Create Simple Controllers for the Head and Eyes vimeo.com/78593912
    Part 8: Switch Out Existing Voice Over With Auto Lip Sync vimeo.com/78593953

    Dave Legion put together this tutorial series because of all the positive feedback and inquiries from "A Story of Hope": vimeo.com/76355324 - an animation that he and the amazing folks at Funky Medics put together for the FH Foundation. It was all done in Adobe After Effects using Mettle's FreeForm + MamoWorld's Lip Sync. Great animation and a great cause. Dave wants to send out a big thanks and shout out to Daniel Gies, whose work and tutorials inspired and helped him tremendously.

    Mettle would also like to thank Dave for using our FreeForm plug-in, and for creating such inspirational work!.

    Dave Legion is an award-winning music video director from the UK.
    davelegion.com

    Find out more about FreeForm: mettle.com/freeform-v2/
    mettle.com
    Don’t wait... Create!

    # vimeo.com/78496080 Uploaded
  4. Part 5. Build Me Some Hope: Creating a Working Jaw Using AE 3D Layers.
    Dave Legion shows us how to use 3D layers and layer masks to create a jaw and hair band for the puppet head. Mettle`s FreeForm plug-in for After Effects is a key component of Dave`s character animation. It streamlines the workflow in AE, and lets you control your character more like a puppet. A key feature is the ability to rotate your character`s head 180 degrees in 3D space.

    Tutorial Series:
    Overview: vimeo.com/79168351
    Part 1: Displacement Maps For Use With FreeForm vimeo.com/78495246
    Part 2: Create A Facial Rig For Your Puppet vimeo.com/78496022
    Part 3: Control Facial Expressions with Custom Sliders vimeo.com/78496045
    Part 4: Set up the lip syncing for your puppet using Mamoworld’s Auto Lip-Sync vimeo.com/78496080
    Part 5: Create a Working Jaw Using AE 3D Layers vimeo.com/78530799
    Part 6: Create a Swinging Head of Hair vimeo.com/78538199
    Part 7: Create Simple Controllers for the Head and Eyes vimeo.com/78593912
    Part 8: Switch Out Existing Voice Over With Auto Lip Sync vimeo.com/78593953

    Dave Legion put together this tutorial series because of all the positive feedback and inquiries from "A Story of Hope": vimeo.com/76355324 - an animation that he and the amazing folks at Funky Medics put together for the FH Foundation. It was all done in Adobe After Effects using Mettle's FreeForm + MamoWorld's Lip Sync. Great animation and a great cause. Dave wants to send out a big thanks and shout out to Daniel Gies, whose work and tutorials inspired and helped him tremendously.

    Mettle would also like to thank Dave for using our FreeForm plug-in, and for creating such inspirational work!.

    Dave Legion is an award-winning music video director from the UK.
    davelegion.com

    Find out more about FreeForm: mettle.com/freeform-v2/
    mettle.com
    Don’t wait... Create!

    # vimeo.com/78530799 Uploaded
  5. In Part 1 of this multi-part series, David Legion shows a neat technique to create a great displacement map for use with Mettle's FreeForm in Adobe After Effects.

    Mettle`s FreeForm plug-in for After Effects is a key component of Dave`s character animation. It streamlines the workflow in AE, and lets you control your character more like a puppet. A key feature is the ability to rotate your character`s head 180 degrees in 3D space.

    Tutorial Series:
    Overview: vimeo.com/79168351
    Part 1: Create a 3D Puppet Head With Mettle's FreeForm vimeo.com/78495246
    Part 2: Create A Facial Rig For Your Puppet vimeo.com/78496022
    Part 3: Rigging The Face vimeo.com/78496045
    Part 4: Automating Lip Sync vimeo.com/78496080
    Part 5: Creating a Working Jaw Using AE 3D Layers vimeo.com/78530799
    Part 6: Create a Swinging Head of Hair vimeo.com/78538199
    Part 7: Create Simple Controllers for the Head and Eyes vimeo.com/78593912

    Dave Legion put together this tutorial series because of all the positive feedback and inquiries from "A Story of Hope": vimeo.com/76355324 - an animation that he and the amazing folks at Funky Medics put together for the FH Foundation. It was all done in Adobe After Effects using Mettle's FreeForm + MamoWorld's Lip Sync. Great animation and a great cause. Dave wants to send out a big thanks and shout out to Daniel Gies, whose work and tutorials inspired and helped him tremendously.

    Mettle would also like to thank Dave for using our FreeForm plug-in, and for creating such inspirational work!.

    Dave Legion is an award-winning music video director from the UK.
    davelegion.com

    Find out more about FreeForm: mettle.com/freeform-v2/
    mettle.com
    Don't wait... Create!

    # vimeo.com/78495246 Uploaded

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