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I have done this by creating a separate image file with everything except the head, and then using that second file to animate in Ae.
It's pretty easy to create the second body file (I use Photoshop) by dragging the appropriate layers to the library. It should also be possible to use the library in Ae.
This works well for me, and so far seems more flexible.
Brilliant! So when you export the head from Animator (with Character Animator animations), do you Export it as a Scene from Character Animator?
Also, once you import it via script into After Effects do you just have this flapping head that you can move around with the parented body as you wish?
I animate the head in Ch -- and then yes, export it as a scene and import the scene into Ae. This then becomes a layer in a comp in Ae, and can be animated further or moved as desired. The rest of the puppet I bring in as layers. Each layer can be animated individually in the Ae comp. Sometimes I have the entire body as a single layer, and other times I have arms, legs, necklaces, etc each on its own layer.
Thank you for the speedy and excellent info!
This works!!! However I noticed that the neck was wiggling around on the body and the whole head/neck combo were kind of on their own leash.
Do you reduce the movement amount for the head and neck in Ch?
Not sure exactly what you are referring to.
I put the neck with the body and just animate the head in Ch.
Sorry, I am such a newb to Ae and Ch right now.. I want to cut to being an expert instantly but not happening
I imported the head and neck only to Ch but when I would move my head, both the head and neck of the puppet would move. Is adding Fixed to the Neck the only way to anchor an asset down in Ch?
I'm a newbie in animation but wanted to do it my whole life and got my start with CH. Well we know the limits and I'm currently learning animation in AE. I was considering experimenting with just the head and animating a body with it in AE and after reading the post I see it's possible and thank you so much for inspiring me.
Is there anyway to get a quick reference guide on how to parent the sequence to the body in AE?
Meaning do I parent the head to the neck which is parented to the body and go from there?
Just curious and thanks!
I bought After Effects years ago mainly because of the puppet tool and I still use it here and there, but my experience with Character Animator is that it does completely cover the functions of the puppet tool since it's basically the puppet tool plus the AE lip sync function merged into a programme of its own.
Apart from that: Please note that the current version of AE is bugged when you want to animate live with a specific sound file, i.e., make a puppet dance to a song.
You add a sound file to a comp, then add a pin, and as soon as you press the pin with cmd/strg + left mouse, you can, in theory, animate in real time while you hear the music (or whatever sound file).
This, however, wasn't working with recent AE version.
It does, however, still work with AE 2014. You can download older versions of any adobe app from your creative cloud app.
Go to APPS, open "current versions" and there you will then see "older versions".
Have fun! :-)