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  • Question of Parenting

     Alex Melkov updated 1 month ago 2 Members · 3 Posts
  • Alex Melkov

    May 14, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    Hello everyone!

    I am a complete newbie to After Effects, and I apologize in advance for my English and also, if my question may seem stupid to you.

    I am currently struggling to animate two multi-layered characters imported from AI. And I was faced with the following problem: in one of the compositions of my project, these characters, at some point, are getting closer to each other, then their hands meet (the both of each other), after that, they take each other’s hands and in such a linking, they start making certain movements with their hands.

    My problem is that I would like their hands (all four of them) to move simultaneously while remaining connected. How can I do this if each hand of the characters is already parented to the arms of those characters? Is there a way to make their hands linked to each other’s hands at the same time?

    I’m attaching a picture (not from my project though but very similar to what I’m talking about).

    Many thanks in advance for any advice.


  • Graham Quince

    May 15, 2021 at 9:20 am

    You might want to check out DUIK (which will automate rigging characters in After Effects):

    Alternatively the puppet tool will let deform your characters by points.

    To animate their hands shaking, you might be able to parent each hands controller to a third null object. This would remain static until the shaking. Then you animate this null object which moves both sets of hands.

  • Alex Melkov

    May 15, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Graham, thanks so much for your response!

    I do have DUIK installed but haven’t still figured out enough how it works and actually, its complexity scares me a little. Do you mean it’s possible to do what I want with DUIK? If so, which of DUIK’s plugins should I use? Because, in my AE ‘Window’ bookmark I see a whole bunch of them, like DUIK Animation, DUIK Automation, DUIK Rigging, DUIK Bassel 2, etc.

    As for the Puppet Tool, well, it’s a good idea but isn’t an option in my case as my AE crashes each time I’m trying to use it.

    And regarding using nulls, I don’t have any experience with using them so far, but anyway, thanks for your advice, I’ll look into it.

    Kind regards and thank you for your help.


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