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Leavon Archer
How to use Puppet Pins with a masked layer?
on Sep 26, 2017 at 11:30:14 am

Hi, I'm creating a ghost character with vector masks and the Video Co-pilot Saber plugin.
I want to animate the masks with puppet pins and DUIK character rig tools but when I set the Puppet pins on a masked layer they don't detect the mask as a "limb" outline and they just use the whole layer as the mesh.
I've now figured out that Puppet pins don't work with masks, can anyone suggest another way of doing this? The Saber effect is perfect for what I want to achieve but it will only work with a layer mask.


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Leavon Archer
Re: How to use Puppet Pins with a masked layer?
on Sep 26, 2017 at 1:24:53 pm

I'm gonna try and come at this from a different angle, is there a way to "rig" a vector mask? ie. attach a null to a mask vert?


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Walter Soyka
Re: How to use Puppet Pins with a masked layer?
on Sep 26, 2017 at 8:07:51 pm

Not today, but it's coming soon. One of the new features in the next release of After Effects will be expression access to mask and shape points:

https://blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud/after-effects-improves-efficiency-of-...

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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Leavon Archer
Re: How to use Puppet Pins with a masked layer?
on Sep 27, 2017 at 8:30:59 am

Thanks Walter, good to know it's coming. Unfortunately not in time for me on this project, I've had to resort to hand animating the mask, long and very tedious :(


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Walter Soyka
Re: How to use Puppet Pins with a masked layer?
on Sep 27, 2017 at 9:10:13 am

How about a plugin? Try BAO Mask Avenger:

http://aescripts.com/bao-mask-avenger/

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
@keenlive [twitter]   |   RenderBreak [blog]   |   Profile [LinkedIn]


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Leavon Archer
Re: How to use Puppet Pins with a masked layer?
on Sep 27, 2017 at 9:28:04 am

Ooh, that looks promising! Thanks!


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