How do I Animate Cockroach
by Amanda LeGayx on Apr 12, 2010 at 5:41:52 pm
I am trying to animate a cockroach...I want him to look like his he walking around, so his 6 legs have to be in constant motion with his moving body. I am new to After Effects, so I am unsure how to do this. I have been working with parenting/puppeting and can't quite figure it out.
I would be happy to send my files, etc. to anyone who could point me in the right direction. Thank you for your help!
Re: How do I Animate Cockroach by Bret Williams on Apr 12, 2010 at 6:05:17 pm
Basically, create a moving leg in a composition all it's own. Place that composition into another comp along with the body. Duplicate the leg comp 5 times (or drag it into the comp 5 times). Parent all the leg comps to the body. Place them around the body. Now, animate the body around the screen and the legs will follow.
Good advice from Bret. I would add one more thing- since the legs on a bug don't move all exactly the same I would render a loop-able animation of a leg with alpha, bring in that and loop it in the prefs for a high number of times so that the length of your loop exceeds the length of your comp, and then offset pairs of legs in such a way that will make the movement look natural. You can also play with time remapping to slow down or speed up your bugs movement.