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Can I set an animation as a template and assign it to different vectors?

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Jun 10, 2020

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Hi all. I have a number of vector people I would like to animate to make them walk, probably about 10 or so. Do I have to animate each one individually or can I animate one of them and then set this as a template and then assigned that animation to the others? I'm concerned that if I spend time animating them all individually and then I want to tweak the way they walk, I would have to tweak each individual animation. Any ideas?

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Can I set an animation as a template and assign it to different vectors?

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Hi all. I have a number of vector people I would like to animate to make them walk, probably about 10 or so. Do I have to animate each one individually or can I animate one of them and then set this as a template and then assigned that animation to the others? I'm concerned that if I spend time animating them all individually and then I want to tweak the way they walk, I would have to tweak each individual animation. Any ideas?

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Entirely depends on what they will be used for, how they are rigged,what their proportions are etc.. There's any number of ways to make things more efficient with expressions, animation presets, scripts like DUIK, but of course any form of character animation will never be 100% reusable based on simple templates and AE simply doesn't have specific retargeting tools and other CA stuff like some 3D programs have. So for any advise on how to streamline the process you will have to be very, very specific rather than hoping for blnaket generic solutions.

 

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Hi Mylenium. Thank you for your response. I thought it might be the case. I guess what I will do is create the first animation of the character walking, then duplicate the composition and change the "clothing" of the character (colours of the vectors etc). But obviously, if I do this for 10 characters and then I want to change the animation slightly such as (move the head slightly differently), then I will have to go and change this in all 10. Is this the way you would recommend to set it up?

 

Also, can you create 'symbols' in After Effects of specific elements, which when you change what is in them, they change across all compositions? Thanks again,

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