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Automations, automatic animations, dynamics, physics, procedural animation.

Introduction

As soon as your character is rigged, you can begin the animation, being helped by a lot of Automations. Automations are procedural animations and dynamics to quickly set the most common animations up and then focus on the characterization of your character. You can automate wiggles, springs, wheels, etc. with customizable and advanced controls for example to loop the effects, and access each and every detail quickly and easily.

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Duik includes a lot of tools to help animators deal with simple or common animations, to make them quicker and focus more on complex character animation.

  • The Kleaner is a tool to automatically clean the selected animations.
  • The Motion Trail tool draws the trajectory of any layer in a shape layer, and can make trails behind (or in front of) them.
  • The X-Sheet is a simple way to adjust the animation exposure of the properties, the layers or the whole composition.
  • The Time Remap is a quick way to activate time remapping on the layers while adding some useful expressions, like looping.
  • The Effector map is a way to control properties depending on a texture (map).
  • The Effector is a way to control properties depending on a spatial effector.
  • The Wiggle makes the properties… wiggle.
  • The Spring will add follow through/overshot to your animations and it is able to animate automatic bounces. It actually uses the Kleaner.
  • The Swing can be used to animate a regular swing. For example, the regular blinking of a light or a pendulum.
  • Use the Blink to make a property switch regularly between to states, without interpolation.
  • The Wheel automates the rotation of the layer depending on its translations.
  • The Move Away tool will add a simple cursor which controls the position of the layer. This cursor will control the distance between the layer and its parent.
  • The Random tool is able to randomize all kind of things (property values, keyframe times, layer times…)
  • Use the Paint Rig to rig brush strokes in the paint effect and adjust and animate them as if they were a single stroke.
  • The Walk Cycle is the first comprehensive procedural animation available in Duik.
  • Use the Looper to add in and out loops to the animations.
  • The List divides a property into several same properties, which can be mixed using a weight. This is a simple way to add several automations to the same property, or use some kind of “Animation Layer”.
  • Separate Dimensions allows you to separate X and Y axis of any property (or even RGB and HSL for colors).