AEScripts BAO Bones 1.5.9 for After Effects Free Download
How is it different from other rigging tools?
Duik and other IK rigging tools rely on After Effect’s built-in ‘Puppet tool’ for distortions. The main issue with this is that the mesh from the Puppet Tools is automatic, which means you cannot define it, and of course, cannot change it over time. With Bones, the mesh is defined to fit joint bending, and you can modify it whenever you want. You can even use masks to get very accurate distortions.
2. Bones does not require straight arms or legs to rig
With Bones, you avoid the hard work preparing and unbending your layers in Photoshop.
3. An entirely keyframable workflow
This is the main reason Bones was created. With Bones, you can switch the IK mode from Automatic to Manual whenever you want, you can even keyframe Parenting and Selection points. This means the subtleties of your animation never need to be compromised.
Bones was created for an animation feature film, which required the animation of A LOT of characters. Bones makes it super easy to setup and manage many different characters.
5. Less layers
With Bones, you can control a whole character on a single layer without needing any extra nulls or controllers. This keeps compositions tidy and light.
Bones is a native plugin and does not rely on expressions, so it is really fast. Oh, and it is also GPU accelerated, so it is really, really fast!
New in version 1.5: New module “Bones_overlaps_manager”: Allows defining and animating a ‘Z’ value at start and end of each mesh, just like ‘Puppet Tool’ overlaps.
New in version 1.3: You can add a child to any bone.
New in version 1.4: Scale any part of your IK chain.
Watch tutorial videos on both of these features in the Tutorials section below.
Bones gives you the option to use masks to define the distortion mesh to get ultra-smooth skinning without any artifacts.
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