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Intro to Expression Rigs in After Effects

By Zack Lovatt and Nol Honig
After Effects

Get ready to code like you've never coded before. We're breaking down some expression rigs in After Effects!

Do you want to learn a new superpower? Expressions in After Effects can automate repetitive tasks, build flexible rigs for animators, and allow you to do some amazing things that are impossible with keyframes...and they’re not as complicated as you may think.
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This tutorial comes from our Advanced Motion Methods course, and in it Nol Honig and Zack Lovatt will teach you how to use expressions to build flexible rigs, plus some more advanced tricks you can start using right away. 
Today, you're going to learn:
  • Expression Controls
  • Rigging and Slider Controls
  • If/Else Expressions
  • The Wiggle Expression 
  • Expressions Errors
  • And more!

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Intro to Expression Rigs in After Effects

Express Yourself

Wow. And those were just a few Expressions. Once you practice and learn the fundamentals, there are a TON of advanced moves that are only possible with this simple coding language. If you want to dive deeper into the coding language of After Effects, check out Expression Session
Expression Session will teach you how to approach, write and implement expressions in After Effects. Over the course of 12 weeks, you'll go from rookie to seasoned coder.
And if you’re ready to supercharge your After Effects workflow, join us for Advanced Motion Methods!
In Advanced Motion Methods you'll learn how to structure animations according to geometric proportions found in nature, deal with complexity, create cool transitions, and learn tips that only a seasoned After Effects veteran with years of experience can give.