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The techniques in this lesson could apply to any animation software, but your instructor uses Adobe Flash, a multimedia and software platform used for authoring vector graphics, animation, games, and apps. Optionally you can also use After Effects to compile an exported frame sequence from Flash, and add some extra FX. Any non-linear video editing program could also be used.

Your Instructor

Conan Sinclair is a professional animator and illustrator, and one-half of the team at SIN ARS STUDIOS, a small independent game development studio located in Victoria, Australia. For freelance inquiries, you can contact Conan through his website, Sinars-Studios.com.

Learn how to professionally rig characters for animation using Adobe Flash.

Join Conan Sinclair in this multi-hour course as he teaches the main technique for production-quality character rigging in Flash: symbol swapping, which allows for more freedom and complex animations than the other common technique, puppet rigging (simply rotating or moving the same artwork). While animation is the primary focus of this series, Conan will be starting from scratch and teaching how to illustrate the entire character as well. You’ll then learn how to use symbol swapping to animate the head (from multiple views), the mouth (for lip syncing) and the body. Which all leads up to creating the example animation below.

Conan uses a free extension called Keyframe Caddy, available at CloudKid.com, to speed up animation.

Example animation from the course...

Preview Video

Below you can watch the first 17 minutes of the tutorial...

2D Character Rigging tutorial using Adobe Flash. Over six hours!

Only $19. Download these videos directly to your computer. Includes source files and free updates. You'll be notified by email whenever there's an update to either the course or collection of source projects. Redownload access is always granted for our products.

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