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Compare and Contrast: DUIK vs RubberHose

By Morgan Williams
After Effects

Which character animation plug-in should you use in After Effects? In this video tutorial Morgan Williams compares two amazing character animation tools.

Character animation has skyrocketed in popularity. Thankfully, it's easier than ever before to get into the character animation game. Over time plug-ins like DUIK Bassel and Rubber Hose have become the go-to tools for character animation in After Effects. But which tool is best for animation work? Well, that's a great question!
In this video tutorial Morgan Williams, the instructor of Character Animation Bootcamp and Rigging Academy, will walk us through each plugin. Along the way Morgan will give us insight into the strengths a weaknesses of each tool. So crank up the volume and let's roll that clip...

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Want to follow along with the tutorial above? Feel free to download the project file below. This .aep project file is available to anyone with a free School of Motion student account.

Download the free Rubberhose vs Duik project file.

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Surprisingly enough, rubber hose animation has actually been around for a really long time. Since the 1920s, Rubber hose animation was used as a fast and efficient way to animate a character. The same idea holds true today!
Rubberhose from BattleAxe is a tool inspired by this classic animation style. Using Rubberhose you can create and rig limbs that look a lot like noodles without the ridged look of traditional joints. This leaves you with a whimsical character in only a few mouse clicks.

Duik Bassel

To call Duik Bassel a Swiss Army knife would be an understatement. Duik has almost every feature that you could hope for from a character animation tool. From auto-rigging to inverse kinematics you'll find everything you need to create incredible characters in After Effects. Plus, it's free so... yay.
Want to get into even more detail about rigging a character with Duik Bassel? Check out this video tutorial that I created here on School of Motion.

Rubberhose vs Duik: Is it Even a Contest?

As you hopefully found from this video, both Duik and Rubberhose have their own uses depending on your needs. If you're looking for the fastest rig possible, Rubberhose might be the best tool for you. If you're looking for a professional tool with all of the bells and whistles you need in a pro-workflow, perhaps try Duik. Both are fantastic options.

Want to Create Professional Animated Characters?

If you're interested in creating animated characters like a pro I highly recommend that you check out Character Animation Bootcamp. The course is a deep-dive into the world of character animation. In the course you'll learn the ins-and-outs of posing, timing, storytelling and more. Also, if you want to focus more on rigging, check out Rigging Academy. The self-paced course is a great way to master character rigging in After Effects using Duik Bassel.
Best of luck on all your character animation projects!