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Tutorial: Rigging and Rolling a Cube in After Effects

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Learn how to rig and animate a cube rolling.

How hard could it be to animate a cube rolling correctly in After Effects? The answer, as we found out, is very hard.  This tutorial starts out by showing you how to approach animating something like a cube once you have the rig in place, because honestly we're not sure you would want to attempt animating this without a rig. You could do it using a bunch of nulls or something, but that would be painful. So if animation is your thing just grab the rig and get crackin'! But… if you are a budding expressionista, then maybe you want to know how Joey made the rig. In that case, watch the whole video and he'll explain the entire process, including how he first tried and failed to rig this bad boy. Check out the resources tab for all the expressions you'll need to re-create this cube rig on your own.

Download the rig and roll cube project file for After Effects.

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