This is a great look at how to create quick transitions between character poses in After Effects, having it so that the character seems like they are animating when you just swap out their existing animated models.
With advanced graphics techniques, you can make your characters come alive with the power of animation. Michael Debevec takes us through his process for creating a character rig in After Effects that will use preset animations to transition between poses on command-line input signals from keyframes laid out by an animator. This way it’s possible just have one person create all different types or movements needed in order to bring life into even more conceivable beings!
In this tutorial, we’ll create a cartoon character rig that allows us to set up an animation that is then triggered each time we select a new pose for our characterMichael Debevec – aeTuts.com
The system will be rich enough to select multiple characters without the need to change any of their animation ahead of time. Michael also shows how you can create a great little reference guide that is easy for users, like myself, when looking at my library and trying find which character is right there in front on me! Check out this tutorial over at AeTuts here: Automate an Easy Cartoon Character Transition.