In After Effects, there's lots of times I've used the Parent feature (e.g., limbs of a body). However, I've run into an issue several times where I'd like the child layer to be still while the parent continues to move, and I sure hope there's an easier way to do that than by eye.
For example, say an animated character is landing on the ground. Once hitting the ground, their feet (terminal child layer) are stationary, but their body (topmost parent layer) keeps moving down for a moment. I've included this example as a gif below.
I can handle this by eye, or mathematically (manually keeping track of the arithmetic to try to keep the foot mostly still), but that's pretty tedious and is hard to edit later if things need to change. I'm hoping I'm missing a feature I don't know about.
To be clear, it would be really nice to maintain the parent-child relationship between layers in a solution to this issue if at all possible. Thanks!