Adobe After Effects is a digital motion graphics and compositing software package published by Adobe Systems. It is used in post-production process of film and television production.

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How does Apple Motion compare to Adobe After Effects?

I am looking at Apple Motion and Adobe After Effects. How to they compare to one another? What are the pros and cons of each?
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Is there any plugin for After Effects to create a 'kinetic typography' video?

I was looking at some kinetic typography videos - like the one below - and wondering whether there is a plugin for Adobe After Effects CS4 that can help with this. If not, then is there any other easy ...
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Orbits in After Effects

I'm new to After Effects and I might be asking about obvious stuff, but I searched this site and elsewhere and can't find an answer. Basically I want to orbit some points in a setup similar to the ...
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Is there a way to do both Extruded Text and Layer Modes natively in After Effects?

I followed Video Copilot 3D Shadows tutorial to create a nice shadow on my text. Because of the angle I'm doing though which is much more ... perspective I suppose you could say it could really use a ...
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After Effects: how to create a color via expressions

Using After Effects expressions, I can create a color reference by pick-whipping a color control and the result is: var rgb = rgbToHsl(effect("Color Control")("Color")); But, I want to avoid using ...
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Is it possible to set more than one motion tracking point in After Affects CS6 at the same time

Is it possible to set more than one motion tracking point in After Affects CS6 at the same time in the same scene? For example one track point closer to our viewpoint, and another one that follows ...
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No audio during footage preview

I'm using AfterEffects CS6 on Windows 7. During footage preview/playback, I never get any audio. I have the Mute Audio option in the Preview panel turned off (audio is not muted). I checked the Edit ...
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How to correct shadows when parts are too bright and other parts too dark?

I have a scene with lots of highlights and some contrasting mountains. The problem is that the building (bottom-center) is too dark. When I try to fix shadows using curves the building becomes better ...
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After Effects - Make one frame brighter

I am using the CC version. I am making a gunshot composition and I need to have a specific frame brighter. What should I do? Remember , there shall be only one frame , not all the clip with ...
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How to make black text accept light in After Effects

I'm trying to add a light to a scene that has black text on a white background. My goal is to keep the light in position and slide in the text. As the text slides, part of the text will be less black ...
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Duplicate layers X times and move 1 frame each time

I do a lightpainting video on After Effects (CS6 here) and I have some questions about it. To have some continuous lines from a moving light, I have to duplicate my layer each times I want (35 times ...
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Correcting exposure flickering in time-lapse footage (in After Effects)

I have made some time-lapse footage of a flower blooming. It was taken inside, at night, with constant lighting. The pictures are great, but as footage, the exposure between frames is slightly ...
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What do you call it when the footage has a rippling effect?

I have some footage from an action camera that has been affected by vibrations. The footage seems to have an affect that looks a bit like jelly. Is there a word for that effect and is there anything ...
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Choosing the right program for video editing

I've used Premiere and After Effects in the past, but I'm still somewhat unclear as to the different roles and responsibilities of each program in the process. When I need to mix audio, I do ...
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How to parent a mask to another element in AfterFX?

I have this video whereby text is revealed one letter after another. A text cursor is moving along with each letter to simulate the fact of writing the text on a word processor. I have separate ...
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How to make an iPad like commercial video?

We're looking to make an iPad like commercial video for one of our apps. My Question is, what technologies are involved in making this kind of a video? Is it flash/after effects? or something else ...
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When making an animation how can I get a zooming effect?

I want to add a transition to one of my animations that gives the impression of the camera rushing/zooming towards the animation. Is there a better means of doing this in After Effects than scaling ...
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How to check video, AB test, on different screens: balancing colors, etc

Is there a standard way of checking a render as it would be seen on different screens (iPads, monitors, tvs, whatever) for colors etc.. Maybe AB/Testing software? (Wanted to add the tag ab-testing, ...
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How could I recreate this stroke effect in After Effects and/or Sony Vegas?

In the many Red Dead Redemption trailers, they use this cool effect were paint/brush strokes somewhat pan into the actual game-play and overlay it with an awesome drawn out piece from the previous ...
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How can I rename a footage .ai file for AE without breaking the references?

I've got a composition in After Effects CS 6 on Windows that contains several .ai files. One of them has over 30 layers, which I imported and animated in AE. Unfortunately, I gave the .ai file the not ...
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What is the most effective way of slowing down footage?

I want to experiment with slowed down footage and I see several ways in doing that with my current set-up. I have the following hardware/software at my disposal: After Effects CS5.5, Twixtor Pro, ...
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After effects: Moving text along 3D path

After Effects beginner here. The effect I'm after is where text is appearing from behind an object. So far, I'm using the position and rotation parameters. But the text is rigid. I found something ...
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Is it possible to recreate VirtualDub Deshaker functionality in Adobe Premiere/After Effects?

I'd like to automatically stabilize some poorly-shot shaky footage in Adobe Premiere or After Effects. VirtualDub Deshaker analyzes frame motion, computes smoothing, adjusts frame position, scale and ...
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Accessing the Layer Panel in After Effects

I want to edit the anchor point path of a layer, and to do that I know I need to open the layer in it's own layer panel. However I can't figure out how to open the layer in the layer panel. I'm ...
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How to clean GoPro footage?

Is there a good technique to do lens correction, rolling shutter removal and stabilisation on GoPro footage. If you start by rolling shutter correction, the filter seek for straight edges and cannot ...
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Creating a “finger using device” effect like in iPhone app ads

I have been searching for quite a while on a tutorial of how to create the rotating phone ad with the finger coming in to interact with the app once in a while. There is an example of this effect in ...
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Add intro and outro to multiple files (batch)

I am fairly new to video editing but I have a ton of video files that I need to add an intro and outro to. I do a lot of other print work and in photoshop I can batch file folders to repeat the same ...
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Scaling “Stroke” Effect “Brush Size” while scaling composition?

I've got a 100x100px composition with a Mask containing a Stroke effect used to animate the drawing of a vector. The problem I'm having is when I drop this composition into a larger one and attempt to ...
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After Effects quality drops

I am trying to make a animation. There is a 3D animation which is sharp, I need to put some layers over it with descriptions about some parts that are shown. The original video is extremly sharp, but ...
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Footage feels “faster” when exporting from After Effects

I'm editing a project with premiere, and using After Effects to edit some of the footage (color corrections, some masking etc'). All raw footage was captured with a Canon 550D, 1280*720 at 50fps. My ...
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Timelapse Countdown Timer in After Effects

I'm sure someone out there must have done this before, but how do I create a countdown timer with hours, minutes and seconds that starts from a specific time and counts down at 71.928x speed? 71.928x ...
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How to create a ragdoll effect on a human?

I make an action(combat) short-length film and I use After Effects and 3DS MAX to edit it. I want to make a battle scene where the one guy hits another guy and the second one is thrown away like a ...
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Tracking box to full viewport

Basically, I've recorded a video of gameplay on my DS console using a camcorder, and I want to: Remove the shaky movement caused by me not having a tripod Stretch the screen to cover the entire ...
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Choosing a frame-rate for an animation project

How do you choose a framerate for an animation project? In this case I know the exact context where the video will be displayed (company's head office, on a 51" HD TV) and it needs to look really ...
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Software to capture high quality screen-casts

I want to record video tutorials but I can't get the program to capture my screen with high quality, and not just that, when I try to edit it in After Effects scaling and positioning the fonts and ...
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Simulating a camera flash

Can anyone give me some tips on simulating a camera flash in After Effects. I am trying to make it keyframing the scale and opacity of a white shape layer but I can't get it to look right.
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How to Set the defaults for Render Queue in After Effects

I'm using After Effects CS3 (yeah, I know it's old) and I'm rendering my composition out. When I Add to Render Queue I have to change the settings like Render Settings & Output Module every time. ...
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How to gradually colourize an object in after effects

I'm rather new to AE but I believe I have the rotoscoping under control. How can I gradually (each frame more) colourize an object in a video. So that at first the whole video is black and white and ...
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How to change active camera in after effects ( or render a different camera )

I added a camera to my comp, however, when I render it uses the active camera, and not camera1. How do I Either make camera1 my active camera, or make it so that I can render out camera1
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Gradient banding

I have a video with a gradient background, with silhouette vector animations on top. The gradient therefore stays exactly the same throughout the video. However, rendering the video as mp4, I'm ...
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Smoothcam filter vs Warp Stabilizer

To smooth out shaky footage I want to know which app is better. Final cut Pro X Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Adobe After Effects CS6 First question is, which is 'better', the Smoothcam filter which is ...
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Graphic music visualizer without after effects?

I would like to make a YouTube video that has a music visualizer on it, (like in Monstercat videos), but I don't want to have to pay for After Effects. Is there a free way to do it? I know I can get ...
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How to stop and start a key frame on a specific time on After Effects?

I am new to After Effects. When I set my first key frame on my image, it would move to that specific co-ordinates. Now I want it to stay there and then move again to the next. What I did was create a ...
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After Effects - Making a compilation

I have been practicing with Adobe After Effects for quite a while. I've created some effects like gunshots, intros and such. I now want to learn how to combine many videos together, and with ...
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How to position spheres that are created with the CC Ball action?

I'm using the CC Ball action to make some spheres to illustrate a chemical reaction. When I make the balls, the circle to move it is thrown to the left, and the actual sphere is to the right. I ...
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How to assign roto to another layer in After Effects

I'm rather new to AE but I have to do some complicated things for school since we came up with such a hard concept. I have rotoscoped a part of the main footage, now how can I apply this roto mask ...
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After Effects Alternative for Windows

I use Sony Vegas for video production but would like to be able to create more visual effects. Are there any cheaper alternatives for Adobe's After Effects? Or is there an extension for Vegas?
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Chromakey (Green Screen) Best Practices in Adobe After Effects

I've been doing green screen in iMovie (and it works surprisingly well!), but I'm downloading Adobe Creative Cloud tonight for my new PC. I'd appreciate any "best practice" suggestions for using the ...
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Slow Video Render? incl. New & Old PC Specs

So I've been recording gameplay & posting it on YouTube for a few years now. Primarily using Sony Vegas as it always seemed to be the community standard. Never really had an issue. Since I built ...
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After Effects expression help: define two positions, tween back and forth

So I want to do something simple: define two sets of coordinates (a "from" and a "to" position), along with a duration in frames. I want the animation to be executed, then reversed, and looped. I ...