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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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After effects: masking not working in select compositions

Whenever I try to mask a clip or multiple clips in my main composition, the mask has no effect, neither does inverting the mask or any of the other mask modes provided. The same thing happens when I ...
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Scrolling the panel in After Effects

I'm on windows using After Effects CS6. I'm new to this software and am having a problem scrolling the window vertically or horizontally, Where is the scroll bar? Alternatively I'm trying to scroll ...
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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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Update keyframe animations only every third frame in After Effects

I am new to After Effects and I have the following problem with an animation of mine: I have a walk cycle drawn for 8 frames per second. The composition has 24 frames per second, so each frame of the ...
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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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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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Animating shapes vs masks in After Effects

Can anyone tell me how I'm going to get the best performance out of AE - I have a number of circles I need to animate expanding which are essentially stroked lines. Just made some paths with very ...
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Very Shaky camera but a constant background

I recorded a video of a speaker at a graduation ceremony using my tablet. The first half of the recording, I held the tablet in my hand so it's shaky and just terrible. I finally realized that I could ...
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Where are the opacity map presets for CC Particle World in CS5 and CS6?

In versions of After Effects prior to CS5, there are opacity map presets such as Fade In, Fade Out, Constant, etc. I can see Opacity Map under Particle in the CS6 CC Particle World, but how do I get ...
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How can I make the particular trail longer in After Effects CS4?

How can I make the particular trail longer? Why when I animate the particular do I only have a trail when I parent it to an Object or Emitter?
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How to render an After Effects composition without DRM protection

How can you render a .wmv video file in After Effects without DRM protection, there doesn't seem to be an option when rendering. UPDATE This composition im rendering is basically a small animation ...
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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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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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Glitch effect won't work

I'm learning After Effects from scratch so sorry if this is obvious but whenever I try to make one part of an image 'glitch' I create a section of the image and place it in the middle but when I press ...
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Null object to toggle volume in After Effects?

Null objects don't have volume controls, but I'd like to control many audio layers in my timeline at once. Anyone know of a way to adjust volume or toggle mute on a bunch of layers without having to ...
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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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AE - Randomly place ~100 layers and then move to the middle

I currently have around 100 text layers placed in the middle of my composition in After Effects. What I would like to do is randomly place this layers around the middle and then create an animation ...
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Which software should I use for making an YouTube intro for videos on a channel, and how long would I take to learn it? [closed]

I was thinking you probably use Adobe Premiere and/or Adobe After Effects, but I'm not sure at all. Also, how hard will it be? I have some basic experience with Photoshop and Illustrator if it ...
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After Effects CS6 : Template Compositions

I'm trying to put together a library of 'clips' and/or 'effects' to use in some upcoming training videos I am developing. Is there a 'best practices' that includes making each effect into a ...
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Adding 3d animations in a video

For a project we need 3d animations to start unfolding whilst a person is walking. The video camera will be moving. Using After effects, achieve such a thing? Also what is this called? So I can also ...
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Issues importing iStock comps into After Effects

So I'm downloading a placeholder video FLV comp from iStockphoto.com (right click, save-link as under any video preview). When adding the downloaded FLV to AE, it comes up with an import error, saying ...
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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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Why does After Effects shear my last frame in a loop?

Following the short tutorial here to make a loop in After Effects using time remapping and the loopOut() expression I encountered some odd behaviour. In the tutorial it is mentioned that when this ...
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Stretch or Change Timing in After Effects

I am new to After Effects. I downloaded the free file for the Month of May from VideoHive and have been playing with it. Some of the text is displayed just a bit too short for my linking. I do not ...
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Blur whole text and then “unblur” part of it

I have a text in after effects that I wish to first blur the whole thing and then animate it so that a part of the text is clear. If I have the text Maecenas sed diam eget risus varius blandit sit ...
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Why does After Effects not enable me to work with 60FPS?

For a short student film, I'd like to be able to work with shots that are 60FPS. For some reason I dont see this option:
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How to mask out brush in After effects

I've run into a little snag. I can't seem to mask out some of the brush that I've used on a an empty layer. I create the mask but it simply doesn't mask out anything, it does however mask out pixels ...
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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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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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Video editing objects from black and white to colour

For school we came up with a cool concept, the video starts in black and white and when a person in the video touches an object it turns to colour. Could you guys help us out here? Do you have any ...
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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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Does alpha matte version of a clip allows to change the pattern

I'm a beginner in this field and I have to buy this clip from shutter-stock. This clip comes with some pre-rendered patterns and has an alpha-matte version. My question is : I want to use different ...
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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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No experience with AE, I want to create a Kinetic Typographic video. Am I being too ambitious?

Ok so I have this presentation thing for next week, and I have to make a explainer video. I'm super torn between whiteboard animation (I can do this) and kinetic typographic video. I really want to ...
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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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What techniques are used to create this 1-minute motion graphic?

Here's a 1 minute After Effects (?) production about The Noun Project (an iconic website): https://vimeo.com/48846655 I really like the style of it and would like to learn how to create something ...
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Looking for a tile slideshow transition effet

i am looking for a way to produce this transition effect for a slideshow : ...
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Tips for recording pen and paper

I've got a set-up where I'm using an iPad to record myself writing something on a white sheet of paper (with less-than-perfect lighting, of course). I'm recording a video in 1080p, and would like 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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After Effects: Importing Illustrator sequence?

I have 200 layers in Illustrator CS6. I have another set of the same layers but where basic attributes (position, scale) have changed. Is there a way to import these two "states" into After Effects ...
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Save frame with current camera angle

I'm an absolute noob to After Effects. I'm not using it for video. I just want to use the 3D ray tracing to get a single image. I've created the 3D image, set the lighting I want and have a camera ...
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Recommendable production codecs for Adobe video products

I'm currently searching for new codecs that are better suited for production than the ones we are currently using. So far we used QuickTime Animation and PhotoJPEG. The latter always proved as ...
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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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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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3d max change the opacity of an object's edges rendered in After Effects.

I want to change the opacity of the edge of an object so that when I render it and import to After Effects, it would match with the background video and feather at the edge of objects. Cant place ...
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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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Audio Not Playing on Imported Video Files

I a currently editing a video and imported a .avi movie into my After Effects project. I went to check the RAM preview, but there was no sound. I checked the audio preview and there still was no ...
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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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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 ...