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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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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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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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After Effects: controlling slider in ExtendScript

I'm newbie in After Effects. I've learned how to control slider from expressions. Now I need to get value of slider in script (jsx/extendscript). How can I achieve that? I've tried (in *.jsx): var a ...
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Creating a stream of the same object between two points in AE?

I'm trying to create a small animated infographic of how the banking system works. I thought I would represent the flow of money between the banks with dollar bills moving along a path. What's the ...
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vary the color of repeated shape in After Effects

I have a shape, in a shape layer, let's say a triangle. I apply a repeater to the shape, and I get lots of them. I can change the distance between them and their rotation ... My question is: Is there ...
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Adding a sport watch timer

I'm looking for a way to display a timer to measure things happening during the movie, a swimming event for example. Can I add a timer that will start once the race is started and displaying in ...
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Tessellation-like animation in after effects

I am trying to make something I've seen on the local new in the after effects. Now, let's say there's a large picture that has text on it "WBC" or something like that and those letters, when zoomed in ...
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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 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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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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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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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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After Effects: Create an isometric/orthographic Camera

I know that its not possible to create an non-perspective camera in after effects. But I read about a way to fake the effect of an isometric camera in after effects. I just didn't find something ...
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Motion tracking in very shaky footage?

I have footage of me sitting in a boat filming a friend that is riding a wakeboard. The footage is very shaky and as the boat turns around 180° every now and then, the background is constantly ...
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Can I multiply 3D cards in a Nuke 3d scene on top of each other, like i can multiply layers in After Effects?

I have a 3D Scene in Nuke with several cards behind each other in 3d space. Is there a way to multiply them on top of each other? Like with layer blending modes in After Effects but still keeping it a ...
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AE : Using a drawn brush as a mask

Is there a way to mask brush strokes like you can with a pen? At present, Im using a pen to create a mask then generate a stroke (Effects>Generate>Stroke). I then use reveal putting a keyframe on ...
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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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Object removal in After Effects via Content-Aware?

I have footage from a drone, and there's a rather unsightly floating thing that I'd like to remove. I've heard that one could export this video as frames and use Photoshop's built in "Content-Aware" ...
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How to animate the outlines of text (After Effects)

Is there a method in After Effects of animating the outlines of text as seen in the example below?
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Are there any recent 64-bit VFW screen capture codecs out there?

I'm currently editing some video screen capture recordings I did under Linux using recordMyDesktop (basically OGG Theora video files). Since there's currently no way to import Theora video into After ...
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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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Reveal entire layer in after effects with mask partial overlap

I'm looking for a way to reveal my entire layer when a portion of my mask covers the layer. I have a composition with multiple individual layers, that I want to reveal with a set matte. However lets ...
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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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Video noise and harsh shadows on green screen caused by feet

We have a recurring shoot where we continue to run into the same two issues. Our set consists of a medical exam table sitting on top of a green screen. The talent sits on the exam table and we record ...
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Make a video look like it was taken from further away

I have a telephone video recording I would like to edit to make it appear it was taken from further away than it was?
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Reducing the size of content within a composition in After Effects

I'm having playback issues with a video I've rendered in After Effects. I need to adjust the composition and all the content to a smaller size. However, when I adjust the comp size the footage stays ...
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AE - Imported mp4 seems to be missing audio

I'm new to After Effects, but my experience with video editing so far has been that audio and video are treated separately. When I add an mp4 to my composition, I get the video element, but I can't ...
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How can I preview with audio in After Effects and be able to pause / resume the preview?

I am working on a series of animations which have elements that are timed to the beat of the background track in AE. It's crucial that they are lined up perfectly to the audio (they are DJ training ...
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How was this magic smoke animation done?

Hi I was hoping any experienced video producer could tell me how an animation like the one showing at ~0:29-0:50 on the left side of this video is done?: and is it ...
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Change output using a .jsx script for After Effects CS6

I've made a script that will loop through a (.txt) interchanging elements of a certain composition. Within the script, I add each changed composition to the render queue and output it. How can I ...
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After Effects Not Rendering Transparency (Quicktime Movie)

I have a comp that I made that is a write-on effect. I have selected the alpha channel toggle so in my view, I see the checkered background. When I queue to render, I select lossless + alpha (I've ...
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How to achieve this kind of masks and transitions

I've come across this video and, as a total noob in video editing, I find it stunning. After watching it a couple of questions arise regarding masks and transitions: The intro title fills with a ...
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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 mask an animated layer in After Effects?

After effects noob here. I'm working on an animation where a ball falls through a hole. I created a Shape layer to use as the mask, but I can't get it to mask the ball layer. I've also tried adding a ...
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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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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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Sci-Fi intro logo animation

I'm trying to make an intro in After Effects (I'm a beginner) and I was wondering if anyone could assist me in reproducing the following logo animation: In order to dive into this topic and ...
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Puppet tool - how do I make the arms stay attached to the same points on the body?

Trying to make following character's body wiggle a bit, using the puppet tool: The face and arms are on separate layers as they will need to move independently. When the body moves via the puppet ...
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Interpolate Effects in After Effects

I have an image in After Effects that is slowly growing. After 5 seconds, I want the image to quickly grow. When I do this however, using 2 transition effects, the 'joint' at which the 2 transition ...
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Can you measure the width of a character in an AE expression?

I have a type effect that requires a couple of layers, one with the type, and another moving behind the letters as they appear (simulating the little text bubbles you get when typing on an iPhone). ...
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Relative Animation Presets

Is there any way to create an animation (a bubble for example, that rises up on the y axis and fades in from 0 to 100 opacity), that can be saved as an animation preset, then that can be added to ...
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Line animations

If you watch the above video at 29seconds, there's a line that is drawn around the number 1. Many of these animations are littered throughout this video (again at ...