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Video blurry after dragging it to composition

I am having an issue with a video that I am adding effects to. The video is clear when I import it, but when I drag it on to a composition, it gets blurry.
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How to change the pace of imported mov video clip in after effects

Sorry for noob question or a possible duplicate. We got a .mov inside a AE project. What we are trying to do is change the tempo of this so duration isn't 4 sec for example, but instead cause our ...
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How to move a layer only in one direction?

Is it possible to just move a layer along one axis, eg x? I need to move many layers individually in a 3D space, but only along one axis. It would be much quicker if I could lock all axis but one, ...
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Intersecting animated masks

As a quick demonstration, here's an illustration; So I have two shapes (2 and 3), which intersect (4). I want to animate the position (possibly also scale) of these two shapes, while having footage ...
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Can't add Motion Blur to layer imported from Photoshop

I can't enable Motion Blur on this layer: Any ideas what could be wrong?
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Is there a way to link the animation of two layers?

I am building a kinetic type-style video and am struggling to get some of the animations to sync correctly. In this particular example I am trying to have a text box (imported .ai file) rotate with ...
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Adobe After Effects vs. Final Cut Express for chroma keying

Which is better for chroma keying, Adobe After Effects or Final Cut Express and why?
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Waving flag in After Effects from vector

Could anyone provide some insight on how to go about animating a vector flag (such as the one pictured below) to wave in the wind. Simultaneously, how could also animate what's "printed" on the flag ...
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3D composition shows up as 2D in main project view?

Camera [comp 3D] ellipse mask in z-axis layer1 2D layer2 2D layerN 2D The layers are aligned in the Z-axis along the ellipse, forming a 3D text by the layers. When I'm inside the ...
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Fill shape layer with an image (after effects)

How can I fill a shape, with an image in After effects? For example, something like this: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bc/Europe_flags.png I found an answer somewhere that I need ...
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Working with Frame Rates & Slow Motion in Adobe Premiere

I'm a very new beginner to video editing, but I am trying to do the best job I can. I saw this tutorial about "slow-motion basic techniques": I learned the ...
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Can you mask a parent null object in Adobe After effects?

Is it possible to create one mask or track matte mask on a parent null layer that applies to all child layers? Only way I've figured out is to apply a track matte to every layer I want masked which ...
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Cleaning tracked keyframes in After Effects

I'm new to After Effects and played with Mocha for After Effects a bit (which is v.easy to pick up) and was wondering: If I have a bunch of dense set of keyframes as a result of tracking, is there an ...
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Motion and shape tracking in After Effects CS5.5

My footage consists of someone with black sunglasses moving his head tilting slowly back and forth. The glass of the sunglasses is visible in the footage. In the beginning the head is tilted back, the ...
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Strike through text After Effects CS6

In most Adobe CS6 apps, the character palette has a strikethrough button. In After Effects CS6, this seems to be missing. Is there a way to do strikethrough in After Effects CS6. Most the tutorials ...
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How to scale a layer in pixelated fashion in After Effects?

How to scale a layer in pixelated fashion? I.e. each pixel of the image will grow to the block of pixels in the final scene without smoothing or blending (see picture below): WORKAROUND To ...
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Create middle lined mask in vector shape

I have a Illustrator vector shape (It has a shape path around it). But I need a mask line in the middle of the shape. The problem with with doing it by drawing a shape line over it is that I can't get ...
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Keying + Tracking onto Tablet/Smartphone with Green Screen Display in Adobe Premiere or After Effects

I shot a commercial and in the commercial we have people holding an ipad or iphone and the screen of the devices were green like the pics below. Now I have to overlay some UI/UX from apps and web ...
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After Effects stroke effect doesn't play

In After Effects I am trying to apply the Stroke effects to characters as described in this video: My Screen: Although as you can see even just going at the middle ...
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Trim the part of composition in After Effects along with its key frames

I want to trim a composition b/w the two Composition marker (1) and Composition marker (2): You see there are many layers with different key frames and I want to trim everything which lies in the ...
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after effects - circular trim path

I have an animated circle shape layer with trim paths applied to it and the end percent animated from 0% to 100%. But half way through the animation, the circle path seems to close itself. How can i ...
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Working with Premiere and After Effects

I am doing a video project now where one of my goals is to learn proper video editing. I will make some effects in After Effects, but will doing the cut in Premiere. I know these softwares will be a ...
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How can I rotate in steps with After Effects?

I want to animate a representation digital counter. It is a segmented circle, and each time the counter increments it should move one step forward. My plan is to start with a graphic with all the ...
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How do you zoom in (animated) on a portion of your canvas?

I'm using After Effects to create a Motion graphic and I would like to make the animation zoom in on a specific point, do something and then zoom out again. To clarify what I exactly try to achieve: ...
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Add path operation to multiple shape layers

I have multiple shape layers, and I want to add Wiggle Paths to all of them. One way of course is to manually add to each of them. Is there a way to add it to all of them at once? Specially is there a ...
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Plugin for generating the entire audio waveform seekbar?

Is there any plugin or extension for After Effects for generating the entire audio waveform seekbar? I've heard about the audio spectrum visualizer plugins for After Effects, but I haven't heard ...
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CPU vs. GPU in a MacPro

I'm thinking of purchasing a MacPro and I'm wondering what the performance differences would be (in a Pr/Ae workflow) between one with the 3.0GHz 8-Core processor and Dual D500 graphics cards vs. one ...
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Automatic motion blur in video editor?

Is there an alternative to the automatic motion blur in After Effects for Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas or Final Cut? I use it mainly to sync text/image animations with sound cues, however After Effects ...
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after effects how to Zoom-in but keep same size (zooming and cropping)

I am using After Effects, i am zooming an image using two keyframes and the scale setting, but as i zoom in, the image gets bigger. I want the image to have the zoom-in but keep its assigned size. ...
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How do I build a circle which serves as a particle attracter using After Effects Trapcode Particular?

I want all particles that I emitted to settle down on a circle shape after animating them in space. What would be perfect is to be able to draw a circle shape which works as a particle attractor after ...
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How to mirror a composition?

I have a moving solid mask composition, which forms a white line that moves vertically from the middle to the left and back. I now want to create a copy of that composition, mirror it and link the ...
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How to link an FX property of multiple layers?

I'm evaluating an after effects plugin , which has an FX property brightness and similar. I have several layers on top of each other, each letting a portion of the others shine through. Now I want to ...
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Launch a AfterEffects rendered in background with cmd update

I am trying to find scripting code that allows me to open a CMD in Windows and lauch AE render of the current project queue in background. Also, if possible, to get the output back in that cmd ...
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Kung Fury VHS effect

I hope everybody seen this amazing trailer of upcoming Swedish masterpiece: FULL HD TRAILER So, I wonder, how to achieve this cool video effect. Please, pay attention on the edges: The image ...
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After Effect: Create Stroke from Motion Track Path

In After Effect, I tracked a moving object in my Video with the Motion Tracker. There I got Keyframes, which I want to use. Now, I would like to show the path of my object in the Video. I thought to ...
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Text templates made in after effects render gibberish characters in Premiere Pro

Upon importing the template composition, the layout get successfully imported, however the text is changed to random exotic characters. Why?
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Defining animation once, then repeating across a selection of shapes in a cascading manner?

I have a comp with 20 windows (for a building), that I want to animate in a cascading manner (i.e. windows 1 though 20) with half a second in between each window animates in. Is there a way for me to ...
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Display Contents Outside of Composition Boundary?

I have an icon I'm animating within it's own composition. I want the comp size to be comparable to the final size of the icon, so when I lay it down in other projects, I have a good understanding of ...
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After Effects Opacity behaving differently from Photoshop?

I have some white text that fades out on a red background (rgb (255,0,0)) in After Effects. For some reason, in After Effects, the effect of the text fading out is a dark, almost 'black', animating ...
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How to switch New Composition Settings Duration from Base 25 (time) to Frames?

In the tutorial I am doing the instructor has their Composition Settings enabling them to input the amount of Frames they would like the Composition to be. Picture is a little faded, it says "Frames @ ...
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How to remove an unwanted dynamic object from a dynamic footage

I need to remove an object (in my case - a newspaper) that is being hold by a man who moves it a bit from side to side and sometimes it is hidden behind some other objects. How do I do this? My idea ...
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Adobe Media Encoder CC - No output sound

After I finish my project in Adobe After Effects I export the project to Adobe Media Encoder. I choose the default setting Youtube HD 1080p 29.97. After render all the video I get no sound on the ...
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Is it possible to use an SSD for the RAM preview in After Effects CC?

I'm looking at my options, I would like to buy an SSD to do RAM previews with but I'm not sure if it can be configured this way... is there anyone else that has tried this?
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After Effects CC slant effect crops artwork

I'm a newbie to AE so there's probably a simple answer to this. So I've imported some art from illustrator and dropped in on the stage. I then Create shapes from vector layer. Then I apply the effect ...
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How do I animate an image based on relative position in after effects?

When I add text to an after effects project there's an "animate" triangle I can click which lets me animate the position of the text from 0.0, 0.0. This is great because if I duplicate that layer and ...
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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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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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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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Color shifts in Quicktime when playing h264 encoded movie from After Effects

If I preview my project in After Effects all colors appear as they should. However, if I render using either the AE renderer (lossless/best) or Media Encoder (YouTube 1080 H264) the colors are all ...
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Create a random number each second

In After Effects I am trying my hands at this and would like to add a random number between 45 and 55 in the upper right corner, which should change each second. If I ...