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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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Blending Mode Options Missing After Effects

I'm trying to change my blending mode on After Effects CC 2015, but I have no options on certain layers. Only 2 of my layers have options to change the blending mode. How do I change it so all of my ...
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Keeping child object still while parent is moving in AE

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 ...
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AE Expression: Define FontSize

I'm making a complicated watch UI with a lot of expressions linked to different values of the display. As you can see from the image below, 9hrs isn't bonded to an expression yet, but it's graphically ...
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What does the 'evolution' property under Turbulent Displace in After Effects do?

It seems to add a ripple effect the more I increase the degree, but would like to read about it somewhere more. Couldn't find anything about it with a google/youtube search that specifically explains ...
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How do you solve a difficult camera track?

I've got a tricky camera track to do. Steadicam footage on a stage with a load of musicians and some smoke. After Effects built in tracker is not happy. I've tried masking the musicians out and just ...
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How to rename linked comps between Premiere and After Effects

I create a lot of linked comps from Premiere into After Effects. What's the right approach to renaming them, so that they don't all end up with generic meaningless names? By default they are named: &...
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Adobe After Effects - Script - How to move puppet pins relative to some other pin/layer anchor?

I want to move some puppet pins relative to an anchor point. Is there a simple script that does the math and makes the pin move with the anchor of a different layer? This stuff seems pretty basic but ...
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Is there a way to delete cache files on a per-project basis in After Effects?

Is there a way to delete cache files per-project in After Effects, instead of by date or by size of the cache?
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.mov file is not playing video in After Effects

I've recorded 7 videos yesterday. All recorded on a Canon 5D Mark III. The files are playing fine from Finder and Quicktime. But when I import them to After Effects, only one of them is not playing ...
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After Effects P/B-frames aka motion vectors for Datamosh replication

I am trying to replicate Datamoshing with After Effects. I'm close but I need to link the displacement map to motion vectors rather than just colors and brightness values. I know AE recognizes motion ...
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Auto-Orient to Camera creates unwanted Z orientation

I have eight icons arranged in a circle, a Null object in the centre, and a camera that's parented to the Null. Each icon is set to be a 3D layer, and Auto-Oriented towards the camera. The camera is ...
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Proper time stretch in After Effects for multiple layers

So when I stretch the two chosen layers, they do stretch together, but the collision point shifts so I need to correct it manually. How can I simultaneously change the length of the layers without ...
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After Effects: How to use Depth Matte if you have color and depth in different files?

I want to use the Depth Matte effect: https://helpx.adobe.com/ca/after-effects/using/3d-channel-effects.html but it seems these assume the sequence was loaded from a file that contains both color and ...
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When does Roto Paint 2 decide to do "refine edge propagating"?

If I am rotoscoping a long clip using RotoPaint 2 in After Effects, and I do the following: Make a good rotopaint boundary in the middle of the clip, and adjust the Refine Edge tool around it to look ...
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How can I "copy" a zoom from another video?

This question might sound weird but I've had it for a LONG time. Basically, is it possible to "track and copy" a zoom from a video and save it as a preset, so I can apply it to other videos? ...
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Adobe after effects edit templates

im struggling to edit the template of an intro. Im quite new to adobe after effects, ideally i want to change the logo and text. Ive managed to change the text underneath the logo but no the logo ...
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Precomp is disappearing and Mocha tracking points aren’t pasted

Very newbie with Boris Mocha. I want to use Mocha to replace a computer mouse cursor by an object. Here, with screenshots, it’s how I try to proceed. I then created a solid layer Next, I pre-composed ...
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Animating paths in After Effects

I have an illustration that I would like to animate in AE. Not sure how to do this however. I have three paths (simple lines) I made in illustrator with the pen tool, then used to width tool to ...
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How to count datapoints in a JSON file with expressions in After Effects?

I load a JSON file with expressions in after effects. I need to know the number of datapoints in that JSON file for further processing. How can i count (or index?) Them with expressions?
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Edges look wrong when compositing layer with blur and transparency

I'm trying to composite layers from an animation I made with Blender in After Effects. The problem I'm running into is that the motion-blurred edges are either receding, or becoming discolored, ...
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Which After Effects renderer performs better on a macbook pro? RenderGarden or BG Renderer MAX?

I've got a 2018 MacBook Pro 15 inch with the built in Radeon Pro Vega 20 4 GB graphics. I'd like to speed up rendering in After Effects. Which of these is more effective at doing this and why? https:...
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After Effects - Keystroke to move focus to the Project Panel

Is there a keystroke / keyboard shortcut to move focus to the Project Panel? I know CMD+0 toggles Project Panel visibility, but is there a key that when pressed can be followed by UP/DOWN arrows to ...
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Ways to force-stop or limit extent of After Effects tracking when you can't escape from it?

I've been using tracking in After Effects a lot lately; tracking masks, tracking objects or the camera etc., and whenever I click that play ▶ button, there doesn't seem to be anything I can do to stop ...
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AE - Tracking in Comp different when played backwards?

I've come across a rather strange phenomenon in After-Effects. Here's what I have: I tracked some shaky footage and applied the tracked motion to a null. Then, a camera follows that null, thus ...
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Creating the Star Trek warp effect in After Effects

I am trying to figure out how to create the effect of going into warp from the Star Trek tv shows like The Next Generation and so forth - the one where the ship stretches forward, blurs a bit and then ...
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Animate a Slider With Json File Import?

So let me explain, I have a json file with numbers and the duration of how long each number should be displayed which is 4 seconds. I want the slider to show the first number (which is 1,000) and then ...
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After Effects Radio Waves FX Initial Size

My business partner and I are working on our company's portfolio, we decided to add some animations in order to make it more fun. We are really new to After Effects but we both learn quickly and we ...
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Particles flowing around a masked area

I want Particular in After Effects to animate a flow of particles moving from left to right and bouncing into the perimeter of the mask space around the EXPO logo. Is this possible to create in ...
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What is algebraic effect of transforms in Adobe After Effects Keyframe Data file?

I want to write software which peforms a pan, zoom, rotate, and resample on a 3840x2160 input video, yielding a 960x540 output video. I have an keyframe data file, exported from Adobe After Effects, ...
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Animating particles with collision avoidance?

I need to drive a large number of small 2D cars around on screen in a fairly random fashion... I have the Trapcode Suite. I'd really like them not to overlap each other. What's the easiest way to ...
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Dealing with dropped frames in background plate when doing keyframe animation in After Effects

I am working on a video which includes some dropped frames ever so often. When a frame dropped, it repeated the previous frame sometimes 2 or 3 times. I am overlaying many objects on this video, and ...
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Adobe AE with Element3D to work with Intel Graphics

I use Element3D most of the time when I edit videos, however, there's a problem. This Adobe After Effects Plugin works with NVIDIA GeForce Palit 210 1GB but I didn't use the graphics card because it ...
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NVidia GTX 180 Composition Display Issues in After Effects and Premier Pro

I have a new NVidia GTX 180 (latest drivers) which is one of the latest high end releases in the GPU market. The problem is I'm experiencing the following issues in the composition(viewport) windows ...
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Bad yet good framerate after exporting through Media Encoder

Lately, I've been getting a weird issue with my Media Encoder exports. I usually import 2 files through After Affects CC: an "intro" one and the main movie, both at lossless quality, and export the ...
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Centered motion tracking with Mocha AE/Pro and After Effects?

I haven't been able to figure out yet how I get stabilized footage from mocha Pro to After Effects. I start a new project, import my footage and am able within mocha Pro to get a nice motion tracking ...
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Stabilize a really big drone ascent

I have a 300' ascent with a drone looking at 2 actors lying on the ground. The drone does a bit of drifting and rotating on the way up. I want to stabilize the whole shot to be rock solid. If I use ...
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Moving Multiple Layers on Timeline

This is probably a simple question, but I do not think I know the terminology to search for it. All I want to do is move the start point of multiple layers forward without changing the sequence of ...
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How to move a layer using a slider control?

I'm trying to create a mogrt file that has the option of moving a layer using a control (instead of just moving it on the timeline). Is there a way to create a slider control for example that allows ...
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AE Animation Bad Quality on YouTube

I've created an animation in After Effects, and dynamic linked the composition into Premiere for audio editing. Then I exported from PR using Media Encoder. The exported file looks good, but when ...
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After Effects: Detect point of intersection between two paths

I have two curves/paths (path A and B) and a null point A that follows path A with an arbitrary speed. I need a null point B that follows the path B but with a speed dependent to null point A x ...
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After Effects: Moving Protected Areas from a parent compositions in time

I recently learned about the neat responsive design feature in after effects called "protected areas". While understanding the need and basic functionality of that feature, I am still ...
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AE composition with MOV footage not rendering in Media Encoder

I am relatively new to After Effects and Media Encoder. I have an application that is monitoring a folder for media delivered by a 3rd party. When that media arrives, I move the media to a watch ...
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After Effects: How do I hide the wire mesh for puppet tool?

I have a composition that has a puppet pin tool added for a simple head movement. The head animation works fine but when I move the frame, there seems to be a wire mesh left behind. I have created a ...
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Using Knoll Light Factory and AE's Fractal Noise to improve volumetric lighting in Trapcode Lux

What are the steps necessary to create this? https://twitter.com/RedGiantNews/status/1425145716675125251 Specifically how do you use the built in fractal noise plugin to create what looks like ...
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In After Effects, how do I enable the handles of the bezier curve in the graph editor, for "Position" in a "Transform" effect?

I am unable to use the handles of the bezier curves with a Effect > Distort > Transform's Position, whereas I can do that just fine using the layer's Transform. Does anyone know why?
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Duplicate layer multiple times automatically, and randomize position/start time of each copy, in After Effects

I've seen this done in many programs. For example in the 3D world you can create a branch out of a single leaf, and a tree out of a single branch, automatically, by randomizing position and start of ...
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After effect how to make zoom effect

I want to make the text zoom when it passes the red rectangle. I have added the magnify effect, but it's not looking good. I want to make the long list of text from A to Z. And as the word passes or ...
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Adding Time offset to Marker expression

I have below expression on time-remap property which triggers transition based on the markers set on Action layer. Is it possible to add certain frames of pre-roll to this expression so if the maker ...
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How to import Quicktime screen recording in PP or AE?

I know how to import other content with normal specs but these QuickTime screen recordings from my Macbook has weird FPS data. When I import these .mov files in AE or PP I get weird glitches on the ...
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the arms of my puppet appear under the leg

I have created my puppet with pins and the hands are going under the legs and under his beard and i need to make him eat grapes. The pin layer of the hand is over the pin layer of the leg thanx for ...
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