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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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Does version control have a part in the video production workflow?

I'm a software developer and I'm also interested in photography (for four years) and video production (for a few months only). ■ In software development, there is an important rule every developer ...
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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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Is it possible to export a Video with transparent Background? (No Image Sequences!)

Is it possible to export a video file from After Effects with transparency? I don't want to export to an image sequence.
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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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Continuous smooth camera movement in post

I'm editing a small video which got recorded on a really cheap tripod, therefore the Camera movment is really uncontinuous and not smooth. Any ideas how to make the movement smooth? such a thing as ...
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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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Duplicate layers X times and move 1 frame each time

I do a lightpainting video on After Effects (CS6 here) where I duplicate my layert to create continuous lines based on a moving light. I have a lot of comps to do and many layers to duplicate, then I ...
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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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What determines video orientation (landscape or portrait) during playback?

I captured a short video on my Android phone in portrait mode (i.e. to be viewed vertically). When I played it on Windows 7 using WMP (or VLC), it displayed incorrectly in landscape orientation. ...
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How to loop an animated mask?

I'm trying to make a loop from an animated mask, but each time I introduce my loop expression: loopOut (type="cycle", numKeyframes = 0), After Effects is telling me that: "Expression is deactivated,...
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Is it possible to “Blur a Transparent Background” in Adobe After Effects?

I am a beginner to Adobe After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro, so forgive me for a lack of a better term. I am trying to create an Adobe After Effects composition. I want the composition to be ...
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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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Object moving to a position I didn't specify

I'm trying to do the following: At 0;00;00;00 orange triangle is offscreen and begins to move towards the center. At 0;00;03;00 orange triangle arrives at position 243, 135. At 0;00;03;00 orange ...
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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 a ...
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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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What are motion graphics?

What are motion graphics? What software can I use to create them? What should someone trying to produce a video with motion graphics know?
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Footprint or breadcrumb animation

I'm after a very specific effect and I haven't found an effective way to accomplish it. Basically, I want dots to appear along a path and disappear over time. The dots should not move after they're ...
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Layer dimensions in after effects

How can I find the dimensions in pixels of a layer in adobe after effects.
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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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Video in After Effects composition panel is pixelated during scrubbing

I am new to AE and following a Lynda.com essentials course. In the course, the video in the composition panel stays sharp during scrubbing, as below: But in my AE application, it shows as pixelated ...
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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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Reduce render file size in After Effects

I am making a simple travel map, like the one in the Indiana Jones movies. I followed this tutorial: (German) When I want to save it as a video (render it), the ...
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After Effects: Increment a Variable over time

I have following problem: I am trying to tweak the speed of a Math.sin function. Therefore I need a variable that incerements over time with a combination of a keyframed speed variable. Sounds ...
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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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Evolving lines with mirror effect

I would like to create evolving lines similar to those in this sequence (starting at 0:28): I know how to reveal lines, but I struggle to make the line moving so ...
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Adobe Encoder fps and duration doesn't match

I have After Effects project file 25 fps, 29 seconds duration long. After exporting i get 725 png files - looks normal so far. But then i merge it to mp4 using Adobe Encoder, I get total 24 seconds ...
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scale an image inside a mask

Pretty new to after effects. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to scale an image contained inside a mask. Similar to photoshop. In Photoshop you create a mask and if you want to scale the ...
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See layers beneath the solid I'm editing in After Effects

I have imported a photo into one layer and I created an opaque solid on top of it. I want to animate the solid with the Brush tool (Write on). When I enter layer edit mode for the solid I can't see ...
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After Effects - How to avoid annoying gradations if I render a mp4?

I created a light in After Effects. My preview works as expected: But if I render my composition as a mp4 file, I get these strange gradations errors: I've tried every option in the comp settings, ...
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After Effects: Parent a Camera's position to a Null-Object with specific Off-Set

I am just struggling with a simple expression thing I guess. I have a camera looking at an Object in 3D Space. Actually The Object is at [0,0,0]. The Camera's position is at [29,-1637,-2248]. What I ...
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How to improve sense of timing in motion graphics

I would simply ask a way to get a better "sense of timing" in motion graphics... It's not about a software specific question: do you know a good online course that teaches motion graphics fundamentals,...
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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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Can you render Adobe Premiere or After Effects projects on Linux using a render manager?

I'm looking for a way to render Premiere or Edius projects on linux via command line. As you may know, there are a lot of render managers like Deadline, Render Pal or Smedge in order to build a ...
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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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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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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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Adobe After Effects MP4 Export Issue

I'm trying to export a composition from Adobe After Effects. My Comp is 1280x720, and ideally I'd export with an mp4 container, and h264 video codec. Problem is, After Effects is giving me a PAR error,...
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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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Remove light reflection from eyes

I have a video with a man speaking (very stable, motion tracking on his eyes works perfectly) The problem is each eye has reflections of 4 light sources, so each eye looks like it has 4 white pupils ...
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Any way to change properties of subcomp based on parent comp?

I have a dozen 'main' comps which have a bunch of nested comps. I need to create about 30 versions of each main comp, with different colors. The subcomps are animated shapes, which take their color ...
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How do I make this object orbit around the center without making it turn

I have this atom that I want to animate in after effects (yes I know you have more than one electron in carbon, but that's not the point). I want this electron to orbit around the middle of the atom. ...
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Is it possible to track continue motion tracking on another point in After Effects CC?

I have green screen footage and have about 4 points on the green screen but sometimes the actor moves and hide the points. He will hide all point but not at the same time. Is it possible to motion ...
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How do I apply effects to a layer at its current resolution (scaled up by the layer's scale property) instead of its original resolution?

I'm a sprite animator in Adobe After Effects. For example, I want to be able to skew a layer, but because this image is very small on its own, when I scale up its scale property and then skew it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Timelapse on after effects

I have got 90 pictures of a building site (one per work day), and I would like to get about 10 seconds of video. So, I would like to know how to generate image between my images on after effects (CS6) ...
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After Effects distance between two points

I have written an expression to get the distance between two points, but it does not work and I haven't a clue why. It's pretty simple: function findDistance(xa, xb, ya, yb) { return Math.sqrt( (...