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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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After Effects 2020 shape layer path ignoring 3D orientation when used to parent a null?

I'm trying to animate a null to follow an ellipse path. The path is rotated in 3D space. When I copy the path to the position of the null, it copies and the null is animated around the path but the 3D ...
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Change video start playing time inside a composition - After Effects

Here is screenshot of my projects. Pre-comp 1 is made with inerted shapes phoneFooting_New.mp4 is a 8 seconds video Red Solid 1 Comp1 is a composition made with : A 36 seconds video called ...
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Using water as green screen

so I had this idea but inorder to do it, I need to have water as a green screen. (Because I wanted to make the image move like water). So I was thinking of using dye to color the water and key that ...
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Best and easiest way to delete a layer by a specific time in the After Effects timeline

I use Adobe After Effects (Last version) for video editing I created a composition with a video, shape and null Object. So far everything work well. Now I want to hide the layer from a certain point ...
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Changing suffix of template in after effects

I am totally new to after effects and I make teaching videos. I want to change suffix "K" to "%" but I am having a hard time removing it from the template I have bought from an ...
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Best and easiest way to remove tracking markers from green screen video

I have this video : From which I want to remove all tracking markers (black and blue tracking markers). I tried to use After Effects through Mocha and Content-aware-...
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What are use cases for Timeline button in Preview panel?

I'm going through AE interface basics and trying to understand what is the Timeline button for From my observations, it just shifts focus from Preview to Timeline panel, but isn't it easier to click ...
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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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In what order are After Effects layer effects applied?

Pardon the noob question – If I have say a "brightness" effect and a "sharpen" effect appearing in this order (first is on top of the other), will "brightness" be applied ...
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How to reveal 3 masks with Stroke in After Effects

How to reveal this image with Stroke Effect in a single image layer? I created 3 masks using Pen Tool For each mask , I added a Stroke effect and animated everything. In Stroke effect the settings, I ...
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Make a transformed element remain static while other elements animate

We have a record button that needs to transform the middle element from a circle at rest, to a square when recording, as the outside rings pulse. We are having trouble getting the square to stay ...
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VHS Wobble After Effects

Does anyone know how to achieve the specific wobble of the VHS tape that can be seen here: (it's throughout the video, but you can best see it if you look at the "...
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Need help finding plugins/techniques to recreate my magic system in After Effects

This is my first time posting, but i'll try to stay concise For the last 5 days, I've tried recreating my magic system in After Effects in order to make a guide explaining how it works. Because ...
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How to quick select PNG image for masking in After Effects?

Is that possible to generate mask from Layer Alpha Channel? I want to quick select this image for masking.
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Best way to create external alterable configuration file to be read by After Effects and Java

Background I'm trying to make an AE animation to visualize some data. Since the raw data I'm using comes in json files and needs to be parsed and analyzed to find useful statistics, I'm using a java ...
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AfterEffects: How to make audio sine waves like this?

Alright, there are many tutorials on audio spectrums in AE, like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_-aycDYsJM I want to make a visualizer like this, however, where the waves more mimic sine waves: ...
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Change to black and white (without greys) in AE

I am trying to convert an After Effect layer of regular color video to a completely Black & White layer, that is, Black remains black, but anything not black will turn into snow white. Is there an ...
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How to track and zoom in AE

I want to learn how to make the effect that is presented in the video from 0:29 to 0:31, that is, cursor tracking and zoom.
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How do I remove the grey bars that appear after a layer in the timeline?

I see some grey bars in my timeline after a clip that I can also move forwards and backwards. What's their purpose and how do I remove them so I can just have blank space in their place?
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Transition for stopping after lightspeed travel

I am working on a video where I zoom into space and jump to another scene. My perspective is to do something what Andrew Kramer did in Star Wars Title. I took help from the following video to radial ...
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What is the best version of After Effects to use on my workstation?

I have a HP Z600 workstation with these specs: Processor: Intel Xeon x5650 x2 Memory (RAM): 6*8gb = 48GB total ram Graphics card: Nvidia Quadro k620 2gb Vram Windows 10 Which version of After effects ...
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How to create a shredded photo in Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects?

I need to create an effect that would tear the photo into small pieces. These pieces should then fly in all directions. How can I do this as effectively as possible in Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe ...
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How do I make long videos using After Effects?

My laptop is Lenovo y700 with 4 gb of Nvidia GTX 960m (not the best but it does the job) and 8 GB RAM. Anyways, I am working on a podcast that ranges from 20-30 mins in length. When we upload it to ...
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How to zoom into a video inside of a mask?

So I am trying to make a small clip wherein I have a solid black layer masked on top of a video to give it a film bar. Now at one point I want to zoom into the video without zooming into the solid ...
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After Effects - Green Screen - Subject Was Filmed Using Different Lens Than Background Image

My subject was filmed in front of a green screen using a different lens than was used for the fake background image. When she moves away from the camera, she looks like a giant against the background ...
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After Effects - Green Screen - Non keyed, overlapping areas make final result look bad

I'm working on a fitness video that was filmed in front of a full body green screen. Most of the subject's body is in front of the green but some of her body overlaps the gym mat. When I key out the ...
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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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Motion tracking in After Effects 2020 (as well as in 2019) becomes very slow after some time

When I perform motion tracking by 2 points in AE 2020 it starts with good acceptable speed (10-15 fps) and then after about 1000-2000 frames it sometimes become very slow, about 1 fps. The video has ...
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Premiere: Creating title text from clip's creation date

So I have lots of short clips of footage documenting a specific event and the time thereafter. I want to automatically generate a title text that displays a text like XX seconds, XX hours since where ...
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After Effects - Path with cut out

I am trying to animate a logo to create a loader. As part of this animation I want to convert the logo symbol to a 3d object and spin it. I have created a shape layer and pasted a path from ...
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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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most efficient pipeline for rendering large documents in after effects

I've been making a lot of videos using multi-page A4 size PDFs in AE. What's the most efficient way to do this? The renders take a while. Things I've tried: 1) Split PDF to 1 file per page 2) Convert ...
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After Effects doesn’t handle premultiplied images correctly

I’ve been told by various people in the industry that AFX doesn’t handle premultiplied images correctly and I’ve been able to verify this myself in my own pipeline. I’m just not sure if we are all ...
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Converting AE animations to SVG with bodymovin

I have been trying to export an After Effects animation of an aurora borealis (made with Flux) as an SVG for a website, but every time I export it looks a bit low res and takes up to much space to be ...
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Make a solid push another solid

Here's the situation: I'm not new to After Effects. I've been using it for a while and I could say I'm an intermediate user. My knowledge is limited to everything but expressions. So, I have a white ...
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How can I distinguish a freeze frame from the moving parts of the video?

Im wondering whats a good way for distinguishing (marking) a freeze frame from the moving parts of the video so it will not look like a problem that stopped the video player app? I prefer keeping the ...
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After Effects melting film strip in the old projector

I want to make the effect of a melting film strip in the old projector. Please tell me how this can be done with After Effects? I have all the necessary footages, but after blending it does not look ...
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Audio normalization across multiple clips and for Youtube, in After Effects

I am trying to normalize audio between the clips in my timeline, and at the same time I want to make sure that the overall volume matches Youtube's guidelines. I wonder if I can read the peak ...
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Changing duration of multiple After Effects layers at once

Can I set duration of multiple After Effects (freezed frame) layers to a fixes value (e.g. 4 seconds each) at once?
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How do I dynamically reposition part of a sentence based on the width of a word in the middle of the sentence that will change?

I am looking to build an animation where in the middle of a sentence, a word gets deleted by character, then a new word is retyped on-screen and the back half of the sentence repositions as each ...
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Where are the After Effects workspaces saved?

Is there a way to import custom workspaces from another computer?
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Programs that help you export multi-language videos?

I'm looking for a program that can do multi-language export of video. Let me give an example: I create video with text and I would like to easily add 4 different languages inside each text. The ...
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After Effects What does this Icon mean

Thanks in Advance, Can someone help with explaining what this Icon mean couldn't find any reference, cheers
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Fill a shape layer with a pattern (repeating image) in After Effects

In a Shape Layer I have managed to build myself the following shape, which is basically a circle and a rectangle: I wish to fill that shape with folk-attern.png (repeating) so that it covers the ...
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How to get light swish/trail effect in aftereffects?

Ok Im trying to emulate light path effects in aftereffects like this at this point (the weapon swing): https://youtu.be/6gX-dCaLCo0?t=66 I saw this tutorial, however it only works on windows: https://...
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Is there any way to make text transparent when it is in a shape and make non-transparent when it is outside the shape?

I am a beginner in After Effects. I came to know the TrkMat - Alpha Inverted Matte "Text" option to make the text transparent within a shape like the below image. But when I move the text outside of ...
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How to create outward spiral motion in Adobe After Effects?

I want to create an outward spiral motion in Adobe AE. So how to do it? I found an expression script for it here but it creates an inward spiral motion and I want outward spiral. And I am not able to ...
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Adobe Media Encoder rendering issue

I am quite new to the video editing world. I am trying to follow some of tutorial online on how to render a sequence of timelapse photos with Adobe After Effects and export using Media Encoder Queue. ...
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How do I remove automatic feathering of shape in Adobe After Effects?

Every time I create a new shape layer in Adobe After Effects it has automatically applied some type of feathering to the shape(see image below). How do I remove this? I would like the edges to be ...
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What is the name of this effect in After Effects?

how to create an intro animation just like this: ? What is the name of the effect (time around 00:00:02 until 00:00:05)? I am trying to search it over Youtube but doesn'...

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