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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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How do I keep from losing the color when I “Convert Shapes from Vector Layer” in AfterEffects?

I often design everything in Illustrator, then import the file into AfterEffects as a composition, apply "Convert Shapes from Vector Files" to each layer so that I am working with vector, and then ...
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After Effects Multiple instances hangs when rendering using PHP and Command Line

I am trying to render video from Adobe After Effects using PHP through command line. When i try to render video from After effects render Queue, i can see in Task Manager that all CPU cores are using. ...
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How to sync motion and music in After Effects

There's a video of a man, drawing something. There's a violin symphony music. I want to sync the video, I mean the movements of hand with the symphony. For example, I want the hand to move fast, ...
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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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Find/replace duplicate comps?

I'm working on a giant project file that was obviously created by importing lots of other projects into one big one. Many of the comps use many of the same precomps ... from projects that were copies ...
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After Effects render on AWS EC2

I want to render my After Effects projects on an EC2 Windows AMI for better performance, but they only allow Windows Server editions which are no supported by Adobe. Will it work if I install After ...
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Set variables on imported comp?

Using After Effects CS6, I'd like to import one project (ProjA) into another project (ProjB). Let's say that ProjA has some text that I want to customize from ProjB. I'd like to be able to import ...
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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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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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How to manage colour in After Effects to get precisely a desired colour in h264 output

I am working on a video for the web only. It is going to be on a webpage (never on broadcast), delivered as an h264 file. The web page background is hex code FFF1E5 (RGB 255, 241, 229). My background ...
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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 do Camera Tracking of turnaround Camera Shot?

Hope you are doing well. I am working on a Slow Motion Video in which Camera is rotating around a person on a dolly. I want to do 3D Camera Tracking of this Shot. I have tried it Using Adobe After ...
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After Effects Reusable Models and Rigs

I just started learning AE and video editing in general. My purpose is to animate 2d characters. I have not found an explanation online possibly because I'm not using the right terms. It seems very ...
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Plugins for Character Rigging

Are there any plugins or scripts that make it easy to create Character Rigging? I just watched a video that shows something I've never seen in AE. Is this something I can incorporate into the ...
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Parenting a null causes unexpected results

I've built an arrow that is controlled by two nulls - one at the start point and one at the end point. Using some trigonometry in some expressions, it works. When I move the nulls, the arrow resizes ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Use of time remapping to stabilize the velocity of a rotating object?

I have a video of myself inside of a human-powered rotating drum. This video's shot at 60 frames per second, but due to to the unreliable velocity of human operators, this drum rotates at different ...
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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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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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How do I resize a image preserving aspect ratio in After Effects?

In my compossition I imported an image, I would like to scale the image in real-time (I mean using the mouse to select the image, center it in the composition and resize it to see the results in real-...
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Extend duration of imported static layers in After Effects

I have imported a layered Photoshop file into After Effects as a layered comp with several .psd "footage" layers. I've created and edited the comps within the 20s main comp with animations and ...
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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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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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Why do a lot of animation videos have wiggly lines?

You see this style often in animated videos, e.g. this one: The outer borders/lines of the elements sort of wiggle (for want of a better word) at a high frequency, ...
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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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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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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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Scrolling the panel in After Effects

I'm on windows using After Effects CS6. I'm new to this software and am having a problem scrolling the window vertically or horizontally, Where is the scroll bar? Alternatively I'm trying to scroll ...
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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 to import 2D position data into After Effects

If I have a .csv file of x / y coordinates, representing positional data of an object in an animation, what's the easiest way to apply that to a 2D null in After Effects? Eg: Frame,Xpos,Ypos 1,33,...
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Can an expression parse a text file or the expression of another property in After Effects?

I am going to have tons of layers use the same expression, but I need to be able to edit the expression later without having to edit it for every layer. I also can't simply have each layer's property ...
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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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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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Blur whole text and then “unblur” part of it

I have a text in after effects that I wish to first blur the whole thing and then animate it so that a part of the text is clear. If I have the text Maecenas sed diam eget risus varius blandit sit ...
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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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How can I recreate this overexposed effect from the last scene in 'The Lighthouse'?

Spoilers Warning I just finished Robert Egger's film 'The Lighthouse', and one shot in the final scene really inspired me cinematically. Winslow, face covered in blood, finally goes up to the top ...
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After Effects preview with decreased image quality

I have some 3-4 year old AE projects which use bigger png textures. When I created, them they looked amazing in the preview. The quality was render quality. The images were displayed as they look like ...
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How are motion graphics like this created?

A few days ago i was browsing a forum, and I came across this person's signature which was underneath their comment. I contacted them a few days ago because I was interested in how this sort of motion ...
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How to upscale a 480p video to a 1080p with minimal quality loss?

I have a ripped DVD that I want to have digitally upscaled to 1080p. I have access to the editing software Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. I know Premiere is able to upscale when exporting, but ...
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After effects Timeline display: frames into milliseconds

I'd like to change frames into milliseconds in the timeline. Right one, it displays seconds, and frames in between. But since, I have to work on a music video, i'd like it to be milliseconds ...

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