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How do I resize a image preserving aspect ratio in After Effects?

Click on a layer name. You should see the control points on its border. Click on one of the border points but don't drag it yet. Hold down Shift key and then drag it. Release the mouse button when ...
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How to upscale a 480p video to a 1080p with minimal quality loss?

You can upscale Premiere Pro footage using the Detail-preserving Upscale effect in After Effects via Dynamic Link. The results will never be as good as actual HD footage, but the Detail-preserving ...
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Separate all layers every "X" interval of time in After Effects

No scripting or expressions are needed, it's built-in to After Effects: Drop all your frames into a comp… go to the 5 second mark… with all layers selected, hit alt] or option] to trim the end of ...
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How to import 2D position data into After Effects

Found the answer here. Copying any positional keyframes out of After Effects generates a text file like this: Adobe After Effects 8.0 Keyframe Data Units Per Second 25 Source Width 100 ...
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How to delete a gap in an After Effects timeline

There's a script that does it for you (I just wrote it). You can get it (free, open source, WTFPL license) here on my blog. With the playhead in a gap, run the script and it will pull the layers after ...
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Best and easiest way to remove tracking markers from green screen video

You can do this quite easily without content-aware fill or anything like it. I'd tackle this by doing the following: create a rough shape for each tracking-point (the color doesn't matter) track each ...
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Automated rendering of After Effects or similar

After Effects can be automated using the Adobe extendscript scripting language, and can be run from the command line, meaning that it can be integrated into other processes. Extendscript is ...
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Extend duration of imported static layers in After Effects

Open the imported comps. Not in the layer source window, just as comps (i.e. double click from the project panel). Go to the composition settings menu and change the duration to whatever you want. ...
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Extend duration of imported static layers in After Effects

If I'm understanding your situation correctly... two options: Place your cursor over the very end of the layer bar in the timeline. It should be a horizontal double ended arrow cursor. Drag to the ...
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After effects Timeline display: frames into milliseconds

Here's a workaround: Create a left aligned text layer - type a zero. Format to the size and colour of your choice. Twirl down this layer, twirl down text, ALT click the stopwatch on the Source text ...
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After Effects on Mac: Use touchpad to scroll like in PS or Illustrator

It's so weird the way all the Adobe apps require different muscle memory to do the same thing. Even things that are the same like panning around a work area or zooming. I understand it's because of ...
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How do I resize a image preserving aspect ratio in After Effects?

…and because there's always two ways of doing anything in After Effects: Select the layer. press s to reveal the scale property of the layer. Note that you don't need to hold any modifier keys like ⌘ ...
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Why do a lot of animation videos have wiggly lines?

This seems to typically be called 'Squigglevision', it's even patented. There do seem do be ways to replicate this in After Effects.
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After Effects: Make beam effect go over end/beginning

You can't do it with the beam effect as it stands. But… A workaround would be to move your start and end points further out along the line that they define. A bit of maths and an expression will do ...
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How are motion graphics like this created?

Totally doable using After Effects as it comes out of the box. I'd be making each letter a separate layer, turning that layer into a matte for the colour, which would be provided by the gradient ...
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After Effects preview with decreased image quality

You're probably using "Fast Draft" as your preview. This is a new preview mode which uses the GPU to provide "fast"* rendering for previews. This mode will generally look pretty bad, with less or no ...
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edit after effects projects with aerender and extend script

Aerender does what it says on the tin: it just renders. It can save a comp after rendering if there's a post-render action like setting proxies, but AFAIK it has no other capability to modify projects ...
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Screenshot - what is this on my layer?

That means there's extra media after the end of the clip. If you hover the mouse over the intersection of the semi-transparent part and the opaque part, it will turn into a double arrow <-->. If ...
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How can I recreate this overexposed effect from the last scene in 'The Lighthouse'?

You can tell by the shadows that light's illumination was increased. However, you can acheive a similar result (though not perfect) by just keyframing the 'Curves' effect in After Effects. (I had ...
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random copied and being truly random

The random number generator in AE seems to be linked to the layer index, but generates the same results for every composition. To demonstrate here's a comp with a shape layer where the vertices of the ...
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Outline/stroke around transparent-background PNG in After Effects

Try using Layer--> Auto-trace to tracing around the alpha. It will generate a mask which you can then expand. Or you could use a Layer Style to get a similar effect with a drop shadow or glow ...
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What happens if we put 10bpc video in 8bpc composition?

10-bit footage will look the same as properly shot 8 bit footage, it's how it copes with grading and effects that makes the difference. If you have 10-bit video that's a few stops underexposed you ...
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Scrolling the panel in After Effects

Also - try holding the space bar down.. It temporarily turns your cursor into a hand grabber. Very "handy" (sorry)
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Does version control have a part in the video production workflow?

As a long-term video professional i can attest to the fact that the need for a lightweight, robust, transparent and open form of a VCS is sorely lacking in the majority of media workflows. The ...
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changing this code to check for a collision from a specific layer

Yes, checkLayers() is what is performs the collision test, and compares every layer in the Comp against the one running the script. To check against only one layer, you could re-write that function a ...
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Enter the position for a guide in After Effects numerically

Updating my answer as this is now possible in CC 2019 onwards: Create a guide, right click on it and enter a numeric value. Simple!
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Physics and Chemistry Animations in After Effects

There are a number of physics engines and related scripts available in the Physics Simulation category at AEScripts. However, without a more specific question about what kind of animation you're ...
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Can an expression parse a text file or the expression of another property in After Effects?

Yes, since expressions are basically JavaScript, you can load and evaluate external source files. Unfortunately the location needs to be hard-coded, since (AFAIK) expressions do not have access to the ...
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How to align a shape to stick to another in AE?

The tool you need is Maths (or Math, if you like), specifically that most beautiful of mathematickal arts: trigonometry. First set the width of the base of your triangle to be the same as the sides ...
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How to stack frames of a video together using lighten blending mode?

Use "Echo" effect. I believe it will suite you. You need adjust it. Make number of echos equal to your frame count.
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