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v2019 (16.1.2) Adobe After Effects CC for Teams & Businesses

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Adobe After Effects CC for Teams & Businesses
  

Make a big scene bigger.

Create cinematic movie titles, intros, and transitions. Start a fire or make it rain. Animate a logo or a character. With After Effects CC, the industry-standard animation and creative compositing app, you can take any idea and make it move.


Highlights

Content-Aware Fill in After Effects CC 16.1

After Effects CC 16.1 has plenty of great new features, but the biggest news in this release is the new Content-Aware Fill. This tool, like the one in Photoshop, removes unwanted objects from a video, using Adobe Sensei technology. Remove gear, people, cars, and more with this tool.

Remove objects from your video with Content-Aware Fill in After Effects CC 16.1

Using Mask Tracking and Reference Frames with Content-Aware Fill

New features in After Effects CC 16.1, April 2019 Release

Here it is, straight from Adobe:

Content-Aware Fill for video

Easily and cleanly remove unwanted objects, including boom mics, signs, and even people, from your clip. Powered by Adobe Sensei, Content-Aware Fill automatically fills the space throughout your clip, saving you hours of painstaking erasing or replacing objects frame by frame.

Expressions Editor

A new Expressions Editor makes writing expressions easier with line numbers, matching brace highlighting, and code folding. Customize your coding environment with syntax highlighting themes. Identify and fix problems quickly with in-line error messages.

Performance improvements

More GPU-accelerated effects include Roughen Edges and Change Color. Both now support 16- and 32-bpc color. Work faster than ever in Team Projects when using multiple assets between team members.

Save guides to share with Premiere Pro editors

Load and save guide setups to reuse in new projects and share with Premiere Pro editors to set parameters for their sequence.

Automatic font syncing

As you move from machine to machine or project to project, any missing fonts will automatically sync from Adobe Fonts, if available.

Expanded format support

RED debayering is now functional for Mercury GPU Acceleration (Metal) on macOS. Now you can import Sony VENICE X-OCN footage.

And more

Automatically enable frame blending and motion blur, and easily update legacy expressions to the new JavaScript expressions engine with a new script.


New in the October 2018 release

The October 2018 release of After Effects CC (version 16.0) rolls out exciting new features for visual effects artists, graphics editors, and animators. Read on for a quick introduction to these features and links to resources offering more information.


Advanced puppet tools for mesh sculpting

puppet tool

 

New Advanced and Bend pins let you precisely twist, bend, curve, and scale animations. Explore new ways to animate with new Advanced and Bend pins in the Puppet Tool.

 

With better precision, and the ability to switch between pin types, control your animations with the Advanced pin that enables you to scale and rotate your mesh to detailed precision. The Bend pin lets you create different deformations by curving and bending your animations.

For more information, see Types of pins in the Advanced Puppet Tool.


Native Depth Passes for 3D Compositions

Generate a depth pass with the After Effects Classic 3D or CINEMA 4D renderer. Composite objects quickly and easily in 3D space. Apply depth effects such as Depth of Field, Fog 3D, and Depth Matte so elements look natural or use depth data to simulate 3D looks.

Z-depth can now be extracted by the 3D channel effects from a nested composition that contains 3D layers. This can be used to apply 3D depth effects to the composition layer, such as a depth of field blur, or to generate a matte for depth compositing or color correction.

Generate a Depth Pass the Classic 3D and the Cinema 4D Renderer. Depth Pass lets you set objects into a scene and apply depth of field parameters to your object without going into multiple panels, dropdowns, or a third-party application to make it look natural or as part of the scene.

For more information, see Depth passes for 3D compositions.


Easier and faster expressions

New JavaScript engine for expressions

Create expressions easily with the new JavaScript expression engine that makes creating expressions more accessible. Plus, you get a 6x boost in performance and the ability to save each expression to a library that you can easily access again and again. You get a faster and easier way to write expressions and save favorite expressions to a custom expression library panel in the UI.

For more information, see Expressions: JavaScript engine.

Editor and UX improvements

  • Editor improvements: The expression field in the Timeline panel has received ease-of-use enhancements:
    • Monospace font: The expression editor field now uses Source Code Pro.
    • Auto-resizing: The expression editor field now automatically adjusts when you click into it to show as much of the expression as possible.
  • Enable or disable all expressions on selected layers: All expressions on a layer can now be disabled or enabled via two new menu commands in the Layer > Switches submenu, or by right-clicking on a layer and opening the Switches submenu.
  • Expression error banner improvements: The expression error banner (the orange bar that appears in the Composition panel when an expression fails to evaluate) has been updated:
    • Buttons in the banner use easier-to-see dark icons.
    • A new Hide Expression Error Banner button hides the banner. This button disables the Show Warning Banner When Project Contains Expression Errors option in Preferences > General. To show the expression error banner again, re-enable the preference.

New methods and attributes

This release introduces the following expression reference methods and attributes:


Responsive Design — Time

Create motion graphics that can adapt to changes in length while preserving the integrity of protected keyframes. Export your designs as Motion Graphics templates for increased editorial flexibility.

Motion graphics involve keyframes and when the length of a composition changes, the keyframes must be adjusted as well, involving repetitive work when iterating. The Responsive Design features in After Effects, allow you to author graphics that adapt to later changes. Responsive Design – Time in After Effects enables adaptive time-stretching when a composition is nested or exported as a Motion Graphics template. When the in and out points of the composition are adjusted, the duration of protected regions is preserved and unprotected regions are time-stretched.

For more information, see Add responsive design to your graphics.


Selective color grading with Lumetri Color

Take the guesswork out of curve adjustments with innovative new Lumetri Color tools for selective color correction. Each curve has two axes with paired values, making it easy to fine-tune colors accurately.

Innovative new curve adjustment tools make selective color grading simple and straightforward. Two axes allow you to adjust Hue to Hue and Hue to Luma values with a clear visual representation. This provides precision to take the guess work out of curve adjustment.

For more information, see Lumetri color curves control.

Display color management

Get accurate color representations and maintain color fidelity across your workflow, from After Effects to Premiere Pro and on rec709, rec202, and P3 displays.


Improved Motion Graphics templates file exchange with Premiere Pro

Access, modify, or replace CSV and TSV spreadsheet data in Premiere Pro to create dynamic, data-driven templates. Group controls so it’s easy to find editable properties in your Motion Graphics templates. Unlock font settings to let editors change fonts.

The Essential Graphics panel allows you to group controls together, control font properties, and add controls for CSV and TSV spreadsheet data sources to a Motion Graphics template.

To accommodate groups, a new menu named Add Formatting replaces the Add Comment button in the lower left of the Essential Graphics panel. The Add Comment command can be accessed from this menu.

For more information, see Motion Graphics templates in After Effects.


Native Mocha AE plug-in for After Effects

Get fast, accurate, precision planar tracking with the GPU-accelerated Mocha AE plug-in. It’s updated with a simplified interface, includes retina/high DPI support, and works natively inside After Effects.

After Effects 16.0 includes the Mocha AE CC 6.0 plug-in from Imagineer Systems – Boris FX. This replaces the stand-alone Mocha AE application that was included with previous releases of After Effects. The Mocha AE CC plug-in includes the same accurate planar tracking as the stand-alone Mocha AE application, but features a new interface and is now GPU-accelerated.

For more information, see Work with the Mocha AE plug-in.

 


Adobe Animate and Adobe XD integration

Import from Adobe Animate

Adobe Animate CC documents (.fla) can now be imported into After Effects as a composition of layered .swf files. Ensure that the Animate 19.0 version is installed on the same computer.

For more information, see Importing FLA files into After Effects.

Export to After Effects from Adobe XD

XD to AE

This release of Adobe XD CC can export layers and artboards to your After Effects project. This functionality provides seamless assets transfer between XD and After Effects, with native mapping of layers, artboards, vectors, text, and artwork. The workflow enables designers to send to After Effects groups of layers and define advanced micro-interactions or artboards to create complex and refined transitions or interactions.

For more information, see Working with Adobe XD and After Effects.


Create in VR 180, preview in the headset

Jump into immersive video with support for 180 VR. Add VR effects and work with 180 and 360 material interchangeably. Publish finished videos in the Google VR 180 format on YouTube or other platforms. A new Theater Mode option allows you to preview rectilinear content in a head-mounted display (HMD).

Support for VR 180

With this release of After Effects, you can create and preview immersive content with a 180-degree field of view. There are two new 180 stereoscopic modes to preview your composition in an HMD:

  • 180 Over/Under
  • 180 Side-by-Side

New Theater mode and 180 Stereoscopic modes in Adobe Immersive Environment

This release of After Effects introduces the Theater Mode (Rectilinear) that previews the composition as a flat rectangle in an empty room, simulating the view of looking at a movie screen.

For more information, see Preview footage in your headset.

New properties to control Immersive effects

The Immersive Video effects (except VR Converter and VR Sphere to Plane) include new options to control how they are applied:

  • Stereoscopic Side-by-Side: The Frame Layout parameter can be set to Stereoscopic Side-by-Side, in addition to the existing Monoscopic, and Stereoscopic Over/Under options.
  • Horizontal and Vertical Field of View: The horizontal and vertical field of view can be independently set. By default, the values are 360×180. For VR 180 content, set both values to 180.

For more information, see Apply immersive video effects.


Performance and GPU optimizations

New GPU- and performance-optimizing effects include Fill, Curves, Exposure, Noise, Tritone, Set Matte and Color Balance. The Wave Warp effect is now multithreaded and renders 2-3x faster by using multiple CPU cores. Experience faster H.264 and HEVC decoding on the latest macOS.

New GPU-accelerated effects

The following effects now render using your computer GPU when the Project Settings > Video Rendering and Effects > Use option is set to Mercury GPU Acceleration:

  • Color Balance (HLS)
  • Curves
  • Fill
  • Exposure
  • Linear Wipe
  • Noise
  • Tritone
  • Set Matte
  • Venetian Blinds

Wave Warp effect CPU improvement

The Wave Warp effect is now multi-threaded and renders 2x-3x faster by using multiple CPU cores.

Median effect algorithm improvement

The Median effect has been updated to a modern algorithm that renders much faster than the previous median algorithm and that supports 32-bpc color. The new algorithm renders differently at layer edges, so the previous algorithm has been preserved as separate effect, Median (Legacy). Projects saved in previous versions of After Effects apply the Median (Legacy) effect to preserve the rendering result.


Other enhancements

UI enhancements

  • After Effects now uses Adobe Clean UX for the user interface.
  • The disclosure triangle (twirly arrow) is updated to an open-triangle design.
  • It is now easier to find and identify GPU-accelerated effects or to determine whether Mercury GPU Acceleration is enabled for the open project.
    • In the Effects & Presets panel, you can filter the list of effects to show only GPU-accelerated effects. Click the panel menu and choose Show GPU Capable Effects Only.
    • In the Effect Controls panel, GPU-accelerated effects display the GPU acceleration badge next to the effect name.
    • At the bottom of the Project panel, a rocket ship icon indicates whether the project is set to use Mercury GPU Acceleration. If the rocket ship icon is bright, the project is set to Mercury GPU Acceleration. If the rocket ship icon is dim with a power button icon, the project is set to Mercury Software Only. Click the rocket ship icon to open the Project Settings > Video Rendering and Effects tab, where you can choose whether Mercury GPU Acceleration is enabled and which GPU technology is used.

Set guide lines position

Guide lines can be set to a precise pixel position. After you create a guide line (drag from the horizontal or vertical ruler), right-click and choose Edit Position, then enter the new position as a number of horizontal or vertical pixels from the composition origin (upper-left corner).

Install scripts and ScriptUI panels from the UI

You can install After Effects scripts or ScriptUI panels by selecting new commands from the File > Scripts panel, or by dragging script files into the Project panel while you hold down the modifier keys. Scripts installed through these methods are copied to the current user preferences folder, and appear in the File > Scripts menu or Window menu (for ScriptUI panels) after you restart After Effects.


New Home screen and Home button

Home screenThe After Effects Home screen when you first launch it

When you launch After Effects, it now displays a Home screen, which includes an option to create a project or open an existing project.

You can also view the Home Screen at any time by pressing the new Home button on the toolbar, which is displayed to the left of the Selection tool.

The options on the Home screen evolve as you keep using After Effects. The contents of the Home screen are tailored based on your familiarity with After Effects and your Creative Cloud membership plan.

For more information, see Navigate and use the Home screen.


New Learn panel and Learn workspace

The Learn panel is designed for new users to help them create a composition quickly while introducing them to panels, timeline, and effects.

Learn Panel
Learn panel and the Learn workspace

The panel includes the following information:

  • After Effects overview
  • Learn the basics

The new Learn workspace offers a simpler interface with only four panels (Learn panel, Composition panel, Project panel, and the Timeline panel) to help new users get started with After Effects. The Learn panel is docked to the side so that you can follow the instructions while you still have clear access to the rest of workspace.

For more information, see Use the Learn workspace and Learn panel.


Other changes

  • Saving a project file as a previous version has been updated to Save a Copy As CC (15.x) or Save a Copy As CC (14.x). To save a project as 13.x from After Effects 16.0, first save it as 15.x or 14.x, then open the project in one of those versions and save a copy as 13.x.
  • Deleting multiple empty folders in the Project panel no longer asks you to confirm the deletion if all of the folders are empty.
  • The Match Legacy After Effects QuickTime Gamma Adjustments option in Project Settings > Color has been removed.
  • The Create Nulls From Paths panel now creates nulls directly above the layers containing the selected paths, instead of at the top of the layer stack.
  • The Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse plug-in is no longer included with After Effects.
  • The Ray-traced 3D composition renderer has been deprecated, and is labeled as such in the UI. It will be removed in a future release of After Effects. For better performance, create 3D compositions with only the CINEMA 4D or Classic 3D renderers.

FAQ

What is After Effects CC and who is it for?
After Effects CC is the industry-leading animation and creative compositing software used by a wide variety of motion graphics and visual effects artists. It offers superior control, a wealth of creative options, and integration with other post-production applications — and it's available only in Creative Cloud.

Does After Effects still support 32-bit operating systems?
No. The performance benefits of native 64-bit support make it the best choice for the demanding technical requirements of working with video, particularly HD and higher resolution content. Offering only 64-bit support enables Adobe to optimize performance even further.

I use a Mac. How does the lack of 32-bit support affect me?
The lack of 32-bit support does not affect the majority of Mac computers that use Intel® processors. The only Mac users affected by the lack of 32-bit support are those using Intel based Mac computers with Intel Core™ Duo (single-core) processors. Refer to the After Effects CC system requirements to make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements.

Will my existing plug-ins work with After Effects CC?
Any 64-bit plug-ins designed for After Effects will work in After Effects CC. Any 32-bit plug-ins for After Effects will need new versions designed for 64-bit computing. For more information, contact the plug-in manufacturers.

Your computer must meet the minimum technical specifications outlined below to run and use After Effects CC.

Applicable for: October 2018 (16.0) release

System requirements for earlier releases: After Effects system requirements | earlier releases

i The latest version of Creative Cloud apps does not support some older versions of Windows and Mac. Learn more.

Minimum system requirements for After Effects CC

Windows

  Minimum requirement
Processor

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

Operating system

Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit) versions 1703 (Creators Update) and later

RAM
  • 16 GB of RAM (32 GB recommended)
  • 4 GB of GPU VRAM
Hard disk space
  • 5GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • Additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended)
Monitor resolution 1280x1080 or greater display resolution
Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

macOS

  Minimum requirement

Processor

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

Operating system macOS versions 10.12 (Sierra) or 10.13 (High Sierra)
RAM

 

  • 8GB RAM minimum (16GB recommended)

Hard disk space

  • 6GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • Additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended)

Monitor resolution

1440x900 or greater display resolution

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

* Notice to users: Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and the Adobe Privacy Policy. Applications and services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Extra fees or membership charges may apply.


VR system requirements

Note: Requirements vary between VR systems. The requirements listed here are the base requirements only

Head Mounted display Operating system Other requirements
Oculus Rift Windows 10
HTC Vive
  • Windows 10
  • 27” iMac with Radeon Pro graphics
  • iMac Pro with Radeon Vega graphics
  • Mac OS 10.13.3 or later

For detailed requirements for the different types of head-sets, and for information on setting up an immersive environment for After Effects, see Adobe Immersive Environment in After Effects.

i Note: NVIDIA has publicly released windows ODE drivers that support the CUDA 9.2 SDK used in the latest release of After Effects. This is not the Microsoft default driver, but you can download this driver directly from NVIDIA, Version 411.63 (of the 410 series drivers).

Language versions available for After Effects CC

 After Effects CC is available in the following languages:

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Simplified Chinese

After Effects CC 16.0.1 (December 2018)

  • Apple ProRes support, including ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 formats

April 2018 Update (15.1)

Streamline graphics creation with Master Properties

Create multiple variations of a single composition with Master Properties. Choose properties like text, position and color to adjust in context, without having to open a precomp to make changes.

Advanced Puppet Engine

Twist and bend layers with greater control and smoother deformations. Add pins to any shape and the Advanced Puppet Engine adds mesh detail where you need it most.

Essential Graphics Panel improvements

Add most timeline properties to the Essential Graphics panel, including 2D position, rotation and scale. Export them as Motion Graphics template controls to customize your design in Premiere Pro.

Data-driven animation improvements

More easily import and use native data files (including JSON, CSV, and TSV) right in the timeline. A public API lets third parties implement other data file format support. Link properties to data more easily with the pick whip without enabling expressions first.

Performance and GPU optimizations

The Add Grain, Remove Grain and Match Grain effects are now multi-threaded for up to 5x faster performance. GPU usage is more efficient: work with larger frame sizes without memory errors.

Open Motion Graphics templates in After Effects

Motion Graphics templates can be opened as a project in After Effects, retaining compositions and assets. Make edits and then save as a project or export as a new Motion Graphics template for users of Premiere Pro.

Support for Adobe Immersive Environment and improved VR Plane to Sphere effect

Preview your VR composition the way it’s meant to be seen, in a VR head-mounted display. The Adobe Immersive Environment supports the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on Mac and Windows. An overhauled VR Plane to Sphere effect delivers higher-quality transformations.

Video Limiter effect

Limit chroma and luma values to meet broadcast specifications. Apply to individual layers or to an adjustment layer to limit your entire composition.

Enhanced support for Team Projects

Enhancements include improved tracking of collaborators, better project management, and more.

And so much more

Also includes: A shortcut to quickly cycle through mask modes, the ability to automatically center shape layer anchor points, better disk cache management, and project organization improvements.

See full release notes ›

The January 2018 update for After Effects CC includes New After Effects Format Support and Memory Improvements

New Format Support

  • This update includes support for three new formats across After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder:
    • Variable frame rate video with audio sync
      • Footage recorded with a variable frame rate, such as from screen capture software or video shot on mobile phones, now maintains audio sync when played back or exported.
    • ARRI ALEXA Mini MXF/ARRIRAW
      • Footage captured by the ARRI ALEXA Mini camera in MXF/ARRIRAW format (ARRIRAW codec in an MXF container file) can now be imported.
    • HEVC (H.265) QuickTime
      • HEVC (also known as H.265) codec footage in a QuickTime (.MOV) container, such as produced by an iPhone or iPad with iOS 11 or a DJI Phantom 4 drone, can now be imported into After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder.

VR Improvements

  • Work with higher-resolution VR footage with lower GPU memory requirements through more efficient cubemap layout. The Create VR Environment and Extract Cubemap tools now generate the intermediate cubemap in 3:2 format instead of 4:3 format, enabling 6K VR (monoscopic) workflows at medium quality on GPUs with only 4GB of memory.

Key Bug Fixes

  • After Effects no longer crashes when you copy shape layer data from mocha AE CC or mocha Pro.
  • Parameter values no longer overlap in the Timeline panel on Windows when display scaling is set to 150 percent.
  • Context menus now work in undocked panels on a secondary monitor on mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra).
  • Keyboard shortcuts assigned to commands generated by plug-ins now work on Windows.
  • The recent fonts list at the top of the font menu in the Character panel is no longer missing.
  • The sourceData and sourceText expression attributes now correctly decode Unicode characters in JSON files.
  • Expression-heavy compositions no longer render more slowly than After Effects 14.2.1.
  • DNxHD and DNxHR codec QuickTime files exported with alpha no longer have a dark halo in the alpha channel.
  • QuickTime or AVI files exported via the render queue will no longer be missing the last frame if you have selected a codec that is not native to After Effects and the project is set to Mercury GPU Acceleration.
  • XML project files (.aepx) saved in a previous version of After Effects no longer open with all effect names removed and all masks renamed to “Mask”.
  • If the Media Cache location is set to the root directory of a drive, Premiere Pro 12.0.1 no longer fails to load a Motion Graphics template created by After Effects or shows a warning that After Effects needs to be installed.

 

The June 2017 update for After Effects CC (Version 14.2.1) includes significant performance enhancements as well as bug fixes, and is recommended for all users.

Performance improvements

  • We fixed the “Cached preview needs 2 or more frames to play back” memory allocation errors, caused by an incorrect estimate of free memory when After Effects attempted to render or preview frames. (Note that you will, however, still see this message if you attempt to preview a single frame.) These fixes should also enable you to preview longer stretches of your timeline.
  • Text rendering has been optimized. As a result, Dynamic Link rendering performance of After Effects compositions, including Motion Graphics templates and legacy text templates, is now significantly faster, up to 4x faster depending on the composition.
  • Importing Illustrator or PDF files, or opening a project containing those files, is now 3-4x faster for files with many layers or a very large number of vectors to parse.

Miscellaneous bug fixes

  • The Camera-Shake Deblur effect now renders correctly when the project color depth is set to 16-bpc or 32-bpc.
  • Buttons in ScriptUI panels have been reverted to the rectangular appearance seen in After Effects 14.1 and previous releases.
  • The Lumetri Scopes panel no longer displays at a reduced size on Windows when HiDPI display scaling is enabled.
  • Overbright pixels in 32-bpc compositions no longer lack a color cast, when appropriate, if the Hardware Accelerate Composition, Layer, and Footage Panels preference is enabled.
  • Opening a project that contains a missing JPEG sequence footage now reports the missing sequence correctly instead of “file ‘<folder name>’ cannot be imported this ‘????’ file is damaged or unsupported.”
  • The CINEMA 4D renderer no longer fails to render the frame or give an error, “CINEMA 4D Render Failed (5070::0)”, if you enable motion blur when the Composition panel is set to an orthographic 3D view.
  • Changing Brightness in Preferences > Appearance no longer leaves some parts of the user interface at the previous brightness until you restart After Effects. Note that CEP panel tabs, such as the Libraries panel, still have this problem; we are investigating this remaining problem for a future release.

After Effects – Premiere Pro interoperability improvements:

  • The sample Motion Graphics templates installed by After Effects have been updated so that they no longer fail to render correctly in Premiere Pro if After Effects is installed in a non-English language.
  • Text layers in a Premiere Pro graphic object now include tracking, kerning, and tsume values when they are brought into After Effects. Also, vertical text is no longer changed to horizontal text.
  • Shape layers in a Premiere Pro graphic with the fill attribute disabled no longer have a red fill when they are brought into After Effects.
  • Premiere Pro graphic objects that have effects applied between graphic object layers now replicate the effects on adjustment layers when they are brought into After Effects. A similar problem with masks is solved by replicating the mask as a track matte. Also, keyframes at frame zero in the graphic object are no longer adjusted forward one frame.
  • Premiere Pro graphic object layers with their visibility eyeballs disabled no longer have their visibility re-enabled when they are brought into After Effects.
  • Bars and Tone and HD Bars and Tone clips in a Premiere Pro project are now replicated as a placeholder footage object instead of a solid layer when they are brought into After Effects. (Note that the audio tone is still not included, you can add the Tone effect to manually replicate that.)

Team Projects fixes

  • Team Projects no longer prevents footage from being deleted from the project if a composition or sequence has a dependency on the footage.
  • Team Projects no longer flags a footage item as needing to be shared if the only change was that the footage was relinked to the same source media.

Scripting and Expressions fixes

  • The AVItem.setProxyToNone() scripting method no longer fails with an error message, “After Effects error: AEGP trying to add invalid footage”.
  • The system.callSystem() scripting method now waits for all tasks called by the command to complete, instead of failing when the command takes a long time to complete.
  • Enabling expressions for a property on macOS 10.12 using the Option+Shift+= (equals sign) keyboard shortcut no longer replaces the default expression with the ± (plus-minus sign) character.

 

The April 2017 update for After Effects CC (version 14.2) includes these new features:

  • Essential Graphics Panel
  • Lumetri Scopes
  • Camera-Shake Deblur
  • Simplified Effect Organization
  • RTL and Indic text support
  • Dynamic Link support in Team Projects (Beta)
  • Additional GPU-accelerated effects
  • Native support for high frame rate footage and compositions, up to 999fps
  • The Solids folder can now be organized and renamed like any other project item
  • Mask mode editing keyboard shortcuts and higher limits for Mask Expansion and Mask Feather
  • Character leading and Team Projects features are now scriptable
  • Colored markers

The January 2017 update for After Effects CC (version 14.1) fixes these bugs:

  • Adobe Media Encoder and Premiere Pro again render compositions at full resolution, regardless of the resolution set in the Composition panel in After Effects. (When using the Queue In AME command, the resolution you specify in the Render Settings dialog will be used.)
  • JPEG image sequence footage no longer changes its frame rate and duration when the project is saved, if the frame rate assigned in the Interpret Footage dialog differs from the preference for sequence footage frame rate. Note: JPEG sequences in projects last saved by versions 14.0 or 14.0.1 are not automatically corrected to their previous frame rate. To fix such projects, change the frame rate to the expected value in the Interpret Footage dialog for these JPEG sequences.
  • After Effects no longer crashes when you open the preferences if the audio device last used by After Effects was disabled or disconnected.
  • Auto-save timing has been fixed so that the timer only starts after you make a change to a saved (or new) project. This prevents problems where the timer would run while the project was saved but not changed, resulting in auto-save occurring after you make the next change.
  • After Effects no longer disables the Hardware Accelerate Composition, Layer, and Footage Panels option on Windows when you unlock the computer while After Effects is active. (You should no longer receive the warning, “Hardware-accelerated views have been disabled because they are not compatible with Remote Desktop”, unless you are actually using Remote Desktop.)
  • Text templates that use sourceRectAtTime() in an expression now update the comp correctly when the text is changed in Premiere Pro.
  • Text templates that use expressions to reference other layers now update the comp correctly when the text is changed in Premiere Pro.
  • Text templates no longer display layers as offline in Premiere Pro if the source file for that layer uses non-English Unicode characters.
  • When you select a template project in Preferences > New Project, the file dialog box allows you to select all project format types (.aet, .aep, and .aepx) without changing the format type selector.
  • Creating a new project from a template, when enabled in Preferences > New Project, no longer adds the project template to the File > Open Recent menu.
  • Orthographic views of compositions using the CINEMA 4D renderer are no longer offset and shifted from layer handles.
  • Previews with the Skip option enabled (i.e., not zero) in the Preview panel no longer play at less than real-time when you play through previously cached frames.
  • Composition and layer viewer panels no longer downsample the preview image if you make a change during playback and the composition Fast Preview option is set to Adaptive Resolution.
  • After Effects no longer crashes when you quit on a Mac computer with an Intel GPU, after you import video footage or JPEG images.
  • After Effects no longer sometimes crashes when you quit while a preview is playing back.
  • After Effects no longer crashes on start when trying to load a plug-in from a folder with a very long name.
  • After Effects no longer crashes if you apply the Glow effect to a synthetic layer (e.g., solid, shape, text, etc.) and the layer is outside of the comp bounds, if the project is set to use GPU acceleration and is in 8- or 16-bpc mode.

The January 2017 update for After Effects CC (version 14.1) also includes these improvements to Team Projects (Beta):

  • Team projects can now be saved as a local project (.aep) by choosing Edit > Team Projects > Convert Team Project to Project.
  • The Edit > Edit in Adobe Audition command is now available for layers with audio in a team project.
  • Many bugs with team projects have been fixed.

The 14.0.1 bug-fix update for After Effects addresses these bugs:

  • Real-time playback of previews on macOS 10.11 and 10.12 is no longer affected by redrawing the Timeline panel. (Workarounds, such as docking a different panel below the Timeline panel or previewing in Full Screen, are no longer necessary.) Also, After Effects no longer draws a white line at the bottom of the application window.
  • Stopping a preview or face tracking on macOS no longer sometimes causes After Effects to hang.
  • Color profiles assigned to video footage no longer are no longer reset to Rec.709 when the project is saved.
  • Help menu commands which open help pages on Adobe.com now work if After Effects CC 2015.3 is not installed.
  • After Effects no longer crashes in some cases when using an external multichannel audio device for preview (Preferences > Audio Hardware).
  • After Effects no longer crashes when quit after importing video footage files on Mac hardware with an integrated Intel GPU.
  • After Effects no longer crashes when importing or replacing certain PDF files.
  • After Effects no longer crashes in some circumstances when both a pre-comp (without Collapse Transformations enabled) and its parent comp use the CINEMA 4D renderer.

What's new with Adobe After Effects 2017?

3D rendering engine

Improve rendering performance on your CPU and create elements such as extruded text and shape layers directly inside After Effects with the new 3D rendering engine from Cinema 4D.

Team Projects (Beta)

Collaborate and share sequences and compositions in real time with Team Projects (Beta). Features like version control and conflict resolution are built right into After Effects, Premiere Pro and Prelude so teams can work better together. Available now for Creative Cloud for teams and enterprise customers.

Real-time playback

Speed up your workflow by playing back most raw footage in real-time without rendering or caching first.

Faster effects and interactive performance

Get rid of bottlenecks and work faster with more GPU-accelerated effects, as well as Dynamic Link improvements that eliminate intermediate rendering between Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Live Text Template improvements

Package your compositions in a single file that allows users to easily share Live Text Templates with Premiere Pro.

Character Animator enhancements

Make Photoshop and Illustrator changes to your puppet and update faster with improved Character Animator performance. Switch easily between Character Animator, After Effects and Premiere Pro using Dynamic Link.

Typekit updates

With Typekit Marketplace, you can buy fonts from some of the industry's biggest names and use them in your After Effects projects. Instantly sync your purchased fonts to your devices and bring them directly into your compositions.

Creative Cloud Assets improvements

Archive and restore all your assets stored in Creative Cloud, including the ones in your Creative Cloud Libraries, assets created with CC desktop products, and mobile projects.

Shared templates

Make sure your team and freelancers are always working off the same page by creating your own new project template with set color guides and file structure, and sharing it in Creative Cloud Folders.

Date and time tokens

Keep track of multiple outputs from the same file by adding date and time tokens to your file name output template.

And so much more

Also includes: Better UI retina support, improved markers, scripting enhancements, Adobe Media Encoder export improvements, enhanced Time Remapping, a 360-degree preset for monoscopic equirectangular video viewing, and more.

The After Effects CC 2015 (13.8.1) bug-fix update addresses these bugs:

  • After Effects no longer crashes (kernel panic) macOS 10.11 when started on certain Mac hardware with Nvidia GPU’s. A result of this change is that Mercury GPU Acceleration using Metal is not available for Mac hardware with Nvidia GPU’s. Mercury GPU Acceleration using OpenCL remains available.
  • H.264 and AVC footage no longer decode with random red frames on Windows computers with certain Intel HD graphics configurations. If you experienced this problem, red frames can still appear for previously cached footage until you clear the caches: click both the Empty Disk Cache and Clean Database & Cache buttons in Preferences > Media & Disk Cache.
  • Audio no longer unexpectedly loops incorrect samples towards the end of an After Effects composition, when exported via Adobe Media Encoder or dynamically linked to Premiere Pro.
  • Audio-only previews no longer fail to start if Cache Before Playback is enabled.
  • Audio-only previews now loop the preview-time indicator (PTI) to the start of the preview range as expected, in sync with audio playback.
  • Audio no longer unexpectedly loops during previews with the Skip Frames option enabled, if Cache Before Playback is enabled and you interrupt caching before the full range is cached.
  • Text template compositions in Premiere Pro no longer render some frames incorrectly.
  • The Info panel no longer opens unexpectedly if closed when, for example, you move the mouse pointer over the Composition panel.
  • Guides and grids draw at the expected width on Apple Retina displays.
  • Math equations are again evaluated when exiting numerical input fields in dialog boxes, or when OK’ing the dialog.
  • Adobe Bridge CC starts as expected when you choose File > Browse in Bridge, File > Reveal in Bridge, or Animation > Browse Presets.
  • Text, shape, or Illustrator layers no longer draw with unexpected thin horizontal lines.
  • Anti-aliasing has been corrected on text and shape layers.
  • Lights with a cone angle larger than 175° no longer cause After Effects to crash on Windows.
  • Stopping the render queue no longer experiences a long delay in certain situations before the render process stops on macOS.
  • Exporting a composition no longer has a small probability in certain scenarios of replacing random frames with the wrong frame from the cache.
  • Resizing a viewer panel is less likely to cause incorrect pixels to be drawn in the expanded or reduced regions of the panel.
  • Proxies are now recognized when sending footage to After Effects from Premiere Pro.
  • After Effects no longer crashes if you quit while Premiere Pro was rendering a dynamically linked composition.
  • After Effects no longer crashes when you set a color management profile for an output module.
  • Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when the viewer panel was redrawn in certain cases, such as when panning with the Hand tool.
  • Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when expressions were enabled in the project.
  • Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when After Effects was quit.
  • Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when After Effects was running in headless mode and quit.
  • Fixed a cause of crashes that occurred when After Effects decodes an incorrectly encoded alpha channel in Apple ProRes 4444 files written by certain third party encoders.

New in 13.8.1

This update introduces native import and export support for the QuickTime Animation codec, and native import support for the PNG video codec and AAC audio codec inside of QuickTime files. This means you no longer need QuickTime installed on Windows in order to use QuickTime files with the Animation, PNG, or AAC codecs, part of our ongoing effort to provide native support for as many codecs as possible. These codecs are also natively supported in the updates to Premiere Pro CC 2015.4 (10.4), Adobe Media Encoder CC 2015.4 (10.4), Audition CC 2015.2 (9.2.1), and Prelude CC 2015.4 (5.0.1).

New & Changed in After Effects CC 2015 (13.8)

  • Enhanced video and audio playback: After Effects CC 2015 (13.8) uses a new playback architecture to deliver real-time playback of cached frames with synced audio. The new architecture is shared with other Adobe applications, like Premiere Pro and Audition.
  • Effect rendering on the GPU: The Lumetri Color, Gaussian Blur, and Sharpen effects can now render using your computer’s GPU. This improves rendering performance for these effects by 2x-4x over rendering using only the CPU (depending on the frame being rendered and the speed of your GPU). GPU effect rendering is controlled via the new Video Rendering and Effects option in the Project Settings dialog.
  • Performance improvements: Many small changes under the hood include faster import and caching of image sequences, asynchronous drawing of viewer panels, faster opening of large projects, improved expression caching, and more.
  • Additional native format support: Apple ProRes QuickTime files can be decoded on Windows without needing QuickTime installed on the system. RED camera raw file decoding now supports RED Scarlet-W, Raven, and Weapon cameras, including 8K .r3d footage.
  • Lumetri Color effect improvements: The Lumetri Color effect can now render using your computer’s GPU, and includes new HSL Secondary controls and new SpeedLooks presets.
  • Gaussian Blur effect improvements: The Gaussian Blur effect has been updated to a new version. The Repeat Edge Pixels option from the Fast Blur effect has been added, and the effect can now render using your computer’s GPU. This version of Gaussian Blur replaces both the previous Gaussian Blur (Legacy) effect and the Fast Blur effect, which are still available but have been moved to the Obsolete category.
  • Add compositions to Adobe Media Encoder with render settings: You can now send compositions from the Render Queue to the Adobe Media Encoder queue with the options you choose in the Render Settings dialog. When you click the new Queue in AME button in the Render Queue panel, queued render  items are added to Adobe Media Encoder. Compositions will be rendered by Adobe Media Encoder with the render settings you chose in After Effects.
  • Read-only collaboration with Creative Cloud libraries: Assets in Creative Cloud libraries can be set to read-only, so they can be shared but not changed or deleted.
  • Libraries panel improvements: The new Libraries workspace makes it easier to search and add assets to your project. Find the right content fast using filtered search for Adobe Stock, display of length and format for Stock video, and links to video previews.
  • Scroll panel tabs using the Hand tool: When a panel group has more tabs than you can see at once, you can now scroll the tabs by panning with the Hand tool. For example, hold the spacebar key to activate the Hand tool, then click in the tab well and drag left or right, the same way you would to pan in the Composition panel.
  • Maxon CINEWARE 3.1: The latest version of Maxon’s CINEWARE plug-in includes bug fixes, enhanced OpenGL rendering, and scene coordinate matching.
  • Maxon Cinema 4D Exporter: The Maxon Cinema 4D Exporter now exports animated 3D text and shape layers into the .c4d file. 3D text layers can be exported as extruded spline objects that retain animation fidelity, or as extruded text objects that preserve the ability to edit the text in Cinema 4D.
  • And even more: Many additional small improvements, such as a Swap Colors button in the Tint effect, refinements to project auto-save, and many bug fixes

Bug Fixes in After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.2) Mac Only.

This update fixes a bug that occurred in After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.1) on Mac OS X: RED (.r3d) files can again be imported, and are not reported as missing in existing projects.

Bug Fixes in After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.1)

This update fixes a small number of bugs, including a bug that caused After Effects to not be able to play back a cached preview in real-time on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).

What's new in After Effects CC 2015 (13.7)

  • Maxon CINEWARE 3.0
    • Live Link, which synchronizes the timelines in After Effects and Cinema 4D (R17 SP2)
    • support for the Cinema 4D Take System (R17)
    • extract .c4d timeline markers
    • other enhancements and fixes
  • new preference to auto-save when starting the render queue
  • improvements to Cache Before Playback previews
  • … and many bug fixes
  • Click here to see the full list

Bug fixes in After Effects CC 2015 (13.6.1)

The After Effects CC 2015 (13.6.1) bug-fix update addresses these significant bugs:

  • The preview image in the Composition panel no longer fails to update in certain cases after you make a change to the composition. This fix prevents After Effects from putting the image cache into a bad state, which most commonly occurred on Windows after using Undo, but could also occur after other changes once the project had entered the bad state.
  • Previewing a composition with audio will no longer fail to start when a layer has an audio effect with an expression, and display an error: Effect cannot use “abort” callback when called with “unrecognized plug-in effect command” command. ( 25 :: 19 )
  • Viewer panels (Composition, Layer, Footage) no longer show downsampling artifacts when the viewer zoom is set to 50% zoom, the viewer resolution is set to Full, and the Hardware Accelerate Composition, Layer, and Footage Panels option is enabled in Preferences > Display.
  • After Effects no longer fails to start on computers with older processors lacking a specific instruction set (e.g., AMD Phenom II and Athlon processors). The error message given for this specific issue was “The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000001d)” or “The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142)”. Note: A similar issue affects Premiere Pro CC 2015 (9.1), for which the fix is somewhat more involved. An upcoming Premiere Pro update is intended to address this issue. Thank you for your patience.
  • After Effects no longer generates the wrong image for layers using some plug-ins in 16-bpc or 32-bpc (bits per channel) color mode. Affected plug-ins included Digital Film Tools Film Stocks and Digital Anarchy plug-ins.
  • Creative Cloud account names that use non-ASCII characters (e.g., Japanese and Chinese characters) no longer cause an error “could not convert Unicode characters” when you start After Effects.

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Space, the final frontier! Learn to create stars, galaxy, moons, and more for your next space themed film or science fiction short.

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This is some beautiful work for the film Eclipse. They replace a flat sky with a gorgeous eclipse. This is very similar to the technique I use in the tutorial above.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Death Star Tutorial

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Learn how to create a procedural water effect with refraction in AE, without using any 3rd Party Plug-ins with this tutorial from Andrew Kramer.

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After Effects: Create Cel Shaded 3D Objects Using the Cinema 4D Renderer

EJ Hassenfranz from Eyedesyn teaches us about the brand new Cinema 4D renderer included in After Effects CC 2017 & how to create a cel shaded 3D object.

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After Effects:  Freezing Ice Transition Tutorial

Voxyde shows you how to create a freezing over / icy transition in After Effects, without the need for 3rd party plug-ins.

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Doctor Strange is a visually awe-inspiring sci-fi film/fantasy film. We'll take a look at some behind the scenes videos and several tutorials.

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Learn how to make a cool nebula-esque space scene in After Effects using Trapcode Particular.

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Burning Question: Making The Super Moon

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John Dickinson from Motionworks has a walk-through tutorial breaking down how he made the main titles for the short horror film “The Cleansing Hour.”

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Learn how to make a scene similar to the creepy Virgin Mary scene from American Horror Story in which the statue changes expressions.

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Joren from the Pixel Lab has a couple of quick tips to help you set up your C4D scenes so you can get a more realistic composite in AE.

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In Depth: Rain Generators

It has been cloudy here all day and is just starting to sprinkle here so I thought it might be a good time to update this article with some new information.  Added June 13, 2016: Next Limit Realflow, Insydium X-Particles, a Boris tutorial, and more examples.

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Tutorial: Creating Ghosts Using Practical and Visual Effects

Ryan Connolly from Film Riot shows you how to create classic horror style ghosts, combining practical and visual effects with Premiere and After Effects.

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After Effects – How to Effectively Remove Video Noise and Film Grain

Learn how to use After Effects to effectively remove video noise and film grain without the need for 3rd party plugins.

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After Effects: Supernatural Demon Eyes

Ever wanted to create the full black demon eyes effect from the TV series ‘Supernatural’?  Austin Newell takes you through the process in AE, step by step, to create this creepy yet cool effect.  Just in time for your spooky Halloween videos.

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Mark Christiansen from Frame.io has create a list of the 12 essential steps you can take to optimize your system and workflow to make AE speedier.

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Dennis Wei explains some of the techniques he used to create an X-Wing Hologram animation using Cinema 4D and After Effects, using the awesome free X-Wing model from videocopilot.net.

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Caleb Lancaster demonstrates a simple way to create a scribbly look with text masks, no 3rd party plugins required.

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AE: Speed up Your Workflow with Proxies

Tobias Gleissenberger shows you how to make Adobe After Effects faster by using proxies.  A proxy is a placeholder that stands in place for a very large video file or image sequence in your project.

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The popular new Netflix Series Stranger Things is a nod to Spielberg classics, such as ET and Goonies. Learn how to recreate the 80's-styled opening sequence in After Effects -  from Red Giant's Seth Worley.

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3ds Max: Create a Robot Walking in a Live Action Scene

This is the first part of a multi step tutorial that teached you how to create, texture, rig and composite a giant robot into live action footage. This first part shows you how to create the robot in 3ds Max.

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C4D and AE: 3D Pokemon Title

Ignace Aleya from Tolerated Cinematics takes you through the steps to create a pretty cool looking 3D Pokémon title using both Adobe After Effects and MAXON Cinema 4D.

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Superhero Landing - Video Copilot Show

The first Video Copilot show is up and running!  Andrew Kramer and the gang show us how to make an awesome Superhero landing.

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After Effects: Creating Character Shadows

Animator Lee Daniels shows us an easy way to create ground shadows on 2D characters in Adobe After Effects.

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Wire and Rig Removal in After Effects

Our friend Sean Mullen over at Rampant Design shares his recent work on the project High Fall, complete with Wire & Rig removal tutorial and behind the scenes footage.

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C4D: Depth Pass Tips

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AE: Creating an Animated Font with Illustrator and After Effects

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Creating Shock Waves / Heat Distortion Waves

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Puppet Animation Using Adobe Character Animator

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FreeForm Pro | Whirlpool Tutorial | After Effects

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Break Objects with AFX

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Camera Tracking 360 Footage in After Effects

Mikey Borup explains how to camera track 360 degree footage using After Effects, Skybox and 3D Element.

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Scrolling hacker text for FUI in After Effects

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Burning Question: How can I learn NUKE quickly as an AE user?

The Foundry’s NUKE has become a powerhouse in VFX. Some After Effects users are intimidated by NUKE and it’s node-based workflow. I can assure you, it’s not as tough as it may look! I spent all of last week getting up to speed with NUKE and I’m feeling pretty comfortable with it. If you want to up your game, NUKE is a good place to start.

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Burning Question: How Can I Background Render in After Effects?

We were asked via Twitter: “Is there a plug-in in existence that allows me to render in AE (in the background) while I continue to work in AE?” Here is a great solution for Adobe Creative Cloud users. We also have a solution for those of you who only have After Effects or are working in an older version of the software.

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How do I get started making my own videos?

Question: I am very inspired by Andrew McMurry’s work in the Visual Effects/ Media Arts. I’d like to start making my own videos and bringing them to life. I was told by a Visual Effects distributor to ask you some questions on some recommended software, or apps that could point me in the right direction.

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Follow along as Eran Stern enters the mind of a woman; creating both a tunnel vision effect and a dream like scene, that can be used separately or together, by applying a few After Effects tricks.

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Film Riot has created a clever short film entitled U.F.Oh Yeah, Directed and written by Ryan Connolly and starring Josh Connolly, the film is about a U.F.O. enthusiast and conspiracy theorist who has an encounter with extraterrestrials that doesn’t go quite as one might expect. After the film, learn about how some of the effects were made. There are a whole series of videos here and they’re fantastic!!

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The Northern Lights

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In Depth: Repairing Damaged Pixels

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In Depth: Transitions, Part 2: The Swish Pan

The swish pan is known by many monikers: whip pan, roll pan, swipe pan, flick pan, zip pan, and whoosh are just a few. Get ready for some fun examples, instructions on how to create this cool transition, plug-ins to make the job fast and easy, and tips on improving your transitions.

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Make it Rain with Boris FX and mocha AE

In this simple After Effects tutorial, Imagineer System’s Mary Poplin shows you how to add realistic rain to a shot with plug-ins from Boris FX and mocha AE.Mary uses the bundled mocha AE CC for planar tracking and masking and Boris Continuum Complete BCC Rain.

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Recreate the Sin City Look in After Effects

Paul Ezzy shows you how to mimic the film noir, graphic novel stylized of Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City: Dame To Kill” with Boris Continuum Complete 9 in Adobe AE.

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After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Previews in After Effects CC 2015

Does the new AE seem buggy when previewing?  It’s all in how the start and stop keys affect it’s behavior.  This article on Pro Video Coalition explains how it works and why it really isn’t buggy at all.

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Create Monster Visual Effects in After Effects with the Monster Toolkit and Mocha AE

Rampant Design CEO and Lead Creative Sean Mullen Shows Us How to Create Monster Effects Using Adobe After Effects and Imagineer Systems Mocha AE.

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Quick Tip - CC Slant Breezy Grass

A quick way to make slant sway in the breeze. also, no keyframes, so thats cool. just a quick expression. Enjoy.” - AE Tutorials with Mikey

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After Effects: Smoothing out Jump Cuts using Timewarp

How do you make a jump cut look smooth without covering it up?  Use the Timewarp filter in AE.  Learn how in this short tutorial from Tuts+.

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After Effects - Fractured HUD Title Sequence

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The Ring - Samara Death Stare After Effects

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Use Mocha to Assist With After Effects Face Tracker

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How To Make A Sci-Fi Fire Look In Cinema 4D and After Effects

In this AskGSG Jake Vardaman asks us how to make this cool Sci-Fi fire look by Raoul Paulet using C4D.

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How to Create Heat Waves in After Effects

Learn how to create displaced heat waves in After Effects with this easy-to-learn technique.

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Useful Tricks in After Effects!

Over 65 Useful Tricks in After Effects You May Not Know About by Sergei Prokhnevskiy.

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Create an Energized Molecule Effect in After Effects

Learn how to create an energized molecule effect using only built-in effects in this exclusive After Effects tutorial.

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Create Heat Waves in After Effects

Learn how to create displaced heat waves in After Effects with this easy-to-learn technique.

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After Effects Process Video: ShapeShifter AE

Get a look at the entire process of creating a 3D sequence with Shapeshifter AE, in just 3 minutes.

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Animated Flip Book

Paul Ezzy from Boris FX shows you how to take a green screen ballarina and turn it into a hand drawn flipbook style sketch, complete with project file.

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Petri Dish Planets (After Effects Post Production)

Watch Shanks FX "Petri Dish Planets" and then check out the tutorial on how he put the finishing touches on them in Adobe After Effects.

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Advanced 3D Noise & Deform using Element 3D

In this tutorial Andrew Kramer from Video Copilot shows you how to create an intricate deform animation using 3D Noise & Twist with Element 3D V2  inside After Effects.

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3D Camera Navigation in After Effects

This tutorial will help you get in tune with the Camera Navigation in Adobe After Effects!

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In Depth: Spill Suppression on Keyed Footage

Spill is the colored light reflected from your background and onto your actor. Spill can show up on light colored clothing or hair, on shiny or reflective elements, around the edge of footage, and it can be a big problem! It can be very easy to fix, or difficult on finely detailed, extremely reflective or semi-transparent areas. Here are some methods of fixing spill.

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The Importance of Compositing: A Layer By Layer Breakdown in After Effects

Learn how important compositing is for your 3D renders, as every shot needs color correction and/or compositing, in this tutorial from Greyscalegorilla.

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Cinema 4D Custom Material ID Pass Tutorial

Ryan Snider of TangleWire.tv, shows you his customized compositing render pass that will allow you to make targeted color corrections, and changes to your C4D renders in Adobe After Effects.

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Tracking Masks: comparing Adobe’s Mask Tracker and mocha AE CC

Adobe Creative Cloud has a tool called "Mask Tracker" the is found in both Premiere Pro CC 2014 and After Effects CC 2014, that can be used to easily create masks.  After effects also has "mocha AE CC", a dedicated planar tracker that is similar to Mask Tracker, but also allows keyframe control, and has advanced features for dealing with some of the more difficult masking or tracking situations.Mary Poplin, from Imagineer Systems, shows you the similarities and differences between the "Mask Tracker" and the bundled "mocha AE CC."  Knowing which tool to use in which situation can help you save time and be more creative.

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Simple workarounds and fixes for the two biggest causes of After Effects crashes

Does After Effects CC 2014.2 (13.2) crash on you?  One of these 2 fixes from Adobe may help clear up the problem.

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Nuke or After Effects for Compositing?

Joey Korenman from School of Motion shows you how NUKE works better than After Effects when it comes to compositing, and how it can help you with your motion graphic designs.

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Video Copilot's Andrew Kramer shows you how to create fun, animating polygons that you can easily customize using time displacement, scale wipes and other neat animation tricks.

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Create a Paper Airplane in After Effects.

Create and animate your own Paper Airplanes in After Effects. This tutorial will show you how with out any 3rd party plugins, plus it only uses the classic 3D engine and not the ray traced.

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Daniel Brodesky shows how to create a hand crafted old time film feel to animation in Adobe After Effects.

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Aurora Effect with Adobe After Effects and Trapcode Particular

Learn how to create an aurora effect using Trapcode Particular in AE.

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In this tutorial TunnelvizionTV will teach you how to create a 3D Hologram Effect using After Effects and Trapcode Form. Trapcode form can be used to import 3D objects such as OBJ files into After Effects.

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Trapcode Form City with Displacement Maps

In this Quicktip, Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how using Depth Maps to displace Trapcode Form particles can be used to create a 3D Point Cloud Representation of a city.  This tutorial was inspired by the brilliant Trapcode Form work of Jeremy Cox at Imaginary Forces, for the film “Terminator: Salvation.” Plus don’t miss out!  All Red Giant Products are 40% OFF for 24 hrs. only!

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Creating a Particle Christmas Tree with Trapcode Particular

Since have a 2 day Red Giant and Trapcode Year End Sale starting tomorrow, I thought we’d bring you a few fun and useful tutorials for the products on sale. Here’s one from Premium Beat that will make your holiday spirits twinkle!

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Boris Continuum Spinning 3D Snowflake #TBT

Class up your holiday graphics with a gorgeous 3D Spinning snowflake with glints of light reflecting off of it. Here’s a fairly popular tutorial from about 5 years ago that is just as relevant today.  Although all the software used has been updated, the formula is the same.

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Chris McFall explains how to create a liquid mercury logo animation right in After Effects using mettle’s FreeForm Pro plug-in. Chris also reveals a few clever uses with filters that ship with After Effects, and some of his finishing techniques.

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Download the free Repeater preset from Cinemaspice and then watch the tutorial from Mikey Borup explain the Expression Controller in After Effects.

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Gardner Raymond shows how to do a Mask Morph between different mask shapes and making it look cool with Plexus, inspired by a video by Yen Hung Lin (Jeff).

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Jeff Foster, aka Pixelpainter, explains setting up the Wacom Intuos tablet for the time consuming and often tedious job of rotoscoping in After Effects. If you are rotoscoping or painting in AE (or any program), I’d highly recommend using a Wacom. It will save your sanity! And, here’s an older tutorial from yours truly about setting up a Wacom tablet for CINEMA 4D.

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This isn’t so much a tutorial as it is a walkthrough of the steps you can take to recreate the eyes of a White Walker from Game of Thrones!

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In this tutorial, you will see several examples demonstrating frame rate conversion and mixed format issues and their solutions.

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Shanks FX and PBS Digital Studios recreates the lightning effect with practical effects, and composited them in After Effects. I had no idea they did the effects this way. Genius!

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Broken Glass in Adobe After Effects

Learn how to make floating glass shards with After Effects to create a unique looking title sequence.

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It’s days 10 and 11 of 30 Days of After Effects from School of Motion in Sarasota, Florida. Joe explains how to use Cineware to set up a scene in a 3D environment. In the second part, he focuses on animating the dog in the room with an expression.

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Super Shape Morphing in After Effects

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Get tips and techiniques from Sean Frangella for "working with 3D cameras in After Effects, including changing focal length, parenting cameras to nulls, cutting between multiple cameras, roving keyframes, and linking depth of field."

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Joey shows you how to re-create his go-to animation trick. Kyle Predki, Joey's friend from Toil, came up with the move, hence the name. It's the bouncy, fun text animation that you can see in the first few seconds of the video.

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In the tutorial below, Mikey Borup explains how to create a morph with the After Effects Liquify tool and no other third-party plug-ins.

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Want to create cool looking Sci-Fi effects in AE? Then check out this tutorial from Matthew Pearce as he explains how he created some of his favorite effects.

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The 3D Pre-Compose Script makes it easy to pre-compose 3D-aware layers in After Effects by automatically copying all cameras & lights into the new comp with linked expressions! Just watch the tutorial to see all the amazing possibilities! Plus the script is Free!

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3D Scene From a Still

It’s day 4 of 30 Days of After Effects from School of Motion in Sarasota, Florida. Learn to take a photograph and make it into a 3D scene and fool everyone.

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Inspired by the practical exploding chalk effects used in the Semi-Permanent Sydney 2014 title, Claude Autret explained to Red Giant’s Aharon Rabinowitz how he attempted to remake some of the effects in After Effects using Trapcode Form.  Claude explains how he used a letter converted to a shape, to use only the outside stroke, as a layer map for Form, with really small particles, and then animate the displacement and dispersion so it explodes towards the camera.

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Alex from Zaxwerks explains how to create some cool animated sports banners with Zaxwerks 3D Flag, which incidentally, is on sale through July 1, 2014!

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Andrew Kramer uses 100% After Effects, no third-party plug-ins, to create this shockwave effect using Fractal Noise.

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In Depth: Skin Retouching and Digital Makeup, Part 1

Do you need to make some small fixes to the skin of your actor, like fixing a blemish or blotchiness? Here’s part 1 of a 2 part series on Skin Retouching and Digital Makeup to get you started!

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In this tutorial, Matthew Perks will show you how compose a green screen shot with a moving camera. He will also show you how to make an accurate 3D shadow of the subject, which really helps to sell the shot.

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Alex over at Zaxwerks hosted a recent tutorial thats getting a lot of attention. In it he uses ProAnimator to move 3D OBJ models into Adobe After Effects in a few simple steps!

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Adventures in Map Animation with QGIS, After Effects, C4D & Illustrator

Victoria Nece explains the open source software GIS, Geographic Information Systems, to make mapping jobs easier.

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Animating 2D Cartoon Faces in After Effects

Lee Daniels gives a general overview of animating a face from a layered Photoshop file in After Effects.

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Digital Wipes in After Effects with Ben Watts

In this tutorial Ben Watts will teach you how to create a basic digital wipe effect using Adobe After Effects. 

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Depth Passes Made Easy + Frischluft Lenscare and Camera Lens Blur

Let Joren from The Pixel Lab show you how to properly set up your depth passes so that you can do your DOF in Adobe After Effects!

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Ran Ben Avraham shows us how to create a Lizard Man transformation in After Effects with FreeForm Pro. Ran motion tracks a sequence and then he uses FreeForm Pro to wrap the texture of his choice around the actors face in 3D.In Part 2 you will learn how to 2D track different parts of the face in Mocha. You'll apply that info to the texture that has been created.View Part 1

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Tutorial / Inspirations: True Detective like Double Exposure

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Andrew and the gang bring us another fantastic tutorial. This one goes through the process of making a techy looking grid title animation inside of After Effects.

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Create a Lizard Man in After Effects Pt. 1

Ran Ben Avraham walks you through turning a human man into a Lizard Man with After Effects and Mettle FreeForm Pro. He motion tracks his footage and wraps the serpentine texture around the actors head with FreeForm Pro.

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Angie Taylor shares this fun AE tutorial, inspired by a paper trick from her grandpa.

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Create Water with Trapcode Particular

Dino Muhic creates a beautiful fluid looking water effect, inspired by a Beck’s commercial in Germany. Dino used a lime from Video Copilot 3D Model Pack - Fresh Food.First, he builds it from scratch and then explains how to composite it. He also created a preparation video to show how the water looks on its own.

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Create a Cartoon in After Effects (7 Parts)

Ryan Boyle of Sketchy Pictures explains the full process from character design, expressions for animating movement, lip-sync, lighting and camera and lots more!

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Here are several tutorials that give After Effects users that chunky, retro, 8-bit, posterized look, with or without plug-ins.

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Maxim Jago, not only has the awesome name of a super villian, but he knows After Effects really well! In this tutorial at Adobe.tv he shows users how to create layers in the position you want them in your After Effects compositions. You’ll also learn to pre-compose to the duration of your selection.

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Adobe After Effects Tilt Shift Tutorial

Tilt shift makes your video and images look miniature, like toys. In this project, they use Posterize time, Camera Lens Blur, CC Light Sweep and Fast Blur to create the effect.

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Puppet Tool Tips from Video Copilot

Andrew Kramer animates the Twitter logo with the Puppet Tool in Adobe After Effects.

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This tutorial is geared toward Photoshop users, but Richard Curtis explains the workflow using CINEMA 4D Lite, which is bundled with After Effects CC, to make create elements for 3D Printing.

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After Effects Expression Debugging Techniques

Felt Tips at AE Tuts+ has a fantastic, in depth 50 minute tutorial on fixing issues with Expressions.

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VinhSon Nguyen shows a cool, basic technique that you can use to create unique and interesting forms for titles, background elements and more.

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Martin Brennand shares some of the daily tips that are posted to Twitter and Facebook by Imagineer Systems.

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In Depth: Fast and Easy Garbage Mattes in After Effects

Here is a very simple technique to create super quick garbage mattes in AE!

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In Depth: Optimizing After Effects for the Best Performance

If you've been using Adobe After Effects since early versions, as I have, you are familiar with the idea of optimizing your machine and settings for premium performance. Here are some tips and resources to help you create the fastest and most solid After Effects you can. If you don't have a big budget for optimizing your system, where do you put the money for upgrades? That's for you to decide, but here are some suggestions on how to optimize what you have, and about other ways to optimize. If this article can't help you with the speed of After Effects, it will hopefully explain why things aren't running as fast as you would like them to.

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In Depth: Plug-ins Adobe After Effects CC and Premiere Pro CC

Here’s an ongoing list of plug-in compatibility and other information that you need to know about plug-ins in the new CC video apps.

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In Depth: 9 Great Freebies for Color Grading After Effects & Premiere Pro

The Beat has linked to some nice presets for Premiere Pro & After Effects to give your video work unique color looks. The first couple are from their list. I’ve expanded on the free presets, plus added some great free color grading plug-ins for AE PPRO and more!

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In Depth: Video Software and Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

This article is for motion graphics, vfx, and 3D artists and also video editors. We’re keeping track of issues you might have with your software and with information on how to fix problems.

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In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying

If your greenscreen footage didn’t turn out as perfectly as you had hoped, here are some things that you can do to fix problems and not create new ones.

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Stylized Lava Lamp in After Effects

Let’s start Tutorial Tuesday with a groovy 1970’s throwback, the lava lamp! The tutorial is from Mikey Borup at Premium Beat. This tutorial is for beginners and covers things like fast blur and levels. They also go over Motion Sketch and the Light Sweep plug-in.

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Crumpled Paper in After Effects

You know the open for the sitcom "Community", with the crumpled paper? Trevor Penner explains how to do this effect.

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Track and Replace a Mobile Phone Screen in mocha!

Imagineer has a new tutorial up that covers tracking an iPhone screen. Mary Poplin gives detailed instructions on the process both in video form and in words, so you can go at your own pace.

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Inspirations/Tutorial: Designing Main Titles for NBC’s “Revolution” with After Effects

Adobe.tv has posted Andrew Kramer’s presentation from NAB 2013, showing his VFX title sequence for the Revolution TV Series. Learn from the master!

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Create a 3D Sci-Fi Panel in Adobe After Effects

Follow along as Tudor “Ted” Jelescu shows you how to use Adobe After Effects to create an out-of-this-world 3D Sci-Fi Panel!

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This is A Story of Hope by Funky Medics. Dave Legion made this nifty project for the FH Foundation. He use Adobe After Effects with Mettle’s FreeForm + MamoWorld’s Lip Sync.

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Mocha 3D Solver, Plexus, and AE Scripts

Learn how to use mocha and After Effects to track graphics and effects. 3D Camera solve and object tracking which can then be exported to After Effects to drive the Plexus particle plug-in. Clip courtesy Artbeats.com

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Starfield Light Motion Trails in After Effects

Learn how to create this beautiful effect using After Effects and starfield timelapse footage.

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FreeForm Pro - The Ultimate Guide by Chris Lavelle

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How to get Started with Adobe Photoshop

Terry White of Adobe Creative Cloud TV gives you the rundown on some key essentials to getting started with Adobe Photoshop CC.

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Tutorial: Explosion with CINEMA 4D and Jawset Turbulence FD

Ben Watts covers how to create an explosion and dust wave in Cinema 4D with the TFD plugin.

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Tutorial: Migrating settings from After Effects CC (12.0) to After Effects CC (12.1)

Todd Kopriva gives some tips on migrating to the new update for AE CC.

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Video Copilot JetStrike Flight School

VFX Flight Instructor Andrew Kramer teaches you how to use After Effects & JetStrike to create intense aerial photography through dynamic compositing & animation.

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TypeMonkey Tutorials

TypeMonkey is an evolutionary new approach to creating kinetic typography for video and film productions. It allows for an endless range of keyframeless, completely customizable solutions in seconds, generated entirely within Adobe After Effects. It’s powerful, intuitive and even a little bit addicting. Not only is it now available at Toolfarm, we also have a couple tutorials for it from aescripts!

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Tutorial: Adobe Lightroom Before and After Tricks

How about a Lightroom tutorial for Tutorial Tuesday? Learn a cool trick in Lightroom.

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Olympus Has Fallen Breakdown from Motionworks

I watched John Dickinson’s fantastic presentation at After Effects World in Seattle a few weeks ago in which he walked us through creating the flag in the Olympus Has Fallen promo.

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Advanced Spin FX Tutorial from Video Copilot

A new one from Andrew and Company, just in time for Tutorial Tuesday at Toolfarm. He shows how to create a dynamic spectral animation without using any party plug-ins.

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How to Create a Looping Animation Using Expressions

It’s Tutorial Tuesday once again! Shawn Sheehan contributed this tutorial on AE Expressions to AE Tuts+ yesterday. He explains how to use the loopIn and loopOut expressions.

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How To Create Infographics That Animate Themselves

Post by Bryan Clark at aetuts+"Today I’ll share an expression I wrote to improve my workflow, which comes in handy any time I need to populate the screen with a large number of elements (e.g. filling the frame with photos, or animating info graphics, etc). By laying the elements out first in Photoshop, then using the ValueAtTime & delay expressions, I have much greater flexibility for tweaks & future revisions than using standard methods (like the standard Sequence Layers function). I’ll describe the normal method & show the problems therein; then explain the expression, what it means, and how to apply it."

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How to Create a Parallaxing Background Without a 3D Camera

We continue with Tutorial Tuesday with this fun video tutorial from AE Tuts+. Shawn Sheehan demonstrates the Offset effect combined with comp-to-comp expressions, plus a little time-remapping to create a parallax effect, without a 3D camera or Z-depth of any kind.

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Talking Toons Episode 1 - Advanced Toon Shading (Basics 101)

It’s Tutorial Tuesday! This is part 1 in a 15 part series called Talking Toons. “Shaders are best used for Props, Particle FX, Organic and Hard Surface Objects, The Relationship Editor’s role, which Lights work best for Toon Shading, Normal Maps, Displacement Maps and the methods we will be using in the following episodes to come.”

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Simulate Interactive Pouring Liquid with Newton for After Effects

By Simulate Intertactive Pouring Liquid with Newton for After Effects by Adrian C. Koutz at AEtuts+: "In this tutorial, I will explain how to use Newton to simulate liquid that interacts with the container it’s being poured in to. I will also mention how something similar can be done using Particular in a 3d environment."

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Tutorial: Speed Up After Effects Rendering Tutorial

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday. AE Tuts+ has a new tutorial on speeding up renders in After Effects.

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Camera Tracking In AE and C4D - Tracked Ship

Chris Martin, Freefxtutorials.com, one of Toolfarm’s affiliates, shows how to motion track footage using After Effects CC’s powerful new camera tracker to get a 3D solution, then send it back to AE for compositing and final render.

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3D Ray-Tracing in After Effects CS6

It’s Tutorial Tuesday! Daniel Bryant shows you how to take advantage of After Effects CS6′s ray-tracing features to light and render a 3D movie title.

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Why AE Might Be Better Than Photoshop for Tileable Textures

Tutorial Tuesday is upon us once again. Frederik Steinmetz at AE Tuts+ explains how to use AE to create tileable textures, using non-destructive Adjustment Layers and Curves to get the correct lighting.

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Simulate a Basic Dilating Iris in Adobe After Effects

Post by Joshua Lester at AEtuts+: "This Quick Tip will show how to manipulate footage of an eye to create the illusion that the Iris or Pupil is dilating. Using the Bulge Effect and simple motion tracking, the final product is quick and demonstrates how to use these simple tools."

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Cinema 4D Cloth Unroll Effect

Post at Motion Squared: "In this short tutorial, we take a look at how to create a cloth unroll effect /animation using the cloth dynamics tag in Cinema 4D. Enjoy!"

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Creating a Disco Party Animation with C4D and After Effects

"In this tutorial you’ll be creating a full motion graphics 3D animation for a disco party. You’ll start by creating some basic models and deforming them. We’ll dig quite deeply in shading to achieve some detailed and organic textures. Finally, we’ll animate all the elements in an attractive way and create a rotating camera to follow the whole scene. We’ll finish up in After Effects where we’ll add some sexiness to the animation." - Daniel Lorenzo of cgtuts+

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How to Set Up AE for Network Rendering on Multiple Machines

"In this tutorial we’ll discuss how to setup a network for multi-machine rendering in After Effects and how we can take advantage of watch folders to help automate the process." - Post by James Whiffin of Aetuts+

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Multicam Setup in Cinema 4D and Import Into AE CC

By Vic Garcia. Create a Chase Scene in C4D using Multiple Cameras, Stage Object and importing into After Effects CC using the Cineware plugin.

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Installing After Effects CC render engines with Adobe Creative Cloud

One of the changes in After Effects CC (12.0) regards when activation occurs, and this affects how you install render-only instances of the After Effects application, known as render engines. Todd Kopriva of Adobe goes into detail on the new process.

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Quick Tip - Project Shadows When Using Element 3D

Adrian C. Koutz shares his technique for projecting real 3D shadows from Element 3D without the use of additional 3rd party scripts or plug-ins. He also describes composting the shadow into a scene realistically.

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Tutorial: How to Get Better Control of Warp Stabilization

Jorrit Schulte of AETuts+ explains how to convert stabilization from the Warp Stabilizer to regular After Effects keyframes. His technique will work for the position, scale, rotation, and perspective methods. Learn how to manipulate the keyframe data to achieve better results.

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Compositing Problem-Solving in After Effects

In this video from Layer’s Magazine, Daniel Bryant creates a space-themed movie poster from scratch with After Effects. His compositing techniques include layer masking, blending modes, text animation, lens flares and particle effects.

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Planar Tracking HUDs and 3D Camera Solving - mocha v3

An advanced tutorial covering mocha v3’s 3D camera solver and Adobe after Effects. Mary Poplin creates a HUD style graphic in 3D space.

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Webinar Replay: Digital Makeup and Retouching: Using mocha AE/Pro with After Effects

In case you missed it, Imagineer recorded this past week’s webinar with Mary Poplin, covering planar tracking techniques for digital makeup and removals.

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Tutorial: Set Up a Wide Angle Point of View Mirror Effect

Michal Fibek for AETuts+ shows you a cool trick for creating a POV Mirror Effect with After Effects and mocha. Hint: You’ll need newspapers and masking tape!

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Tutorial: Split Image Slide Show in After Effects

Daniel of AETUTS+ shows how to create a cool slideshow transition in After Effects

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Tutorial: Native Stereoscopic editing with Vision 3’s Plug-in for Premiere Pro + After Effects CS6

Dave Helmly has been working with Vision 3 for about year and half on this inexpensive plug-in to support our native tapeless formats in a Stereoscopic 3D workflow. This video will give you a general idea of how the plug-in works and some general guidance on setup.You can more info on the plug-in here: www.inv3.com/quicks3d

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In Depth: Upscaling or Upsizing Video

If you ever need to work with old video footage that’s in standard format, here are several options and tools to make the job smoother and get better results.

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Bend 2D Layers Along Paths Using After Effects & Cinema 4D

EJ Hassenfranz posted some tutorials to his site, eyedesyn.com, which explain how to create a Bendy Arms effect, using After Effects and Cinema 4D.

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Using Shape Layers to Create a Vector Water Animation in After Effects

By Batuhan Türkay at AEtuts+: "In this tutorial we’ll take a look at the basic principles and behaviors of water in the case of forces being applied to it. We’ll be keyframing masks on solids to recreate a liquid movement."

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Webinar: Motion Tracking & VFX Webinar - Learning mocha AE

Just in case you didn’t catch the mocha AE webinar for planar motion tracking and AE workflows, here is the recording! We hope you learn something!

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Tutorial: MAXON and After Effects Integration using CINEWARE- Party Balloons

Check out these free new tutorials at Cineversity that explore upcoming C4D/ AE integration features.

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Make a Chalkboard-Style Scribble and Smudge

By Jorrit Schulte at AEtuts+. "We’ll be looking at creating a chalk-style scribble based on an image. We’ll be creating masks to make the lines using both manual and automatic techniques. From there we’ll animate the drawing on, and create a wiping animation which leaves smudges on the screen."

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How to Animate Retro Pixel Art in After Effects

In this tutorial Nik Morris will show you how to take animated pixel art and incorporate it into large HD videos while retaining the original quality!

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In Depth: Using Adobe After Effects for Print Work

After Effects is made for motion work but it can also be used for still imagery and print work. I made an invite using loads of After Effects plugins.

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How to Automate a Stop Motion Photo Slideshow in After Effects

By Emanuele Fiorito at AEtuts+: "In this tutorial we will see how to work some expressions to create your own preset that you can apply to achieve a stop motion effect for hundreds of photos."

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Create Cinema 4D Style Effectors in After Effects/ Dylan Winter

Dylan Winter demonstrates how you can expand After Effects towards the premise of Effectors in Cinema 4D. "If you ever wished that you could take advantage of some of Cinema 4D’s powerful effector tools while working in After Effects, your wish may now be granted. Using some clever scripting and a basic control system, we’re going to rig up our very own effectors within After Effects".

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In Depth: Lens Flare Plug-ins for After Effects: Knoll Light Factory, Part 2 of 5

Red Giant Knoll Light Factory 3 (aka KLF). It’s the most recently updated of the plug-ins I’m covering in this series and also has been around the longest. It was developed by John Knoll, visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). The first article featured a couple of interviews from John Knoll, which will give you, dear readers, a bit of insight behind the man who created visual effects for some of the most famous Hollywood blockbusters.

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Iron Man Interface Battle Widget – Parts 1 - 5

Post by Stefan Surmabojov at AEtuts+: "In this tutorial series we are going to go beyond basics using the true power of shape layers inside After Effects. As you can see we are going to dive into the magic of creating this Iron Man battle widget inspired from The Avengers movie. We are going to recreate the element from start to finish using various different techniques and learning some pretty cool workflow tips as well."Parts 1 & 2Parts 3, 4 & 5

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3D Composite Using Video Copilot Element 3D and Action Essentials II

Check out this great new example and tutorial by Andrew Kramer at Video Copilot: “Here is another fun example using Element 3D with live action footage and 3D Camera tracking… for the explosion, I used some Action Essentials 2 along with some colored lights to create the fire illumination.

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5 After Effects Keyframe Tips | PremiumBeat

This is a good one for the newbies to Adobe After Effects: 5 tips to quickly and effectively create keyframes in After Effects.

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Michele Yamazaki’s Particles Webinar Replay -June 27, 2012

On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, Michele Yamazaki tapped Boris Continuum Complete v8 AE’s state-of-the-art particle system effects to develop and enhance broadcast graphics in Adobe After Effects CS6. Using BCC Particle Emitter 3D and other Boris Continuum Complete VFX filters in conjunction with After Effects’ native 3D camera and lighting systems, Michele made ordinary graphics and titles pop off the screen in 3D particle bursts.

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How to Install After Effects Plug-ins, with and without installers

Here is some basic information about installation and troubleshooting installs that will apply to most plug-ins. First, I will note the obvious. With so many different developers building plug-ins, each installer will be different. You will even find differences with the same vendor, depending on how many hosts the plug-in installs for and the version of the plug-in.

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Burning Question: Which After Effects Glow Plug-in Should I Get?

We answer a customer’s question regarding glows for After Effects and Premiere Pro.

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Pimp Your After Effects by Stu Maschwitz

The always entertaining Stu Maschwitz explains a few ways you can do to get the most out of After Effects. For example, “I set Levels of Undo to 99, because why should I expect to have fewer problems than Jay-Z?”

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Advanced Soft Keying

Posted by Andrew Kramer at Video Copilot. In this tutorial we will go beyond basic keying techniques with new tips to help preserve small details like dirt and reflections. • Key out footage without eliminating the soft reflections • Composite in 32bpc for more realistic blending

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Magic Glass Breaking Time Freeze

Create a cool looking glass/window break. I’ll be talking through some basic compositing with Action Movie Essentials 2 and cover a little time remapping.

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Basic Head rotations using 3D Layers, Distortion Mesh & Expressions in After Effects

Posted by Daniel Gies on Vimeo: "This is a really quick overview of one method to approach head rotations and Blink animations. It is not a definitive method, but if your character design suites the process it can be quite effective.I just skim over the expressions and property linking so if you need a more detailed overview of linking sliders to layer attributes check out my earlier tutorial on Using Sliders."

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