Need to Know
This template is compatible with Adobe After Effects, v.CS5 and all later versions. Works on both PCs and Macs. No plugins required. Last Update: 01/28/2021.
The project file for the demo video is included, and is compatible with CC 2019 and up. The title animation from the demo video can be customized with your own text or logo, and used in your videos.
The insects in this template are composed of multiple 2D images arranged in three dimensions, which gives them the appearance of having mass and depth, but they are not true 3D models.
At full scale, the insects range from 450 to 1100 pixels long (from head to tail).
Unless the insect is small enough, this effect is not ideal for animating walking insects, since the feet do not move.
All comps are HD, 1920×1080. You can change the comp size to 4K or any other resolution and the effect will work the same.
Detailed instructions are found throughout the template, as well as in the two video tutorials (see links above).
Music and background footage in demo video are not included. Some animations used images as the backgrounds instead of footage. These images are included.
This template has been “universalized”, so it will work in After Effects running in any language.
The Swarms template is not a plugin, so there is nothing to install. A template is an Adobe After Effects project file, in which most of the work is already done and the user needs only to make their own customizations. This template is compatible with version CS5 as well as all later versions of After Effects.
All insect images in this template have been released to the public domain (Creative Commons CC0 license). All images were taken from pxhere.com, pixabay.com, or Wikimedia Commons.