How to install Plugins and Presets in After Effects

A quick guide showing how to add extras to the software. Most plugins these days come with an installer, but if you do have a plugin and you’re not sure how to manually install it, this video talks you through the very simple steps. It is likely you will need Administrator access to your computerContinue reading “How to install Plugins and Presets in After Effects”

How to export an animated GIF from Adobe After Effects

An investigation into all the different ways to make animated image files. Turns out there is more than one option to create a GIF from Adobe After Effects. In this video, I run an example H.264 MP4 video through all the different options I could find. And all the differences within those options. After EffectsContinue reading “How to export an animated GIF from Adobe After Effects”

Hologram / Projector beams without plugins (IMPROVED)

A tutorial for Adobe After Effects. I’ve taken another run at creating hologram beams (which could also be used for a movie projector). In my original tutorial I used lots of CC Radial Blur, which almost worked, but here I show a completely different technique which it’s simple to set up and really adaptable –Continue reading “Hologram / Projector beams without plugins (IMPROVED)”

The trick to making Intersecting Shapes in After Effects

A quick tutorial for Adobe After Effects. In this video, I answer a question I see a lot on forums: “How can you get one shape to cut out bits from another” Lots of people it’s a clean look effect which a lot of people think is really complicated involving track mattes, masks and parenting.Continue reading “The trick to making Intersecting Shapes in After Effects”

Create a Curvy Arrow Preset for After Effects

A text and path tutorial. In this quick tutorial for Adobe After Effects, I demonstrate how you can combine text and mask paths to create a simple curved arrow / pointer you can save as a preset. This works for Adobe After Effects CS6 and Creative Cloud users, although in the second part of theContinue reading “Create a Curvy Arrow Preset for After Effects”

Create Netflix’s Hellbound Title in After Effects

A guide to animating fire-y Korean text. Netflix’ show Hellbound has some really cool visual effects, but as soon as I saw the title sequence, I knew I wanted to recreate the look of the title card which appears at the start. It turned out to be straight-forward so I thought I’d share how youContinue reading “Create Netflix’s Hellbound Title in After Effects”

Animate with Audio in After Effects

A walkthrough of how to use music and sound files. You’ll get loads of people telling you not to use audio in Adobe After Effects. That you should use Audition or another sound editor and Premiere Pro or other video editor. And yeah, you can do a lot more in those programs, but it’s alsoContinue reading “Animate with Audio in After Effects”

Simulating a rope with Fake Dynamics in After Effects

This tutorial introduces you to a simple way to animate a rope, lasso, cape, cloth or even hair. Fake Dynamics is the brainchild of Wasib Qureshi with help from Colin Harvie, Pchelovek1205 and Daniel Gies. It is a script which you can run inside Adobe After Effects to link nulls to a driver (parent) nullContinue reading “Simulating a rope with Fake Dynamics in After Effects”

How to Import Animated Characters into Video Copilot Element

This tutorial shows you how to animate characters in the Video Copilot plugin for Adobe After Effects. VC Element is a great way to easily animate 3D objects inside After Effects and while it can import C4D files, this imported animation is limited to position, scale and rotation. To get animated characters in Element, youContinue reading “How to Import Animated Characters into Video Copilot Element”

Text in a circle in After Effects

In this tutorial for Adobe After Effects, I answer one of the most asked questions I see on forums: “How do I get text to go in a circle?”. Text layers can have masks applied to them and they have a Path option, so it’s really simple to draw a circular mask and then haveContinue reading “Text in a circle in After Effects”