Tutorial: How to Create a Zoom Effect in After Effects

From psychological thrillers to heart-pounding action films, zooming has always been used to capture a far-away subject or fill a frame with a close up—but thanks to post production programs like After Effects, the zoom can now go beyond its normal, everyday usage to provide a unique twist to any video. Just think of the iconic dolly zoom in Vertigo or the crash zoom in Django Unchained during the introduction of Calvin Candie. Need a visual? This video shows you how zooming can be used in big name Hollywood … Read more about Tutorial: How to Create a Zoom Effect in After Effects

Emojis Say What?!—Adding Text Message Bubbles to Your Project with After Effects Templates

In the last 20 years, with the help of the internet and the rise of cell phones, communication has dramatically changed. Mobile phones and the ability to text now strongly influence the way in which we can communicate with people, including on film. From tweets to texts, filmmakers have had to adapt to the way individuals give and receive information. Using text on screen to relay conversation has become a new tool for visual storytellers to communicate conversations on screen without ever saying a thing. One of the best examples we’ve seen … Read more about Emojis Say What?!—Adding Text Message Bubbles to Your Project with After Effects Templates

Create Blockbuster Credit Rolls in After Effects: 5 Must-Have YouTube Tutorials

Don’t think your audience cares about credit rolls? Think again. Hollywood has trained viewers to come early and stay until the very end thanks to unique title animations and “easter egg” post-credit scenes. But polished credit rolls aren’t just for big time studios. Sharp title and ending credits on your video project are a great way to signal professionalism and high-production value, instantly making your project look high end—even on a shoestring budget. Not sure how to add credits that are big screen-ready? After Effects templates … Read more about Create Blockbuster Credit Rolls in After Effects: 5 Must-Have YouTube Tutorials

Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cinemagraph in 7 Steps or Less

Cinemagraphs are so hot right now--perennial favorites of digital marketers and designers for their subtle use of movement, cinemagraphs have moved to the mainstream and are making waves online. Reminiscent of Harry Potter’s Daily Prophet and its magically moving pictures, these graphics are eye-catching and mesmerizing. Not-quite movies and not-quite stills, they add a touch of magic and a little something special to your digital content. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the creative process of finding dynamic content—including … Read more about Photoshop Tutorial: Make a Cinemagraph in 7 Steps or Less

The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Premiere Keyboard Shortcuts

If you’re interested in creating any kind of video project, chances are Adobe Premiere has a permanent place on your toolbar. The go-to editing platform of pros and novices alike, Premiere allows you to easily edit stock footage for all kinds of purposes--outpacing other industry leaders like Final Cut and AVID--and is now indispensable if you want to create high-quality films, commercials, promos or YouTube videos. Of course, time is of the essence in any field--and especially in ours. Between deadlines, shoot dates, high-maintenance … Read more about The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Premiere Keyboard Shortcuts

Coming Attractions: 11 Exclusive After Effects Templates Inspired by New Movies

From Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to Marvel’s Doctor Strange to Star Wars’ Rogue One, this film season is packed with excitement. But why save all the thrills for the big screen? With our new and exclusive box office-inspired After Effects templates, you can easily add a little movie magic to your next project. Drawing on iconic moments from this year’s most anticipated films, we’ve created template designs that truly capture the unique elements of each movie. From the esoteric spellcasting glyphs of Doctor Strange to the classic … Read more about Coming Attractions: 11 Exclusive After Effects Templates Inspired by New Movies

Getting Started in After Effects: A Beginner’s Guide to the Essential Tools You Need to Know

By Ryan Nau Are you ready to take your film and production expertise to the next level? After Effects could be the answer you’re looking for—from awesome logo reveals and title sequences to quick alpha channel animations, AE can help you upgrade your project’s production value with reasonably little effort. Although there any number of tutorials out there for creating cool effects in After Effects or working with ready-made After Effects templates, it can be hard to know where to start if you’re unfamiliar with the program. That’s why … Read more about Getting Started in After Effects: A Beginner’s Guide to the Essential Tools You Need to Know

4 Awesome Keyframing Tips for After Effects Templates

Fine-tuning your keyframing techniques in After Effects can help you take your template projects from good to awesome. Keyframes can infinitely speed up the editing process and reduce repetitive manual clicks, whether you're creating custom animations or tweaking transitions between segments in your AE template. But first—what is a keyframe? Keyframes mark the start and end points for clips or animations in your project timeline. Accurate keyframing is essential for creating smooth transitions between sequences. For further explanation, … Read more about 4 Awesome Keyframing Tips for After Effects Templates