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

40 After Effects Templates to Drive Views on YouTube

Looking to get more views on your YouTube videos? We know our members crave After Effects Templates that can take their views to the next level. One great thing about After Effects templates are the reliability and familiarity they can create with an audience. They can create a strong relationship with viewers while designing a polished product. From displaying a range of products to providing a branded intro to your videos, After Effects templates are the perfect way to garner attention. High profile corporations to home grown businesses can … Read more about 40 After Effects Templates to Drive Views on YouTube

20 Blockbuster Movie Templates: Take on Tinseltown with A-List Intros

The 2017 movie season is well underway—but why save all the thrills for the big screen? Thanks to today’s tech, independent filmmakers can access studio-quality b-roll, mind-blowing special effects and engaging intros on less than a Los Angeles catering budget! So why not add a little movie magic to your next film project with our box-office inspired After Effects templates? Whether you’re looking for high-impact credit reels or a spine-chilling introduction, get the Hollywood look—minus the Hollywood budget.   The Future … Read more about 20 Blockbuster Movie Templates: Take on Tinseltown with A-List Intros

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

The 10 Biggest After Effects Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

We’ve all been there. You’re happily animating away, minding your own business, when suddenly—bam! You get hit with a weird error message, or your layer disappears...and why isn’t the mask tool working anyway? After Effects can be a complicated program, and while customizable After Effects templates and Internet tutorials can help anyone get the ball rolling, there are still a few ins and outs that can elude even advanced animators and FX artists. To help you avoid these pesky problems, we’ve compiled a list of the ten biggest and most … Read more about The 10 Biggest After Effects Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

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

Roll Out the Red Carpet—After Effects Templates Inspired by 2017’s Best Picture Nominees

“And the Oscar goes to…” As filmmakers, media producers, and cinematographers, we are unapologetic “movie people.” From artsy indies to high-budget action flicks , we’ve laughed, cried, and loved them all—and we’ve waited with baited breath to find out which of our favorites will be honored or snubbed by the Academy each year. Few awards are as coveted as the prestigious “Best Picture” Oscar, and this year’s nominees don’t disappoint. As we dive into awards season, we’ve collected a few of our favorite After Effects Templates inspired … Read more about Roll Out the Red Carpet—After Effects Templates Inspired by 2017’s Best Picture Nominees