Adobe Faceoff: After Effects vs. Premiere Pro — Which Program Should You Use?

Having the right tool for the job is essential when you need to maximize productivity and keep your creative flow copasetic—after all, you wouldn’t try to hammer a nail with a screwdriver (well, we hope you wouldn’t). So why would you use the wrong Adobe program for your project? Knowing when you should use Adobe After Effects versus Premiere Pro can help you determine which program to learn first or which program to use for specific tasks. While there are some things that you can do through both programs, one of them will likely have … Read more about Adobe Faceoff: After Effects vs. Premiere Pro — Which Program Should You Use?

Top 20 AE Backgrounds for Live Events

Come one, come all! Planning a live event can be a challenging and stressful task—after finding a venue, entertainer or DJs, and date, all that's left is attracting the crowds. Sounds easy enough, right? Maybe if you like long nights spent wracking your brain for marketing strategies, then yes, it’s easy. Luckily, finding crowd-pleasing and mesmerizing visuals for your event’s promos or backdrop doesn’t have to be stressful. Our After Effects video template library includes a wide array of creative graphics to make a big splash. The … Read more about Top 20 AE Backgrounds for Live Events

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

11 Eye Catching After Effects Templates YouTubers Love

If the internet never forgets, give it something to remember. Creating videos is as easy as point and shoot, and making a career on YouTube is more common than ever. But to really succeed, it takes creativity, consistency, and exciting content that screams, “watch me!” That’s a lot of pressure—fortunately, you don’t have to be a one person army. We’ve pulled together a list of 11 After Effects templates YouTubers love that will give your videos that extra little something to catch your audience’s attention. From slideshows and logo … Read more about 11 Eye Catching After Effects Templates YouTubers Love

7 Essential After Effects Animations to Take Your Video Effects to the Next Level

Cross-dissolve just doesn't cut it anymore. To make studio-quality videos, you need polished animations—that’s why we’ve pulled seven essential After Effects template animations for video production. From logo reveals to intro slides, these template categories are the standard-bearers of the industry. Templates are a great way for filmmakers, marketers, and creatives to quickly and easily create professional projects without needing to build them from scratch, frame by tedious frame. Easily customized with text, photos, and footage, AE … Read more about 7 Essential After Effects Animations to Take Your Video Effects to the Next Level

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