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After Effects FAQ

We get many questions about After Effects and related topics. We do our best to answer these and whenever we feel the answer might also be useful for others, we put it here.

  • Does After Effects contain any Stock Music or Sound Effects?

    While After Effects itself does not contain any stock music or sound effects, the Creative Suite or Creative Cloud has a big library of stock music and sound effects included.

    In CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 the audio files are conventiently accessible from Adobe Soundbooth as shown in Andrew Davis' tutorial Free Music & Sound FX in Soundbooth.

    In CS6 and newer versions...

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  • How to create 3D Text in After Effects?

    To add a bit more depth to your projects, you often want your text to be 3D. In After Effects, you have different options to achieve this and each of them has some advantages. So what option is best for you really depends on your project. Here are the pro's and con's for each of the options.

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  • How to create a countdown text that changes at each marker?

    This was a question we got from a customer. With iExpressions, the answer is surprisingly easy:

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  • How to create slow-motion clips in After Effects?

    The easiest way to create a slow-motion in After Effects is to right-click on your layer and choose time->time stretch and enter a stretch factor of 400% to play the video at only a quarter of its original speed.

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  • How to make things in After Effects react to the audio?

    After Effects is very powerful when it comes to make animations that automatically react to the music or the sounds of your project. Here I give an overview over the most common workflows.

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  • How to preview in After Effects with Audio?

    If you are used to editing programs you might be irritated that the default live playback of After Effects does not play audio. To hear the audio you need to do a RAM preview.

    For a RAM preview, you need to click the rightmost symbol in the Preview panel. Alternatively, hit the 0 key on your number pad.

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  • How to render a clip in After Effects?

    When you finished a project in After Effects, the final step is to render your project (i.e. to export it into a movie file).

    For rendering, you have in general several different options:

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  • The Best After Effects Tutorial Websites

    We present the best After Effects tutorial websites for beginners and experts. Hundreds of free, high quality AE tutorials and also some commercial training. Read More
  • What are the best After Effects Tutorials for Beginners?

    When you start working with After Effects, it will probably be overwhelming. There are tons of video tutorials online, but most of them focus on a particular effect and don't offer structured training that help beginners to get started.

    If you are new to After Effects and don't know where to start, I recommend the following free training series

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  • What is an After Effects composition and why do we need it ?

    A composition is the timeline you want to work with - like a sequence in Premiere. When you start, each project has probably just one composition and it feels like the project is the composition. But when your projects get more complex, you start having several compositions for different parts of your project. You can even use some compositions as layers in other compositions to structure your project.

    To get started with After Effects, take a look at our free After Effects tutorial series for beginners.

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