Learn After Effects In 1 Hour!


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by Motion Array

Hi guys this is Jordan with Motion Array and welcome to our Complete After Effects Course For Beginners.  We’re going to be going through the program and getting you up to up to speed so that you can start using it on your own.  And the best part is that you can learn After Effects for free! So let’s get right into it!

Video 1 – Purpose Of After Effects And Its User Interface

After effects can seem like a really intimidating program if you’ve never learned it.   But this course is designed to get you up and running using it in about 1 hour!   We’ve broken this course up into 8 videos so that you can jump to specific sections if you need to touch up on any one topic in specific.

But before we begin learning how to use after effects, it’s important to quickly go over why you’d want to use it in the first place.  What is its purpose, and what is it designed to do?   As Premiere Pro is becoming more and more powerful, there’s more chances that you can complete your project inside that program alone.  But every so often you’re going to come into a situation where you need a lot more precision and flexibility to create a really unique scene.  This is typically where after effects comes into play.  The way that I would illustrate this difference is by comparing premiere pro to a saw and after effects to a scalpel.  Both are used to cut things, but you’ll have a lot more trouble cutting a tree down with a scalpel, and you also probably don’t want to operate on a person using a saw either.  Each tool has its purpose.  After effects is an especially great tool for compositing amazing elements into your scene and doing intensive graphic design work, as well as a host of other specialized functions.  So the better you understand it, the more amazing you can make your videos look.

Are you excited?  Let’s jump in to the first part of our After Effects Tutorial, learning the Interface…

Ohhhh, a whole lot more here to continue the course from Motion Array.



A free pack of 7 FCPX titles and lower thirds!


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by Simple Video Making

Denice from Simple Video Making and Eduardo from NeonPandaMX teamed up to create 7 modern, simple and best of all FREE titles. Enjoy!

We’ll feature more of their freebies in the future here on the GLJ daily blog.  BUT if you can’t wait that long, have at them all here!



FREE: Premiere Pro Preset: Audio Preset Pack


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by Kyler Holland

Premiere Pro Preset: Audio Effects

Kyler Holland offers up yet another Premiere Pro freebie and preset: “Audio Effects.”

This Adobe Premiere Pro Preset Pack is designed to help you edit your audio faster. Using various techniques and effects, you’ll be editing on another level. Enjoy!




  • [1.1] Highpass: NORMAL to 1,000 hz
  • [1.1] Highpass: NORMAL to 100 hz
  • [1.1] Highpass: NORMAL to 2,500 hz
  • [1.1] Highpass: NORMAL to 250 hz
  • [1.1] Highpass: NORMAL to 5,000 hz
  • [1.1] Highpass: NORMAL to 500 hz
  • [1.2] Highpass: 1,000 hz to NOTHING
  • [1.2] Highpass: 100 hz to NOTHING
  • [1.2] Highpass: 2,500 hz to NOTHING
  • [1.2] Highpass: 250 hz to NOTHING
  • [1.2] Highpass: 5,000 hz to NOTHING
  • [1.2] Highpass: 500 hz to NOTHING


  • [2] Highpass: 100 hz
  • [2] Highpass: 250 hz
  • [2] Highpass: 2500 hz
  • [2] Highpass: 500 hz
  • [2] Highpass: 5000 hz
  • [2] Highpass: 1,000 hz


  • [3.1] Highpass: 1,000 hz to NORMAL
  • [3.1] Highpass: 100 hz to NORMAL
  • [3.1] Highpass: 250 hz to NORMAL
  • [3.1] Highpass: 2,500 hz to NORMAL
  • [3.1] Highpass: 500 hz to NORMAL
  • [3.1] Highpass: 5,000 hz to NORMAL
  • [3.2] Highpass: NOTHING to 1,000 hz
  • [3.2] Highpass: NOTHING to 100hz
  • [3.2] Highpass: NOTHING to 2,500 hz
  • [3.2] Highpass: NOTHING to 250 hz
  • [3.2] Highpass: NOTHING to 500 hz
  • [3.2] Highpass: NOTHING to 5,000 hz




  • [1.1] Lowpass: NORMAL to 1,000 hz
  • [1.1] Lowpass: NORMAL to 10 hz
  • [1.1] Lowpass: NORMAL to 150 hz
  • [1.1] Lowpass: NORMAL to 2,500 hz
  • [1.1] Lowpass: NORMAL to 250 hz
  • [1.1] Lowpass: NORMAL to 5,000 hz
  • [1.1] Lowpass: NORMAL to 500 hz
  • [1.2] Lowpass: 10,000 hz to NOTHING
  • [1.2] Lowpass: 150 hz to NOTHING
  • [1.2] Lowpass: 2,500 hz to NOTHING
  • [1.2] Lowpass: 250 hz to NOTHING
  • [1.2] Lowpass: 5,000 hz to NOTHING
  • [1.2] Lowpass: 500 hz to NOTHING
  • [1.2] Lowpass: 7,500 hz to NOTHING


  • [2] Lowpass: 1,000 hz
  • [2] Lowpass: 10 hz
  • [2] Lowpass: 150 hz
  • [2] Lowpass: 2,500 hz
  • [2] Lowpass: 250 hz
  • [2] Lowpass: 5,000 hz
  • [2] Lowpass: 500 hz


  • [3.1] Lowpass: 10 hz to NORMAL
  • [3.1] Lowpass: 2,500 hz to NORMAL
  • [3.1] Lowpass: 250 hz to NORMAL
  • [3.1] Lowpass: 5,000 hz to NORMAL
  • [3.1] Lowpass: 1,000 hz to NORMAL
  • [3.1] Lowpass: 150 hz to NORMAL
  • [3.1] Lowpass: 500 hz to NORMAL
  • [3.2] Lowpass: NOTHING to 10,000 hz
  • [3.2] Lowpass: NOTHING to 150 hz
  • [3.2] Lowpass: NOTHING to 2,500 hz
  • [3.2] Lowpass: NOTHING to 250 hz
  • [3.2] Lowpass: NOTHING to 5,000 hz
  • [3.2] Lowpass: NOTHING to 500 hz
  • [3.2] Lowpass: NOTHING to 7,500 hz




  • Audio Channel LEFT 100%
  • Audio Channel LEFT 50%
  • Audio Channel LEFT 75%
  • Audio Channel RIGHT 100%
  • Audio Channel RIGHT 50%
  • Audio Channel RIGHT 75%




  • BASS +10 dB
  • BASS +24 dB
  • BASS +5 dB
  • BASS -10 dB
  • BASS -24 dB
  • BASS -5 dB
  • Hard Limit: -1 dB
  • REVERB: Massive 0% to 100%
  • REVERB: Massive 100% to 0%


Download here on Kyler’s site!

Windowed: Upload to Instagram Directly From Your Desktop, FREE


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(Thanks to reader, Rodney Mitchell, for the referral)

Windowed is a simple new app that finally lets you upload to Instagram directly from your Mac or PC desktop.

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Created by photographer and programmer Felix Sun, the app is essentially a tiny mobile browser that you can log into Instagram’s website through your mac or PC’s desktop browser. Felix Sun is a photographer that was frustrated with the process of getting photos from a computer to a smartphone to upload. He used his experience as an engineering student to develop a workaround, then decided to share the tool with other photographers FOR FREE!

What Windowed does is provide a stripped down mobile browser for computers that’s dedicated to posting photos to Instagram.

“Instagram already provides the functionality to upload photos through a web browser, but sadly this feature is locked to mobile web browsers only,” Sun writes. “Windowed overcomes this issue by pretending to be a mobile browser, allowing you to visit the Instagram mobile website directly from your Mac or Windows PC.”

You can download Windowed for FREE here.

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The Levelator: Do You Believe in Magic?


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by The Conversations Network

Do you believe in magic? You will after using The Levelator® to enhance your podcast. Drag. Drop. Done. Easy. And you’ll be amazed that it’s free, now even for commercial use!

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So what is The Levelator®? It’s software thats been around for many, many years that runs on Windows, OS X (universal binary), or Linux (Ubuntu) that adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for example. It’s not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three. It’s much more than those tools, and it’s much simpler to use. The UI is dirt-simple: Drag-and-drop any WAV or AIFF file onto The Leveler’s application window, and a few moments later you’ll find a new version which just sounds better.

Have you ever recorded an interview or podcast in which you and your guest ended up at different volumes? How about a panel discussion where some people were close to microphones and others were not? These are the problems the post-production engineers of Team ITC  at The Conversations Network solve every day, and it used to take them hours of painstaking work with expensive and complex tools like SoundTrack Pro, Audacity, Sound Forge or Audition to solve them. Now it takes mere seconds. Seriously. The Levelator® is unlike any other audio tool you’ve ever seen, heard or used. It’s magic. And it’s free to download here.

Improve Performance in After Effects


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by Adobe

You can improve performance by optimizing your computer system, After Effects, your project, and your workflow. Some of the suggestions here improve performance not by increasing rendering speed but by decreasing time that other operations require, such as opening a project.

Note: By far, the best way to improve performance overall is to plan ahead, run early tests of your workflow and output pipeline, and confirm that what you are delivering is what your client actually wants and expects. (See Planning your work.)

Improve performance before starting After Effects

  • Make sure that you’ve installed the current version of After Effects, including any available updates. To check for and install updates, choose Help > Updates.
  • Make sure that you’ve installed the latest versions of drivers and plug-ins, especially video card drivers. To download updates for drivers and plug-ins, go to the provider’s website.
  • Make sure that your system has enough RAM. Optimum performance is achieved with computer systems with at least 2 GB of installed RAM per processor core. See the documentation for your operating system and computer for details on how to check the amount of installed RAM and how to install RAM.
  • Quit applications that are not necessary for your work. If you run applications other than those with which After Effects shares a memory pool, and you don’t allocate adequate memory to other applications, performance can be greatly reduced when the operating system swaps RAM to the hard disk. (See Memory (RAM) usage in 64-bit After Effects.)For more information about improving performance by stopping software not necessary for your work, see this video on the video2brain website.
  • Stop or pause resource-intensive operations in other applications, such as video previews in Adobe Bridge.
  • Make sure that your system includes a display card that supports OpenGL 2.0 or later. Though After Effects can function without it, OpenGL accelerates various types of rendering, including rendering to the screen for previews. See Render with OpenGL.
  • When possible, keep the source footage files for your project on a fast local disk drive. If your source footage files are on a slow disk drive (or across a slow network connection), then performance will be poor. Ideally, use separate fast local disk drives for source footage files and rendered output. For more information, see this video on the video2brain website.
  • A separate fast disk (or disk array) to assign the disk cache folder to, is ideal. Because of their speed, SSDs work well for this function.

Improve performance by optimizing memory, cache, and multiprocessing settings

  • Allocate adequate memory for other applications.
  • Enable caching frames to disk for previews by selecting the Enable Disk Cache preference. In After Effects, assign as much space as possible to the Disk Cache folder (on a separate fast drive) for best performance. See Disk cache.

Todd Kopriva provides more information about optimum memory and processor settings on the Adobe website.

See Memory preferences for additional information.

Improve performance using Global Performance Cache | CC, CS6

Import projects from After Effects CS5.5 and earlier into After Effects to take advantage of the Global Performance Cache. For details, see Disk Cache.

Persistent disk cache improves performance by retaining frames stored in the disk cache between sessions, saving rendering time as you work on a project or other projects that might use the same cached frames.

 Improve performance by simplifying your project

By simplifying and dividing your project, you can prevent After Effects from using memory and other resources to process elements that you are not currently working with. Also, by controlling when After Effects performs certain processing, you can greatly improve overall performance. For example, you can avoid repeating an action that needs to happen only once, or you can postpone an action until it is more convenient for you.

  • Delete unused elements from your project. See Remove items from a project.
  • Divide complex projects into simpler projects, and then recombine them before you render the finished movie. To recombine projects, import all of the projects into a single project. See Import an After Effects project.
  • Before rendering, put all of your source footage files on a fast, local disk—not the one that you’re rendering and exporting to. A good way to do this is with the Collect Files command. See Collect files in one location.
  • Pre-render nested compositions. Render a completed composition as a movie so that After Effects doesn’t rerender the composition every time it is displayed. See Pre-render a nested composition.
  • Substitute a low-resolution or still-image proxy for a source item when not working directly with that item. See Placeholders and proxies.
  • Lower the resolution for the composition. See Resolution.
  • Isolate the layer you’re working on by using the Solo switch. See Solo a layer.

For more information about improving performance by isolating what you’re working on, see this video on the video2brain website.

Improve performance by modifying screen output

You can improve performance in many ways that don’t affect how After Effects treats your project data, only how output is drawn to the screen as you work. Although it is often useful to see certain items and information as you work, After Effects uses memory and processor resources to update this information, so be selective in what you choose to display as you work. You will likely need to see different aspects of your project at different points in your workflow, so you may apply the following suggestions in various combinations at various stages.

  • Turn off display color management and output simulation when not needed. See Simulate how colors will appear on a different output device. The speed and quality of color management for previews are controlled by the Viewer Quality preferences. See Viewer Quality preferences.
  • Enable hardware acceleration of previews, which uses the GPU to assist in drawing previews to the screen. Choose Edit > Preferences > Display (Windows) or After Effects > Preferences > Display (Mac OS), and select Hardware Accelerate Composition, Layer, And Footage Panels.
  • Close unneeded panels. After Effects must use memory and processor resources to update open panels, which may slow the work that you are doing in another panel.
  • Create a region of interest. If you are working on a small part of your composition, limit which portion of the composition is rendered to the screen during previews. See Region of interest (ROI).
  • Deselect Show Cache Indicators in the Timeline panel menu to prevent After Effects from displaying green and blue bars in the time ruler to indicate cached frames. See Caches: RAM cache, disk cache, and media cache.
  • Deselect the Show Rendering Progress In Info Panel And Flowchart preference to prevent the details of each render operation for each frame from being written to the screen. See Display preferences.
  • Hide Current Render Details in the Render Queue panel by clicking the triangle beside Current Render Details in the Render Queue panel. See Information shown for current render operations.
  • Press Caps Lock to prevent After Effects from updating Footage, Layer, or Composition panels. When you make a change that would otherwise appear in a panel, After Effects adds a red bar with a text reminder at the bottom of the panel. After Effects continues to update panel controls such as motion paths, anchor points, and mask outlines as you move them. To resume panel updates and display all changes, press Caps Lock again.

Note: Pressing Caps Lock suspends updates (disables refresh) of previews in viewers during rendering for final output, too, although no red reminder bar appears.

  • Lower the display quality of a layer to Draft. See Layer image quality and subpixel positioning.
  • Select Draft 3D in the Timeline panel menu, which disables all lights and shadows that fall on 3D layers. It also disables the depth-of-field blur for a camera.
  • Use fast draft mode while laying out and previewing a ray-traced 3D composition by selecting an option other than “Off” from the Fast Previews button.
  • Deselect Live Update in the Timeline panel menu to prevent After Effects from updating compositions dynamically. See Preview modes and Fast Previews preferences.
  • Display audio waveforms in the Timeline panel only when necessary. See Showing properties and groups in the Timeline panel (keyboard shortcuts).
  • Disable pixel aspect ratio correction by clicking the Toggle Pixel Aspect Ratio Correction button at the bottom of a Composition, Layer, or Footage panel. The speed and quality of pixel aspect ratio correction and other scaling for previews are controlled by the Viewer Quality preferences. See Viewer Quality preferences.
  • Deselect Mirror On Computer Monitor when previewing video on an external video monitor. See Preview on an external video monitor.
  • Hide layer controls, such as masks, 3D reference axes, and layer handles. See Show or hide layer controls in the Composition panel.
  • Lower the magnification for a composition. When After Effects displays the Composition, Layer, and Footage panels at magnifications greater than 100%, screen redraw speed decreases. (See Zoom an image for preview.)
  • Set the Resolution/Down Sample Factor value of the composition to Auto in the Composition panel, which prevents the unnecessary rendering of rows or columns of pixels that aren’t drawn to the screen at low zoom levels. See Resolution.

Improve performance when using effects

Some effects, such as blurs and distortions, require large amounts of memory and processor resources. By being selective about when and how you apply these effects, you can greatly improve overall performance.

Apply memory-intensive and processor-intensive effects later. Animate your layers and do other work that requires real-time previews before you apply memory-intensive or processor-intensive effects (such as glows and blurs), which may make previews slower than real time.

  • Temporarily turn off effects to increase the speed of previews. See Delete or disable effects and animation presets.
  • Limit the number of particles generated by particle effects. See Simulation effects.
  • Rather than apply the same effect with the same settings to multiple layers, apply the effect to an adjustment layer. When an effect is applied to an adjustment layer, it is processed once, on the composite of all of the layers beneath it. See Create an adjustment layer.

A Clever Trick to Create More Dramatic Audio


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by V. Renee, nofilmschool

If the stock music you’re working with just isn’t cutting it, try this super easy trick in Premiere Pro.

In this video, filmmaker Zach Ramelan offers up a step-by-step tutorial on how to pull off one particularly nifty trick in Premiere Pro that will make your audio sound more dramatic and trippy. Check it out below…

What are some other simple audio tricks you use? Let us know down in the comments…

Tons of Free AE Templates and Assets to Celebrate 25 Years of After Effects


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After Effects has long been in the hands of everyday consumers now, and the software is behind countless commercials, films, and motion design projects all over the world.

To celebrate the milestone, Premiumbeat has rounded up our favorite free After Effects assets. Here, you’ll find tons of free animations like icons and transitions as well as presets, templates, and overlays.


FREE 4K Text Message for Final Cut Pro X


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by LenoFX

This plugin is perfect to show stunning social media messages in your videos as text messages, videos, audios, or emails.

Top-notch design and animation that you deserve.

It’s excellent for any edit with a set of 74 elements divided into five categories: Comments, Conversation, Followers Interactions, Notification, and Tools.

It emulates the most popular social media platforms design.

Designed specifically to create beautiful individual messages or conversations.

Ready to use in 4K projects.

Click here and see how it works.

What is Included Free Version:

  • 1 Title;
  • Detailed Tutorial


  • Quick and easy to edit in Final Cut Pro X
  • Change duration, color, position, font, size, etc.
  • Push distance control to move elements up or down
  • On screen controls for size and position
  • Built-in/out Animations
  • Resolution 720, 1080, 4K 3840×2160
  • No plugins required


  • Final Cut Pro X 10.3.2 or later
  • Disk space: 4 MB

Music not included – A Great Achievement


Click here to download: https://goo.gl/pfj5QT

Buy the Full Version Here!



Pro Tips That Will Help You Work Faster in Premiere Pro


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by V. Renee, nofilmschool.com

Here are a bunch of tricks, tips, and hacks that will help you edit in Premiere Pro a whole lot faster.

Learning the many awesome features within Premiere Pro can take a really, really, really long time, especially if you’re not up to speed on how every single tool works. However, this video from Nathaniel Dodson of tutvid can help you add at least  17 new tricks to your editing arsenal, from file management to transitions, all of which will have you editing faster and more efficiently than ever before. Check it out below:

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