November 13, 2014

20 Tricks That'll Save You Time in After Effects

Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a baby fresh noob, there are always nooks and crannies inside After Effects that have yet to be explored.

And what are inside those nooks and crannies? Faster, easy, and more efficient ways to get your work done! Lucky for you, me, and everyone we know, motion graphic designer Sergei Prokhnevskiy has made a tutorial showing us how to save a bunch of time in editing with 20 After Effects tricks, including utilizing the system color picker, reverse keyframes, and the mini-flowchart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWpi8rFSYVw

For those who'd like some organization and something to read as they follow along with the video, Premium Beat did you a solid by breaking each one down in text.

Do you know of any other time-saving shortcuts in After Effects? Let us know in the comments below.     

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Thanks for sharing this. I just finished a major assignment that incorporated a lot of AE. Pretty much the first time for me to use AE on such a large scale.
In the video the guy says 'i hope you're not doing it like this' quite a lot and then demonstrating exactly how I was going about my AE work ;)

This video is favourited...it's gonna save me heaps of time in the future! :)

November 13, 2014 at 1:41PM, Edited November 13, 1:41PM

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Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking
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The align tools. Wow. And to think I've been doing x, y math in my head like a chump for the longest time.

Great share!

November 13, 2014 at 5:36PM

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Mostly basic tips, or forgotten ones=) For the love of the AE gods, ease your keys people. Its amazing how many rely on linear keys with abrupt start stops. Drives me crazy. F9 people....F9. Learn it, love it.

November 14, 2014 at 12:01AM

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Josh.R
Motion Designer/Predator
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Better yet, use Ease and Wizz:

http://aescripts.com/ease-and-wizz/

But also for the love of the AE gods, don't overuse 'bounce'

November 17, 2014 at 12:59PM

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Blair
Editor/Motion Graphics
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Even better yet, use the Motion plugin by Mt. Mograph. I used Ease and Wizz for a while, but I would have little jitters in the motion on a really long ease. Motion is amazing!

http://www.mtmograph.com/motion/

November 18, 2014 at 4:49PM

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Brilliant - I have probably made all the mistakes he mentions (i.e. done it the complicated way)

November 14, 2014 at 5:38AM, Edited November 14, 5:38AM

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Thanks for sharing the post - we appreciate the support! The site name is PremiumBeat though, not Premium Blend. :)

November 14, 2014 at 12:29PM

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Thank you both for sharing my tutorial!!! You guys rock!!!

- Sergei Prokhnevskiy

November 15, 2014 at 7:47PM

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Sergei Prokhnevskiy
Motion Graphic Designer/3D Animator
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Here is a part two video of this one: http://youtu.be/DS8HNnXS-Rw.

Thanks,
Sergei

November 18, 2014 at 12:32AM

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Sergei Prokhnevskiy
Motion Graphic Designer/3D Animator
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That Frichen Align Tool Though!!! My whole life has been a lie!

November 14, 2014 at 2:22PM

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Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op
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Very useful tips, thanks!

November 16, 2014 at 9:00AM

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