It’s amazing to me that Envato Market now has close to 50,000 After Effects projects. In this round-up, I’m going to jump around between some of the best After Effects projects I’ve found on VideoHive.
Everyone agrees that After Effects is an incredibly powerful app. The challenge lies in leveraging the app to do exactly what you want it to do and create amazing animations with it.
So, what do you do when you need to create a professional video project but don’t quite have the hang of using After Effects? The answer is that you start off with a project that you grab from VideoHive and edit it to your liking. Adding your own text, logo, and more is far easier than recreating the wheel.
Animation takes some serious time to learn. Even if you’re a skilled animator, you may not have time to draw everything from scratch.
Enter AinTrailers, one of my favorite projects on Envato Market. You can generate thousands of character combinations and animate them easily to create an impressive explainer video on a shoestring budget. The actors in this kit work for free, because they’re all animated!
The Aintrailers toolkit is absolutely amazing! The toolset is really flexible and it provides various options for customization and tuning.—mister-y
One of my favorite uses for After Effects is to bring a sense of animation to still images: Simply drag and drop images into this project and watch them come to life as if they came from video footage.
If you’re spending your days developing mobile and web apps for your clients, the last thing that you’re thinking about is developing a video roll to promote your company. Skip the hard work of doing that from scratch with this pack.
High quality content and very easy to customize.—bzouchir
Here’s another project that showcases the depth of project types that are available on Envato Market. Placeholders for your images or video footage make it easy to add and customize the project, and you’ll see those come to life with broad brushstrokes that paint them onto the canvas.
Whether you’re producing for The Emmys or The Dundies, this project will set the stage for a night to remember. It has that high shine look that will really make award winners feel honored to be featured!
Awesome Awards Show. We used it for an Awards Conference . Very customizable and lots of flexibility.—dannarasm
One main misconception in video production is that a video needs to be complex to catch a viewer’s attention. Photo Frames helps dispel this myth by simply combining your own images and clean typography for an easy video project.
Add background music, and this typographic video will be more than enough to make an impact.
Here’s yet another example of an effect that looks great, but can’t easily be recreated from scratch. Use this slideshow to add your own photos and see them animated as if they are beautiful watercolor paintings.
Easy to use and alter, and with beautiful results.—allthingsmal
The point of a Lower Thirds animation is to overlay on video footage and provide context or detail. One of the most common uses that you’ll see is introducing the name of the speaker or interviewee that’s on-screen.
This pack is perfect for that purpose. Like many of the projects in this roundup, it’s easy to change the colors that you see in the screenshot below and swap in your own text.
Few graphic styles are more indicative of the future than a HUD, or heads-up-display. These are already making their way into cars, as information like your speed or navigation can be projected onto the windshield.
If you want to simulate that look, don’t reinvent the wheel. Instead, use this infographic to add your own data in the HUD style.
These animations are so professional, they would feel right at home in a big screen anime movie.
Easy to use, and really cool. I am a total beginner in Adobe After Effects … I was surprised that it was incredibly simple, and this product came with 2 video tutorials which really helped me.—ianizaguirre
Wedding photographers are a perfect example of those dipping their toes into the water of creating video. Adding a brief video to your client’s package adds a lot of value and can set you apart in a highly competitive industry.
These titles are the perfect way to do just that. Add your couple’s name and dates (optional) and choose from one of the styles to add a professional overlay.
More Great After Effects Templates
These are some of my favorite After Effects projects, but Envato Market is far too deep to capture all of the best content in just one post. Check out these other posts that we’ve carried on Tuts+ to see other options for building videos quickly.