04. After Effects 101
• Learn the basics of After Effects 6.5 Pro & UI
• Importing video, effects, keyframes & rendering
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Check out our Basic Training Series for a more in depth look at After Effects essentials.
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128 Responses to "After Effects 101"
Karen
07/17/2013
Hello Video Copilot,

I am new to After Effects. My desire is to learn all I can, before my scheduled August 14th special effects class. Thank you for your willingness to share. The tutorials you post are fun and exciting. I can not wait to freeze time and blow up a tanker truck.

Thanks for sharing your excellent tutorials. I am truly grateful.



Tereanio
09/16/2013
Where are you taking classes?
Name
06/12/2013
What happens if you use a verb without preceding it with the phrase "go ahead and," DO YOU DIE
kohn
03/09/2013
never too late to learn.
i started to learn AE by watching this tutorial in 2009 and then i got big accident in my life. and now 2013, i'm starting over again.
it is excellent tutorial.

Thanks Video Copilot
Samu Mojica
12/14/2012
Excellent Tutorial! it get all the basic and fundamentals in once. Thanks a lot
Jamel Debbiche
10/22/2012
Million thanks man, it is about time to get started :)
Chris Power
11/07/2011
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10/03/2011
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Casey
10/03/2011
SOOOO ANCIENTTTTT
Anthony
07/11/2011
This is good for people who don't want to take the time to go through Basic Training.
Xander
06/17/2011
It's even better to put on "draft" source materials with tutorials. Just for learning, the very "draft" absolutely cannot be used for commercial usage... =.= anyway, AK's pretty good and handsome and bla bla bla......
Jon
03/30/2011
After Effects is great add graphics to video
sammy
03/26/2011
his first tutorial!!! xd! he sounds almost... nervous!!! hes so different now!
airborne101st45
12/18/2010
Why do you have such an old version of windows
jaime
07/27/2011
Cuz this tut was made in 2006
soccer
03/31/2011
cuz they jt do
darg
02/28/2011
I think Windows XP is the best version, too.
Sam
01/10/2011
June 13, 2005
Bonzos
01/07/2011
Besides the fact that this was posted on June 13, 2005... the windows enhanced theme settings were possibly shut off/set to "classic" for better performance using after effects/running the screen capturing software.
PB
12/26/2010
I'm not Andrew, however I think this video was posted in 2005.
anim8or
12/24/2010
to airborne101st45.....

This tutorial was published in 2005........! LOL
sree
11/19/2010
tanq man i really afried of AE.right now im using Eyeon fusion.u r da man who solve my problem i need more detail how to learn AE more easly ind
mohamed
11/19/2010
th u
MM
10/24/2010
Thank you very much for this. Basic, but just perfect for a beginner like me. This was all I needed to know to get started right away :)
Curwen
10/18/2010
Thanks! Nice tuto =)
Jp
09/07/2010
Hi..This is Jp all of those tutorials are very usable for interested persons...so i have learnt lots of thing from this website but one thing is i tried to buy and dowload those products so i did not find any options in here anyway thanks alot for your free tutorial...
Richard
06/29/2010
You are an amazing individual, keep up the EXCELLENT work my friend :)
Eduardo Correa
06/09/2010
Is a good tutorial; but the positionof this tutorial has to be the first video and not the four video tutorial.Anyway is good remember the basic. Keep continue the tutorials.
Muhammad Farooqi
05/23/2010
Hi Andrew... you know i've been appointed in a multimedia college.. as a Sn. Graphics Tutor ..
... and i'm really loving your stuff
thank you so much!!!!
Alex
05/23/2010
Hey, thank you andrew forall these tutorials!

By the way, look at the hour in the corner. Pretty late in the evening? haha
akam
04/23/2010
very nice
Robin
04/16/2010
Very easy to follow guides you've got here. Thanks alot for this, you got me into AE (after I have been using vegas pro 9 for a while), AE was very hard to understand before I watched yours vids because the interface was so diffrent. Now it all makes sense though and seems so easy :)
vijay
03/31/2010
no faffing around, simple and very useful tutorial, just the way i like it
yuyukangkang123
03/20/2010
i love u man
ramkandel
03/11/2010
pretty useful!
ram kandel, nepal
Timothy
03/06/2010
You rock Andrew.

Timo from Uganda
Ian Hendri
02/27/2010
Hi i'm a flame artist. thank you for the free tutorial. it is very brief, compact, and easy to understand. i can start to play around with AE soon...
David
02/21/2010
thanks
vijay mohan
02/06/2010
thankyou
dan
01/31/2010
awesome

this site is a life saver!

much love from oz
Iqbal Khan
01/25/2010
Very helpful, nicely presented. Thanks a lot.
Reno
01/05/2010
Thanks this was very helpful
munna
01/04/2010
hi
brother..

this site is very very good it's the library of AE,dictionary of tutoriyals if any one entere this site they never go out bcoz that much most importent,easy
L Montgomery
12/31/2009
This is awesome thanks a lot
Lewis
12/19/2009
hey man! thats great! that version of affter effects is SO old! I got the new one. It's funny, because I think that windows ME was acctually running quite fast, but it had shitty internet. FLIPPIN` AOL! I hate that AOL when it started up. "welcome- to AOL." and you had to sign in to the internet to be able to browse. and google wasn't even known very much back then so you had no way of browsing the internet! its soooo frustrating! but now we have XP, Vista, and windows 7. so its okay :D
Martin
12/15/2009
Thank you
CryoGen
11/30/2009
Very nice basic tutorial, it got me on the right track. Thank you. Regards from the UK. :D
Gino
11/28/2009
Thank you.
kyungho baek
10/07/2009
Thank you very much.

your tutorial is awesome and this is like a public service!!

AAA
mango
10/01/2009
Thanks Andrew.
Russel
09/19/2009
Dude! I really freakin love this site and just keep that nonesense but hilarious jokes. and please make more tutorials. peace out!
Fabio
09/18/2009
Nice tut man !!! :D
Dil
09/05/2009
Hey man your basic training series videos r not working ...i mean video watch links r failed.

Check the web links.

Whenever it is working condition e-mail me.

Bye
Devon
09/04/2009
Very informative, but I think it should of been in the basic training. I'm going through all the tutorials in order, and I feel that I already knew all of this information already.
N77
08/14/2009


pretty useful!

and a compliment you speak very clearly =)
Darkfaced
07/06/2009
That was really cool...getting familiar with the tools and parameters and some features...Thanks!
Rose
06/12/2009
Very good,You are e very good tutorial maker.
Cam
05/29/2009
What is a website that is a free download for this!!!
im really into movie making soooo can someone please tell me!!
ohh and i want the full version for free
thnx in advance!!
MARAM
05/18/2009
THANKS SO MUCH WONDERFUL AND HELPFUL
Scot-Free Productions
05/11/2009
Two True Heroes...

With Peace from Scotland
Simon
03/23/2009
Very good tutorial but i was wodering if you have a tutorial on After effects CS4? i just started and i couldn't get the hang of it
oplexity
03/17/2009
wow, I am only 14 years old and I understand everythings. You are e very good tutorial maker.

THX
s Faizan
03/03/2009
Mind Blowing tutorial Andrew Kramer Thx Plz basic tutorial share this site ok
omarcom
02/24/2009
Excellent tutorial Thanks you mester andrew
Daniel Lanchipa
02/21/2009
bueno, como estas, me da mucho gusto que visiten esta pagina para realizar TODO relacionado con efectos especiales, yo aconsejaria que segan practicando y no dejen de chekar esta pagina porque realmente esta buenisima
Frankc
01/12/2009
Excellent tutorial. Thanks a lot, appreciated.
GSCreative
12/28/2008
Hello,sir.I have recently discovered this site,since then I become a fan of you.This basic tutorial is nice.I am new to AE,so It helped me a lot.Thank you,sir for your free tutorials,BYE....
yamaniac
12/24/2008
Dude!!! you rock! looks like you got yourself another regular visitor... ;) keep up the good work mate..
Pooja
12/24/2008
Hey HI,

I want to learn After Effects from the begning, can you please tell me how do i start?
Puke
12/19/2008
Adobe should be paying you big time.
I'm using Adobe After Effects solely on the fact that I wanted a program that had great tutorials so I could actually figure out how to use it.
These videos make it so easy.
puk
12/19/2008
hi..Emm.. thanks for help.i'm not good in english but i think your tutorial 's easy to understand. so, thank you again and again.
Madiha.
12/04/2008
I really love this site, I am new to after effects but with the help of you "Andrew", I am sure I will get going very well.

Very very well done.

Thanks!

P.S. Am I like the only girl here??!?! =/
Costy
12/02/2008
You are the best man!GOOOOD Work end GRAZIE!
Jetin Anand
11/24/2008
Andrew all these tutorial are just great - Keep up the great work - God Bless You ! !
PostMagic
11/16/2008
King Tut!
I'm just learning AE, so these "refresher" courses are great. Thank you.
Dan
11/16/2008
Simple and effect. It helps a lot, thanks!
Ofer
11/13/2008
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I really needed it!
J
11/12/2008
Thanks for all of your help!

You Rock!!!
help
10/30/2008
where is the effects ans presents directory
Gusdgr
10/13/2008
Thx for all the help :)
astrojeet
09/30/2008
thank u!!
your tutorials r so easy to understand!!
ure the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
George From Russia
09/29/2008
Andrew you are the amazing!!!!!!!!! Your tutorials are greater that anything in world!! Go on man impruve yourself and impruve us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Washington Luiz dos Santos
09/20/2008
Obrigado Andrew, por disponibilizar este videotutorial básico que me ajudou muito, embora eu não fale inglês, não fiquei com dúvida. ;)
ola george olanrewaju
09/20/2008
thanks man thanks! thanks! and thanks a million,u've really changed my life with this tutorials, i think i am addicted to AE now ,am very greatful.GOD bless you for sharing.(OLA 4RM NIGERIA)
max
09/15/2008
YOU RULE!!!
ronald
09/01/2008
..your tutorials are simlpy the best andrew! im really thankful that there are still people like you who share their talents by heart ^_^ keep it up man and YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!
Him
08/30/2008
hey i need help plz, here in my AE CS3 Pro, when i do masks etc, after a time, my movies start to shake,returning and going fast, like a person shaking the body when walking for behind and front.
Joshua Savieti
08/21/2008
hey man thanks soooo much man im trying to teach myself but i heard about this site.... its helped me alot very quickly too...

thanks heaps!
Francesco
08/20/2008
I'm sold. Excellent work. Will def. buy the dvds
marvin
08/11/2008
great tutorial - fast and to the point - really helped me out - if you know the concepts of key framing from your NLE but just don't have experience of the AE interface, you can get up and running with this basic tutorial right away. It helped me a lot.

Steven Calvaruso
07/30/2008
I just started using AE about two weeks ago. I simnply was not prepared for how complex this program is even after using Premiere Pro for two years.

Thank you Andrew for these fantastic tutorials which is making learning of this program a pleasure.

Steve
DoomAx
07/12/2008
Thx man
sami
07/10/2008
really it'sa fantastic tutorial thanks alot i hope you add more and more.
Mohamud
06/19/2008
thnx Andrew
mohamud from (somalia)
Charles Pool
05/15/2008
You have very good. Congratulation... I dont have very experience but, I work in a Channel, but I cant do the thing that you can make..

I need a little help. If you can send me Something backgraunds for THINGS parlamentaristas... or Congrest!!

Thank you

For all!!
Augustus
05/13/2008
What a great site. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this. Thank you.
Austin
05/09/2008
I downloaded the FRate converter to use in 6.5 but the preset will not show up. Am I lacking a plugin?
Antônio
04/28/2008
Olá, Andrew!
I'm falling in love with AE just cause this site! I've never used AE before. This is getting contagious. Exciting!

Thank you so much!
Antônio (Brasil)
Alessandro
04/18/2008
Hey Andrew!

Excelents tutorials, thanks!

Please, where can preset 3D Text to install in (animation presets) for the AE 7.0?

Thanks
Byron
04/18/2008
man, you are a saint! thanks for this great web site and for this great lessons.
your new fan
Heather
04/14/2008
Hey guys, you just saved me from having a heart attack over an experimental film I am trying to make. I now know how to achieve what I am after.

Thanks heaps
ronald samson
04/07/2008
nice
peter
04/02/2008
para empezar con el after effects esta muy bien!
pamela
03/21/2008
thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sam
03/18/2008
hehe, this is a nice tutorial... thanks for making this, its simple but its kidna like a tour of all basic-ness in after effects. Andrew your videos are really helpful.
eric
02/29/2008
Thank you, for a newbiz like me this tutorial was very interesting.
nooben
02/24/2008
pwnage!!
jeremy
02/19/2008
Thankyou! This tutorial was very informative and to the point.
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