Video Production Articles, Tips and Tutorials

25 Free Animated Backgrounds for PowerPoint Feature

25 Free Animated Backgrounds for PowerPoint

Need some awesome animated loop backgrounds to use in your next corporate PowerPoint presentation? Here’s 25 of our finest loopable animations, all HD definition and totally free to use. These are perfect for adding instant color and motion to title and logo slides. They’re also ideal for powerful quotation slides – when you really need your message to stand out. TIP: As loop ready video files you’ll need to know how to set up video looping in PowerPoint. Luckily we have a blog post which takes you through this process here. Visual stimulation greatly emphasizes your messages, and it keeps viewers engaged. You may also want to use Flaticon’s logo in your slides as a way of adding personality or branding to the slide show. This will help you stand out from other presentations, and can be a great way to make your content more memorable. Well, onto the freebies!…    read more 

Adding Video to Powerpoint Title

How to add video to PowerPoint slides

Ever needed to spice up a dull slide presentation? Microsoft’s PowerPoint has long been the go-to app for quick and effective slideshow creation, but are you doing enough to keep the attention of your audience? What’s the quickest way to turn your tedious AGM data presentation into an engaging production for the whole office to enjoy? Video is the answer and, thankfully, it’s a breeze to include. Why use video in PowerPoint? Making sure the facts are right, the spellings are correct, the slides are in the right order – these are the things crucial to a successful presentation. But slideshows can be a bore, let’s face it. And most slides are cobbled together at the last minute. This is where the right graphics, and the inclusion of video can do wonders to elevate your creation. It’s important to think of video as an enhancement to the on-screen information, and…    read more 

Using Adobe Fresco for 2D Animation

How to create traditional 2D animations using Adobe Fresco

Have You Tried Adobe Fresco yet? Fresco is a digital painting app from Adobe, specifically for tablets. It includes both pixel-based painting as well as vector drawing tools. We especially like the new Live Brushes which behave like real watercolor and oil, mixing and blending together as they would in the real world. In this short video workflow tutorial, Sydney-based motion designer and illustrator Ben Marriott shows us how he animates simple, painted elements created in Fresco using an onion-skinning technique. To start with he sketches the outline of his frames using the pencil tool, then creates each painted animation frame on a separate layer, exporting the layered file as a PSD, from Adobe Fresco. Use After Effects to quickly sequence animation frames After importing the layers into After Effects he then trims them to one frame each and sequences the layers across the Timeline. To complete the hand-drawn look…    read more 

50 Essential AE Tips and Expressions from Enchanted Media

50 Essential After Effects Tips, Expressions and Shortcuts

Creating cool animations in After Effects is often really quite straightforward, but to make things even easier you’ll want to be using these handy tips and expressions. We’ve spent years creating motion graphics and animated sequences, so we thought we’d share our go-to, time-saving pointers – the shortcuts we use all the time! Included in this list : → Handy Tips for After Effects – general hints, tips and pointers for making life easier! → Useful After Effects Expressions – exciting code snippets to automate and elevate your animations! → Essential AE Keyboard Shortcuts – memorize these simple keystrokes to speed up your workflow! Try After Effects for Free Use the link below to access a trial version of Adobe’s incredible motion graphics software. Handy Tips for After Effects Let’s start with some general After Effects hints and tips, from project organization to quick effects. These pointers should become natural…    read more 

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How to make a YouTube intro for free

A beginner’s guide to making YouTube intros without spending any money! Making your YouTube channel look fantastic starts with the branding. Let’s look at YouTube intro templates. You’ve just got a groovy new YouTube channel up and running, or could do with some new awesome branding on an existing channel – how about a cool, animated logo intro to top and tail your videos? A professional looking video intro does wonders for your channel’s credibility. Often because people often make snap judgements on your content within the first few seconds of a video. A poorly made intro sequence can cause viewers to assume the rest of the video will be second-rate, even if your video production is first-class. So, how do you create professional looking YouTube intros with little, to no experience with animation software? And, also, how can you do this for free? Contents: Creating intro sequences using Adobe…    read more 

Top 10 free After Effects templates

10 Totally FREE After Effects Templates

Grab these awesome free video templates for After Effects We’ve picked out a variety of amazing free projects including simple logo reveals, beautiful photo slideshows, corporate promotions and kinetic text – all in glorious high definition. So, if you’re in a pinch and need a bespoke video sequence, pronto! – save our list of 10 totally free After Effects templates. For personal and commercial use these projects work like magic, without needing any extra plugins, and will even open in older versions of After Effects (CS5 or later). Got After Effects? You can download a free trial version of Adobe After Effects from the link below. 1. High Voltage Logo Reveals We kick off our list of free After Effects templates with not one, but a pack of three high-tech logo reveals. Easy to use and of professional quality this template pack is sure to give your brand some power….    read more