Software : Adobe : After Effects

Adobe After Effects

(as of 8/21/2017)
CC 2017

Software Overview

Screenshot of Adobe After Effects CC 2017

Screenshot of Adobe After Effects CC 2017

Main Features

  • Provides hundreds of built-in special effects
  • Supports hundreds of plugins to expand functionality
  • Utilizes mask tracking to automatically adjust masks on moving objects
  • Maximizes available hardware usage for efficient rendering
  • Integrates with Premiere and other Adobe CC programs

Adobe After Effects is a powerful special effects program for Windows and Mac used to create visual effects and motion graphics for video. It is an industry standard for creating special effects and animations for video and film.

After Effects has many features that you can use to create visual effects in your video. You can combine multiple layers of footage and graphics, then animate the separate layers. After Effects has a great set of tools for creating and animating masks in you project and can even automatically adjust masks on moving objects.

After Effects also comes with a vast library of special effect presets that you can use and adjust to your heart's desire. Among the special effects features includes multiple color keying effects for moving your actor from a green screen to whatever location you can imagine.

If you want to create top of the line special effects in your next movie and have the patience to learn the ins and outs of After Effects, you won't be sorry. If you are simply trying to edit a video and are looking to use minimal effects like crossfades, you will probably be better off with a different editor like Adobe Premiere.

▶ Primary file extension

.AEPX – After Effects XML Project

▶ Other file extensions used by Adobe After Effects CC 2017

Supported File Types
.AAFAdvanced Authoring Format File
.AECCinema 4D After Effects Composition
.AECACHEAfter Effects Cache File
.AEPAfter Effects Project
.AETXAfter Effects XML Project Template
.AOMAfter Effects Output Module
.ARSAfter Effects Render Settings File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.CFAAdobe Conformed Audio File
.FFXAfter Effects Preset File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.MP3MP3 Audio File
.MPGMPEG Video File
.MPGINDEXAdobe MPEG Index File
.PCTPicture File
.PEKAdobe Peak Waveform File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.QTINDEXAdobe QTIndex File
.R3DREDCODE Video File
.RPFRich Pixel Format File
.VPEPhotoshop Vanishing Point Export File
.WAVWAVE Audio File
.XFLAnimate Movie Archive
Additional Related File Formats
.AETAfter Effects Project Template
.EXROpenEXR Image
.JSXExtendScript Script File
.PICTPicture File
.ZDCTAdobe Language File

Updated: August 21, 2017