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5 Trending After Effects Projects for Creative Video (2018)

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This post is part of a series called Market Watch: Current Styles and Hot Trends in Video.
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In this quick rundown we highlight five trending video projects from the talented authors on Envato Market. Each of these projects is designed to give you an on-trend creative head start for your next After Effects video project: download, add your own assets, and make a video in an afternoon.

You can also check out the week's top sellers for video footage and and stock footage on Envato Market.

1. Handy Seamless Transitions — Effects Preset Pack

Back for another month, the Handy Seamless Transitions pack is a favorite on Envato Market and regularly tops the best sellers chart. It's no surprise that this pack is trending again: it has a place in so many After Effects' users tool-belts.

Even though most video editing platforms have built-in transitions like fades or cross-dissolves, you may want more out of your animations. The Handy Seamless Transitions pack has 1,000 custom animations that are easy to use with your own video footage.

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2. TypoKing Title Animation — Text Animation Kit

Videos with clean, impactful typography can really catch a user's eye. This pack really removes the complexity of building slick typography from scratch with pre-built text effects. Turn to this project to create text animations in minutes, not hours.

The TypoKing pack works with the free Motion Factory After Effects tool.

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3. Lower Thirds — Project Elements

The Lower Thirds pack is back for another month! Whether you're working in broadcast video or building a YouTube channel, every video editor truly needs an easy-to-use lower third animation.

This pack includes more than 30 effects for animating text and even your logo onto the canvas, in resolutions up to 4k.

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4. Neon Sign Kit — Logo Animation

This project is a unique way to take your logo and create an animation with depth. Drop in your own logo file and you'll see it animated as a three-dimensional neon sign. You can even customize the project to flicker like real neon signs do.

5. The Most Handy Presets For Animation Composer — Animation Presets

Animation Composer is one of the most popular plug-ins for Adobe After Effects. As the name implies, Animation Composer is a tool that makes animation much more user-friendly in After Effects.

If Animation Composer is the "easy" mode for creation animations in After Effects, this preset pack is like putting things on autopilot. You can use any of these animation presets with text or shapes to create professional animations without hours of work.

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Last Month's Trending Video Assets

1. Snow — Looping Alpha Channel Video

Realistic animation of falling snow, in a 20 second seamless loop. Uses an alpha channel—meaning the snow has a transparent background—so you can add a subtle wintry look to any image. A quick an effective way to give a photograph motion.

2. Transitions — Transition Pack

As above!

3. Photo Motion Pro — Photo Animation Tool

What if you don't have video footage? This is a situation that many photographers find themselves in. With a tool like Photo Motion Pro, you can take your images and make them feel like video clips.

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4. The Most Handy Presets for Animation Composer — Animation Presets

Animation Composer is a phenomenal free plugin for Adobe After Effects: it makes animation effects much easier. This pack is a perfect complement, as it contains many pre-built presets for applying animations to an object. It's really a great shortcut to cut down on the work involved with creating animations.

5. Big Pack of Elements — Asset Pack

This project is a general collection of assets that any video editor would benefit from. Form lower thirds to title cards to animated backgrounds, this project is a great purchase for any new video editor.

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Keep Learning

This collection highlights how easy it is to get started as a video editor and animator with the help of some creative projects. We'll be back next month with another look at top selling projects from Envato Market.

Until then, here are a few tutorials to keep you going!

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