After Effects Online Tutorials

There are so many great After Effects tutorials online that its a real challenge to edit them down to just a short list. The following are just a few of my favourites.

School of Motion

One the best websites and youtube channels for learning motion design.

Video Copilot

The grand-daddy of motion graphics and visual effects tutorials, Video Copilot has written the book on how do things with After Effects.
Their beginner tutorial series is a great place to start.

Envato Tuts+

For the novice to intermediate After Effects user. These guys have been around for a long time. High quality video instruction makes these tutorials easy to follow.

Mt. Mograph

Mt. Mograph is a Youtube channel that covers some big concepts. It is also the source of one of the best AE plugins, Motion2. Here is a tutorial about how to use the Motion2.


This Youtube channel includes a 4 part series that shows how to use easing to create dynamic and expressive kinetic typography.


Skillshare has many After Effects tutorials series that go into some detail about how to achieve many different effects. This is a paid site, however I think it’s worth every penny.

Okay Samurai

This is Adobe’s Character Animator tutorial Youtube channel.

I will be adding to this list. As well please send me your suggestions for great tutorials.


Kyle Cooper – Master Movie Title Designer

Kyle Cooper is a movie title designer and director. With his companies, Imaginary Forces and later Prologue, Cooper has created some of the most memorable movie titles in cinema history. Although designing titles since the 80’s, it wasn’t until 1995 when he produced the title sequence for the movie Seven that Kyle Cooper became a design icon.

His moody and disturbing sequence was inspired by the post modern graphic design of 90’s print media. It was a wake up call for all future motion designers. Soon edgy, video sequencing was the default style for anyone trying to be relevant.

But Kyle Cooper’s strength isn’t his ability to wield the editor’s cutting blade faster than anyone else, it’s his ability to convey the emotional story of the movie without a stitch of dialogue or exposition. Take a look at some of his later work.

Online Motion Design Resources

Those just starting with motion graphics are lucky to have so many wonderful resources at their fingertips. There are several top quality training sites that make the process of going from raw nube to polished expert relatively easy. The following list is a compilation of the best training site online.

There are also many sites dedicated to compiling great motion design into one spot to inspire the beginner and professional alike. Here are some of my favourites.

Here are some more important videos for week one.

Create a Pendulum Effect in After Effects

Creating a realistic pendulum effect can be challenging, especially if you are trying to do it with just keyframes. Luckily there is a handy dandy plug-in that creates the pendulum effect for you. It’s called, of course, Pendulum and you can download it here.

AE Tuts+ has a wonderfully detailed tutorial video that explains how to use Pendulum. Watch it here.

GD 231 – Greater Vancouver Zoo Video ’14

The students in the Advanced Motion Design class have produced a video for the Vancouver Zoo’s Adopt an Animal Program. Working in teams, the students were asked to create an animated character to act as a “spokesperson” as well as to integrate live video footage into one 3o to 60 second spot. Take a look at the original brief here.

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