Celebrate Thanksgiving with New Assets

We have new assets to help you celebrate the season of giving. 10 New Pro Transitions are available. These cartoon style animations are perfect for your Holiday videos. We have turkeys, food, flowers and pies for you to pick from.

These assets were built in After Effects. If you’re an After Effects user we have a Pro Template for these Thanksgiving Transitions with a seamless transition system already built in.

3D Artists, don’t feel left out! We have 2 pumpkins and 3 gourd models full scanned and textured for maximum realism. One of the gourds is free for anyone to use. Find them here.

We’ll be making new assets for each major Holiday, so check back for more!

Halloween Bundles for Download

Halloween is nearly upon us. It is our favorite Holidays here at the Crates, which should come as no surprise. Nothing is more fun than creating skull animations, 3D pumpkins, terrifying music, silly ghosts and scary sound effects!

Halloween Video Effects

Our spookily-spectacular assets will be your perfect tools for building the best Halloween ever. Whether you are creating a terrifying video or your own haunted house we’ve got the video effects you need.

Check out these awesome Haunted House FX we made!

You can find the talking Jack O’ Lantern Template Here

HALLOWEEN VIDEO EFFECTS

Our 3D Pumpkin assets are the latest uploads to RenderCrate. These are compatible in all 3D software. Our Skull Model comes with a separate piece for the jaw, so you can have your animations talk! We also have a fully rigged Zombie Model.

3d Halloween Effects

We have tons of transitions, backgrounds and even projector assets to create the best Halloween ever. Find all of our Halloween Video Effects here. If you’re looking for zombie clips we’ve got the VFX for you.

Halloween VFX

SoundsCrate offers a huge selection of Horror Sound Effects and Suspenseful Music  as well as some Halloween Themed tracks.

We’ll continue to create more Halloween Video Assets for you this week, so make sure to check back!

 

Crate’s Free Text Animator script for After Effects! (Download)

Download the Crate’s Text Animator script for After Effects here

All ProductionCrate members can now download the exciting Text Animation script for free!

This exciting addition to the range of tools gives you the power to create fun animations for your text – with a single click.

With 25 hand-made presets to choose from, you’ll never run out of a fresh way to liven up your videos, commercials or presentations! The presets include glitches, fly-ins, slides, spins and more.

Without the script, to create a text animation graphic in After Effects, you may spend hours manually adjusting countless keyframes and meticulously modifying their speed, opacity, motion blur and many other parameters. This script puts an end to the suffering, doing all of the work for you within seconds!

To give you even more control, our script creates a Null object that contains adjustable parameters, so you can tweak your design to perfection even after generation.

Let’s take a look at the After Effects script:

Free Crate's Text Animator script for After Effects! (Download)

 

 

Choose Animation – This opens up the range of presets that you can choose from.

Eye Icon – Generate a preview that helps you see what the animation looks like.

Text – Enter what you want to be displayed!

Preset Parameters – Once you’ve selected a template, a number of sliders will appear that lets you customize each preset to meet your expectations. These are also accessible through the Null object that is generated with the preset.

Create New Comp – Enabling this creates the new text in a new composition. Disabling will generate the text in your selected composition.

Preview All – A handy tool that creates a grid previewing all the available presets

Create – Once you’re happy with your settings, hit this and let the script make your text come to life!

 

 

The script has been built to balance simplicity with function, so whether you’re a Vlogger wanting to spice up your editing skills, or are building a title card for a blockbuster movie, this script is for you!

Crate's Text Animator script for After Effects! (Download)

To install the script, extract the files from the download, and drop both the “Crate’s Text Animator.jsx” and “images” folder into your After Effects > Scripts folder. You then can run the script by heading through File -> Scripts -> Crate’s Callout Script.jsx.

We’re excited to see what you create with this script! If you’re interested in our other After Effects scripts, extensions and plugins, check out this page here. 

 

New Anime FX!

Anime FX are some of the most fun assets you can use in your projects. They can be used in animations, films, and motion-graphics projects. Our Anime FX are great for exaggerating motion or adding impact. They can be used subtly or deployed in a spectacular fashion. We just added 20 New Anime FX to our libraries, ready for you to download!

Check out this example from our latest show, VFXperiments where we utilize some Anime FX in the title animation.

If you were tasked with creating a similar title card you might not think to use Anime FX but with some simple coloring and texturing Adrian was able to make them appear like a more retro-cartoon animation. Notice how the dust elements exaggerate the motion of the letters, the bubbles add to the vibe of the UFO and the liquid gives the end of the animation an extra touch of fun? Find how you want to animate your titles and then add these effects on afterwards, blending the two, and you will have an amazing project.

 

Think outside of the box when you use these! You can add on to pre-existing animations, like our Lower Thirds Script  or in tandem with some Text Animation like this Bouncy Text Effect in AE

 

However you choose to utilize them, you’ll have a fun time. Enjoy!

download these anime and cartoon effects

Free Loop Script for After Effects!

Looping in After Effects has never been easier. There are tons of looping expressions and different ways you can get your footage or keyframes to loop. Remembering all the techniques can be tricky, so we decided to make the Crate’s Looper Script

 

 

Download the 100% Free Crate’s Looper Script Here

 

You must be logged in either as a Pro or a Free user to download the script. Drag and Drop  into your After Effects > Scripts Folder

 

If you want to loop footage or media make sure to select the footage in your Project Window. Set the amount of times you want it to loop and hit Apply. You can also select your footage by pushing the ‘…’ button on Crate’s Looper Script.

 

The Time Remap option is auto-checked. This is the most popular looping option for Footage or Compositions. It creates 2 key-frames, one at the beginning and one at the end of your layer. If you want to loop another parameter, such as rotation or position, un-check this option. (Box 1 on the Right)

 

You can choose to loop-in, loop-out, or both! Looping-in will loop from the last key-frame to the first key-frame. Loop out, the more often used, will loop from the first key-frame to the last. Loop-In/Out will do both of these options.

 

Let’s take a look at some of our different looping options now. See where it says ‘none’ on our right? Select that drop-down. You will see these amazing looping options! Check out what each one of them does below.

 

Ping Pong looping in AE

Ping – Pong allows your animation to go forward until the last key-frame and then repeat the animation backwards. It’s like the popular Boomerang effect you see everywhere!

 

Download this free script now

The Continue Loop is really interesting, instead of stopping on the last key-frame the animation takes into account the motion parameters and makes them continue on indefinitely.

 

Cycle is a useful loop. This will start your animation over to the first key-frame after the last key-frame.

 

Offset is definitely the most interested. We used 3 key-frames to really show this one off. The animation cycles through all 3 key-frames (start, finish, halfway back to start) but continues it’s directional movement. The animation repeats but is ‘offset’ from the difference in the key-framed parameters. This one is especially fun to make complex animations with!

Want to check out more of our scripts? See them all here

How To Make Bouncy Text in After Effects!

Ever wanted to know how to make bouncy text in After Effects, per-Character, as quickly as possible? It’s really easy! The Text Animator in After Effects is actually quite easy to customize, with tons of hidden features. This is a great introduction if it is your first time using it.

learn to bounce text

First off, type in your text you want to bounce with the Text Tool (Ctrl + T)

Toggle down the arrow to the left of your text (Box 1 Below)  so you can see the Animate button.

Toggle the Animate Button (Box 2 Below)

Bounce Text per character in After Effects

 

Select the Position Parameter from the Drop Down (see left)

 

Note all the other different parameters you can animate here!Opacity, scale, skew, rotation can all be animated independently or all together. For us, we will just use the Position parameter for this tutorial.

 

 

 

After selecting ‘Position’ you will see the Animation Controls (see below image). There you will see ‘Add’ with an arrow similar to the ‘Animate’ arrow. Click that. ‘Property’ and ‘Selector’ will appear, scroll over and click selector and choose ‘Wiggly’. If you are familiar with the Wiggle Expression this is a similar tool specifically for Text Animation.

For now, just select Wiggly, let’s get that text bouncing.

This is another great place to explore around if this is your first time trying the Animator tool for text! Notice the Expression option? There is a lot of powerful uses there, we will return to it in another tutorial.

Notice the Wiggly Selector (1 Box Below) You will see the familiar Position parameter and stopwatch. Next to that you will see the X and Y coordinates. We want this text to bounce up and down on the Y Axis. Let’s Increase that number to something low. 18 Works for our purposes.

If you hit the spacebar and preview you will notice that your text is already bouncing! If you want to customize further, that’s easy. Notice the Range Selector (Box 2, see right image) You can control the End or Start of the bounce on your text.

Use the stopwatch to create keyframes. You can have your text bounce Left to Right or Right to Left easily.

Drop down your Wiggly Selector (see below) for even more parameters you can customize. Change the speed of your bounce by increasing or decreasing your Wiggles/Second. Change your correlation if you want less, more or all characters to bounce together or completely independently. There are many settings here, the best way to learn is to do, find the right animation for your project!

Animated Hand Gestures – Extension for After Effects

Pro Users can download this awesome Hand Gestures Extension here for Mac and Windows

(Mac is the .dmg installer, Windows is the .exe)

This extension comes with 50 Animated Hand Gestures, compatible in AE CC

 

If this is the first extension you have downloaded from ProductionCrate, a warning message may pop up. Your OS just wants to confirm it is standard and safe (it is!)

 

 

The installer is built in, so simply double click and follow the installation guide.

 

 

The Crate’s Hand Gestures extension is built in with your needs in mind. Toggle through over 50 different animated hand gestures to find the one that is right for you.

 

 

We have options for phone screens, thumb swipes, finger taps and so much more!

 

 

Customize the skin color and sleeve color of your animated hand, flip the X and/or Y, and choose whether or not to have the motion shapes enabled.

 

Lastly, simply select the dimensions you want from the 3 most popular and hit Create! Just like that you have saved yourself hours of tedious labor.

 

 

 

If you want to use one of the many Phone Screen options simply create new compositions (File > New Composition) and make sure the settings for the dimensions are 615×1040 to fit perfectly into our animated phone screens.

 

Depending on how many swipes in your selected animation you will be able to choose 2-3 screens.

 

Follow the same steps as before and generate! You can toggle the Shy switch for more control, if you want to make any adjustments to the animation. Jump into your phone screen comps and adjust the timing if needed.

 

This is perfect for all your explainer videos, promos and commercial content. Enjoy!

 

Want to see our other Scripts and Extensions? Check these out

Download Christmas and Winter Holiday Video Effects!

Download HD Christmas and Winter Holiday video effects here!

Find Christmas and Holiday themed sounds and Music here!

Happy Holidays!

ProductionCrate is here to help you celebrate the season with some festive and fun video effects for your projects. Here’s a peek at some of the wonderful assets we have wrapped up for you.

Snow Effect Overlays

Edit in our looping snow effects with no time at all thanks to it all being pre-keyed. Our snowfall assets range from realistic blizzards to gentle cartoon snow. You can edit these snow effects into Premiere Pro and any other editing suite.

Download snow video effects for your video

Transitions

Give your video cuts a merry makeover with our animated Christmas themed transitions. ranging from snowmen, Christmas trees, gifts and more. Place these effects over two clips at the point where they cut in an editor such as Premiere Pro or After Effects.

Download Christmas themed video transitions

Backgrounds

Use an exciting Christmas backdrop for your greenscreens or presentations. We’ve made sure that these backgrounds loop, meaning you can have them endlessly play without any visible seams or cuts where the footage repeats itself.

Download Christmas themed video backgrounds

We hope you enjoy editing your festive videos over the holidays!

Download 4K Flag Backgrounds and Assets

Download 4K Flag backgrounds here

We’re giving you the chance to download one of our dozens of premium waving flag videos.

What makes this footage special, is not only is it 4K, but it loops!

Download HD Looping Flag Backgrounds

This means you can have the footage repeat itself without any visible jumping cuts or fades, giving the possibility to play the video for hours!

These flag effects are perfect for country presentations, patriotic videos and perfect backgrounds for your content.

Our full range of country flags includes:

  • Australian Flag
  • Bangladeshian Flag
  • Brazilian Flag
  • Canadian Flag
  • Chinese Flag
  • Danish Flag
  • Finnish Flag
  • French Flag
  • German Flag
  • Great British Flag
  • Indian Flag
  • Indonesian Flag
  • Italian Flag
  • Japanese Flag
  • Malaysian Flag
  • Maltese flag
  • Mexican Flag
  • New Zealand Flag
  • Nigerian Flag
  • North Korean Flag
  • Norwegian Flag
  • Pakistani Flag
  • Flag of the Philippines
  • Russian Flag
  • Singaporean Flag
  • South African Flag
  • South Korean Flag
  • Spanish Flag
  • Swedish Flag
  • Taiwan Flag
  • Turkish Flag
  • USA Flag

If a flag you need is missing from our library, and you would like to download it, write a comment below or send a message to support@productioncrate.com! We would love to hear from you.

Download HD Looping American USA Flag Backgrounds

Interested in becoming a part of our growing community? Take a look at our forums!

Backgrounds

One easy and quick way you can make your presented videos more exciting is to have a great background!

We’ve built out one of the largest libraries of HD backgrounds you can find, all ready for you to download from our motion-graphics category today, with some of them even being completely free!

Use them in your green-screened presentation videos to give it a more dynamic look. Our low-poly backgrounds are perfect for these, as they keep your video fresh without distracting your viewers.

Low Poly Background Preview

One of our low-poly backgrounds

We have plenty of themes, styles and variations to fit any look you’re going for, even backgrounds fit for holiday seasons such as Christmas, Halloween and Valentines day! 

Using these backgrounds has been massively helpful in our videos on our YouTube channel, especially for our title sequences. Here we used the “That’s All Folks” from the Toon and Anime category for our Saturday Morning Tutorial shows!

Saturday Morning Tutorials