Category Archive for: ‘After Effects’

Quick Tip: Open Multiple Copies of Adobe After Effects Hack

Here’s a quick productivity tip for Adobe After Effects.

Win a free plugin contest: Nodes2

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Hey everyone, I have a special giveaway today! I’ve been using Yanobox Nodes 2 plugin a lot lately and Yanobox has generously allowed me to give away one copy of the plugin for free!



Nodes 2 is a very versatile plugin for generating data, infographics, heads up display elements etc. It has been used for HUD elements in movies like The Avengers, Plane of the Apes and Ender’s Game so it’s very legit.


The options are endless, but it also comes with dozens and dozens of starting presets to get you going. It’s available for AE, Motion, FCP and Premiere. You can learn more here:

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If you’re interested in buying you can check out the best prices here:

UPDATE: The winner of the contest is Dan Nuckolls. Thanks for entering everyone. Keep your eyes open for the next contest!

MovieType Pack for Element3D


My friend John over at Motionworks just released the popular MovieType for Element3D! It’s a huge pack with over 220 type presets, 60 camera presets, 450 materials, 150 bevel presets, 35 3D backgrounds, 64 full compositions plus a camera/light rig. Also included for free is MoBacks: 56 motion backgrounds and 6 video tutorials. It’s a pretty epic pack to make text animations and texturing super easy in After Effects Element3D. Check it out here:



Free After Effects Trapcode Nebula Construction Kit


Peder Norrby of Trapcode has created a really nice resource and is giving it away for free. If you have Trapcode Form and MIR you are in luck and can use this preset rig. It’s a Nebula Construction Kit for After Effects. It’s a beautiful preset for starry skies with nebula. Included are a handful of different camera moves that are already set up. The preset is easy to modify and is a great place to start for some cool shots of our universe.

Get the preset and tutorial on how to use it here:




Free Confetti Pack: 5 Rigs/Animations for AE and C4D


Hey everyone, I just created a Confetti Pack for you, it’s a free pack for C4D and AE containing 5 different confetti preset rigs. Included are 5 different particle rigs with different confetti styles, all fully customizable. Also included are full HD rendered quicktimes that you can just drag into AE and screen over your footage to instantly add confetti if you don’t have C4D. Hope you guys enjoy. I would really appreciate it if you spread the word. Thanks!

To get the pack just join our e-mail newsletter to get access to all of our freebies. After you subscribe you will get a follow up e-mail with download instructions.

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Free Handheld Camera Pack for AE and C4D!

Hey guys, it’s our 3 year anniversary at The Pixel Lab! To celebrate I created the Handheld Camera Pack which we’re giving away for free. It’s 10 drag and drop cameras to paste in your scene to add really cool handheld animation! The difference between real handheld camera moves and a computer generated move is pretty significant, and this will add a lot to your scene. The pack is available for Adobe After Effects and Cinema 4D.


To get the free pack you just have to sign up for our newsletter and you will get access to all of our freebies!

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Could you do something for me? I would love it if you would help spread the word about the pack via twitter/facebook etc. You can use this link to share: 
That would mean a lot to me! Happy 3 Years of The Pixel Lab!

Pixel Lab Training C4D

C4D Tutorial: Problems Adding External Compositing Tag to Cloner Objects

Ever wanted to export nulls on objects nested in a c4d cloner for use in AE? This is a common beginner problem, and this tutorial should help you out!

Free C4D AE Model Jumbotron Sports Pack Ribbon

Free Sports Elements for C4D and AE!

My buddy EJ aka Eyedesyn is sharing a really, really nice asset with everybody and I wanted to pimp his goods. Included in Sports Pack Vol. 01 is a Cinema 4D jumbotron model as well as 2 customizable After Effects templates with the jumbrotron screen elements. There’s a full HD & arena ribbon sized version that you can customize the text and colors of the animations easily! Huge thanks to EJ and Adam Schmisek for sharing such a valuable treat.


Get the free C4D and AE Sports Elements Pack Here

Free AE After Effects ASCII Generator Preset Plugin

Free After Effects Script/Preset: ASCII Generator

I found this really sweet After Effects generator that creates ASCII art from text layers! It’s a pretty narrow niche, but if you need any old skool goodness in your graphics, this script will be perfect for you! Thanks Motion Boutique!


Get the Free AE ASCII Generator Here



CINEWARE Maxon C4D AE Adobe Aftereffects

CINEWARE by Maxon: The Future is Here

Write down this date, it might be one that changes the way we do everything. Maxon is announcing CINEWARE, a brand new live 3D pipeline between Cinema 4D and After Effects! We got teased with the announcement of  a collaboration between AE and C4D a few weeks ago, but now we have the full story. With CINEWARE you can import your native C4D scenes directly into After Effects. There is a feature in the Adobe lineup where if you make a change in one program and then jump to another program it will automatically reload the changes to your asset. This feature will now be incorporated so you can make changes to your C4D scene and they will be automatically updated in your After Effects comp! No need to wait for long renders or manage intermediate files because the C4D render engine is built right into After Effects!


This is huge on so many levels. Of course we have to wait to see exactly how powerful this is but at first glance this is revolutionary. From 3D in AE with CS6, to Trapcode bringing in .obj’s to simulate 3D in AE, to Videocopilot’s Element 3D: we have seen a progression towards live 3D in AE. Now we have the next level, and personally I am stoked out of my mind!

What does this mean for The Pixel Lab? Well, let’s hope it means you can take all of those models you bought from us and use them directly in AE! Time/testing will tell if that’s possible, let’s cross our fingers.

Exciting times, my friends. Exciting times!


Learn more about CINEWARE here:

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