How to apply presets in After Effects?

Adding a regular preset to the timeline

This way, you can add any regular preset to the timeline that is not a video transition, for example, footage, motion design elements, sounds, etc.

  1. On the timeline, move the time indicator to the frame where you want to add the preset.
  2. Select a preset in the Motion Bro plugin and click “Apply.” The preset will be added by the time indicator.

Adding a transition preset to the timeline

You can use this method to add a video transition between two scenes.

  1. On the timeline, select the two layers between which you want to add a transition.
  2. Select a preset in the Motion Bro plugin and click “Apply.”   

Mode for adding compact transitions

For some preset types, such as Overlap Transitions, there is an additional compact mode for adding presets.

If the Compact Mode is off, all layers related to the transition will be added to the current composition. The disadvantage of this mode is the bulky structure from several layers. The advantage is that you can replace the footage at any time or add any effects to the footage, and these changes are immediately displayed on the transition layers.

If Compact Mode is on, the transition will be added to the timeline as a single pre-composition layer (plus an audio layer if the sound effect is enabled). This has a convenient structure, but the downside is that if you replace the footage or add any effects to the footage, these changes will not be displayed on the transition layer.


Setting the duration of a transition preset

Before you add a transition preset to the timeline, you can change its duration. To do this, expand the Duration Bar and select the appropriate animation speed by clicking on one of the marks on the duration bar.

You can change the duration of a transition after adding it to the timeline. To do this, shorten or lengthen the duration of the layers related to the transition preset.

5 thoughts on “How to apply presets in After Effects?

  1. Alexander Lupuyev says:

    I just purchased the commercial license and I am sad to say that you released a half-baked product. Most of the present can’t be applied. I paid money for a product that doesn’t work. Fix your software or I will be demanding my money back.

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