After Effects: Making a how-to video - start to finish

By CRAIG KUNCE

This tutorial shows how I create my how-to videos using After Effects.

This tutorial covers:

  • Setting up your project file in After Effects
  • Choosing screen resolution and quality
  • Adding footage items, type, and objects
  • Adding footage, type, and objects to the time line
  • Animating a logo and type
  • Adding motion effects
  • Rendering your video project with Adobe Media Encoder
  • Uploading your final video to YouTube
  • Adding and embedding the final video to my website

 

As you can see on this website, I create web and video tutorials to teach people how to do things. When I started using YouTube to host my video tutorials I wanted to brand my videos with my own colors, typefaces, design, etc.

Here's a step-by-step video showing how I did just that in After Effects.

This is what the final video title screen looks like (this is a screen capture, the real title is animated):

 

After Effects - Making a how-to video - start to finish - Part 1 of 6

Part 1 covers:

  • Setting up your project file in After Effects
  • Choosing screen resolution and quality
  • Adding footage items, type, and objects
  • Adding footage, type, and objects to the time line
  • Animating a logo and type
  • Adding motion effects

 

After Effects - Making a how-to video - start to finish - Part 2 of 6

Part 2 covers:

  • Adding type to your project
  • Adding and animating type in the time line

 

 

After Effects - Making a how-to video - start to finish - Part 3 of 6

Part 3 covers:

  • Rendering your video title project with Adobe Media Encoder

 

 

After Effects - Making a how-to video - start to finish - Part 4 of 6

Part 4 covers:

  • Compositing and building your final video
  • Bringing everything together for your how-to video in After Effects
  • Adding footage items to your project
  • Adding footage to the time line
  • Setting your final video length

 

 

After Effects - Making a how-to video - start to finish - Part 5 of 6

Part 5 covers:

  • Saving your first tutorial "as-is" to make a second one
  • Saving a lot of time and double work by simply replacing the tutorial part and keeping the title intro, subscribe to video, and ending credits the same

 

 

After Effects - Making a how-to video - start to finish - Part 6 of 6

Part 6 covers:

  • Uploading your final video to YouTube
  • Adding and embedding the final video to my website