After Effects Plug-ins Tutorial

Animating Charts, Graphics, and Data in After Effects

Charts can always be a challenge to animation but can keep your corporate audience engaged when done properly. It also helps to make your point. Below, we’ve collected some fantastic tutorials, as well as a few products, to make this tedious process a much easier task.

Featured image credit: mohamed_hassan

Animate a Multi-line Chart With After Effects

Here’s a great tutorial by Najib Khayati (Noble Kreative) about how to animate charts via LesterBanks. In addition, it requires no third-party plug-ins.

Now, animating one from scratch in AE is all good and fun but if you don’t have the time or the patience, here are a few ways to speed up the process.

Data-Driven Animated Charts with JSON in After Effects – Part 1: Linking Texts

With mamoworldJSON you can link any property in After Effects to a JSON file.  This makes frequently changing your text, colors or other properties simple. Select the property you want to change, click the connect button and mamoworldJSON will create a JSON file with those properties already linked to it. Whenever you update the data in the JSON file, the project updates itself automatically.

mamoworldJSON is Free, by the way.

Download mamoworldJSON

The series below is taught by Eric D. Kirk. You’ll learn the basics of mamoworldJSON quickly.

Data-Driven Animation with JSON in After Effects – Part 1: Linking Texts

See parts 2-5 at Toolfarm

Ebberts + Zucker NodeKit Tutorial

NodeKit is a complete system designed to create, layout, connect and animate node-based flow charts, infographics, and diagrams. Very simple, flexible and intuitive. Below, a tutorial to get you started.

Ebberts + Zucker NodeKit
Ebberts + Zucker NodeKit

NodeKit is a modular 2D tool for After Effects CC2018 that makes quick work of creating complex infographics. Using a multi-action script, NodeKit can be used to create an infinite array of designs that really communicate. Its strength lies in its simplicity, flexibility, and automation. There are no odd formats necessary to input data or info, just a straight up easy interface with almost no learning curve. NodeKit can handle anything from the simple stuff to complex interactions.


  • Built-in Text Generator
  • Works with imported images
  • Dozens of connection combinations
  • Automatic line trigger retiming
  • Lines stick to assigned nodes
  • Marker-based adjustments
  • Multi-build capabilities
  • Manual post-build control
  • Super stable

Buy Ebberts + Zucker NodeKit


Free Plug-in: Quick Chromatic Aberration

Plugin Everything has a free plugin for After Effects that you’re going to dig, man! It’s a great way to increase the realism of pixel perfect computer graphics.

Quick Chromatic Aberration is a free plugin to add that effect with minimal effort. This plug-in is useful for both live motion video footage and CG rendered content. It’s available for both Mac and Windows.

Download it here

Looking for something a little more robust?

Here are a few other plug-ins that offer RGB separation, work with AE, and are available in a variety of price ranges:

Rowbyte Separate RGBRowbyte Separate RGB

Move/Scale/Rotate/Fade R,G,B channels

This plugin allows you to move, rotate, scale, blur, blend, fade and distort the RGB channels independently. You can use this plugin to create the popular “Chromatic Aberration” effect.

Rowbyte Separate RGB

Sapphire Unit: Distort
Sapphire Unit: Distort Unit

Featuring Integrated Mocha Tracking and Masking
Create powerful lens distortion effects, in-camera shake effects, chromatic aberrations, and a whole host of warping tools with the Sapphire Distort Unit.

Buy Sapphire Unit: Distort Unit       Get Sapphire

Video Copilot Optical Flares for After Effects
Video Copilot Optical Flares for After Effects

Developed for generating and animating organic-looking lens flares in Adobe After Effects with unbelievable ease and speed!
Optical Flares has an intuitive, elegant interface that makes designing a beautiful, realistic, and complex lens flares a joy. Open GL acceleration allows artists to quickly and easily generate flares and add finishing touches to motion graphics and live action footage. Features Chromatic Aberrations!

Buy Video Copilot Optical Flares for After Effects


Free: Boiler for Flash and Animate

Are you a Flash or Animate user? Check out Boiler, a free plug-in from @MegaCharlie159, an animator, programmer, and artist.

The plug-in lets you animate a boiling effect on text or other vector elements or traced bitmaps in Animate or Flash. This can give your outlines an animated look. Users can adjust the smoothing to experiment with results.

Learn more | Download

Via Lester Banks

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A new age for animation

Design interactive vector animations for games, apps, and the web. Bring cartoons and banner ads to life. And add action to tutorials and infographics. With Animate CC, you can quickly publish to multiple platforms and reach viewers on the desktop, mobile, and TV.

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After Effects Plug-ins

Mocha Pro 2019 Free Live Webinar on 4 October 2018 11AM PT

Mocha Pro 2019! Boris FX announces a major update their powerful planar tracking software!

Whether you’re a traditional VFX artist or you’ve made the leap to 360 post and VFX, Mocha Pro 2019 delivers the world’s most versatile planar tracking toolset on the market. And you’ll now have access to both. Boris FX has combined the features of Mocha Pro and the Lumiere award-winning Mocha VR into one all-encompassing plug-in. High-five!

Join Chief Product Officer of Mocha & 360/VR, Ross Shain, for this exclusive live event covering Mocha Pro 2019. Featuring new spline tools for masking and roto, new GPU accelerated object removals, new tools for 360/VR and the updated Mocha Essentials workspace. Discover how Mocha Pro 2019 will speed up your tracking workflow in Adobe, Avid & OFX hosts.

***Special Door Prizes*** with more being added

  • 1x – Foundry Production Collective. (Nuke, Mari, Modo) one-year subscription. ($10,000 worth of software!)
  • 1x – Avid Media Composer one-year subscription ($199 value)
  • 1x – Boris FX Suite (Sapphire, Continuum, Mocha Pro) one-year subscription ($1,195 value)
  • 5x – ActionVFX is giving away a $200 store credit to 5 lucky winners.

Space is limited, so register for your spot now.

Register Here

Mocha Pro 2019 Highlights

  • Mocha Essentials workspace with a streamlined user interface: Makes planar tracking easier to learn and faster than ever before
  • GPU-accelerated object removal: Delivers dramatic rendering speed increases on the most challenging object removals and clean plating shots
  • Accelerated masking & roto with new spline creation tools: Adds magnetic spline with edge snapping, freehand spline tool, ellipse, and rectangle tools
  • Retina/High DPI monitor resolution support
  • Mocha Pro and Mocha VR features are now combined into one product
  • Mocha Pro is now officially part of the Boris FX U&S (Upgrade & Support) plan and moving to a yearly release cycle

Find other upcoming webinars on Toolfarm’s Free Webinar page.

What’s New in Mocha Pro 2019

Product Manager Martin Brennand walks you through the highlights of the Mocha Pro 2019 release. The newest version of the popular planar tracking, roto and visual effects tool from Boris FX.

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