After Effects Tutorial

After Effects Tutorials for Harry Potter Effects

I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter so I love sharing stuff like this. The Harry Potter series may be for kids but the visual effects are whimsical and creative for adults as well, and especially inspirational if you work in this industry. Since it’s almost Halloween, and if you want to create some fun magical effects for the occasion, here are a couple of tutorials to get you started.

By the way, the new version of Adobe After Effects CC 2018 was released yesterday as was the entire Adobe Creative Cloud. Talk about magical!

Tom Riddle’s Diary Fade Out Effect in Adobe After Effects Tutorial (Harry Potter)

Ignace Aleya shows you how to make your ink disappear. It’s simple!


This tutorial is in Italian but you can set the subtitles to English, or just follow along visually. It’s pretty clear, even if you don’t understand Italian. Plus, Italian is so nice to listen to!

Harry Potter style Invisibility Cloak Effects in Adobe After Effects

Abdul VFX shows you how to use green screen fabric to make parts of an actor disappear.

Spell Book? Create a 3D Book in After Effects Tutorial

While this quick tutorial from Workbench is not necessarily for a spell book, it shows how to make a 3D book, and you can style it any way you like! They have project files here and a Patreon page if you’d like to support Workbench.

Want to make a fancier spell book?

If you’re a 3ds Max user, check out
Tutorial: 3ds Max: Harry Potter Spellbook Breakdown

More Tutorials and Resources

Freebie: Top 10 Most Iconic Movie FontsNewBlueFX is offering free downloads of the most icon film fonts ever created; from the whimsy of Harry Potter, the boldness of Jaws or the retro look of Back to the Future.

Freebie: Free Magical Smoke Elements from Video Copilot – If this doesn’t add magic to your scene, I don’t know what will!

After Effects

The HyperZoom™ Technique Takes Flight with Mocha Pro & After Effects

Geoff Tompkinson has created HyperZoom™, a technique that combines real-time, time-lapse, and hyperlapse into one seamless, continuous shot. Find out how he uses Mocha Pro and AE to help create these amazing virtual timelapse flights.

Watch Hyperzoom in action with Upper Austria “An Incredible Journey,” that Tompkinson made for the Austrian Board of Tourism.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

The addition of the Mocha Pro plug-in running inside Adobe brought a new workflow to Tompkinson. “I use Mocha to track and rotoscope things I need to mask,” comments Tompkinson. “Then I generate AE masks from the Mocha data so I can work with them in AE as usual. The ability to rapidly distort and accurately edit the mask on each new frame using Mocha made this laborious task more fun and much quicker than trying to do it with the standard AE masking toolset.”

Read the full article here.

Mocha Pro

Built upon a renowned Planar Tracking image engine, mocha follows “pixel patterns” through the most difficult conditions including objects that go off-screen, objects that are partially obscured, even out of focus footage.This technology drives our products and is licensed to technology partners.

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Download 10 Free Printable Storyboard Templates

The link for the storyboard templates were found via NoFilmSchool.  Check out their blog post for storyboarding tips and advice.  Thanks for sharing.

There are tons of digital and online storyboard apps out there. But sometimes you just need to print out your own storyboard template and sketch it by hand.  Whether you need 2-frame, 3-frame, or 6-frame storyboards, vertical or landscape, StudioBinder has you covered. StudioBinder has made ten different printable storyboard templates available for free on their site.

Download them today and start visualizing your story.


After Effects

Free Video Hive File of the Month: August 2009

Video hive file of the month august 2009
Video hive file of the month august 2009

This gorgeous (and free!) After Effects project from our friends at Video Hive is titled Strange Dancing Lights created by an artist known as Generator!

Download it here.