How to Combine Clips in After Effects

By Jan 03,2017 13:45 pm

Adobe After Effects is not a traditional video editing software, it is mainly a software that is used to add effects to a video that has been processed. However, it can be used to combine clips using a certain method which is described in the steps mentioned below:

  1. Start the program and open the files in the project panel that you wish to combine.
  2. Drag and drop each file from the project panel to the timeline panel provided at the bottom.
  3. At the time line panel you can arrange the shots in whatever order desired by clicking and dragging them.
  4. Within the timeline panel select the videos that you wish to combine.
  5. In the After Effects tool bar click on “Layers>Pre-Compose”
  6. Name the combined layers, click and click “Move all to a new composition” and then click “OK”.
  7. Save changes.

Now, all this hassle to perform one simple task doesn’t seem very practical or convenient at all. After Effects is not very efficient which such video editing options hence an alternative may be suggested. “Wondershare Filmora” can combine clips in 3 very simple and easier than ever steps as mentioned below, making the task much more time saving and easy without compromising the quality of the results.

  1. Start the program and import the required files.
  2. Drag and drop the video files to the timeline and simply add transitions if required.
  3. Export the file and save it as a single video file.

Simple and easy.

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Best Free Alternatives of Adobe After Effects:

After Effects because of its limitations as a video editing program is often not recommended for the job, but there are many free alternatives out there that can be used instead for better user experience and improved results. The top % of which are listed below:

  1. DebugMode Wax
  2. This open source program is an efficient video effect software alternative to After Effects which provides many exciting features such as compositing, 3D text effects, adding motion effects etc.

  3. Blender
  4. This is an open source program that runs freely on all operating systems including MaC, Windows and Linux. It provides users the opportunity to perform 3D modeling as well as video effects effectively.

  5. Natron
  6. The interface and concepts of this open source program were mainly derived from a previous software called “Nuke”. It is also a video effects and composite software which provides many new features and efficient tools for high speed and maximum quality composite results.

  7. AutoDesk Maya
  8. Maya is a helpful software that allows the users to create 3D models, animations and helps compositors get the job done quickly. It has a very interactive user interface as well.

  9. Eyeon Fusion 6.4
  10. As the catchy name of the software suggests it provides thrilling options and features to its users along with plenty of aesthetics in the user interface. It is even referred to the “highest speed compositor of the present market”. It provides certain features such as, 3D modeling, adding effects, stereo sounds etc.

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