In 2016, ‘video’ no longer means just movies & TV. From YouTube channels and straight-to-Facebook produced content, to new newsroom formats like Vice News Tonight, the uses and applications for video content is more broad-ranging than ever. By 2019, it’s estimated that content network traffic will deliver over half of all internet video traffic; over 1/3 of the world’s population is a YouTube user.
With access to video-making tools and templates, it’s easier than ever to create high-quality content. Adobe After Effects’ impressive set of tools and functionalities has made it the preferred choice of filmmakers, video designers and animators— both professionals and amateurs alike. Created by Adobe, this monster of an editing application was built for creating video animations, visual effects, motion graphics and compositions.
VideoHive is the world’s leading marketplace for After Effects templates, so as you can imagine, there’s a lot of top-quality assets to choose from.
Here’s our recap of the best After Effects templates on our marketplace from 2016 – from our all-time bestsellers, to breakout trending items and new formats.
Top 1 – 10 all-time bestselling of 2016:
This #1 bestseller, Mosaic Photo reveal, creates a complex photo effect with your images. There’s even a 3-minute extended version! It’s a full HD that’s drag-and-drop with no plugins or complicated video-making skills – all you need is 100 photos you’d like to populate the mosaic with. ($33)
Yeaboy has other awesome After Effects plugins available, so definitely check out their author page.
Get video footage of your images swaying in frames in the trees, without having to look like a crazy person in your backyard. This template by bluehatdesign includes 3 versions, and can be used with up to 42 images. ($33)
Make videos from still images with this 3D animator, which turns boring, static images into dynamic, moving clips. It’s something you have to see to believe, so we recommend watching the video above. There’s also more than 200 photo effects and filters included with this template. ($65)
An easy-to-customize logo effect that turns any logo into a three dimensional graphic for a video. We’ve mostly seen this used for corporate videos, but it could also be useful in personal video projects, intro credits, and more. ($17)
Want to make a dramatic entrance with your logo? This template is simple and to-the-point, and the low price means it’s a worthwhile addition to your collection. ($11).
“Where can I use it?” “Depends on your imagination.”
This bright, pop-art style collection of elements is useful for 3D, video effects, titles, pictures, logos, cartoons, games, and more. Think smoke explosions, electricity, flames, movement lines, and more. ($33)
Need to illustrate a story? This template has a cast of customizable characters, icons, speech bubbles, and more. With almost 5,000 sales and a nearly perfect rating, it’s a unique way to tell your story or explain your product. ($53)
Zoom in anywhere in the world with this template. The map generator wizard is browser-based, and the main template combines all map images and a high-tech library. ($43)
Need an animated icon? How about 500 of them? This is the #1 bestselling icon project, with icons for almost anything you could need. They’re also easily customizable, so you can edit them to match your favorite color (or your brand’s logo). ($48)
10. Logo 3D Levels
This bestselling logo template makes any logo 3D, and the height and color lens is adjustable. This amazing After Effects logo animation template is a must for your suite of tools. ($22).
Top 11-30 bestsellers:
- Kinetic Typography Pack
- Multi Video & Multi Text Logo Formation
- 210 Title Animations
- Particle Reveal
- Colorful Particles Logo Reveal II
- Tablet Commercial
- Whiteboard Kit – Make Your Own Story
- Lower Thirds
- Quantum HUD Infographic
- 30 Simple Titles
- Album Memories
- Photo Animator
- Neon Sign Kit
- Infographics 3D Map Kit
- TypoKing | Title Animation & Kinetic Typography Text
- Lower Thirds
- Elegant Extrusion
- Flip Characters
- Photo Frames
- Corporate Typography Pack
View all bestselling here.
Best brand-new After Effects templates of 2016
30 unique, original titles.
“It’s a particle generator and you create fire, dust, magic, smoke, sparkle, flames or glass particles in fastest and easiest way.”
This opener includes 35 placeholders with full color control and no plugins required.
Design your own custom character, and then animate them to fit your explainer video, presentation, product video, or more.
5. Lower Thirds
A clean, minimal template for captions on the lower third of your video – ideal for captions or titles.
This logo project has six pre-made backgrounds, and free updates.
A romantic collection of titles for a wedding video or slideshow.
Animate your logo in a superhero style or comic book reveal.
A cinematic slideshow template with customizable colors and openings.
Take your image to the next level with this unique double exposure template.
11. Urban Opener
This urban opener has 33 media placeholders and 17 text placeholders.
A transition pack with 5 variations and bright, eye-catching colors.
Animated typefaces and numbers for quick and easy titles.
A unique, colorful project with liquid elements and eye-catching imagery.
Infographics are so 2015 – upgrade with a video infographic.
16. Lower Thirds
Bright animations with simple, classic shapes.
Most people watch videos on Facebook without the sound on anyways, right? Make sure they’re not missing what you’re saying by adding these captions to your video.
18. Map Kit
This map kit includes 202 countries! Last time we checked, there were only 196, so this After Effect project is going above and beyond.
Where are you going? Map your journey on a video.
20. Event Promo
An adaptable promo video for your next event.
For more of the best After Effects plugins and templates, be sure to head over to VideoHive.
More resources and tips for making your best videos in 2017:
- How to Best Use Video in Email Marketing Campaigns
- Video Marketing Trends for 2017
- Current Video Background Design Trends & Best Practices
- 10 Plugins for Adding Video Backgrounds to Your Own Site