Animation makes any video project a lot more exciting, but you might be dreading the painstaking process of creating a custom animation. Luckily for you, the generous people of the internet have created countless templates for aspiring creators to use.
In this blog, we’ll list ten of our favorites that can be used for your next video. Most of these are available as an easy-to-use template, but can also be edited in something like After Effects if you’re a more advanced user that wants to fully customize your templates! Cover photo by Jacob Miller.
1. 15 Animated Lower Thirds
One of the most useful animation templates you can have in your arsenal is a good set of customizable lower thirds. These are perfect for any sort of interview or news video, and this pack will save you a lot of time. Making a lower third isn’t terribly difficult, but it can be tedious to make a full animation. Each of the included templates is a MOGRT file for Premiere Pro with color and text customization, but you’ll also have access to an After Effects project that lets you edit every aspect of the templates.
2. Amazing Zoom Titles
This pack of animated titles is fast, high-impact, and energetic. It is a pack of titles that let you stack titles on top of each other with a dramatic zoom effect, and it makes for a fantastic action sequence, such as for a fast-paced movie trailer. The speed ramping and motion blur really sell the effect, and the colors and text are fully customizable, and the template includes several duration options.
3. Horror Trailer Titles
When it comes to horror movies, you need to get the atmosphere absolutely right. In order to do so, this horror movie trailer template will get you started down the right path. It gives you the option of background, rough edges, and custom colors. The 3D light effect really sells the effect and makes it look like true horror!
4. Flicker Lights Title
Need a simple neon sign? This simple but effective title can have its color and font customized, but the neon flicker is perfect for a quick retro look.
5. Diagonal Multicolor Transition
This animated transition template is perfect for a transition in corporate videos, vlogs, livestreams, and much more. The template is customizable in terms of its three colors, but the animation is set in stone. However, you can always open the MOGRT file in After Effects to adjust its layers.
6. Helvetica Neue Animated Font
This text-based template is created around bringing the Helvetica Neue Bold font to life. So unfortunately, you can’t change the font – but with this animated font, you can make exciting titles. Each letter has its own custom animation. The font is preinstalled on Mac computers, but Windows users may need to download it separately.
7. 4K Lower Thirds
More lower thirds! You really can’t get enough of these. This pack of 24 free lower thirds for After Effects are clean, and more importantly, are in 4K! All of the lower thirds are available in an After Effects project, so are fully customizable if you want to dig into them.
8. Urban Slideshow
This slideshow template is full of customizable motion, and has an urban, gritty look by default. It can be editing in After Effects and is simple to use.
The Messenger template makes it easy to create on-screen text messaging conversations. It includes a variety of different styles, and the bubbles have custom animations. It’s easy to customize the colors as well as retime the animations for perfect timing.
10. 2D Animation Pack
This pack of 20 different 2D animations are customizable in After Effects, and should make your minimalistic titles and animations really pop! The pack also features some animated decorations that you can use to spice up a video.