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AE Juice Animated Backgrounds for Reallusion's Cartoon Animator, Adobe After Effects, and Other Video Editors.

AE Juice Animated Backgrounds Box Cover and Background example.
Do you find yourself spending too much time creating background elements for your animations or just settling for flat colors or a static gradient as a back drop for your explainer videos? For myself I often just don't have the time to put more effort into my backgrounds (or I'm just too much The Lazy Animator).

Instant Animated Backgrounds

AE Juice, who make animation presets, motion graphics, templates, and transitions packs for After EffectsPremiere Pro, and other video applications that support MP4 imports, have exactly what I needed with their Animated Backgrounds Pack, which you can purchase individually or as part of several of their I Want It All Bundles containing thousands of useful assets.

I specifically purchased the AE Juice's Animated Backgrounds pack so I can continue to focus on all the foreground animation of my projects and instantly add another level of quality, with very little effort, by simply dropping in any of more than 100 animated backgrounds into my Cartoon Animator projects. It really does save me a lot of time while elevating my animations to the next level.

Animation of a girl talking with leaves floating around behind her.
Dropping this leaf background into my animation took literally seconds
and looks so much better than a static color or gradient.

Each background is supplied as a prerendered, MP4 video that you can drop into any video composition tool with MP4 video import support (such as Cartoon Animator or your preferred video editing application). If you have After Effects or Premiere Pro you also get a file specifically for them that gives you more settings you can adjust prior to rendering.  

Use these backgrounds to create more engaging title sequences, showcase characters in a more dynamic way, and add depth and visual interest to your explainer videos with far less effort and production time.

Free Content to Get You Started

While I'm a firm convert to AE Juice's content, which can be used in commercial projects, you can get started with a completely free Starter Pack library of content that includes samples from some of their popular packs (including the Backgrounds pack) along with a library of more than 130 free audio sound effects too. Just download and install their free Package Manager.

The Package Manager

A selection of Animated Backgrounds in AE Juice's Package Manager.
A selection of Animated Backgrounds in
AE Juice's Package Manager.
Download the Package manager from here. Just choose your operating system and click the corresponding button at the top of the page. If you have After Effects then simply install the AE Juice Pack Manager Plugin and access everything directly inside the program. If not then install the Pack Manager Standalone version (which I highly recommend and use since I do not have an Adobe subscription). 

The Package Manager lets you browse preview thumbnails of all your pack content without downloading the entire pack (though you can do this if you want everything stored locally). Some of these packs are huge, supporting up to 4K resolution for each asset. Using the Pack Manager you'll download to your local machine only the files you actually use in your projects.

As an added bonus you can also browse and preview packs you haven't bought right in the Package Manager.

AE Juice Bundles

I want it all Bundle.
The I Want It All Bundle includes plenty of
assets that can be used in other editors beyond
After Effects and Premiere Pro.
While you can buy all of AE Juice's packs individually it's always worth comparing the price of the individual pack with any of their bundle offers that it may be included in. The bundles are so heavily discounted you may just buy that over the individual pack because the price isn't that much higher and you'll be getting thousands of dollars in content for the same price of buying two or three individual packs.

Of course if you just want the Animated Backgrounds Pack (plus all their free starter packs because... why wouldn't you?) you can preview that here. I highly recommend it.


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