How do I import animated elements into After Effects?

Importing and using e→d animated elements can be very easy. All you need to do is follow these quick steps.

Step 1:

Download an animated collection at www.edfilms.net/shop

Step 2:

Locate downloaded file (.zip folder) and unpack contents of folder to find multiple folders containing PNG image sequences.

Step 3:

In After Effects go to File → Import → File or double-click in the Project Window to open up the Import Window. Locate the PNG image sequence you wish to use, select the first image, and be sure to check the box for Sequence.

*Make sure the import settings are set to import as Footage.

Step 4:

By default After Effects imports sequences at 30fps, you may want to change this. In the Project Window right-click the sequence and select Interpret Footage → Main. In the dialogue box set the sequence to the desired Frame Rate, and click OK.

Step 5:

For sequences without an Alpha channel, use a screen pass. Click the Toggle Switches / Mode button in order to display the Mode dropdown in the Sequence Timeline. In the Mode dropdown select Screen to eliminate the black background of the image sequence.

Step 6:

Now you are ready to place the sequence in your After Effects Timeline and add some e→d magic to your project.

Check out the PDF Instructions for a visual aid.