After Effects templates are project made in Adobe After Effects.
These projects are prepared in such a way that you can easily change the images videos and text layers. After you have switched the videos, images and text all you need to do is to render out the project.
Rendering After Effects templates means that you export the project as a video file, that you can play or upload to a website like youtube for example.
Do I need Adobe After Effects to use an After Effects template?
The answer is, Yes.
The AE templates are project files that were built in Adobe After Effects, so only this program can open it. You CAN NOT edit an After Effects Template in Premier, Sony Vegas or Final Cut.
What about After Effects Versions?
After Effects is not backwards compatible, this means that you need to have the same version of After Effects or an never version as the ae template project that you plan to edit.
Example: If an ae template was made in CS4 , it can not be opened in Adobe After Effects CS3, but it can be opened with CS4 CS5 CS6 , CC and all newer versions.
I am a beginner in After Effects, what AE templates should I buy?
Adobe After Effects is a complex editing app, while a video template will make your editing much easier it can still be challenging if you have never used it before.
Suggestion: Always buy After Effects Templates that come with video tutorials
This way you follow along the steps that the template creator shows and you can create your awesome video in minutes.
All the BlueFx After Effects Templates come with video tutorials, that show you step by step how to edit the template.
You can edit any BlueFx template even if you are a complete beginner in after effects.
At BlueFx even the free after effects templates come with video tutorials
Speaking of free templates, here you can see the Free mini Explainer after effects template.
Using this ae project you can create presentation video that will help you get more clients. You can use it to present your service.
Download this free ae template and test out how the BlueFx projects work. It comes with a free video tutorial and the 11 drawings that you see in the preview video are also included.