After Effects Tutorial: Use Content-Aware Fill for Video to Perfect your Footage

 Content-Aware Fill is a powerful tool in After Effects that can be used to remove unwanted objects from your videos. It can also be used to fill in missing areas of your footage.

In this tutorial, we will learn how to use Content-Aware Fill to perfect your footage.

Step 1: Create a new composition

The first step is to create a new composition. To do this, go to File > New > Composition. In the New Composition window, set the Composition Name to something like “Content-Aware Fill Tutorial” and set the Width and Height to the desired resolution of your video. Click OK to create the composition.

Step 2: Import your footage

Next, import your footage into After Effects. To do this, go to File > Import > File. Select the video footage you want to import and click Open.

Step 3: Create a new layer for your footage

To create a new layer for your footage, go to Layer > New > Video. In the New Video Layer window, select the video footage you want to add and click OK.

Step 4: Select the mask tool

Select the Mask Tool from the Tools panel. In the Mask Tool panel, click on the Mask Feather button and set the Feather value to something like 10 pixels. This will give the brushstroke a soft edge.

Step 5: Create a mask

Click and drag on the Composition window to create a mask shape. You can create a simple line, a circle, or a more complex shape.

Step 6: Apply the Content-Aware Fill effect

Select the Brush layer and go to Effect > Video Effects > Content-Aware Fill. In the Content-Aware Fill effect controls, click on the Fill Target property and select the mask layer.

Step 7: Adjust the fill settings

In the Content-Aware Fill effect controls, you can adjust the fill settings to get the desired look. You can adjust the Fill Method, Range, and Alpha Expansion properties.

Step 8: Preview the animation

Now you can preview the animation by pressing the Spacebar. The unwanted object should now be removed from your footage.

Step 9: Render the composition

Once you are happy with your animation, you can render the composition by going to Composition > Add to Render Queue. In the Render Queue window, set the Output Module to the desired format and click the Render button.


Content-Aware Fill is a powerful tool that can be used to perfect your footage. With a little practice, you can remove unwanted objects, fill in missing areas, and create amazing videos.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful.

Additional Tips

  • You can use the Shape Tool to create more complex mask shapes.
  • You can use the Eraser Tool to remove unwanted parts of your mask.
  • You can use the Opacity property to fade your mask in and out.

With a little creativity, you can use Content-Aware Fill in After Effects to create amazing videos.

Thank you for reading!

I hope this article was helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.


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