Flying Bats Effect for After Effects
Animate bats flying in 3D, and composite them onto your shots.
These bats are pre-programmed with automatic wing flapping and flight behavior that imitates the quick, erratic movements of a bat. All the user needs to do is add two or more keyframes to the "Leader" bat to tell it where to go, and the other "Follower" bats will follow. This effect can be used to add cartoonish flying bats to your halloween background animations, or for simulating realistic bat colonies in the distance, that can be composited onto your footage.
You can have a single bat, or add as many bats as you want to create an entire colony. A Control Layer with over 50 controls allow you to customize the bats' appearance, their flight behavior (like automatic wing-flapping), and colony characteristics (like randomness and 3D spread). Or for most animations, you can simply stick with the default settings, and just create their 3D flight path. The 3D bat models are created from 2D images (see rotating bat clip in video), and look very convincing when moving quickly or seen from a distance.
These bats are part of the popular "Flocks" template from Creation Effects. Flocks includes an additional 11 species of birds that you can realistically animate and add to your videos.