10 Creative Demo Reel Video Templates for After Effects

If you’re looking
to create an eye-catching demo reel for your video footage and photographs,
then why not try one of these easy-to-use templates from Envato Elements; They’re all included
as part of a subscription, so you can download and try as many as you like.

Here are some of
our top tips to consider when you’re making your reel:

  • Don’t
    try to pack in too much – just highlight your best and most relevant work.
  • Attention
    spans can be short, keep your video reel under a minute in length.
  • Add some appropriate music and if
    you have a variety in the tone of your clips, remember to change up the music to
  • Represent
    your work accurately or it may trip you up later.
  • Think
    about what you’re demonstrating, are you showing off technique, style,
    storytelling? You may need more than one reel.

Top Demo Reel Templates for After Effects

1. Demo Reel

Demo Reel is a
fast-paced template for After Effects that allows you to simply drop your
content into the placeholders. It boasts a fast render time and you won’t need
any plugins to use the template.

Demo Reel
Demo Reel

2. Reel

A stylish template with warm colouring and slight matte effect,
Reel would be well suited to showing off travel footage or nature projects.


3. Dubstep Reel

With parallax and glitch effects, Dubstep Reel has a cool
and modern feel to it, perfect for a variety of production demos.

Dubstep Reel
Dubstep Reel

4. Glitch Reel

This template has an urban, cinematic feel, with added
glitch, dust, and shape effects. Glitch Reel Openers has universal expressions
and a fast render time.

Glitch Reel Openers
Glitch Reel Openers

5. Cinematic Demo

Dynamic and cinematic, this demo reel for After Effects is
great for showing off what you do.

Cinematic Demo Reel
Cinematic Demo Reel

6. Spring –
Film Reel Opener

Spring is a stylised template that makes use of lens flares,
dynamic movement and parallax effects. There are two versions to choose from:
clean and grunge, and it’s simple to customise the look to make it your own.


7. Dynamic Sports

With five versions included, you’ll have no problem choosing
something to show off your sport footage; the extra template options are
perfect for creating social media reels too.

Dynamic Sports Reel
Dynamic Sports Reel

8. Film Reel Studio

Something a little different, Film Reel Studio has created a
nod to film with this film strip style, flipping to focus on a particular
placeholder. It means you can show off a variety of projects, but still pick out
a few for special attention.

Film Reel Studio
Film Reel Studio

9. Photo Reel
With Titles

Clean and simple, this After Effects template is aesthetically
pleasing, but won’t take the focus off your footage or photos.

Photo Reel With Titles
Photo Reel With Titles

10. Grunge Video Reel

A fast-paced and grunge-style template, this video reel is
easy to edit, doesn’t require any plugins, and has a tutorial included in case
you need some extra help.


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