A head-up or heads-up display (HUD) is a visual tool that limits eye movement. HUDs are mostly found in aircraft and other vehicles where a digital interface displaying information similar to the vehicle’s dashboard is projected through the windshield.
In aircraft, HUDs show airspeed, altitude, horizon lines, headings, and turn/bank and slip/skid indicators, to name a few. For vehicles like cars, the speed, engine revs, distance and time of travel remaining, and fuel are all shown in the HUD.
HUDs are created mainly for the driver’s safety. They are integrated with GPS to keep the driver both informed and focused. HUDs are common features in aircraft, but are not available yet in all vehicles, although some auto manufacturers like Chevrolet, BMW, Lexus, Mazda, and MINI have already installed HUDs in their newer models.
HUDs can also be found in video games. They are the in-game user interface which shows the player’s health, items, and progress level. They also have easy access control functions and prevent the player from being distracted in the actual game.
HUD elements are great designs to add in your project. From creating video games, adding a futuristic element in your videos, or just experimenting by creating a video which lets two persons interact using HUDs, the entertainment factor of HUDs never gets old. Adobe After Effect templates is the best software to use for motion graphics, specifically for adding HUD elements in your videos. Here are some After Effects HUD elements you can use for your next project.
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Eclipse HUD Elements
This bundle contains 242 animated clips in high definition, is QuickTime (PNG, Alpha-Channel, 29.97fps) ready, with a 29.97 frame rate, and is fully compatible with After Effects, Premiere Pro, Edius, Final Cut, Vegas Pro, and Resolume. Colors are easily customized and you can also add glowing effects. The bundle also contains numerous clips such as lines, loading, dots, cubes, folders, frames, circles, chip, barcodes, glitch, and gestures.
Digital HUD Pack
This free digital HUD Pack is compatible with After Effects CS5 or above, has a 30 fps frame rate, and also has 20 ready-to-use sets with 36 base blocks, 12 title blocks, an earth map, and an editable grid. All compositions are resizable with modular elements and you also get the option to create your own sets. A demo project is also included in full high definition with PDF tutorials included. No plugins are required for this HUD pack.
Ultimate HUD Builder
This ultimate HUD builder collection features After Effects CS5 and above compatibility, 1100+ elements, 170+ complex elements, 13 presets, 900+ modular elements, 21 categories divided into two sub-categories (complex & modular), 10 glitch transitions, over 20 backgrounds and overlays, five lens textures, five color correction presets, cockpit models rendered in 3D renders, vector 2D elements, and full high-definition resolution. No plugins are required for this collection. PDF tutorials and chromatic aberrations are also included. IN+LOOP animation was used in this collection.
370+ Big Bundle
This large HUD bundle is for free and contains highly detailed and stylized futuristic primitive circles, around 20 HUD frames, basic circles and circle elements, basic panels and panel elements, frames, HUD targets and rulers, and 20 hi-tech polygons.
21 HUD & Infographics Elements
This collection consists of 21 videos of various high quality (1080p QuickTime format with Alpha Channel) shapes and styles. This must be used with After Effects CS5 and above, but no third-party plugins are required for this pack.
HUD Opener Collection
This collection has a 1080p resolution, 29.97 frame rate, 0:06/0:12 default duration, pre-rendered presets, and is also fully customizable. Logos, text, and color opacity and volume can also be easily added and adjusted. No plugins are required for this collection.
Sci-Fi HUD Sights
This Sci-Fi HUD Sights pack is for free and contains high-resolution images and videos, two states for each target, and have been well-layered for animations.
This pack contains 11 unique and easy customizable graphics. This pack is compatible with After Effects CS4, CS5, CS5.5, and CS6. No additional plugins are required for this pack.