Photos Never Looked So Good


Find photos with Dokyu Media

Media is the warm heart of the Dokyu Photo Animator for Adobe After Effects®. Talented photographers from around the world generously provide their work from anyone to use. No licensing required. The photos are uploaded to the social network,, and then piped into After Effects through Dokyu to become media for our scenes.


Animate with Dokyu Motion

Motion is the engine of Dokyu which transforms our still photography into a living photo animator. Browse a growing number of scenes and transitions that will effortlessly bring your photos to life with just a single click. Best of all, scenes are made to be as flexible as the photos you use in them. Photos in Dokyu allow us to completely transform our media in seconds. From music videos to documentary sequences, to quick promotions. Just browse, import and drop your photos in, and let Dokyu weave you a story.

Dokyu helps you choose which scene to select from the library. Hovering over the image will show you an instant video preview of the scene. Hovering over the icons below will tell you the length of the scene in seconds, as well as the number of photo and text placeholders.

Over 1,000,000 license-free photos

Dokyu Media pipes the world′s largest community of commercial-free images into After Effects

A photo to animate for every video

  • Photos can be searched for instantly from inside After Effects.
  • In one click, photos are downloaded to your local Documents ‎folder for easy access. But…
  • Photos are imported to your project panel auto-magically to speed up your workflow!
  • Then you can drag them to your timeline when prompted, safely retaining the animation.

Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes.

If you can picture it, you can make it with Dokyu

A picture is worth a 1000 words. With Dokyu, you have a tool to craft the rich story you want to tell.


Although engagement in entertaining videos could be forgiven based on the category, it isn′t an excuse for scruffy editing. Viewer expectations grow every year as more capital is invested in maintaining attention. This music video from Dokyu gives just one example of how the photo animation can be adapted and chiseled to visualise your content in a way that delights.

Education is quickly moving online with its scalable access and affordability. Unfortunately though, the levels of engagement pale in comparison to offline. What′s more, educational video has an uphill battle over entertainment, particularly if the content is free and available without effort needed. With so much content vying for attention today, a photo animator is the most reliable way of keeping attention, unless you′re prepared to start from scratch.


Many promotion formats today are overused. It′s not surprising brands struggle to get attention. Dokyu′s flexible style has more in common with documentaries which have popularised photo animation for effective teaching, so advertisements can be smart in getting messages across without scaring viewers away the moment they think they′re being sold to.

Sweetening the deal

We like to think of Dokyu Photo Animation as a way of thinking about producing media online, rather than simply a product alone. Part of that philosophy is ensuring every customer feels showered with value from the first day, forward. Here′s how we fulfill that mission.


Free scene updates

Scene and transition updates are now available in every version of Dokyu. No matter what entry point you take into the Dokyu universe, we want you feeling like you get great value on day one, and even more so as we navigate the online media future. Conveniently, Dokyu is a web-connected app so you′ll spot the notification to update just by launching it.

We′re always having fun experimenting and developing new ideas. Internally, we have 400 storyboarded scenes we want to share with you soon, as well as fun ideas for original transitions and plugin upgrades. Your photos are in good hands.


Introducing Dokyu Voice

Hiring a fellow human for a voiceover can be daunting, not to mention something you perhaps don′t have time for. That′s why we recently launched Dokyu Voice to make video production online even easier. No matter what category of video you plan to publish online, a human voice is going to make your content extra sticky over music or subtitles alone. Even worse, a synthetic voice! Don′t worry about expensive equipment, white noise or forgetting to press the record button. Dokyu Voice is the perfect complement to Dokyu Media and Motion, and it′s here to make your life easier.

What makes the Dokyu Voice service unique is the voice-syncing process that we′re suitably attuned for. Submit your script along with the silent animation, give us a few details about what you′re looking for in a voiceover artist, and we′ll ensure your script is perfectly timed with your Dokyu animations. Meanwhile, you can get back to your business and leave us to drop off your order a few days later.

Who built Dokyu?

Since 2014, David Hawkins has taught over 3,500 students how to communicate with high engagement through animation.

Advanced Options

A pretty scene UI gives you advanced control over your project. Scenes and backgrounds have been divided to offer their own unique controls. There is also an intuitive colour palette allowing you to quickly update your colour scheme.

Fast, Modern Framework

Adopting the latest framework advances now available inside After Effects ensures photo animation is enjoyable even under the strictest of deadlines. A high-performance JavaScript engine communicates with the web in real-time, opening up a new world of possibilities.

Deep Optimisation

The Dokyu Photo Animator has been developed from the ground up to be optimised for performance. Each scene is published with pre-rendered sequences where appropriate, as well as proxy files so you can edit fast before rendering the final quality.

Lightning Support

Our team is ready to help near-instantly during office hours via the chat app built into Dokyu. Documentation is also built into Dokyu throughout, and you can even sign up to the community forum at if you are a little old school.

Who is Dokyu for?

Dokyu is for the business owner needing to take the sting from tight deadlines. It′s for the video editor desperate to complete more projects without feeling rushed. And it′s for the budding video creator with a taste for good design, ready to make a splash online without getting lost in the noise.