I want to learn more about compositing and recently I began looking into which software package I should start learning.
The most common name for a beginner like me is After Effects of which I hear everywhere, I know it's used a lot for TV, titles, etc., but after researching a bit a lot more name came up. Such as Autodesk's Smoke, The Foundry's Nuke and even Apple's Motion. I know a little about Nuke and that it is used in big production houses, node architecture, etc. I don't know a lot about Smoke except that it is supposed to merge the editing and vfx parts together. I know almost nothing about Motion, since I can't tell how good and what it is suited for from Apple's website.
So, can anyone shed some light on this subject matter for me, since it is very hard to get a good picture just from pieces scattered across the internet and never having used neither extensively? What would be a good way to go about this?
My aim would be to create my own videos with footage shot with my DLSR such as short music videos, short films, etc. But, I would also be interested in knowing what more can I do with these applications.