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04 April 2005, 02:06 PM
ok, so i'm thinking of switching to After Effects. Gonna download a trial version first . . . abviously. So what is the most effective method to start learning After Effects? And where can that be found? Also if anyone has any ideas or comments on After Effects, would be very kind to post any suggestions?

04 April 2005, 02:15 PM
check the tutorials. They're absolutely brilliant.

It sometime's confusing to start after effects if you're not used to compositing but that sute definitely helps with project-type tutorials !

04 April 2005, 12:08 AM
The best learning material out there imho, is the Total Training AE series by Brian Maffit!

Check out:

04 April 2005, 05:27 AM
The Meyer's books hands down!

This book, along with the advanced one, should teach you how to use AE. Though is says Motion Graphics, you can use all the same techniques in compositing.

The Art and Science of Digital Compositing and the Digital Compositing for Film and Video are great theory books on compositing.

04 April 2005, 02:17 PM
After Effects is a great tool and extremely versitile. Think of it as Photoshop with a timeline. You can do some cool 3D and particle tools with it. Using a water plugin (Psunami) beats the hell out of rendering water in a 3D program. It's also helpful to composite large animations in layers so you only have to render a few stills and one animation. It was the primary effects and compositing tool on The Aviator. Creative Cow is very helpful so are any books you can get your hands on. But, right away, the tutorials that come with AE will help you immensely. If you can , get 6.5 Pro, Standard isn't nearly as good, especially considering the paint feature is missing.

You say you are swithcing to AE, what are you switching from?

04 April 2005, 03:23 AM
Thanks for all the great ideas guys. Much appritiated.

I'm mostly going buy word of mouth and the advice of a collegue.

Thinking of switching, need to get the time to get a trial version.
Than we will see how i feel about it.


04 April 2005, 01:27 PM
Think of it as Photoshop with a timeline. You can do some cool 3D and particle tools with it. Using a water plugin (Psunami) beats the hell out of rendering water in a 3D program.

:surprised ?

04 April 2005, 03:38 PM <--This site is awesome for creating specific effects, but you learn some good methods for other projects as well.

Personally, I would pick an effect from a movie (Proton Stream effect from Ghostbusters or the DeLorean departing from Back To The Future) and only using the help found in After Effects and some beginner tutorials, try to recreate it. Don't try the Bullet Time from The Matrix or the lightsabers from Star Wars, because they're a) well-documented and b) overused.

04 April 2005, 08:59 PM
Well, yeah, Real Flow is awesome if you can afford yet ANOTHER piece of software. I have a demo of it and I can't figure out how to use it.

05 May 2005, 10:55 PM
If you like video tutorials then check out the CD's from either or VTC. Both are $99 (less if you're a student) and somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 hours. There are sample quicktime movies of the first few chapters you can watch on their respective web sites.

Good luck!

05 May 2005, 11:10 PM
Dan Ablan has the best Lightwave tutorials. I forget his URL, but he is a master.

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