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After Effects review by Corey D.
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"Great for designers bridging the video project gap"

What do you like best?

I really like that I have a live preview of my work in progress, and that there is a very intuitive interface. I'm not primarily a "video guy", but by creating assets in Adobe Illustrator and importing the vector files into After Effects, I find that it is easy to be that "video guy" even when there is not one available. I am far better at creating the graphics than I am at producing video, but this program allows me to bridge the gap fairly seamlessly. There IS a learning curve associated with this program, and it is far more capable than I am, but it is intuitive enough that a novice can figure things out and make some amazing things.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that there is no way to "preview" projects when looking through project folders unless you export the file. You also must be very familiar with video export options, because there is not much in the way of a knowledge base associated with the program. Adobe does offer wide-ranging help, but if you are not a frequent user, it feels like a lot of the knowledge is "assumed". Tooltips with more descriptive terminology would be a boon for novice users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommended for designers needing to bridge the video gap and get their feet wet. It's always good to be a "jack of all trades" and AE makes it a little easier to get your foot in that video door.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work with a variety of startup businesses, and they all need short (very short) video blurbs for their website that utilize graphic elements. I like that I can quickly layer video and graphic files to produce video shorts in very little time. Commercials, patching together videos, and utilizing Photoshop product mockups is easy with After Effects.

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After Effects review by Dani R.
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"The Ultimate Composition Program"

What do you like best?

After Effects does EVERYTHING.

I have been using After Effects for the last 7 years, and I keep learning something new.

People often get overwhelmed when starting with After Effects, but that is quickly made up for in its versatility. If you're only working on a small project with light effects, it's well easy to get it done. Likewise, if you have an effects-heavy sequence with 3D modeling/animation, rotoscoping, particle effects, etc, you have an arsenal at your hands.

This is only compounded by how easy Adobe makes it to modify After Effects. Lacking a certain effect? Drag and drop a 3rd party plugin. Don't know how to accomplish a specific effect? Load up a preset. Add in built-in Maya and Mocha, and there is nothing this program cannot do.

What do you dislike?

The only down-side of this program is how complicated it seems from afar, but this is usually not an issue for anyone getting started in compositing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Because of After Effects' versatility, light projects have very fast turnover. This is especially important when you are working on a Premiere Pro project that's linked to an After Effects project. Light projects render very quickly, meaning you can get back to cranking out client projects in a breeze.

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After Effects review by Fran F.
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"Gran cantidad de ajustes para editar videos"

What do you like best?

La cantidad de ajustes y cosas que se pueden realizar con el programa, desde edición sencilla hasta cosas a la altura de efectos de cine. También me gusta mucho la gran cantidad de Plug-ins que hay en Internet, haciendo así que el programa tenga más cosas para editar. Tiene una gran comunidad detrás, por lo que abundan los tutoriales.

What do you dislike?

El problema que veo es que, al principio el programa es un poco difícil de entender su funcionamiento, pero por eso hay una gran cantidad de tutoriales por internet. También se necesita un ordenador con un procesador potente, ya que el programa necesita mucha memoria RAM.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Hay muchísimos tutoriales por Internet para comenzar a entender el programa, ya que debido a su complicidad, al principio te va a resultar muy difícil saber como usarlo, pero una vez sepas cómo usarlo bien, podrás hacer casi cualquier cosa que se te ocurra con este programa

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Te ayuda a realizar videos profesionales, ya sean para tu empresa o para cualquier uso, pero se necesita una experiencia para poder crearlos, ya que el programa puede ser muy complejo al principio

After Effects review by Akash S.
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"An Editing Suite for Animators, designers, and compositors for video editing and many more."

What do you like best?

Adobe After Effects is an industry-standard for animation and an creative compositing app.

In my opinion After effects is the best editing suite, it is very complete and versatile ,all its tools are well organized and it is easy to find the one you need and use it.

This software provides effects and results with a high level of quality, so using its tools in an appropriate way which allows the user to have the best results.

The User Interface was a bit tricky for first but then later updates simplified the User Interface(UI) alot which now makes after effects suitable also for the amateur video editors

On the other hand this is the software par excellence for Video editing, we can apply effects of all kinds, when it comes to video editing the possibilities are almost endless.

What do you dislike?

A costly software if you just want to learn video editing and want to be a video editor.

Complex features that are all over the place and not easy for new users.

Steep learning curve.

No simple controls for ease of use and understanding.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Adobe after effects will continue to be the industry standard for creating cinematic movie titles, intros, and transitions.– despite the price, knowing it is essential for any animators, designers, and compositors. If you want to create motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video, and the web then use Adobe after effects .Since it's so widely used, tutorials are readily available, so you can create anything you need. Troubleshooting is also easy because of the large community of Adobe after effects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used After effects for a variety of digital work. I have used it to create video mock-ups for social media, companies or other digital ads. I have used it to create cinematic movie titles, intros and transitions. I have Animated many logos or characters as a part of video mock-ups for many businesses.

After Effects review by Ray M.
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"One of my core tools for motion graphics and compositing."

What do you like best?

I've been using After Effects since I began animation so familiarity, intuitive UI and customisation via plugins. I generally will use After Effects in conjunction with Photoshop, Illustrator and sometimes Premiere as A) They all work well together and B) each of these tools is part of Adobe's Creative Cloud which is a monthly or yearly subscription. If you create 1 video for a client a year - it practically pays for itself.

What do you dislike?

RAM preview is great to have and although there's tricks you can do and settings you can change to ensure speed and quality previews - it still takes time to RAM preview some projects. I know this is down to RAM on your machine but in an ideal world it would preview quicker.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Used for VFX, animation and motion graphics - this is the go to tool you need. Highly recommend After Effects in any production environment. You can purchase a license subscription of Adobe Creative Cloud which includes many other great software packages such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash (Animate) and Premiere as well as After Effects. It's only getting better with every release.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can create videos for all sorts of clients and not just standard HD or 4K. Using inexpensive plugins you can create 360 videos too. I would highly recommend plugin websites to see the extended use of After Effects including creating templates that auto update, as well as the standard tools for character rigging and batch rendering.

After Effects review by David S.
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"After Effects — The Land of Unlimited Possibility"

What do you like best?

After Effects continues to surprise and impress me with each new update. My favorite elements of the program are the masks and the user interface. After Effects has incredibly intuitive and easy to use masking. For anyone who has tried to mask anything in Premiere, you're doing it wrong. Beyond that, as a user of most of the Adobe Suite for over a decade, I've always found After Effects to support the most intuitive UI for photo editing, video editing or animation. It's incredibly easy and quick to organize projects, and the timeline is simple to navigate. The use of layers, and keyboard expandable controls for any keyframe item, is essential to using the program. And then there's expressions. Whoah. It's a bit intimidating to start, but once you learn the software and a get the hang of it, the possibilities are unlimited. Being able to quickly apply composite, design titles, design animated elements or design and animate entire animations within one program is wonderful.

What do you dislike?

I'm not a fan of the sheep error sound. If you know it, you know it. And the built-in color correction tools are really disappointing. There are third party options to add waveforms and setup a similar capability to a true color program, but this has always been the one area of visual post where After Effects has been most frustrating. This is a software with so much power, and so much potential, with the ability to apply 3D camera tracking and adjust masks based on tracked items, yet the color wheels are akin to FCP 7's three-way-color corrector. Every year I hope Adobe will come out with an update offering a full fledged color suite within After Effects, yet every year we continue to roundtrip items from After Effects to DaVinci for color. If we could do it all in After Effects it would allow for more seamless and more efficient compositing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There's nothing quite like it. Give it a whirl. There are plenty of great tutorials to learn how to use the program. Use them. After Effects is best learned through experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

After Effects is essential for my business. I use it on every edit. After Effects allows me to quickly apply titles and to composite elements on live actions. We also use After Effects to create 2D animations, or to adjust and finesse the look of 3D animations. We edit in Premiere, though After Effects is really the center of the modern post-production workflow, and it allows you to put almost anything you could imagine on screen.

After Effects review by Jeffrey j.
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"Just amazing"

What do you like best?

the adobe after effects in one of the most popular VFX and animation software available in the market. there are many high-end tools available in the software to make the most out of the artist within you after effects is available for Mac and Windows operating system even thou i only used it on windows. there is a free trial from Adobe available for after effects that allows you to use the software for a whole month. its very easy to work with different files on the software, you can easily work between Photoshop PSD files and Illustrator file and create awesome compositions, the limits don't exist here. one of the major advantage i found in after effects which other animation softwares lack is the ability to edit the workspace to your liking and it saves a lot of time.

What do you dislike?

the learning curve for the software is too steep, it took me several courses and thousands of youtube videos before getting familiar with the software. this software is literally eating ram, the compositions are played by sending them to memory known as ram preview, which needs a whole lot of ram. my system got 32 Gb of ram which wasn't enough to run the software smoothly. the software is really costly and normal designers and the low end companies wont be able to take advantage of this awesome software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you're into animation you should have heard of this software. this is one of the best out there. i recommend you to try the software first with the free trial and if you can afford it, buy it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Adobe after effects is a software used mainly for VFX and animation composition.

After Effects review by David S.
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"Makes video animation look easy!"

What do you like best?

With the tools and timeline similar to Premier and other Adobe products, it make learning AE's tools fairly intuitive. And Adobe provides a TON of online training resources to learn the ins and outs - not to mention the thousands of video tutorials on YouTube. As a trained print-designer, I had no issues learning and using After Effects when my new position also involved doing video editing and production. TONS of built-in tools and effects, and a HUGE user and support community with lots more to offer. Integration with the other Adobe products (Photoshop, Premier, Audition, etc.) just makes it that much better!

What do you dislike?

There's a little bit of a learning curve, but not bad. In general, I dislike Adobe's subscription model for their products.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are already familiar with Adobe's family of Creative Cloud/Suite products, the learning curve is fairly simple. As a trained print designer, I would recommend After Effects as a great tool for developing video animations and effects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We develop training and always are needing custom animations for demonstrations or for intros/outros to our training videos. AE fills the bill nicely.

After Effects review by Fabio A.
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"After Effects represents the video Photoshop"

What do you like best?

After Effects is a fantastic software that allows you to create video compositing and motion graphics with an efficiency and professionalism that no other software can do. Not very simple or immediate to use, it still requires skills in video editing and, better still, also in Photoshop. In any case, it works great with software such as Premiere Pro, Audition, Cinema 4D, considering that projects can also include the use of three-dimensional graphics.

What do you dislike?

It is not very immediate in use but, since it is a highly professional software, it is also right that it is so. I thought that you could maximize compatibility with Photoshop when using the timeline panel from the latter, in any case After Effects is a software that never ceases to amaze.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is certainly a very specific software, especially suitable for expert motion designers or who want to experiment creating video clips with very special effects and not feasible with other software. The basic functions are not difficult to learn, then obviously you must already be able to use elements such as 3D, perspective or vector graphics to increase its potential and exploit it fully.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used After Effect mainly to create motion graphics for my clients, to be exploited in the sponsored ads of Facebook or Twitter, with results that I can not get using Photoshop or Premiere. I mainly create videos with animated lettering that can capture the user's attention, thanks to the presets present in the software.

After Effects review by Kayla H.
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"Beast of a system"

What do you like best?

Can literally animate anything. Though Adobe Ch (Character Animator) is meant for custom cartoon animation you can also rig cartoons into After Effects as well. There are tons of tutorials out there to teach yourself though I recommend going to a certified program for basic training. However since there are many templates out there you can create many designs with ease compared to older versions of after effects. You would be surprised to see all of the graphic elements that you find in TV shows or movies that you can create in After Effects.

What do you dislike?

There are a few ways to achieve the same animation. Wish it came with more templates.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go through training and spend time on YouTube finding tutorials. I recommend going Lynda.com for more tutorials also rocketstock.com has great templates for adobe after effects. Also, depending on your use for the program, understand design elements and typography could help as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For our clients animation needs. Along with graphics to put into our videos. It gives it a more professional touch compare to our competitors.

After Effects review by alan c.
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"One of the Best"

What do you like best?

this is one of the popular application when comes to motion graphics and visual effects. there are tons of features for everything you can think of. the program works seamlessly and integrates well with cinema 4d, Maya and other creative cloud products. its supported by mac as well as pc, so there is no question about it. the software is popular so you can easily share projects. there are also tons of add-ons available in the web to make your job easier. the support from the adobe is also great.

What do you dislike?

the after effects is really hard to learn unless you got experience in previous versions, the number of tools and options can be intimidating. i found the learning curve too steep for a new user who wants to get into VFX and animations through after effects. the pricing isn't cheap and it's a subscription-only model,a normal user or someone who just gets into the industry won't be able to afford such a software. the program is heavy on the system, I had an 8 GB memory system with Intel i7 7700HQ, still got system frozen when working with 3D projects and it's really frustrating. when it comes to video editing the software is next to nothing without premiere pro alongside. the inbuild rendering options are terrible and media encored is a necessity when it comes to rendering projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

the program isn't cheap and needs a heavy system to perform well. if that's not a problem go for it, you wont regret it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

creating animations as well as tracking pixels in projects.

After Effects review by Abbey L.
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"Intermediate After Effects user review"

What do you like best?

My background is in graphic design and illustration, so I really love all the possibilities for creativity that After Effects offers!! I can put my designs into motion in so many ways, plus add sound into the mix. I was intimidated by the program at first, but after learning how to use it better, I've found it to be really meditative and fulfilling.

What do you dislike?

I feel like some items are hidden or cumbersome to get to. For example, changing the background color in a layer is so much quicker in Photoshop. I also occasionally forget the shortcuts for keyframe options (for example I'll hit "O" for opacity but the shortcut is actually T). It is also not ideal that unless you hit "U" on the keyboard, After Effects limits the animation effects you have applied in the timeline.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Explore tutorials online to help learn new tricks and techniques! Watching tutorial videos online has been very helpful to me.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've been able to create captivating animated content for my clients' social media channels, as well as animated promo videos, DVD menus, and video backdrops for live music events!

After Effects review by Erdem B.
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"An all-round video editor/compositor"

What do you like best?

It is a very capable solution for almost all of your needs - from simple trimming - joining chores to 3D compositing - it does all. As a product designer, I hardly used it in its full capacity, I don't think that I scratched the surface in more than a year of occasional use. But, what I like most is, it can expand more with many plugins. Some of those plugins won't cost you a thing.

One of the major selling points is that it is widely used by professionals from many different areas. This brings a ton of learning materials aimed for diverse uses and problems that you can google.

What do you dislike?

Since After Effects is on the more professional side compared to a regular video editing software, learning curve is a tad bit steep for fresh starters. If you are not familiar with certain glossary, you may find it quite difficult to find a specific tool for your need.

After Effects can get heavy depending on the project and resolution. I often have rendering problems on my quite outdated workstation, although it is a stronger machine than my personal computer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend starting with a short subscription period so that you can see whether it is enough or more than enough for your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for editing and compositing 3D product animations. It is especially handy for post-render effects and adjustments without ahveing to re-render in 3D software.

After Effects review by Urvesh P.
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"Motion Effects made easier"

What do you like best?

Adobe after effects is a professional software I have used for a long time for all my video effects for my Non-Profit and it's simply amazing. You can integrate a bunch of different types of files in it at well, and rendering is made so much easier with it's media encoder.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how there is no longer the option to render H.264 or mp4 video format because that is something I need to have every time I make a video, so I dislike how I have to go to media encoder for me to render it in Mp4 format.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It a really great product that every Designer would need and it has everything you would want to have use for.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm solving many marketing solutions with after effects. Having the ability to make videos to use for branding, marketing and many different yearly events is made so much easier with After effects.

After Effects review by PJ M.
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"An immensely powerful Compositing, editing, and Animation Application"

What do you like best?

It is so powerful and is packed with default effects, tools, and features. When you finally get the hang of it, the only limit to the creative possibilities is your imagination (and your computer's CPU/GPU).

I've used it for a bunch of stuff from compositing video files, to 3D scenes, to logo animation, and much more.

Now with the implementation of C4D directly into it's core components, you really have to struggle to find something this application can't do

What do you dislike?

I wish it had more node-based editing capability. Currently, the only node-based thing you can really see is a relationship graph between different compositions. That in and of itself is pretty useful at times, but they need to expand the node-based capability further like in adding effects and animation tools. Many of its competitors have adopted this functionality.

Adobe's technical and business support is and has always been some of the worst experiences of my life with regards to troubleshooting and general help. Every time I have called them or posted on their forums, the response is either: non-existent, not helpful, useless, rude, or just plain incorrect. They seriously need to improve it. If the production of their product was not so high-quality and user-friendly, I'm positive they would go out of business because of this.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's always being updated with industry standard (and leading) tools. Implementing those and keeping them working is a tough job and Adobe does it well. But give them a little slack when it comes to finding and using different aspects of ae.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Animation, compositing, basically any time we need an advanced and powerful tool, we turn to After Effects.

After Effects review by Rachel H.
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"The essential motion graphics software"

What do you like best?

I love the amount of customization that is allowed with After Effects. The amount of parameters that you are able to customize is incredible. I like that it is able to import Adobe Illustrator files and then animate each piece. It also comes with very powerful built-in effects, that let you customize text effects, transitions, etc. With After Effects, the only limits are your imagination. I am able to quickly and efficiently create explainer videos and add effects that would take hours in another program.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike is how After Effects integrates with graphics software like Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. The keyboard shortcuts are all different, the locations are different, the terms are different. This makes switching between programs a challenge. I also would prefer a non-subscription based service, but that is not the way the program is now going.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are someone who is trying to do freelance video, you need After Effects. It also integrates extremely well with Adobe Premiere. Together they make a very powerful package for video editing and motion graphics.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I do freelance motion graphics work as a main part of my business. After Effects is the essential software for motion graphics. I need After Effects to put complex text animations in my videos, as well as complicated video effects. Using this software saves me time, so I don't have to fight with the rudimentary built-in effects of video editing programs. It is an essential piece of my business.

After Effects review by Ray H.
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"beautiful animations"

What do you like best?

this is one of the best tools to create animations, adobe after effects is really popular, so there are tons of project files, tutorials, and add-ons available on the internet which makes your work a lot easier. because the software is so popular its easy to share the format too. the software comes as a part of the Adobe creative cloud so that you can work parallel with other creative cloud products such as adobe photoshop, adobe illustrator, and adobe premiere pro. this is a great feature only after effects provide.the user interface is flexible and you can create your own workspace and save it. the Adobe community is also really great and they will help you out in case of any problem. keyframe options available is really great, especially when working with 3d animation. they also provide a free trial which is really cool.

What do you dislike?

when creating VFX the software is really not up to the mark as in comparison with other products in the market. the camera options are limited in after effects,. the pricing is not cheap and an average user wont be able to afford te software. the software requires a lot of memory to work smoothly. also inbuild rendering tools are very limited.

Recommendations to others considering the product

its one of the best in animations, choose for yourself

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

edit and create animations

After Effects review by Shelby R.
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"No Surprise After Effects Paves the Way"

What do you like best?

The complexity of this program is it's greatest strength and weakness. Your options are endless when it comes to customizing you layout. There is so much that is possible when it comes to animations and motion graphics. When you understand the program, and understand how to make everything work in your favor, your workflow becomes seamless which in turn will save you so much time! The dynamic links are also a great feature and a life saver when you need a quick little boost in a simple Premiere Pro project. However, the more complex they are, the more you risk.

What do you dislike?

In terms of Dynamic Links, they get so bogged down sometimes and don't update in real time as quickly as I would like. There have been times when my link won't update at all! That can get annoying. You also have to be a ver very very familiar use of After Effects and other Adobe products in order for it to make sense. You have to "speak the language" to get the full effect, and learning will take a very long time!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Anyone doing anything in the video field needs After Effects to produce seamless and beautiful content. In my opinion this is the only way to go when deciding what to use for video needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All motion graphics and animations run through After Effects. We don't have any other need for another program because this one does it all!

After Effects review by Camil T.
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"Great software for advanced post production"

What do you like best?

The software allows me to do things that are not possible in Premiere Pro, yet it allows me to seamlessly integrate whatever I create in After Effects in a Premiere Pro projects. This makes my workflow incredibly more efficient

What do you dislike?

The user interface is quite confusing at first when coming from Premiere Pro. It is completely different and it approaches menus in a much different way, which takes some time to overcome (it threw me off from learning After Effects for over a year in my case...I simply didn't want to take the time to figure out this weird new layout and approach for days or weeks before even starting to actually use the software).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't let yourself get scared by the user interface, once you understand that, the rest becomes way easier.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows me to step up my 2D animations a notch from what I can do in Premiere. It allows me to use more advanced visual effects in my 2D animations, visuals and ads, both for myself and my clients.

After Effects review by Eduardo E. O.
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"Adobe After Effects Best video edition software for VFXs."

What do you like best?

After effects is an excellent software for the post-production of videos, from simple editing that can be cut and join parts of different videos or add audio to these, also has the necessary tools for the insertion of special effects to these videos. His tools of tracking or 3D are some of the strongest when applying these effects that we can only see in Hollywood movies to our videos.

What do you dislike?

It could be said that the only defects of After Effects are not really inside the software, some points in which this tool could be improved would be honestly in the costly, so also the assistance to the user at the time of having problems with the software can become slow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really, despite its cost After Effects is an essential tool for people working in the video or VFX edition, there is no other tool that gives us the quantity and quality of the tools that After Effects puts in our hands. 100% recommended.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Most of the tasks that I have come to solve with After Effects are tasks that include editing videos, modifying colors, cutting and joining, the addition of audios, VFX, would be some. Also comment on the tools of tracking and animation of characters in the software, essential and easy understanding with amazing results.

After Effects review by Marcos G.
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"The industry's standard for animation!!"

What do you like best?

This is the best program I've ever used... The possibilities are unlimited. With this tool you can create almost anything you can imagine. What I like the most is the possibility of materializing my imagination. Be able to create any type of animated graphics within the app, or even import items from other apps such as Premiere, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc. Without a doubt, it's the best there is!

What do you dislike?

It is complex and a bit difficult to use if you do not have adequate training. You can learn to use on your own, but without a doubt to get the most out of it you will need to take a tutorial or course (of which there are millions!)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Every video editor or content creator must know how to use and have this tool available, since the worldwide standard of animated videos today is very high, and only with specialized and powerful tools (like this one) can be achieved.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This tool allows us to create complex animations that serve as educational or training content for our clients. We can take advantage of other design tools and mix everything within After Effects to create impressive audiovisual pieces.

After Effects review by User
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"Powerful video and animation editing software"

What do you like best?

I love how unlimited this program is. I'm still learning every day, but one thing I quickly learned is how wide of capabilities are available through After Effects for video and animation editing.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is tough on this one. You can learn the basics pretty quickly, but there are a ton of features for the advanced user that definitely take some time and practice to get used to. I also don't love how you can only have ONE project open at a time. That can hinder productivity greatly while working with this program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This program is definitely a little harder to get the hang of, but is a great step above the free video editing programs that you may have already used. After Effects gives you the ability to take your videos to the next level. It's also pretty easy to google and find videos and tutorials online showing you how to use certain features and achieve the results you want.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use After Effects for client videos and animations, mostly animating text and images for shorter, no-audio clips. (Although you can use audio in After Effects.)

After Effects review by Brendan C.
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"My home for effects"

What do you like best?

I have been working with After Effects for years now. It's layered design was an easy stepping stone from Photoshop and the potential seems limitless.

This program lends itself well to animation, motion graphics, timelapse, visual effects and accepts plugins from many devleoppers that only add to it's possibilities.

The addition of scopes within AE has really improved my workflow and save me a trip to adobe or using the outdated Color Finesse effect.

What do you dislike?

After effects needs a better workflow for straight to broadcast material so I dont need to go back in to premiere to export a commercial. For example: 24 bit audio isn't possible from within After Effects.... only if I bring it into Media Encoder or Premiere. Neither is MXF export.

It would be nice if Audio mixing was rehauled a bit. I suggest something like a specific audio track where you can mix clips and music instead of treating them like any other object.

Speaking of objects... importing from Illustrator should work better. For example, if you import an Illustrator file... it imports as images. If After Effects has paths already shouldnt it be able to recognize the object paths and keep them to manipulate within AE? Seems backwards.

Playback/rendering should be more intuitive. Perhaps an 'auto-optimize' button that adjusts your settings depending on your computer. I always have this feeling with After Effects that it's not using the computer's full potential, even though I've already adjusted all the relevant settings.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Copy/Paste paths from illustrator into solid layers in After Effects... makes for great vector animations.

You can import Photoshop files for animating. So if you're more comfortable in Photoshop, set up your scene there and animate in AE.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Beyond just animation for commercials and show openers, we are able to use After Effects to make virtual sets for our producers using plugins like Element 3D. It's astounding what you can do with it.

Colleages have told me that back in the days of analogue effects they would have a million dollars worth of equipment to do effects, and After Effects does all that and more.

After Effects review by Jaimin A.
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"Incredible piece of software!"

What do you like best?

I have been using Adobe After Effects for year! The features this software had is outstanding and it has no competitors. I used to do a lot of video editing and effect works that I added to my video which made it unique and would definately please my clients who asked for work they would like me to do for them. I would highly recommend it to anyone it has a vast range of export formats! After Effects is a complex application. Its toolset is undoubtedly brilliant and ultra-deep, offering motion professionals the tools they need to create striking broadcast and film-ready animations and titles.

What do you dislike?

There are no major dislikes but I can say that the software can take some time to render and export videos in high quality format due to the software requiring quite a bit of computer resource.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommended for an avid editor. I think the capabilities of the software our way any negatives I mention for example the slow export time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to work on projects together in real-time shaves an enormous amount of time off projects.

After Effects review by Julieanne M.
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"Unlimited Possibilities "

What do you like best?

The best thing about After Effects is that there is unlimited potential. I'm an avid user of Premier Pro, but I wanted to apply more engaging effects to my videos; carrying over my media to after effects helped me with adding engaging effects to my work.

There's endless possibilities of what you can do with your videos using this program. Aside from that, the workflow of switching from premier to effects is seamless and oh so easy.

What do you dislike?

There is not too much to dislike. But if I'm really being nit-picky, I would say that it takes awhile to prepare your project for export and once it's ready it takes a while to export. Of course, when you work with media that is this large, taking long to render out is the norm.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you use Adobe Premier or any other editing program, you will be able to learn this program fairly quickly. Just a warning, you will be overwhelmed with all of the potential this software contains. Your projects will definitely get an upgrade.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I create a lot of content for business and I've always felt limited to what I can do in premier. I wanted to add more effects to make my content more engaging and After Effects has done just that. Effects hasn't been difficult to learn, so this has been an easy solution for the slump I was in when editing my videos.

After Effects review by Steve K.
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"A video powerhouse"

What do you like best?

After Effects is a flexible, creative tool for post-production professionals. It's tracking tools and integration with mocha make compositing images a breeze, and if you play around with expressions you can truly make it do anything you want. I feel very well-versed in the program, yet it's so vast and chock full of tools that I know I've only scratched the surface.

What do you dislike?

The project organization can be a challenge - pre-comping a layer can be clumsy and it would be nice if you could default pre-comps to be created in their own folder. It would also be nice to have contextual syntax suggestions for expressions - I always wind up typing something in wrong 3 times before I finally Google the proper syntax to get an expression to work, and if it's wrong After Effects won't tell what about it is wrong.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're an editor, After Effects is a must have tool. It can seem intimidating to use at first but stick with it and keep a Google tab open.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use After Effects on every job I work on. Whether it's animating titles or compositing scenes, I can always find something that could use a little After Effects love.

After Effects review by Ryan V.
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"After Effects 2017 CC Review"

What do you like best?

After Effects allows me to animate and work in conjunction with Premiere Pro using Adobe Dynamic Link. For my work purpose it allows me to animated logos and have many rendering options. I use it on a daily basis and often completely for promos. I use a lot of pre-made templates and modify them with coding to suit my purpose. It also has so many plugins that i use.

What do you dislike?

After Effects really needs a strong computer. Specifically, if you want to work with the view mode set to full resolution you have to have 16GB of ram minimum. Often your render cache folder fills up VERY quickly and after each project you have to delete the folder contents or else your computer memory will fill quickly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would use Adobe After Effects 2017 CC and Premiere 2017 CC instead of the 2018 version for now. With each new update there are tons of bugs. i used to work with 2014 versions only because the 2017 version had bugs. Now those are fixed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Animating logos, creating DVD menus, creating dynamic promos, website parts, etc.

After Effects review by Harry S.
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"The best with a steep learning curve "

What do you like best?

Aftereffects like photoshop is an industry standard for Motion graphics and compositing its great to learn on and if used with enough skill can create hollywood level visual fx. as with all Adobe products it plays very well with the rest of the adobe suite including Premiere Pro & Photoshop.

What do you dislike?

STEEP learning curve No way to just open the software and start playing you will need some kind of book or tutorial and to get the most out of the software it can take YEARS to master.

Like all of Adobe's professional products After Effects is only available via Subscription

Render Files are VERY large and can hide on your Hard Drive and can be difficult to find when you need to free up space

Rendering can be very time consuming on older or budget systems

Recommendations to others considering the product

Remember its only available Via subscription & hire someone that knows it if you need to get up and running immediately

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Better Visual FX

Improved Workflow

After Effects review by Jose G.
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"Amazing program "

What do you like best?

is the program, is what is needed when making large editions of videos, creating videos or effects to our videos already made, the program in addition to meet the necessary requirements to be great, has something in its favor, everything that here is made with an extraordinary quality, something that not all program manages to do

What do you dislike?

Everything good has something bad, and being such a good program with extraordinary functions makes the program difficult to learn to use because of the gigantic amount of functions it has and it is here when we as users start to hate it, always at the beginning this It will be a very easy program...

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take courses or the necessary time to learn how to use the program, after you really manage this program, start using it as a work tool, this will help you in your career as a professional

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my case as a designer, when I am given the task of promoting my construction company through commercials, Adobe After Effects is my first option, it has the functions and tools necessary to make a quality and eye-catching commercial video for our clients.

After Effects review by Alexandra J.
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"Adobe After Effects for powerful visuals and motion"

What do you like best?

Here are some of the things I like about Adobe After Effects; wide range of motion effects, many options on the essentials panel, easy integration with Illustrator and Photoshop files, accessible CC libraries, ability to collaborate, very professional toolset, and the timeline and node-based setup is fairly intuitive. I consider myself an intermediate user of After Effects, so I may not have as comprehensive a view as someone who uses it daily.

What do you dislike?

There is somewhat of a steep learning curve with After Effects, it's pretty intuitive for someone who already knows how to use the other Adobe programs (Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, etc.) but would probably be more difficult for someone just starting out. There are a wealth of resources on the Adobe site, and plenty of other tutorials online as well. I have heard other complaints about the program running slow, but have not experienced this myself.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would suggest spending a good amount of time just getting to know the tools and interface, mastering simple tasks as you learn in order to build upon.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As visuals are becoming more and more complex and important in design, advertising, etc it is imperative to have some grasp of how to create motion visuals. Even a simple animation can take a flat illustration to the next level and draw more attention to your product or service when done correctly! I have been using it occasionally in my current role as an art director at an advertising agency, as well as on some personal projects.

After Effects review by Ian R.
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"Looking at things from a different angle"

What do you like best?

It's very easy to start from scratch and be up-and-running with decent animation in no time. Once you get your head around how it structures things, results come fairly quickly. If you use Photoshop or Illustrator you're halfway there, but have to consider Time as another layer to the visual ones you're used to. So with preparation it's pretty quick to animate something.

What do you dislike?

Because there are so many options and controls, it can be a bit fiddly and repetitive to do certain tasks. While some things are automated, there can be a lot of opening options, clicking, and closing again. It's best to have as big a screen as possible, or all the options will take up so much space there's barely any room to see the project you're working on.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a go - once your learn the interface it's really pretty easy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I run a community cinema and theatre and so After Effects has most often enabled me to create trailers for upcoming events - either from scratch, using animation and text effects, or to modify professional film trailers so our event date is used rather than theirs. Beyond that, the programme has been extremely useful for generating theatrical backdrops - for instance, when characters in one play were on a train, I created a moving backdrop to take them from A to B.

After Effects review by Daniel S.
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"The absolute industry standard for Motion Design."

What do you like best?

As the title mentions, After Effects is the absolute (current) industry standard for anything to do with motion design and animation.

The ability to import files from other software from the Adobe suite is also a HUGE timesaver and a grat implementation. Importing a straight from Adobe Illustrator File with all your layers ready to use is a great way to start up a comp and get right into the project at hand.

What do you dislike?

Adobe After Effects definitely has a steep learning curve. It takes a while to learn if you're a complete novice.

Using effects, keyframes, masks, etc might come really hard to someone just starting out or with no experience or knowledge in animation.

Guides and grid management also needs a complete overall, guides are kind of useless (imo) at the given moment and they do not provide really reliable positioning.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As I mentioned, After Effects is currently the absolute industry standard and should be treated as such. If you value your work and you're in the Motion Design field then After Effects might be the perfect fit for your needs, along with the rest of the Adobe suite family of software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As with the rest of the Adobe suite of software, After Effects helped me work on a piece of software shared with my peers and colleagues, which helps with any kind of problem and with file sharing.

It features a great amount of customizability and and expandability, as with the rest of the Adobe Suite, which can lead you to an increased speed in workflow and ease of work.

After Effects review by James G.
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"The Industry Standard in Motion Graphics and VFX Design. "

What do you like best?

I love this software. I first learned how to use after effects in my sophomore year of college. I was given a copy by an instructor for a project over winter break so that I could work from home before our projects were due in the spring. I didn't come out of my room for days because I was enthralled with what could be created in the software. There are few limits to what can be done inside of after effects.

What do you dislike?

With the release of CC, the updates come frequently, and with rapid updating, bugs can sometimes make it through to the release. Adobe has done an excellent job of limiting the bugs that actually make it to the end user, however, they are still present. Other than minor things like that, system stability has been greatly improved over the years, though system crashes do still occur.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is the industry standard for motion graphics. Other software may appear to be easier to learn, but the reward for becoming proficient in After Effects is well beyond the difficulty of the learning curve.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My business is built around the use of this software, and a few of its sister programs, so my entire business is wrapped up in this software. It allows me to create assets and animate them for my clients in a way that elevates the project. Being an expert in this software, there is very little I don't know how to do, and can honestly say, I love this program.

After Effects review by Giancarlo D.
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"Motion graphics, vfx and more"

What do you like best?

Powerful and simple, easy connection with illustrator and photoshop multi-layer assets. Great camera tracking feature gives you the chance to add vfx, 2D or 3D content to live action shots.

Importing Adobe Illustrator documents with the right layer setup gives you an after effects composition with the right setup and alignment, very useful for motion graphics animations.

Any composition could be imported directly in Adobe Premiere, so you can edit and finish your project avoiding any intermediate export.

It has a short learning time, thanks to many tutorials from basic to advanced features of the software.

What do you dislike?

Maybe adding a node workflow should be useful, and also a best control on mixig layers feature to avoid too much pre-compositions.

Some improvement to audio managing or ram preview animation should be useful, because in many cases you need to use Premiere or Audition to fix some audio problems.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A great low cost solution for visual fx and animation. Good support from adobe and great community on the web to find tutorials and guide to any problem solution or advanced feature.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use after effects every day for motion graphics and cartoon animations, visual fx and post production. The camera tracking is a great low cost feature, the camera could be exported to 3D rendering software to create and integrate 3D content on live footage.

Dinamic link also connects after effects projects with Illustrator and Photoshop documents. It's a simple way to have composition setup directly from graphics projects.

After Effects review by Alberto E.
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"Perfect"

What do you like best?

It's a program where the most important thing is your creativity, it allows you to carry out all those ideas that you have for the crazy ones, it is a program that lets you create videos and edit them, make effects for those projects, edit professionally a video and do something of quality, unlike other programs that only allow you and limit you to perform basic actions.

What do you dislike?

Nothing, I really think and I think it is a program with everything you need to do good jobs at the student, work and professional level, I have no complaints about this program in any way...

Recommendations to others considering the product

If what you are looking for is a high level video editor with professional finishes in the best style of Hollywood, this is your best option, the program has everything, editing, creation, tools, functions, absolutely EVERYTHING, it is also like riding a bicycle , once you learn to use it the rest is like a simple game, this program for me is the future

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has allowed me to solve some demands from some clients that demand that I create a video with certain things that in a normal video editor could not do, it is at that moment when After Effects becomes my best option to allow me to create and edit the video that I have to do and also add specific effects also formulated by me.

After Effects review by Paul W.
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"Powerful Features for people who think in layers"

What do you like best?

After Effects does a great job of giving you control to movie your static designs and animate them in 2D space in almost any way you'd want.

What do you dislike?

After Effects tries to offer some tracking and 3D tools that push the envelope a bit too far on what it is capable of.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you use it for what it is good at - avoid video editing, audio adjustments, and color correction in After Effects. Leave those to the programs that specialize and let After Effects do the heavy lifting on multi-layered shots.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Motion Graphics and Text animations/templates - lower 3rds, title screens, etc. It is much more powerful that an NLE (Premiere, Final Cut Pro) in providing the controls needed to fully create something from scratch.

After Effects review by Matt B.
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"Industry standard for Motion Graphics for a reason!"

What do you like best?

Incredibly versatile and powerful motion graphics platform. Possibilities are endless when you factor in the many add-ons and plugins that can be purchased. If there's a better platform for animating & rendering dynamic videos, I haven't heard of it.

What do you dislike?

Some features are not immediately obvious or intuitive; You can teach yourself enough to have a solid foundation but need to read/watch tutorials to be aware of what AE can really do. Sometimes presets aren't enough; I occasionally need to copy & paste codes/scripts from more advanced users to accomplish certain tasks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get a Lynda account for tutorials - AE is simply too rich in features to learn it all by yourself.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My profession is motion graphics - Without it, I couldn't create the video content I'm paid to create. I also use some other programs in the Adobe Creative Cloud suite to create/edit assets, but AE is ultimately where all the content is put together and rendered.

After Effects review by Shannon F.
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"Invaluable Motion Graphics Editor (With a Steep Learning Curve)"

What do you like best?

I use Adobe After Effects as a graphic designer to create simple animations for advertising and moving web ads (like gifs for customers). There are some really incredible presets you can use in the program (or for purchase from a third party) for text and graphics that make creating quick animations a breeze.

What do you dislike?

It takes a LOT of space to be able to run this program. Even when my laptop was brand new, I was getting an error message every time I open the program. Like the other Adobe programs it can freeze or lag very often. So far, this is probably one of the hardest programs I've ever had to learn, mostly because I feel the play board could be set up in a way that is more efficient to edit (and much more user friendly!). Also unfortunate you cannot use drag-and-drop into the program the way you can with other Adobe programs. Setting up the PSD to important is another layer of time that could be minimized with this change.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take advantage of the free tutorials and help information Adobe provides! It can save you a lot of time, and help you use the entire breadth of the product. Also make sure when using AE you try running the program with no other Adobe programs running at the same time (especially if you are using an older computer). It will help work around the lag issue other reviewers have mentioned.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I originally was using Photoshop to make simple GIFS. It's much simpler to edit, but incredibly limiting. Once I started using After Effects I was able to create much more complex animations to advertise my own work and wow my customers.

After Effects review by Elvis M.
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"My experiance with Adobe After effects"

What do you like best?

simple and attractive interface ,seamless compatibility with premiere pro, great performance and GPU acceleration optimization ,Lumetri scopes allowing for a guided correction ,the integration with rest of the adobe suit ,fast reader and operations,amazing support of plugins and templates ,team projects,introduction of cinema 4D composition,video stabilizer works like charm,denoising tools are now very improved ,

What do you dislike?

its very intense on hardware,confusing a times especially if you are trying something new or if you are still learning,new updates out dates old templates,you cannot purchase After Effects as a standalone product. Rather, it has to be bought as part of Creative Cloud,high system requirements,

Recommendations to others considering the product

the support is excellent ,they are plenty of tutorials from adobe it self and also from the community ,the best in the visual effects field .once you are good at it the sky is the limit ,price to value is very great ,the price tag might be to high at first bt after seeing what it has on offer yu'll be surpriced

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we have managed to create very attractive content at low budget with after effects because of its rich visual effects ,seamless integration with premier pro makes work very easy

After Effects review by Stefano B.
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"Complete production software"

What do you like best?

I like the endless possibilities offerd by the software: it's possible to make 2D animations, 3D effects, motion graphics, normal video editing, color corrections and more.

What do you dislike?

Probably the worst feature is to have tons of layers and no options to group it unless you use external plugins. There are other features that can actually be implemented such as stroke size just to name one.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great software and if you are using other software from Adobe it's very easy to learn how it works. I will recomend this software If you need to make high end effects or to make greeat digital animations, it's very versatile.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I made full animations: from vector graphics to final product, let's say except music after effect offers everything you need to make a great video. I used it with different customers and I always thought it's a great software.

After Effects review by Gareth O.
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"Flexible, intuitive, full featured motion graphic development app"

What do you like best?

Flexibility of importable components - from multiple sources, integrated with Illustrator and Photoshop, ease of layering and transitioning, multitude of effects, unlimited effect options and configurations. Rapid development of simple animations or complex effects to generate stunning motion graphics for any application. Export options for most applications using the media encoder.

What do you dislike?

Requires a fairly high spec' computer to run smoothly, especially when layering 3D effects and when rendering. Stretching or adjusting the timing of a composition can be painful. - graph editor could be useful here to enable stretching of some sections but not others. When creating layers/solids, it is a clunky system - who heard of creating a 'solid' anyway there needs to be a better method of layer creation and vector manipulation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Many video applications allow standard transitions, levels, overlays and that's about it. After Effects is more of a motion graphic development tool, to be used in conjunction with Premier to render your final product. However used by itself it has the full capability to generate graphics and audio into a finished product. No other software I have found enables the range and scope of effects to generate the most complex of animation tasks with the lest effort, all in the UI.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Video and animated visuals are becoming more desired, especially in the social media space, After Effects allows us to generate previously static advertising/promotional material to meet this demand and keep the business up with modern standards.

After Effects review by Grace Stephanie M.
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"The most important tool for animators and graphic artists"

What do you like best?

After has a great amount of effects, plugins, filters and tools that will raise the quality of any digital work. Also animating 2D Characters is easy and fun. Also you can buy amazing pluggins form other companies .

What do you dislike?

After effects eats your ram memory , after need a lot of ram for previews and effects. And don't even hink of having after and photoshop open at the same time. It will crash almost any computer

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be patient , i'ts totally worth it. every graphic artist should know how to use after, even if you are an illustrator. animated gif and loop efects catch the attention of any viewer. Also would knowing after would open doors for jobs and proyects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Froms editing short videos, putting together story boards or animatics, color correcting and adding comments over a video. After is the go to tool for animators and digital artsits

After Effects review by Tiffany R.
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"I Love After Effects!"

What do you like best?

I use this program DAILY at work to make gifs. I love how easy it is to make gifs when using this program, especially when adding text and ensuring it shows up in the right location. I used this program to make a custom animation, and I'm excited to play around with custom introductions and closers using this system.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes when I export my gifs, After Effects adds a random frame, which is a pain because then I have to open Photoshop to alter the gif. It's also a pain how it will sometimes break when I try to listen to a clip with sound. AKA When I listen to a clip with sound, it will sometimes just slow down, freak out, and freeze the program for 5-10 minutes (or I have to force shut it down.)

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's worth finding and playing with tutorials to test out new effects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've been able to create my own opening sequences, I've even used After Effects to successfully green screen, it's one of my favorite programs.

After Effects review by Victoria L.
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"Best choice for motion graphics and vfx"

What do you like best?

Many add-ons and plugins can be used with After Effects making possibilities endless. Using in combination with other Adobe software is simple and incredibly useful. It's the go to software in regards to motion graphics and vfx work.

What do you dislike?

There are a lot of updates. Also it can be hard to guess at or figure out how to do certain things. Be prepared to watch many tutorials, especially if you're inexperienced with the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There's definitely a steep learning curve when deal with After Effects so be prepared to watch a lot of tutorials. It's definitely worth sticking with after the initial struggles, as it is the industry standard.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows me to create more complex motion graphics in videos than I'd otherwise be able to. After effects being part of the Adobe Suite makes it easier to utilize other programs with it.

After Effects review by Homer G.
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"Adobe After Effects is a mind-blowing tool!"

What do you like best?

When using Adobe After Effects, the possibilities are endless. I just recently took an intro class and I've learned how to really amplify our social media marketing materials using this program. Like an instrument, this program takes practice. A lot of it. What's really unique about this program, too, is that you'll never fully know how to use every single feature on it. There's always some new trick, effect, or keyboard shortcut that'll take your project to the next level.

What do you dislike?

As cool as it is to have limitless possibilities, all the functions of this program can be a little daunting at first. It's easy to give up on it because it just seems overwhelming upon first glance. Don't give up, though! Once you get the hang of it, you'll really enjoy using it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give this program a shot if you're looking to create some amazing visual content.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're having so much fun with producing video content now! This program really upped our video production value. It's so simple to create very professional-looking motion graphics, text animation, etc.

After Effects review by User in Building Materials
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"So much flexibility and precision for making videos!"

What do you like best?

I love how easy it is to make text-based videos. Coming from other Adobe products the type tools are familiar and it is easy to navigate. The built-in text animations make animating text a breeze. The built-in animations make everything appear professional and seamless with minimal work. What would take hours animating by hand takes seconds in after effects!

What do you dislike?

I wish that there were a way to edit the length of a composition with fewer clicks. Currently, you have to modify the properties by right clicking on a composition. A more dynamic way to play with time would be very useful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This product will get the job done where others leave you lacking. It is full-featured and reasonably easy to learn and use. Keyboard shortcuts and presets make animation a breeze.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Adobe after effects, we are able to easily create informational and promotional videos for our company. We display these videos on in-store monitors as well as on our youtube channel and website. Our customers appreciate the visual information and it provides a distraction while they wait for a team member to help them. We also include these videos in marketing promotional videos.

After Effects review by Paul A.
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"The only solution when Premiere Pro needs a boost!"

What do you like best?

After Effects is like Premiere Pro's wife; she can do what he cannot even think of! When it comes to detailed frame-by-frame transition, tight edits, pinning text to objects in 3D, or needing to "Photoshop" videos, Premiere Pro is the tool for you! If you have Premiere Pro, you need to get After Effects.

What do you dislike?

Like any Adobe program, After Effects could use a little help in the toolbars and controls. It's a bit hard to use for the newbies. Honestly, to squeeze that many great effects into a single program is hard enough to do in the first place, and they don't do a half-bad job at it in the first place, so I shouldn't complain.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you use Premiere Pro, then what are you waiting for?!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Video transitions have been the biggest tool I have used AE for, as well as pinning 3D text into videos to label items. Great quality effects!

After Effects review by Daniela A.
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"A great tool for many professional uses"

What do you like best?

Actually I use several Adobe programs and all of them seem excellent to me. They are all very intuitive and you don't need to be a professional to use it. Of this software I particularly like that I can do very simple jobs and other very complex ones. I also like very much all plugins that are on the Internet, this makes me get more advantages of program. I started using it as a beginner and now I'm more professional.

What do you dislike?

It can be a little complex at first, but thanks to all tutorials that exist on internet and with a lot of practice you can get great results. This software consumes a lot of RAM but problem is solved with a computer that has a good processor. It's a little complicated for beginner users. They may feel intimidated with so many options available, but with practice they can get the most out of it

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although at first it may seem intimidating because it has many options, over time you can learn to use it and work as professionals. They can do something simple or something very complex without any problems. It is worth buying the software and not just keep the trial version. The results can be surprising, so Adobe After Effects can not be missing from your computer. I recommend it to all, beginners or professionals

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

-Creating animations

-Proffesional final work.

-I have created short clips for my work and personal projects.

-Great motion graphics

After Effects review by User
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"Great Software That Can Do Amazing Things"

What do you like best?

After Effects is so essential for my business. I use it all the time to animate logos and lower thirds that I use in my videos. The best part is the way you have so much control to really make the animations look natural and professional, specifically using the speed graphs and easy ease features.

What do you dislike?

With so much control comes a very steep learning curve. I just wish there was more resources from Adobe specifically, such as tutorials and free training videos on how to use the software in specific, real life situations such as "how to do logo animation".

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is by far the best software for simple animation and motion graphics.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As mentioned, I am able to animate logos and graphics in my videos exactly how I want to, and have complete control over it which sets me apart from the filmmakers who use the pre-made ones that come with their video editing software. This is a huge benefit.

After Effects review by Akash S.
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"Popular Piece of Software which cover every individuals requirement"

What do you like best?

With easy to go workflow, Animation to motion graphics to creative compositing application, Every Beginner can create simple to complex animation and Design. in addition we can add integration like final cut pro and Photoshop which has ability to handle master project which makes it ever more easier for us.

What do you dislike?

The only one thing I dislike about After Effect is we can’t blur the foreground or background in shadows and depth of field in 3D, which is the most needed setting for every project. also I used the radio wave effect and which has not use at all as it has only 4 sec of timeline with no loop,

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely suggest to every one about Adobe After Effect as It will surely fulfill every business and individual requirement.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Easy workflow and GUI I'm able to manage my different project at the same time, the most time effective benefit

After Effects review by User in Media Production
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"After Effects offers creative possibilities!"

What do you like best?

I love that After Effects has so many capabilities to bring creativeness to a project. I can create a photo slideshow and adding different effects to it to make it more visually appealing. Creating titles in After Effects is also another positive part of the program. They don't rasterize if the font is ever enlarged. I also love that there are so many templates available out there that I can use. I feel like I am able to learn so much more from using the templates and customizing them to be they way I want them to be for my project.

What do you dislike?

As much as I love After Effects, there are a few things I dislike. The program does render in real time which, in my opinion, slows down production. Because so many effects are embedded into the project, the file sizes are incredibly larger than would be in another program such as Premiere, and they take forever to render into a video file. But the program does produce amazing results though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I'm not sure if it's possible but it would make it easier if Adobe could find a way for After Effects to run better on computers and not take as much power.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use After Effects in my freelance business. My clients hold various events throughout the year. They send me photos and videos that they have taken and they ask that I create a video slideshow for their consumers. One client is a school and they have these creative presentations sent to the parents so they can be in the know of what their children are involved in throughout the year.

After Effects review by Michael S.
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"An awesome tool to animate and apply special effects."

What do you like best?

Very useful tool for the post production of a video or a composition, great to apply special effects with a very professional appearance, the most pleasant thing is that you can get many preset tools on the internet and apply them in your After effects projects, doing the work of create composition and add effects an extremely easy task.

It is very useful if you want to make small animations in a simple way to generate content in social networks and work presentations, plus you can complement it with other Adobe tools that will make your work easier.

What do you dislike?

Like all software with professional interfaces, its implementation is very complex and it takes a lot of time to learn the technical concepts to make compositions and understand the function of the timeline to make professional animations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to be an optimal user of Adobe this tool is particularly useful, you can also do post production work in a comprehensive manner if you know the use of all Adobe tools, it is not easy and its interface is complex at the beginning so it requires dedication and I work to obtain the expected result.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is a software that we use for specific tasks, in the area of ​​post production of the presentations of the projects it is very useful to generate short videos which require animated elements and the application of some special effects to generate optimal and professional environments in the appearance of the project .

After Effects review by Laurence C.
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"Great animation / short fluid videos"

What do you like best?

I love how we can import files that stay linked and automatically update, especially through the adobe suite. This means you can work simultaneously on photoshop or illustrator and make a video that will integrate those changes.

What do you dislike?

I don't like how we are obliged to export by make a render queue. I am still having difficulties with the format and size of my files and so I always have to confirm my choices online. At least theres a lot of answers for this software online.

I also dislike the Creative Cloud subscription that is new to the whole Adobe Suite. You need to buy packages on a subscription base, monthly or yearly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

follow few tutorials online to learn the basic tools. it will be easier to practice and develop a work flow. remember that the learning curve is very steep and so it needs a lot of practice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am in architecture and so I use AE for basic animation of before/after of sites and design. I also make animation of things moving around in different environments, people for exemple or trees growing.

I have used a plugin called Duik to animate things in motion. It was super effect and also intuitive. I watched a tutorial and could then animate people moving with all their articulations in different motion. It is very time intensive to work well in AE because videos are strenuous to produce smoothly. I am still new to a lot of component and need to work on the fluidity in general but as a thorough software I feel like AE has unlimited possibilities.

After Effects review by Evan T.
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"Adobe After Effects - Motion Graphics with Premiere Pro Integration"

What do you like best?

Adobe After Effects is an incredibly powerful tool. My favorite feature is the motion tracking that can apply effects to moving items within a video and allows for very realistic compositing. The motion tracking technology is also used for stabilizing shaky video and anchoring text to moving objects. In addition to advanced compositing and animation, After Effects is a great platform for 2D or 3D animated titles and text.

What do you dislike?

The interface can lag significantly when scrubbing a timeline, even on low-quality preview settings running on a top-end workstation machine. The UI can also get very cluttered with layers and filters stacked on the timeline.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would suggest that anyone looking for a motion graphics package look at After Effects, especially existing users of Creative Cloud. There are many competing programs, some of which may be better for certain workflows or projects, but for many users, After Effects will fill all of their needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

After Effects solves the workflow problems with animated titles and compositing, making it easy to link files with Premiere using Adobe's Dynamic Linking. This saves time and avoids the need for intermediate exports and complex file management. Compositions from After Effects be integrated into a timeline in Premiere.

After Effects review by Matthew Q.
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"The King of Motion Graphics"

What do you like best?

I have been using After Effects for over ten years, and in that time I have seen the software just get better and better. Each new release has a slew of new features, some of my favorites include the new Lumetri Color panel, warp stabilizer, and the integration of Adobe's Dynamic Link. Plus, there is a massive library of both free and paid plugins that can be installed that make After Effects even more valuable.

What do you dislike?

Even though I love After Effects there are a couple of issues I run in to. For one it is a very taxing program and can bog down and get sluggish depending on the computer you are using this should be to big of an issue though. The other problem is that there are times when the software just crashes. Fortunately it is very good about saving the lost data and it doesn't happen often, but I do always make sure to save as I go just in case. After Effects also does have a fairly steep learning curve. Unless your a prodigy or genius you probably won't be able to just pick it up over night, but it is worth it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If nothing else, try the free trial. There is nothing to lose and I guarantee once you get the hang of it you'll never look back.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

What problems can't I solve? As far as motion graphics and visual effects work goes, you can't get any better. With the inclusion of all of the optional plug ins you can purchase for After Effects, it is a software that is incomparable.

After Effects review by Mark W.
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"Gives your videos that extra touch."

What do you like best?

What I like about after effects is that you can achieve almost anything you can think of and the possibilities are endless. It can add professional looking effects and gives your videos that extra 'wow' factor. If you're willing to put in the time after effects is endless.

What do you dislike?

Though I think after effects is a fantastic product there is huge learning curve. Even following tutorials can leave you stumped and it is something you need to be working in fairly often to remember the tools and tricks. I've found myself learning how to use it all over again on a number of times, as I am not in it everyday.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need a program to help you do almost anything with your videos, then after effects will help you out. It also lets you create add something more to your finished videos, without taking away from your overall finish.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

After effects gives you that extra step up to your videos. Rather than simple cuts and transitions, it adds a whole new factor that leaves your videos looking great.

After Effects review by Gustavo V.
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"More than Motion Graphics"

What do you like best?

The best way for me to describe adobe after effects is that is a Photoshop with pulse, with motion, that moves and animates. So that's what I like the best. All those things you can do in Photoshop you can do them in After effects but with motion. that said, I like their interface, if you understand adobe, you can learn to manage after effects, no matter how big or small your animation needs are.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, specially when you have a big project, the preview mode can be a problem. Goes too slow, or you need to low the preview mode so much that you don't know for sure what you're creating. Better engines for previsualization would be the best. An even more advanced way to personalize your files and folders, as it turns out, you might end with many folders and it's not so hard to get entangled and confused on your own project.

Sometimes your projects can crash and you lose the whole project becomes corrupted. I strongly recommend to use more than 1 file for saving purposes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As with many adobe users, there's a lot of features that look the same, the use of layers and all. But don't try to skip steps to learn how to use it. Elaborating simple projects and building up to more advanced projects is the best idea.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With AE I can solve from basic edition with captions and simple text, including the image improval and retouching to proper animation projects for presentations. Gifs for the web. Videos for presentations. I even use after effects for stop motion, so I can edit and erase cables and hide other gadgets I don't want people to see for my finished product.

After Effects review by User in Higher Education
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"After Effects is a powerful tool. "

What do you like best?

After Effects is one of the most versatile tools one can have in the Post Production industry. This tool allows you to many things from quick simple text animations all the way up to compositing 8k video. With the large number of plugins created for this software annually and the current ones on the market, it's very rare not to find a use for this product.

What do you dislike?

The big downside about after effects is the amount of time it takes to really understand and know the program. To really get down into the nitty gritty of this program, you need to spend a lot of time learning and practicing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are considering using After Effects, really give it a chance. You will need to commit time and resources to truly understand the full potential of this product. If you are on the fence about learning this product, go online and watch some tutorials. If the stuff you see in the tutorials makes sense or looks like something you are interested in, then this product is for you. This product is a lot like photoshop, but for use in the video world.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We do a lot of graphics and animations for our videos. After Effects comes with the Adobe suite and it allows us to do all of our editing within Adobe software. This helps us save time and cost because we don't have to send out to get the job done.

After Effects review by Victor L.
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" It is ideal to improve images or graphics!"

What do you like best?

This tool has been very good at the moment of wanting or need to edit my graphics or moving images, it allows me to easily animate and alter the animations of these images, with this I can achieve high level presentations and that is very positive both in my work environment and personal, the videos that I have been able to do with this tool are phenomenal and very modern.

What do you dislike?

In order to initiate the use of this tool and get the most out of it, we must have a wide knowledge in the matter, because this program is a bit complex and it requires investing time to get the most out of it, to use some options for my presentations, for example the sound I have to pay, that is to say that not all the options of this program are free, to use them I have to pay something additional, and in some cases the final videos weigh too much and this makes my computer get a bit slow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend this tool for those people or organizations that need to constantly make presentations with a high level of quality, it is one of the most complete current market and it is worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is a very good tool that has been very useful to create or edit images or videos, the results are great, every time we specialize in using this tool and make the most of it.

After Effects review by Chelisa A.
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"A really good platform for editing and animeted content"

What do you like best?

That I can make goods gif and animated content for the company that I work. Also I started to make some visual effects for instituional videos and it's a very good and easy tool to start making some new features for videos.

What do you dislike?

It's really hard to learn all the things that you can do in the program. The keyword from the other Adobe programs is different and if you have a long project it crashes and the program close automatically so I need to be very careful to save every step that I make in Adobe After Effects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you like to make animation content, learning about to make more attractive your desings or videos, adobe after effects is the best tool to start using and making a huge upgrade in you new projects and start playing with the program and have fun.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Making a more interactive content for the brands that I work and learn more about animation and make visual effects for institutional videos.

After Effects review by Julio Alberto A.
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"A bit complex when starting the software management"

What do you like best?

The experience of being able to generate complex animations with different special effects very well elaborated for intro of architectural videos.

Getting tools, tips and help with tutorials is very simple since the user network is very extensive and that makes it easier to learn how to use the program and exploit all its resources.

What do you dislike?

The introduction to the program is a little complex, the interface is not friendly and in that way it will cost to adapt to the use of the program, it takes some time to learn the different tools for animations and compositions.

If complex jobs of greater technical skill are required, a course should be taken to complement the basic aspects of the program and obtain a professional result.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is essential that they learn the basics of the use of keyframes to establish correct parameters in the use of the program, in addition they can explore the wide range of online resources that will help them solve, correct and improve their results to obtain a professional aspect in less time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

to make animations and videos of architecture is a very efficient tool, especially to create intro to the architectural tour videos, the special effects help to give a more professional look to the videos of architectural projects, it is also very useful to make micro furniture design videos and animate them with other elements and tools that the program has, being vital for the post production of videos, animations and compositions.

After Effects review by Chad M.
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"The Sky is the Limit"

What do you like best?

When I first opened After Effects, I thought it was just a more professional version of Nero's video making software. It turns out that Premier fits that bill (think Nero on super steroids), and After Effects is more like God giving you every creative tool you can imagine and applying it towards video.

That is what I love about After Effects. You can do simple title animations or you can add 3d objects ot a scene. It is a very robust and powerful piece of software. Additionally, I think it is relatively easy to learn.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike about After Effects are some of the docking options. Moving windows around can be a chore. I don't mean 'hard' - it is easy to do - but, it feels there could be a better layout or ways for the different windows to interact when you're trying to move them. Since none of these things are possible, at times, AE can feel a little crowded.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I strongly recommend you look into getting Element 3D from Video Copilot. It is a plugin for After Effects that really opens the possibilities up. I would also look into getting some plugins from Red Giant.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

After Effects is being used to make visual effects for our clients on video they shoot. The largest benefit that After Effects brings to the table is how quickly we can prototype effects and see what they may look like when complete.

After Effects review by AarĂłn V.
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"Adobe After Effects, the first step to vfx"

What do you like best?

From my point of view, the best feature of Adobe After Effects is the huge amount of options that it has and the fact that they can even be increased. Also, It is perfect for working with premiere thanks to the perma link software.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes some of the effects like the tracker can be too simple, so I have to install external plugins that can ben even more expensive than the original programme.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As an indie filmmaker (and photographer) I found Adobe premiere too simple regarding its vfx part, so I decided to learn After Effects. Now my videos include better special effects and motion graphics and look much more professional.

After Effects review by Sam B.
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"Room for experimentation"

What do you like best?

I like the maneuverability of the layers and the ability to manipulate motion graphics frame by frame. It allows you to be extremely precise while also providing excellent short cuts if your in a pinch to animate or create a graphic video. I also love the use of dynamic link files between all adobe products

What do you dislike?

Rendering preview can be frustrating at times depending on your computer system. My software will refuse to preview beyond 2 frames on a iMac. I have yet to find a solution other than to sit and give after effects a few minutes to recover

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have the computer software that will fully support running Adobe After Effects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With the dynamic link ability of after effects with other adobe products I'm able to flow in and out of other adobe products and pick up the project where I need to without much lag time.

After Effects review by Daiana Daniela V.
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"My class of Adobe After Effects in college"

What do you like best?

I love everything that can be achieved in this program because if you manage to handle it perfectly you can make incredible effects such as the intro of a movie or a video that contains typographies that appear according to the music, it is a program that offers you a wide variety of effects that add to your videos to make them look more professional.

What do you dislike?

As I used in a particular class of the university, my experience using it was not very good, it is an excellent program but in my opinion its use was quite complicated, this does not mean it is a bad program but it is very complex and It takes a long time to handle it properly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For me this is one of the adobe programs that you have to be patient to be able to handle it perfectly, the youtube tutorials are always a source of reference and information.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my particular case I used it to add effects to certain videos and later to make my own that was going with a song and lyrics.

After Effects review by User
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"An essential application for editing and composing video animations specially in 2D"

What do you like best?

For doing easy animations is so intuitive to use. You can create lightning effects, animals or people walking, also you can simply do title design for a video, or 2D characters animations. I like that you can include After Effects compos on your videos you're working with in Adobe Premiere. The software allows you to do things that are not possible in Premiere, of course, and there're many plugins that helps you to create incredible effects, as 3D. If it's the first time you use it, you will be able to create easy animations in a few hours, specially if you have used other Adobe applications.

What do you dislike?

After Effects needs a really good computer to run best as possible. On the other hand, the shortcuts are different between AE, Photoshop and Premiere. I think they should include a small tutorial the first time you open the app to help you to many parts of it, for example, without searching on google, you aren't able to know how many types of keyframes there are, or even many shortcuts.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you do freelance video, motion graphics, or animations, you need After Effects. It integrates very well with Adobe Premiere and it's the perfect software for every users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I made a lot of animations to Heineken marketing department, and also to my own department. It helps me to do title designs for videos, create sound effects with the help of Adobe Audition.

After Effects review by User in Public Relations and Communications
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"User of After Effects for over 9 years, Highly Recommended"

What do you like best?

After effects has been and continuous to be my favorite tool for motion graphics, animation, and vfx. It's very powerful for creating many types of visual content, and as a creative professional I use it every day to create compelling and stunning animations and videos. While it is primarily a 2D compositor and animator, I frequently use the 3D features since they can be easier to use than a full featured 3D package.

What do you dislike?

For beginners it can be a little challenging to understand the best way to use After effects. However there are an unlimited number of tutorials available online and have been for years, since this is an industry standard design software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely reccomend trying after effects if you are someone trying to become a video professional. Its an invaluable tool that adds so much more value to your productions, once you master the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm a creative professional that produces animation, motion graphics and video content as a career, and I use After Effects every day at work to produce content. The more I use it, the better I get at it. Most recently I've been taking advantage of the many plugins and scripts available online that greatly expand the functionally of after effects.

After Effects review by Pedro R.
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"Best video editor out there"

What do you like best?

The many facilities it gives to you that can manage you to edit any video you want whether if its a bussiness high editing or something easy to edit. It is a little bit difficult to edit but, it gives you some big things to edit

What do you dislike?

It could be a little dificult to edit everything as it is a very big programme and can let you do everything, but in a difficult way, so all you have to do its take up any course of after effects or maybe look in the internet

Recommendations to others considering the product

You have to look for tutorials in the internet due to its difficulty of usage

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It gives you the opportunity of edit everything, so we can edit videos in a proffesional way or in a more easy way, but it is very difficult to use so it s recommendated to look for tutorials

After Effects review by Paul M.
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"After Effects"

What do you like best?

A simple but nice interface, has a great performance is the best for visual effects and motion graphics has an endless number of tools to capture everything you have in mind, works perfectly with the other programs of abode

What do you dislike?

In a beginning it can be difficult to use, it seems very expensive for an average user and requires a powerful computer to use it without problem when working with 3d projects

Recommendations to others considering the product

there is a large active community behind this software and there are many tutorials which makes it easy to learn how to use it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have made very professional content thanks to this software with very good visual effects of the best I have used to work

After Effects review by Pop C.
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"A advanced editing program that lets you unleash your creativity"

What do you like best?

Adobe After Effects has lots of features, effects and tools that give you incredible control over your video components. You can import video clips, photos and audio files of various types into your project without the need (most of the time) to convert anything. The basic properties of position, scale and opacity have all the settings you need to edit those properties very precisely. The controls for most of the effects have sliders and numerical inputs that let you make adjustments that are highly customized. I really like that there are many templates and plugins that can get you creating very professional videos very quickly. Many of the templates only require you to switch out photos, video clips or text. The plugins give you options to take certain effects to another level. You can add 3D elements and dynamic text animations without any specialized programming or complicated editing.

What do you dislike?

The obvious downside of Adobe After Effects is its complexity. It's not an easy video editing program to use compared to others. For basic editing, like cutting video and adding transitions, a video editor like Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie or even Windows Movie Maker is probably more suitable. Adobe After Effects is geared more towards effects (as its name suggests) to be exported to another video editor. It isn't really ideal for basic timeline editing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have the budget and time to learn it, Adobe After Effects can be a powerful tool that can bring tons of value to your video assets. You usually don't need to add much to your videos to make them great, but having quality animated elements that look smooth and professional can really make a difference. If you don't have great video cameras with sound recorders and stabilizers, then Adobe After Effects can fix many of the issues that come with recording with poor equipment, like shaky footage, flat color and weak sound.

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Though it can be difficult to use, it's really the only way for me to create the robust video features I need, like animated titles and graphics. I can export videos from Adobe After Effects with a wide range of file type options. I can even maintain transparency in certain videos so I can lay them over other videos in another video editor. There are many built-in features that can increase the quality of our videos without much effort. For example, the color correction tools and Warp Stabilizer can quickly give flawed videos what they need to make them more professional and watchable.

After Effects review by Caleb B.
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"Unlimited use cases"

What do you like best?

The best part of Adobe After Effects is the ability to write expressions and relationships between animated layers, as well as integration with all other Adobe products such as Photoshop and Illustrator, where files can be linked and updated on the fly. Also love the ability to preview in real time, use any kind of filetypes, and the ability to fully customize my workspace (with preview screens, menus, etc.).

The ability to nest compositions together and/or pass through certain effects is incredible. This allows an intricate ability to have parent and child layers, nested with different effects and motions applied to each.

One downside is that it seems slow at times when exporting; you can export natively, but it's really designed to export through Adobe Media Encoder which can be a slow connection. AME has great features, however, once the file finally sends through. This may be a computer problem on my end, however.

What do you dislike?

The steep learning curve to fully use the maximum capabilities can be a challenge. There are many online tutorials, both free and paid (like Lynda) that help immensely. This is not a quick drag-and-drop program; it is rich in features & details, but not as user-friendly as some simpler video programs. This is a professional software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider using after effects if you would like to create professional, advanced motion graphics.

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We have created endless tutorials and promotions with this software. It has allowed us to create templates and continuously add more videos or tutorials without having to make new files every time. The ability to write expressions has also enabled animation and professional looking results.

After Effects review by Ilaria Z.
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"Best software for animation"

What do you like best?

Is very similar to other Adobe products so it's very easy and fast to recognise similar commands and/or animate design made with other softwares (like Photoshop and Illustrator)

What do you dislike?

some things are not immediate to understand how they work

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it to create professional animations, there are a lot of tutorials you can watch online and you can do basically everything you can think of! Really cool outputs and really easy to use if you are already used to other Adobe products.

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I can create beautiful animations both for marketing purposes and for prototypes to show how the final design (mainly UI design) will look like.

After Effects review by James S.
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"Difficult program but effective"

What do you like best?

This program is extremely powerful. It really is capable of doing a lot. If you don't want to learn a lot of programs and want to stay within the Adobe Creative Suite, this is a great fix for your basic motion graphic needs, especially if you need a quick way to dyanmically add graphics to a premiere video and constantly make tweaks without rendering a new file per tweak.

What do you dislike?

The interface is not user friendly. It wants to be a cure all for all motion graphic needs. It works well for a lot of basic animation like 2D motion graphics, but while it's definitely capable of 3D, you will most likely find better software that's a better fitting tool for your specific project as opposed to using a multitool to do the job.

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Integrates well with Adobe Premiere. It integrates somewhat well with Adobe Illustrator files. You can import an Illustrator file as a layer, but you will run into a lot of bugs if you do many effects, and it will be easier if you import it then convert the layer to lines in after effects so that you have raw lines and points instead of a dynamic link of sorts to illustrator.

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I mostly just use the program for creating different lower thirds for various interviews. It really has unlimited capability when you want to do something simple like a lower third. However, if you want to do a lot of 3D rendering, I'd say there are better easier programs to work with.

After Effects review by User
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"Incredibly powerful tool!"

What do you like best?

After Effects is very versatile as a motion graphics creator and video editor--it's especially powerful when you combine vectors with video to create professional works. I like that it feels like a combination of Premiere, Photoshop, and Illustrator in one program.

What do you dislike?

Because After Effects can do so much, there's a steep learning curve when it comes to making things. It can get really easy to get lost in the layers and there are so many tools that are vital to understand. When I first started, I had to constantly ask people more fluent in the program for trouble shooting help.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are a lot of great tutorials on YouTube and Lynda that are really helpful for understanding all the tools available. It can be daunting at first, so I would recommend taking the time to do a test project just to get a feel for making things.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used After Effects a lot for animating vectors and for adding motion to still images. I've used it the most for creating short promos on social media.

After Effects review by Chris M.
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"So much you can do with this tool!"

What do you like best?

I love the customizations you can use with this tool and how you can create eye catching visuals for video or titling effects. Best way to learn is by using a premed template and then customizing it. Use tutorials!

What do you dislike?

VERY challenging to navigate and learn. it is a must to use tutorials for this software. Once you do go through boot camp an create some projects, ti is amazing what you can do.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Hoping to see After Effects develop a beginner user experience but also have the option for the pro user. Would be great to include a watered down version as a part of the Elements tools (Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a custom made bumper video doe a sermon series we did. After Effects allowed us to experiment and create exactly what we needed. Also used for titling and intro for a video production I worked on for our church and student ministries.

After Effects review by Michael G.
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"Challenging but effective video editing and motion graphics"

What do you like best?

Pre-loaded effects, ability to load in hi-res but preview in low, intuitive timeline and layers (if you're familiar with other Adobe products, this will come easily), nice basic effects menu that can accomplish a lot with little effort

What do you dislike?

Masking is a complicated task, loading in multiple comps can be tricky, certain file types are not permitted, wish you could import certain file types to create comps from, wish it was more interchangeable and responsive with Illustrator/InDesign. It does tend to crash a lot, so make sure you are in the right preview setting!

Recommendations to others considering the product

This program will take practice! You will likely get easily frustrated at first for more complex jobs. This is a great tool to make and design basic motion graphics and effects. For more complex jobs, AE is also great but will require some tutorials. I would not just use this for solely video editing, as it has many other tools embedded within the interface.

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Video editing, motion graphics, animations. This was the perfect software for the level of work I needed to achieve.

After Effects review by Josh W.
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"Another Great Adobe Product! Just wish there was even MORE overlap"

What do you like best?

From my experience, it's hands-down the best tool on the market for motion graphics projects. The breadth of tools available, export options, and "adobe family familiarity" are all big wins for me.

What do you dislike?

My main complaint with this tool is the same compliant that I have for most Adobe products. One tool really does a GREAT job handling a task (example clipping masks) - all of the hotkeys make sense, the visualization and options are all logical, etc. Then you hop over to another product (e.g. moving from Illustrator to After Effects) and while the general concept is the same, you have re-learn all of the steps, location, hotkeys, and limitations OF THAT SAME TOOL. While I understand that there will be limitations and difference from tool-to-tool, sometimes it feels like the folks at the different Creative Suite products don't talk to each other AT ALL.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you've got experience as a designer (familiar with design principles AND other creative suite tools like Photoshop and Illustrator), it will help you start out MUCH further along than someone with After Effects as their first product. In fact, even if you lead with AE, I feel like you'd have to go back and learn theory for type, layout, color, and design in general before you can make anything really exceptional. For this reason, I'd recommend this as your SECOND round Adobe product/skill.

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With only limited experience in motion graphics, I am able to knock out logo animations and simple video effects without roping in outside help. As a 10-year Adobe user (mostly Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign), it was all-in-all fairly straightforward to pick up and learn. I did not do any classes or 101 tutorials. Mostly just poking around and watching walkthroughs on specific effects or tutorials.

After Effects review by Jan A.
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"Excellent Software "

What do you like best?

keying in After Effects is very helpful and superior to other programs that I have tried. It is also simple to learn, little learning curve as long as you are familiar with adobe products and the basics of compositing—the rest comes easy.

What do you dislike?

I understand its a powerful program, I just wish it was a little lighter. I cannot run it on my MacBook 13” and it can be annoying to always have to get to a desktop. I also wish it worked a little nicer with Preimere considering they are both Adobe products. If I said a project from one to another, it flattens the layers in the original program. I wish I could go back and forth easily.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it for sure, must have if you are interested in video and/or compositing.

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I am working on producing a children’s show at the moment and the benefits to having After Effects to work with are huge. I couldn’t do it on premier CC alone. The biggest time saver, again, is keying, I would have spent so much longer working on this project keying if I didn’t have After Effects. When working on a time budget this is crucial.

After Effects review by Biagio D.
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"Motion graphics and much more"

What do you like best?

I discovered After Effects for about a year, when there was a need to create motion graphics, especially for inclusion on social networks. At the beginning it was not easy, but after seeing various tutorials, I can now create really beautiful movies, thanks to the many functions present in the software, which works well with Photoshop.

What do you dislike?

The only flaw, in my opinion, is the rendering phase that is a bit 'slow and this increases the timing for the production of the final movie, to test well the times and effects inserted. There are functions that I've never used, like 3D, because it does not fall within my skills but appear rather complex.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Certainly it is the most complete software for the realization of high-level motion graphics and video compositing, especially if you use all its functions, such as Character Animator. It is an Adobe software and therefore excellent to use with Photoshop, Illustrator or Premiere Pro, highly recommended.

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I take care of the realization of motion graphics for the studio in which I work, to be inserted on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. The use combined with photoshop, software that I use for years, allows me to organize the contents well and to always create satisfactory results.

After Effects review by User
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"Powerful, Versitile, and Intutive."

What do you like best?

I like that Adobe after effects has a care foundation for motion design and video editing that is extremely intuitive (like much of the Adobe creative suite) and has everything I need to get the job done quickly and efficiently. But more than just it's core After effects goes beyond with a powerful set of in app effects that can really brush the waters edge for lighting and effects making it not only a wonderful tool for basic editing, but a powerful resource for post production work. I truly believe that it is an excellent resource for someone in need of an editing suite fully capable of high powered rendering software. Adding in the slew of extremely capable and powerful plugins available for this app now, makes it not only a top contender on the list of editing suites out there, but again, one that has a huge pool of resources, community base that cares, and one that continuously stays up to date and intuitive.

What do you dislike?

I do wish some of the features that are more intuitive about a few of Adobe's other apps were integrated into the User Experience of this one, but for all intensive purposes it behaves and acts like a video editing suite, and there isn't really anything wrong with the set up, especially with the customization settings available for layout and work view options (that are consistent across adobe apps).

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you really want a hard hitting Editing suite that goes above and beyond After effects is a great tool to utilize for maximum output potential. Not only does it have a slew of fully capable timeline based editing tools, it also gives users the ability to apply professional grade post production effecting and lighting to their projects. It also has the capability to render and utilize 3D effects and particle effects, along with imports capabilities from full 3D rendering suites. Its intuitive and provides an awesome experience for the novice or hardcare fully invested user. Over its a great program that affords the ability to accomplish many things in one clean cohesive space.

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I have a full animation, video editing and rendering kit, as well as the ability to create post production effects and content that with other programs I may have to switch between in order to get the variety I do with Adobe After Effects. I can create anything from Cinemagraphs, to outdoor on screen info boards.

After Effects review by Maggie H.
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"It's After Effects. "

What do you like best?

I use After Effects almost daily in my role as Post Production Supervisor. We are constantly streamlining workflow between premiere and After Effects for motion graphics and animations. While there are more advanced softwares for more advanced animations (Maya, Cinema4D, etc) this is the standard for my daily needs. It also integrates seamlessly with those other softwares for easy workflow.

What do you dislike?

After Effects has a learning curve and is probably the most advanced out of the adobe creative suite. Anyone starting out will need to take lessons or read up on the ins and outs of the software. Even those familiar with premiere or other members of the Adobe family will find it difficult to navigate upon first use. Can they at least streamline keyboard shortcuts?

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to learn the ins and outs of the software, as well as tricks of the trade. An up-front investment will lead to better, faster animators, which will probably get you hired over and over again.

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Workin in post production, we are in constant need of graphics and updates to those graphics. After Effects is the best solution out there.

After Effects review by Stephen S.
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"Daily User"

What do you like best?

To me, the best thing about After Effects is the flexibility it provides. I can do simple green screen keying, lower thirds, special effects - the possibilities are endless! Lately I’ve done a lot more animating and special effects with some outside plugins. The ability to use plugins gives even more flexibility to users which I really like.

What do you dislike?

One thing I dislike, is that there Is no longer a RAM preview that quickly processes information for a quicker playback of my composition. It takes a painfully long time to render certain effects even for the shortest of compositions.

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I wish it was easier to hear audio when playing back clips to ensure more precise accuracy when timing effects to music.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I need to create sponsored graphics in non-traditional canvas sizes for LED ribbon boards and After Effects gives me the ability to render those graphics out in incredible quality.

After Effects review by User in Music
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"After Effects has the most control when it comes to your animation workflow "

What do you like best?

I have used After Effects for several years now, and have found the visuals help me when constructing a new animation. The film camera view helps me rationalise the movement of each individual graphic, and therefore makes it easier for me to work with the software. It has increased my productivity also. The timeline at the bottom really helps me to see where exactly keyframes should be; for such a professional output, it's relatively easy to use.

What do you dislike?

Again with most of Adobe's suite, it takes time to get used to the programme. It has many commands which aren't too obvious, and there are small bugs within the programme, which you have to have a good search around to figure out why it's behaving in a certain way. This is to be expected with such a powerful piece.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be patient with it. The keyframe timeline makes sense once you get used to it. There's a few nooks with this software, you need to figure out where pieces are, as they may be called something else. But apart from that, it makes perfect sense to me.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have now become a one-man business, only requiring the adobe suite. After effects has allowed me to combine both my film footage with animation.

After Effects review by Hemdeep M.
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"Best for Professional Video results"

What do you like best?

You know i like adobe after effects because i have made my first audio spectrum for my own music and also helped our clients top get professional results ,i am a EDM music producer and i run the label the syvanz music in assam, India and the label offers lyrics videos, audio spectro videos to our clients etc .

What do you dislike?

I basically dislike because it cover 75% of ram in 4 gb laptop. So its recommend to use 8 gb for a Daily use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Bro adobe after effects is for legends, adobe premier pro for men and vegas for kids. I can proudly say the whole new music videos of edm is probably made of after effects

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our company make videos of our clients to get the professional results and we have realized it is btter than adobe premier pro.

After Effects review by Adrienn K.
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"Great tool for small animations"

What do you like best?

I used the Adobe After Effects to create small animations, that became a part of a video later on. I enjoyed working with the program.

What do you dislike?

It was a little hard to learn how to use it, I needed a lot of tutorials. However, I still recommend it!

Recommendations to others considering the product

It really needs your motivation and time if you want to learn how to use this software, but all in all worth the time! So I recommend it! Watch some Youtube videos, it will surely help you!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed to implement an animation to a short video, I looked it up on the internet and it would have costed hundreds of dollars, so I preferred to take the time and learn how to do it on my own. I haven`t regret it, I believe I earned a really useful skill.

After Effects review by Cristian P.
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"Powerful, beautiful and Great Support"

What do you like best?

The best thing about adobe after effects is that it's popular, so we could easily get access to libraries of effects and templates used by others with makes editing easily. the after effects CC version also comes with auto updates and cloud storage that could back up your files. the software is well documented and you could get great support from Adobe too, more than this there's a forum dedicated to Adobe products where you could find answers to all the answers from fellow users. the options are limitless and you could make 2d 3d or even virtual reality and edit it easily with after effects. I found the options available for animations extremely useful, the expressions tools make animation such easy that even a noob can learn it in no time. adobe also provides training to their users which is really good. the software renders files on GPU and effects are also on GPU which makes it much faster than others who use CPU rendering. another great thing about the After effects is the ability to edit your keyboard shortcuts virtually and it makes the use of the software much easier. adobe after effects also integrates with other creative cloud products which make working pretty easy that you could easily create modes and shapes in illustrator, fuse,photoshop.etc and then export them to after effects.

What do you dislike?

the software needs an extremely powerful system for smooth working, even my 16 GB ram was eaten up sometimes when handling large projects. the pricing is a little high that not everyone could afford it. when trying to render the software in after effects, the output options are limited without the use or media encoder or any other 3rd party renderer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

there ain't no competitor, it is the best you got.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating videos and animations.

After Effects review by User in Sports
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"After Effects has a learning curve but is amazing once you learn"

What do you like best?

I really like being able to create my own animations in a project, being able to be the one who controls everything about each aspect of the project. The control is nice and the built in animations and effects are very useful when creating motion graphics projects. It is also nice that you can download / buy other plugins that do different things than what is built into After Effects and install it easily.

What do you dislike?

It takes a long time to render a video in After Effects, especially when you have lots of layers and you use lots of different plugins / effects. Sometimes After Effects freezes on me so you should save often. It also takes time to pre-render, when you want to view the video in the edit screen.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to create beautiful animations, use After Effects. It has a steep learning curve so don't let that scare you away. It is a very useful program that helps you with your motion graphics dreams. Try it out if you haven't!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating animations for various topics as well as creating simple and short videos for social advertisements. If you have a static ad and want to create something that has a little bit of movement to catch the eye of the audience, After Effects is very beneficial. As well as if you want to create a full on animation, After Effects is the product for you.

After Effects review by Diana s.
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"Natural tool for animators and filmakers"

What do you like best?

After Effects its everything in animation, becomes the perfect complementation editing multimedia. With this software we learn to use greenscreen process and chroma control. Also work for us to make text animations, always give another level to your FX experience.

What do you dislike?

AE its very helpfull, turn you to other perspective of editing but, it also know thats its the best partner with Premiere Pro to get the final touch to share your multimedia work. So this leave AE like a tool for video editing but not the only piece that you need to get your work done.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give a shot to AE and be patience and learn how you can get an awesome video with the help of this exceptional software from the hand of ADOBE.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Working with AE you just turn to a professional video maker, getting epic results that can get everybody very surprised, and not forget, its a software to keep learning everyday to get better and have the best result possible.