Adobe After Effects

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Animation and creative compositing software used by a wide variety of motion graphics and visual effects artists

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After Effects review by <span>Fabio A.</span>
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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.

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After Effects review by <span>Kayla H.</span>
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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.

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After Effects review by <span>alan c.</span>
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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 <span>Erdem B.</span>
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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 <span>Urvesh P.</span>
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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 <span>PJ M.</span>
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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.

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