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After Effects review by Alex K.
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"Excellence, perfected."

What do you like best?

Everything about this program is exceptionally crafted and works extremely well. Features are updated often, new features are always being added, and the functionality never ceases to amaze even the best in the business. This is the software of choice for professionals in the film industry for a reason. There are alternatives that perform quite well, but nothing truly compares to the refined brilliance of After Effects, especially when coupled with other Adobe suite products.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve of this program is incredibly high, and will take some time to learn. Tutorials are readily available, but the difficulty of some of the more advanced techniques can take quite a long time to master. The layout can be confusing to newcomers and will also take some time to get used to, but once you're in a work flow you're used to, there isn't a better alternative. Despite this, however, for many it can take years to master this software, with many colleges offering programs solely in the use of this and sometimes other Adobe suite software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have the money to invest in the product, that's fantastic, but I'd suggest looking into a complete Creative Cloud suite subscription, as there are so many other products in there that can be helpful that compliment After Effects flawlessly. That said, however, the cost can be quite high, as the service is subscription based.

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

After Effects can be used by more than just the film industry. With smart phones and their cameras getting better, there's no reason why even small business couldn't shoot an ad themselves and edit it together in After Effects. The potential for creating great marketing for any type of business can be realized with this software. Furthermore, though, if you're in the film industry or are just an enthusiast film editor, look no further for that professional looking touch. If you sell advertisements, commercials, shorts, episodic content, or even movies, you can't ask for more than this program offers to get you the refined, professional look you are after.

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After Effects review by Carlos Eduardo M.
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"The best software in the market for creating motion graphics. "

What do you like best?

I have been an After Effects user for the past ten years and I can say it is the best software for creating motion graphics. See my reasons below:

1) Flexibility. Sometimes I think of After Effects as a Photoshop that lets you create animations. I say this because it depends on the user's creativity to really get the most out of the software. You can combine different effects, use free and paid presets, combine footage, etc.

2) Integration with Premiere Pro and Photoshop. As a designer and content creator the integration with Premiere Pro is really important in order to speed things up, especially when needing to change templates or motion graphics quickly. It's also great to have it integrated with Photoshop, so importing layered PSDs is easy as clicking twice.

3) Great community with a huge amount of free and paid plugins, tutorials, presets and templates. You can find them easily in Google or YouTube.

What do you dislike?

Below are the few things I don't like:

1) It's RAM hungry

2) 4K rendering is slow

3) It can be buggy and shut down

4) When are they going to fix the Caps Lock problem!?

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are planning on using Premiere Pro then After Effects is the way to go without a doubt. If you're on the Mac After Effects is still a strong choice.

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

After Effects helps us create animations for our webinars, videos and webcasts. We have also found it very useful for creating animated GIFs for our email campaigns.

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After Effects review by Hunter C.
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"Great, but requires research."

What do you like best?

After Effects makes it somewhat easy to create great looking titles and animations for your Premiere projects, bring you from average to professional in minutes. There are many online templates that you can use for free to bring your animations to life with little effort. Tutorials online range from quick and easy to long and complex depending on the skill you're looking to cover.

After Effects also allows you to create dynamic links between your compositions and your Adobe Premiere projects, making editing your animations a breeze, and reducing the amount of work needed to bridge the animation and video editing gap.

What do you dislike?

After Effects takes a lot of research and fiddling to finally figure out how to efficiently use it. Like most Adobe software, After Effects has nearly limitless possibilities, so figuring out how you'll use it in your roll can be overwhelming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do your research. Getting into the program is going to prove difficult, you'll need to watch quite a few tutorials and download a few templates to figure out what you're doing. Don't be afraid to experiment with different templates to see how they work, as this is how you learn the fundamentals of the program.

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

We're bringing our videos and advertisements to a new level with animations. Previously our digital menus and digital promotions were all static, however, After Effects has allowed us to bring those things to life for our customers, catching their eye as they walk into our store(s).

After Effects review by Ernesto S.
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"Excelent software for video editing / motion graphics"

What do you like best?

*I have been using after effects for a couple of years now, and do some motion graphics there, some video editing.

*It has a lot of tools to help you create amazing things, it is like working with photoshop in movement. it also has support for third party plugins that are phenomenal.

*There is a lot of information / tutorials / templates online

What do you dislike?

*The learning curve can be a though and long.

*If you are using it for video editing (Like me sometimes) it doesn’t have all the tools / shortcuts like adobe premiere.

*It can be heavy for your computer

Recommendations to others considering the product

watch some introduction tutorials to get used to the interface, and create awesome things.

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

Adobe after effects solve all my video related work in an exceptional way (trailers, motion graphics, etc.)

In combination with other software like photoshop / adobe media encoder you can do whatever you imagine.

After Effects review by Jess P.
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"Really Nice bit of software!"

What do you like best?

Easy to use once you get your head around it. You can create so many amazing things with it and has been vital to the continued success of my career.

Loads of tutorials online so if you get stuck there is almost always an answer online!

All the presets and effects are really good and can be used to make amazing things. The text animation presets save so much time when creating videos with text in and can be adjusted really easily

What do you dislike?

Have had a few issues with it crashing but autosave feature usually comes to the rescue!

Can be quiet daunting at first but if you stick at you become more and more confident with it every day!

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have experience with other Adobe products you will be able to quickly pick up the interface. There are loads of free tutorials on youtube (some better than others) but usually easy to follow.

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

Literally can create pretty much anything in After Effects! Anything a client may desire!

Great for making video content for multiple platforms as size can be adjusted easily! Really upped my social media game!

After Effects review by Jessica A.
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"A Good Program if You're in a Pinch"

What do you like best?

I like the simplicity of it, which can be both a pro and con. I use it to make animated graphics for GIFs of my teams logo and the layout of the program makes that simple. I use Premiere Pro for most of my video's, but when I need something quick and simple After Effects is good go-to. Mask Tracking is super useful, and the mask function operate pretty much the same as other Adobe software. I love the Linear Wipe effect and I use it very often for my video's because its an easy way to make something look professional and fun quickly.

What do you dislike?

It lags sometimes, but that's something they've been working on for a while so I know it's an issue they're working on. I think it's a bit pricey, and if I had to choose between it and Premiere Pro, I would pick Premiere Pro because it offers more use to me in my business. Adobe After Effects for me is a quick option for when I want a simple job done.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking to make something small quickly this is the ideal software for it. Its ease of use is one of its greatest assets.

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

Making animated logo's is very easy in After Effects, and I love making GIFs for advertising because it catches people's eye better than just an image. Its nice for making moving banners for websites because of the Linear Wipe effect which is my favorite.

After Effects review by Mark A.
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"Compositing and Animation Software"

What do you like best?

Robust, Very well designed software that allows you to create earthing from simple to highly complex animation and visual effects. Simple text animations, chroma keys, complex layering and compositing, 3D space, excellent color capabilities and adjustments. Well supported with 3rd part plug-ins. Plenty of support from other users. Very stable. Excellent integration with other Adobe products. Industry Standard.

What do you dislike?

Is not backwards compatible with earlier versions. No longer available for purchase, only monthly license fee usage. You must be using most current versions off you are working on files from other creators. Learning this software will require a long term commitment. There is a very steep learning curve, but plenty of online tutorials.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You must be comfortable with searching for solutions with the internet production community.

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

Creation of visual effects for digital motion. Animation, Special Effects, layering. After Effects allows me to offer clients top level solutions.

After Effects review by Kirsten J.
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"Professional outcomes at a low price!"

What do you like best?

I love the timeline workspace that allows me to put out the exact product that I want to put out. It also works well with premiere, there are some projects that have crossover between those and it's nice to be able to quickly switch work between the platforms.

What do you dislike?

It sometimes seems like some of the commands and controls could be more intuitive. Once you know how to use the controls it gives you full control of your work which is great, but for simpler projects they are more complicated and seem to add time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It will take a lot of hours to use this product to its full potential. Once you get there it is 100% worth it, but it will get frustrating at times.

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

I have mostly used this program for countdowns, intro, and outro videos that deal with manipulating scenery and text.

After Effects review by Luis L.
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" Great to create animations in logos!"

What do you like best?

After effects is a program of the adobe family that allows us to create animation effects in general, and editions in videos like for example to place special effects on green screens. It is an excellent Adobe tool, deal for people who are dedicated to the creation and design of animated graphics, but you also have to know that it can be used and with very good results to perform all kinds of visual effects.

Another advantage is that it also has a function which draws attention; 3D Render that what you get is to create intersection levels of a very good quality. Do what you want, what your imagination can create. Bring a tool to program several cameras to take the image or video in different positions as if you were in a studio.

What do you dislike?

The disadvantage is that there are not many users who can buy the original and thus be able to use it on their computer, since it is a program that many people use around the world to create web pages or to dedicate themselves to the world of Multimedia, visual effects and animated graphics can be applied in such a large field, as in the case of digital video, cinema, or broadcast.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend it because it is a great tool to work on audio visual projects, where they involve adding special effects in general, besides being very dynamic to animate logos!

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

I have worked doing advertising spots, interviews and making videos to offer the services of the hotel where I work.

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.

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.

After Effects review by Donovan S.
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"Adobe After Affects - Industry-grade software at your fingertips"

What do you like best?

My favorite part about Adobe After Affects is that it puts the tools in your hand needed to make a feature production. Honestly guys, the possibilities in video production and editing in this program is endless. In my time using the program, I have created results far beyond what I thought I was capable of.

What do you dislike?

One of the hardest parts of getting to know Adobe After Affects is the learning curve. It's not an easy program to use - but with some time & effort, you can get far with it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get this program if you are considering getting into the video production industry.

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

Being able to create videos that appeal to a large audience online. This program is what puts you on the same level with everyone else in the industry. It can be intimidating at first.

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 Robert M.
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"Flexibility, Robustness, and Constantly Improvements Make After Effects Top Choice for Motion GFX"

What do you like best?

The flexibility offered by After Effects, especially when matched up with high-powered plugins like those offered by Video Copilot and Red Giant. It's also fantastic when used in conjunction with Cinema 4D, since a direct-link workflow is a part of the software build.

What do you dislike?

Would prefer that Expressions was a little more accessible and user-friendly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a robust, flexible and constantly-evolving motion graphics software package, After Effects is easily your go-to choice. With annual upgrades, After Effects is continually introducing improvements to the platform that keep the software valuable, freesh and up to date.

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

After Effects allows me to create high-end motion graphics for nearly any video project. It has been invaluable in both the creation of video opens, logos, and animated graphics as well as Hollywood-level special effects for various videos.

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 Vladimir G.
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"Best animation app"

What do you like best?

This app is from Abode family - that is the most advantage because it took me much easy to start working in it after years of using the Photoshop and Illustrator. It do exact what I need.

I didn't try others apps, but I don't feel need to.

What do you dislike?

The common problem of all Adobe apps is that when they improve a tool in one program, it can take years to migrate it in others ...

Recommendations to others considering the product

I didn't try others apps, but I don't feel need to. It do all I need, good, quality, fast.

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

We are a design Company, so we use it to create our product, not main (we most do static design) but still a lot.

After Effects review by Depak P.
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"Steep learning curve for excellent visual effects"

What do you like best?

The UI is amazing now. They have vastly improved this from the previous versions. This makes it easy to navigate and find what you are looking for. Although there are still a few places you will forget to look. They can really only display so much. It's not everyone has a 4k display where they can display ALL the tools needed.

What do you dislike?

The output files are massive! Because of this, with a slower machine say a 7th gen core i5, the processor will be taxed and you should probably leave this running whilst you have lunch or go out for a bit. You can get around this by changing the format or the codec you use. This will heavily impact you if you are trying to produce videos in 4k.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's easy to use, and there are a log of videos on YouTube and on the Adobe site if you need help trying to figure something out. There are some great support sites out there. Lots of people willing to help.

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

We create a lot of videos for training purposes and we were trying to green screen a trainer into one of the videos. This worked a treat using Keylight, which when used correctly is spectacular. Providing the right look and feel for what we wanted. You do have to know how to set everything up, but trial and error mixed with some time can get very good results. Since then we have used it create an introduction and added in other effects to really jazz up the video.

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