Primarily for motion graphics and cinematic effects (including particles).
Despite this being a high-end application, it’s relatively easy to learn and worthwhile introducing to students who are considering career opportunities in animation, film or video and can be ideally delivered inside a Design course.
After Effects allows you to;
- Animate and composite in 2D / 3D
- Access 3d camera import data
- Cut between multiple cameras in the same composition.
- Control light fall off across 3d space
- Keyframe x, y and z values independently
- Animate multiple lights in a scene
- Work with parent and child layers
- Work with nested compositions
- Work with adjustment layers
- Easily add and extract content from the Timeline in your compositions.
- Create and animate vector graphics easily with Shape Layers
- Add depth to your text by making characters or an entire phrase move, rotate, blur, and cast shadows.
- Convert text into editable paths
- Modify and animate hand-drawn or parametric shapes
- Use more than 250 professional 2D and 3D text animation presets
- Create blur effects customized to the needs of the shot
- Warp and distort footage
- Use plug-ins to generate realistic wave reflection and caustic effects
- Manipulate the individual color and alpha channel information
- Create natural phenomena using Turbulent Noise effect
- Copy paths in Photoshop and Illustrator and paste them as masks in After Effects
- Apply intelligent edge tracking, dechattering, and motion blurring capabilities
- Slow down and speed up footage with smooth, crisp results and minimal artifacts
- Draw an animation path for any layer and set its velocity with Motion Sketch
On the web
Creative Cow | After Effects
Video Co Pilot | Basic Training | After Effects
Tuts+ | After Effects
Tutorial Hero | After Effects
Naldz Graphics | After Effects