To correct such an absolute lack, I very strongly recommend a formal education first.
Jim, maybe you should leave out the word 'formal'. There are many around here without a 'formal' education, but who have come to grasps with the basics of editing and I count myself among them (sh*t, do I have such an inflated ego?). Of course you can argue I'm an utter nitwit, since I am an autodidact and thus had an idiot for a teacher, being a self educated person without 'formal' education in video editing (I have a masters degree in economics, but that does not count at all here) but hey, I think I can get by with some elementary basics. Of course, when things get difficult, I hope I can get people like yourself with a formal education to help me and not shove me off by saying get a 'formal' education first.
I have a formal bachelor's degree education in production (broadcast journalism, focus in telecommunications). I can safely say that as good as my instructors all were, I only learned about 10% of my production knowlege (including editing) during my formal training. The rest has come from constant execution, working alongside others and Google. My instructors truly were experts...major broadcast news veterans and Hollywood-trained DP's and scriptwriters. I never felt cheated or shortchanged by my formal education, but I understood almost implicitly that in order to get anywhere I was going to need to do more than simply graduate with high honors....I needed to keep asking questions the rest of my life, keep seeking support and knowlege from others. This forum, though specialized to a particular product, is nothing short of that exchange of knowlege that is required as a follow-up course by even the most thorough completion of a collegiate degree.
So anyway, +1 Harm.
To the OP, shooternz has the best answers for you posted already. Main thing you need to avoid is assuming that since both applications can ingest video and put it on a timeline that they are both editing video. After Effects is specialized in frame compositing, and as such, it is most likely one of the worst long-form video editing applications that you could use (as it is, of course, not a video editor at all). After Effects must render every frame it plays more or less, which you can imagine gets rather difficult on a 20 minute television program with 40,000+ frames of video in many cases. Rather, After Effects best helps with general effects and compositing (think green screen work), motion graphics for short animations (think about a corporate logo animation at the beginning of a feature), motion tracking (putting a shot of a news report inside a television screen on a set and making it look like the actors are actually watching it while the camera dollies left to right behind them).
Premiere is where everything finally comes together. You can do much effects work in Premiere Pro, and some fairly complex motion graphics and title animations, but it's not specialized to that. Likewise, you can do a LOT of audio editing inside PPro, but you're better off using Audition for very specialized audio edits (or Pro Tools if you prefer) because Audition lets you view audio in different ways, apply more advanced audio effects, etc.
I totally agree that"formal" education in a subject only gets us so far. Working on the job teaches us what we need to know for our own peculiar needs. And in my own case I never came close to fully understanding a subject until I actually tried to teach it, and sometimes not even then.
Christian Jolly wrote:
I can safely say that as good as my instructors all were, I only learned about 10% of my production knowlege
Thank you all for clarifying the difference. From the other post I got this from Mylenium:
After Effects --> Compositing
Premiere Pro --> Editing
Flash --> (interactive) Web authoring
Which basically told me what I needed to know and then Christian went further and provided more details.
Thank you for your assistance.
I realize that oftentimes posting on the web does not the nuances of spoken english so sometimes remarks that come across as snooty were not intended to read that way.
Again thank you for the information and I've already purchased After Effects Apprentice to begin the task of creating my masterpiece!