3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 19, 2012 8:41 PM by Dan Ramirez

    Why is AE so clunky?


      Why is After Effects so complex and downright unintuititive compared to Sony Vegas? As a long time user of Vegas I'm finding AE really hard to learn. Today, I spent literally an hour trying to figure out how to put 3 clips in sequence without overlapping, and I still don't know. It's ridiculous how the whole thing is. The RAM preview thing, the audio only preview... why are they even there? Why do I have to actually load the composition onto my RAM? I can literally do exactly that in Vegas without having this 'render' crap. And the bugs? So amny. Random frames jumping in wherever they feel like it, no autosaeve without crerating about 20 different files... why is AE such a cluster of bad options, glitches, and odd controls? The only reason I use it is for Twixtor, and even then it annoys me to no end. Why is it like this?

        • 1. Re: Why is AE so clunky?
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Because After Effects is a compositing and motion graphics app and not a NLE. NLE's use entirely different mechanisms to playback and render video.


          If you want Photoshop (unlimited layering ability) and unlimited combinations of mathematical functions to perform on video then, with any compositing program, you have to deal with loading the layers of pixels into memory, performing complex calculations, and spitting out the results. If you want to lay three clips in sequence then drop the clips into the timeline, select them all, and then use the keyframe assistant to sequence the layers.


          If that's all you are going to do, use Vegas, but if you're going to combine other computer generated imagry, other video, or graphics elements into those shots with more finesse than a simple alpha channel key or blending mode, then learn to use After Effects. Once you catch on to the idea of layered composits (like a Photoshop expert, not hobbiest but real expert) then After Effects is intuitive and easy to use. You will get results that are impossible to achieve in a NLE. If the best compositing you require is akin to the keying you see in a local news broadcast then stick with your NLE. It will do just fine for most video projects.


          Master carpentry required to build fine cabinetry takes more skill and more time than framing a wall for sheetrock and spray texture. The art of fine compositing and motion graphics are no different. The only way to go faster with today's technology is to spend significantly more money on software and hardware.

          • 2. Re: Why is AE so clunky?
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

            What Rick said. This is a typical "I use a plasma torch for my omelettes" or "I use a chainsaw for dental surgery" kind of thing. Really. You are completely misunderstanding what AE is supposed to do and how therefore its underlying principles and paradigms work and rather than learning and adpating, you want the program to be molded to your needs. This simply cannot work. You really need to sit down and learn the basics. Your journey starts here: Getting started with After Effects. And I know myself that this was less than subtle, so no need to make a fuss of it. I'm out of this thread, anyway....



            • 3. Re: Why is AE so clunky?
              Dan Ramirez Adobe Employee

              If you're encountering reproducible bugs, please report them including your repro steps and we'll do our best to fix them.