5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 13, 2013 10:43 PM by Evil Edison

    After Effects & Premiere

    Mathias17 Level 3

      After Effects n00b here. Seeking to learn and improve. But at the outset of my journey I have some confusion, already.

       

      Just like Illustrator and InDesign have functionality overlap, so do After Effects and Premiere. So, I ask:

       

      How do they compliment each other? How does one decide to designate certain tasks for one or the other, when they both handle video and animation?

        • 1. Re: After Effects & Premiere
          Todd_Kopriva Level 8

          See After Effects Help for an answer:

           

          http://help.adobe.com/en_US/aftereffects/cs/using/WSB865D05C-3793-4682-B26E-5B25FAF45432.h tml#WS4648B7F7-2D89-4765-BC8A-271D9A7574A3a

           

          from that page:

          "Adobe Premiere Pro is designed to capture, import, and edit movies. After Effects is designed to create motion graphics, apply visual effects, composite visual elements, perform color correction, and perform other post-production tasks for movies."

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          • 2. Re: After Effects & Premiere
            Mathias17 Level 3

            Yes thank you Todd, I realize I can pull up a variety of imformation from Adobe itself. And that's fine, but marketing verbiage aside, I'm really seeking the experience-based thoughts and opinions of my peers - the ones who actually use the software professionally, day-in day-out.

             

             

            Right now, it seems like anything you can do in After Effects, you can do one way or another in Premiere, negating the need for After Effects altogether. You can "create motion graphics, apply visual effects, composite visual elements, perform color correction," etc in Premiere. Can you not???

            • 3. Re: After Effects & Premiere
              Todd_Kopriva Level 8

              > You can "create motion graphics, apply visual effects, composite visual elements, perform color correction," etc in Premiere. Can you not???

               

              Not easily or well. (Actually, the color correction tools in Premiere Pro are coming along, so that one might be a "yes".)

               

              > but marketing verbiage aside, I'm really seeking the experience-based thoughts and opinions of my peers - the ones who actually use the software professionally, day-in day-out.

               

              That's not "marketing verbiage"; that's a summary of the applications written by someone who has been using both full-time for about 10 years now (me, as it happens, since a long time ago I wrote the After Effects documentation).

               

              Here's another way of answering the question:

               

              Use Premiere Pro to take movies, cut them apart into shorter pieces, and arrange them in time.

               

              Use After Effects to layer many pieces of movies and other animated images (created in After Effects or imported from elsewhere) on top of each other to create composite images.

               

              Premiere Pro is optimized for arranging movies in time. After Effects is optimized for changing the way movies look.

               

              Each has many rudimentary features of the other, but trying to edit a movie in After Effects or create motion graphics in Premiere Pro is bound to leave you frustrated.

              • 4. Re: After Effects & Premiere
                Mathias17 Level 3

                Thanks, Todd!

                 

                I know I just need to roll up my sleeves and tear into it, and see for myself. Doing that now. I appreciate your time!

                • 5. Re: After Effects & Premiere
                  Evil Edison Level 1

                  Think of it like this:  You use Premiere to bake the cake and you use After Effects to add the icing.