Um, after you downloaded it, did you install it? At that point, you have a free 30-day tryout.
But we don't know if your computer is even capable of running AE:
Remember, these are MINIMUM requirements.
And if you ask me, you'll need longer than 30 days to learn how to do the kinetic typography used in that example you linked to. Why? Because AE may be fun to use, but it can be devilishly hard to learn. A thorough knowledge of the AE basics is an absolute must, and there are quite a few of them. You can start here:
Thanks Dave. I will try to study everything tonight.
Thanks for your help.
You propose to study EVERYTHING tonight? I wish you luck.......
I purchased a template off Envato and hope to study it on AE. (http://videohive.net/order_confirmation/d2064eb2-588c-4b81-9350-662cb2dcbcdb)
Thanks for your advice.
I’m sure I will be stuck, by morning.
Templates can get very complicated. Depending on the complexity of the template, it can assume you already possess basic, intermediate, advanced or even expert AE knowledge. You have none. The phrase, "biting off more than you can chew" comes to mind.
If you attain your goal in a short period of time, I take my hat off to you.
You are right.
I had no idea. I was a MAC guy years ago and worked with Photoshop, Quark and a little Illustrator so I thought I had some sense for layers etc.
But holy cow AE looks complicated.
I have a long range interest in learning AE because I have 30 to 40 presentations to do in the next 3 months. But nothing is happening too quickly, it appears.
AE's all about wrapping your head around basic concepts, leaning how the application goes about its business, and then things start falling into place. It's more of a journey than an item on the to-do list. And some of the things from Photoshop & Illustrator will help a bit.
Are you in business for yourself?
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I am not. I've been using AE since 1996, and in that time I'vbe worked at two different TV stations.