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You need to learn to walk before you can run.
Straight out of the box ..AEFX can create awesome fx ( without plugins)
You could also go to the Adobe AEFX Forum for help but I respectfully suggest that you need to do some serious study on AEFX.
The AEFX learning curve is long and never ending...
Start at Video copilot.
If you've got any money left over -- about as much as you'd need to buy a video game -- may I suggest this:
You'll get a great background in the basics, which is very important, and you'll start to learn a lot of the cool stuff as well.
Going here won't hurt, either:
Google, search for: "After Effects tutorials"
Youtube. Search for the same.
Vimeo, search for the same.
That will keep you busy for a few months.
We welcome you to the family. We encourage you to get a decent grasp of the fundamentals before you start posting beginner questions here because the answers we provide won't make much sense to you until you know how to use the application.
After Effects is huge, deep, complex, scary, fun, and enabling. If you need to use After Effects as a tool, it will tremendously expand your creativity, filmmaking possibilities, and ability to make money in this business. If you're looking to capture your gaming experiences and enhance them, you may have invested in the wrong tools.
Videocopilot.net have impressive tutorials but also a begginers series tutorials that are really handy if you're getting into AE world.
haha I am a film major in college video games is the last thing i am gonna use this program for. I started with final cut pro and now to make me more well rounded i want to learn After Effects.
Dave just meant that for the cost of a new video game, you could get a very good AE training resource.
The Video Copilot Basic Training series that Sebastien mentioned is one of the items that I recommend here:
... though you'll notice that it's not the first place that I recommend people go.