2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 22, 2011 7:44 AM by bogiesan-gyyClL

    To AE or not to AE, that is the question.

    Boomer9025

      Just upgraded to CS5 Production. This will more or less be my first foray into AE. I have a very baic question for you all: What is your advice on when to use AE and when to use PPro? I realize there are many, many variables, but in general when do most prefer AE over PPro or vice versa? Of course, I do know you can work with them both, but what personal preferences do you have? Input from you all is appreciated!

       

      John

        • 1. Re: To AE or not to AE, that is the question.
          Todd_Kopriva Level 8

          If you've got a bunch of footage and you want to cut back and forth between clips of that footage to tell a story, then use Premiere Pro.

           

          If you want to create motion graphics, create visual effects, and composite one layer of graphics/footage over another, then use After Effects.

           

          You can do many of the same things in each program, but you'll quickly learn that each has its strengths.

           

          I suggest starting here to learn After Effects, including what it's good for:

          http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2010/01/getting-started-with-after-eff.html

          • 2. Re: To AE or not to AE, that is the question.
            bogiesan-gyyClL Level 3

            Boomer9025 wrote:

            This will more or less be my first foray into AE.

             

            Premiere is a video editor. After Effects is a compositing system. You must be comfortable with the diference before you can even start to grasp how the applications work separately. Then you can begin to appreciate how they work together.Similarly, your suite includes and audio editor and a DVD authoring application. Both of those basic functions can be initiated in Premiere but, if you are creating DVDs, you must move your edited program to Encore. If you need ultrsophisticated audio processing and 5.1 mixing, you will move your audio tracks to, umm, what's it called? Soundbooth.

             

            Don't jump into AE as a lark, it will frighten you. Open the manuals, slog through a few of the hundreds of free tutorials. Don't ask beginner questions until you're no longer a beginner. I've been using AE for more than 19 years and I still don't get i. After Effects is huge. And deep. And ridiculously complex. It's truly scary. Which is why we often say, learn how to edit video before you try to learn how to do effects for video.

             

            bogiesan