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Adobe After Effects

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Employ the best video post-production program on the internet and one of Adobe's finest applications

Pros

  • Very minimal but well-featured user interface
  • Add professional quality visual effects in 2D and 3D
  • Import projects from other Adobe suite programs
  • Change up colors, add blue or green screens, fonts, and so much more
  • Connect with the user community using the Adobe Anywhere feature and receive feedback on your work
  • Apply third-party plug-ins and extensions to get the best quality from your videos

Cons

  • Steep learning curve for users unfamiliar with Adobe suite programs

Adobe After Effects is a free professional quality video editor from the popular suite of Adobe programs for Macintosh, developed by Adobe. Fine tune every aspect of your video production and create high quality, professional videos. It is available here as a demo version only. The full version can be downloaded from the developer's website. If you are planning to get the full version of Adobe After Effects, it should be noted that in recent times Adobe have upgraded all Adobe suite applications to the creative cloud which uses a subscription-based model to make continuous use of the service.

Mastering the Editing Process

If you are heavily involved in the process of producing and editing videos, you'll know that it's quite the lengthy endeavour. With access to Adobe suite programs, this becomes much more exciting given how many different tools we now have at our disposal to best realize our creative vision. What makes Adobe so massive in scale is that it has separate, dedicated programs for each part of the production process. When creating videos from scratch and organizing them, Adobe Premiere Pro is the program of choice. It offers unparalleled production tools for all aspects of your video. A detailed review of Premiere Pro can be found on the Eazel page. The next step is post-production and this is where After Effects comes in. 

Packed with Features

As the name implies, Adobe After Effects is used to add effects to and touch up the video project you have created. The first thing to do is import a video project. As expected, all Adobe programs' export formats are compatible with one another and can be seamlessly transferred or imported without issue. This means you can import fully edited projects from Premiere Pro, Photoshop or Illustrator, for example. 

Similar to Premiere Pro, the user interface is rich in features and can seem a bit complicated, but is easy enough to master if you're willing to explore the settings a bit. Video effects is a specialty all its own, after all. After Effects will still feel familiar, though. It has many features which are comparable to other Adobe Suite programs. RotoBrush, for example, will let you select silhouettes and place characters against any background, just like Magic Wand. After Effects will support layers imported from other programs and will allow you to work with fully 3D elements. Just like in a movie studio, you'll be able to apply blue or green-screen effects over your videos before you add your visual effects. Create color schemes for your videos using Kuler, create swatches and then import them straight to your project. Access fonts to use in your video from an integrated TypeKit. 

When you're done editing, you can preview your effects full-screen on a separate monitor. You can even send previews over HDMI from a graphics card without installing any other programs. This is incredibly handy for previewing videos in high resolution without much setup. If you need even more tools to work with, After Effects' Panel integration will let you find and install a wide range of third party plug-ins, extensions, training media and other content created by the developer community including Mocha and Color Finesse. 

When you're done editing, you can preview your effects full-screen on a separate monitor. You can even send previews over HDMI from a graphics card without installing any other programs. This is incredibly handy for previewing videos in high resolution without much setup

From the social side of things, Adobe After Effects will not only allow you to share your projects more easily with the community, but it will let you connect directly with them using the Adobe Anywhere feature, so that you can collaborate on compositions or send them across all of your devices more easily. Being connected to the cloud will allow you to share this content more easily and will also provide you with immediate feedback from other users around the world. It also provides access to features such as the 3D Pipeline and Cinema 4D. 

The Verdict

Adobe After Effects, like its counterparts, is packed with features. The cross-program compatibility is a given, but is still nice to see, and is more integrated than ever before. The social features for the program will allow you to collaborate and share your work with other users so that you can get feedback as you work. It has a bit of a learning curve, particularly for newer users, however if you're patient enough with it it will definitely serve you well. Download it now and transform your videos. 

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