Ep 1 – What is After Effects?

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In this video I am going to discuss what After Effects is. I will also be discussing the difference between Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro so as a beginner you will have a good understanding of the differences between them, what they are used for and which one is right for you and your project. 

What is After Effects?

Adobe After Effects is used in post production, ‘after’ the video footage has been produced and exported from programs such as Adobe Premier, hence ‘After Effects’ 

Since 1995 with its first release, After Effects has been available to add:

Visual effects to video

Create Motion graphics 


Animation sequences

In the industry After Effects is used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production and also in design and social media.

For those not familiar with After Effects, it may help to imagine After Effects as a mix of Premier and Photoshop. 

If you are familiar with Photoshop, you will be aware of all the colour effects, masking and blending mode capabilities that can be applied to 2D images.

In After Effects very similar effects can be applied just like in Photoshop but to video footage across time.

After Effects is based on compositing and works not only with video footage but with image, Audio, type and files brought in from other programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, 3D programs and also Premier to create video presentations.


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