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Learn How to Use After Effects in Less than 2 Hours

By lunamik / January 9, 2017

After Effects by Adobe is one of the famous applications used for editing videos. If you are new to the video editing scene, you might be intimidated by the use of After Effects. Some people actually think that it is a complicated program. But in reality, you can start using After Effects within 2 hours of familiarization with the program.

Here are the five essential aspects of After Effects you have to learn:

  1. Interface

It is true that After Effects has a lot of capabilities which can create impressive effects. This feature is complicated for a new beginner. But then, you do not have to use all of its features to make a decent project. Familiarizing yourself with the basics such as the interface can be a big step in completing an edited video. There is a brief introduction of After Effects by Mikey Borup (PremiumBeat) showing how to navigate its interface. The layout and working space of After Effects is similar to other video editing software. If you have some experience in such applications, you will find the interface of After Effects easy to use.

  1. Tools Panel

The tools panel of After Effects is where you will find most of the functions needed for your video editing project. It is where you can rotate the objects, add mask to the layers, change anchor points, resize, create shapes, move your cameras and a lot more. You can discover the functions by practice and error. Once you get used to it, you can actually do the functions using keyboard shortcuts. Stop Motion Magazine has a concise tutorial video about the basic tools in After Effects. Mastering this tools may take more than two hours but being familiar with it can take only minutes. Once you master the tools, you will be amazed how much you can do with it.

  1. Effect

The main difference of After Effects compared to other video editing software is the effects that come¬†with the program. It has built-in effects that will be able to give your video that cinematic feel you’ve been looking for. The best part is that the visual effects can be added to your footage with just one click. An epic tutorial by MotionMile shows how you can use the effects on your projects.

  1. Animation Basics

After Effects is a tool that has the ability to add animation. Keyframes are the primary feature of After Effects for animation. The key frames serve as an indicator as to when a particular animation is set. If you want to have two animations at a particular point in time, then you can use two keyframes. Most video editors and animators prefer After Effects because of the customization you can do using keyframes. You can make different movements and smooth transitions in your videos. You can also use animation curves in After Effects. You can find tutorial videos that can teach you how to learn the basics of animation techniques. As you use the program you will discover more techniques and shortcuts. Eventually, you will definitely enjoy creating videos with animations and effects.

  1. Exporting

The last step to every animation video is to export what you have created in After Effects. There are two options for exporting video in After Effects: Media Encoder and Render Queue. The Render Queue panel includes settings of how you want to export your video such as the output frame rate, resolution, duration, layer quality, output format, cropping, compression options and others. To make exporting of videos faster, you can create rendering templates for future use. On the other hand, Media Encoder is a platform that lets you transcode and render the video file you want to export depending on the format you like. Because the media encoder requires encoding, it is regarded as the complicated way to export videos. For beginners, the render queue is the advised option for exporting your video projects.

These are all general topics which you should focus on if you want to learn how to use After Effects. Yes, it will probably take more time be a master animator or video editor. But if you want to start using After Effects, you will be surprised how you can progress with your skills in just under 2 hours. There are tutorial videos that all over the internet that teach the basic of how to use After Effects. They even provide step by step guidelines on how to achieve a particular effect or animation. Each video usually spans about less than 10 minutes. If you allot 2 hours of basic learning, you will surely be able to create a simple video animation before the 2 hours is up. The best way to learn video editing and animation is to practice. You have to be patient and hardworking. But in the end, all the hours spent will definitely pay off.

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