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Craig Larson
AE Purchase Questions
on Feb 17, 2012 at 5:41:11 am

Greetings:

I'm looking at purchasing After Effects as a stand alone app, and I have a few questions:

1. I have a 2011 MBP with Thunderbolt and 8gb of ram. I'm assuming this will be enough horsepower to run AE?

2. I've seen the software priced at around $500. Is there better pricing anywhere? Also, would it be beneficial to buy an older version off eBay and then purchase an upgrade?

3. What's the best book/training/site for AE?

Appreciate any input!

Blessings,

Craig Larson
August Heat Productions
Apple Valley, MN


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Walter Soyka
Re: AE Purchase Questions
on Feb 17, 2012 at 3:31:46 pm

[Craig Larson] "1. I have a 2011 MBP with Thunderbolt and 8gb of ram. I'm assuming this will be enough horsepower to run AE?"

AE's performance scales with hardware. You can run AE on a MBP with 8 GB of RAM, but it'll render a lot faster on a 6-core Mac Pro with 24 GB, and faster still on a 12-core with 48 GB.


[Craig Larson] "2. I've seen the software priced at around $500. Is there better pricing anywhere? Also, would it be beneficial to buy an older version off eBay and then purchase an upgrade?"

Retail for AE alone is $999.

Adobe's SWITCH campaign is back on, getting you the entire Production Premium suite for less than the cost of AE alone.

Adobe Creative Cloud subscription licensing [link] will be available in the first half of this year, getting you the entire Creative Suite Master Collection for $50/mo. Until the new pricing plan kicks in, you can subscribe to AE alone [link] for $75/mo (month by month) or $50/mo (if you pay a whole year).


[Craig Larson] "3. What's the best book/training/site for AE?"

If you're new to After Effects, I'd recommend the following link, in which Adobe's Todd Kopriva pulls together some important introductory materials:
http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2010/01/getting-started-with-after-eff.h...

I especially recommend the Video Copilot "Basic Training" series that Todd links to.

Walter Soyka
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Craig Larson
Re: AE Purchase Questions
on Feb 24, 2012 at 5:21:36 pm

Walter:

Thanks for taking the time to respond and the thoroughness of your answers! Looking forward to diving into AE...

Blessings,

Craig Larson
August Heat Productions
Apple Valley, MN


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