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Carla Cardello
Tutorials You'd Recommend
on Sep 13, 2010 at 8:01:54 pm

I hope this is the correct forum to post this. I was thinking either here or AE Basics.
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I am a new videographer. I graduated in 2009 and finally landed a video job about two months ago. I never learned After Effects in school and was told at my internship if I have any hope of becoming an editor, I need to know AE. I took the initiative and watched tutorials online. I understand keyframes and basic animation (i.e. text fly in from the left, etc). However, I know there is so much more for me to learn. I've found several "Top 50 AE Tutorials You Should Know" lists, etc.

However, I think those lists are a little overwhelming right now, not necessarily skill set but more of time to learn it all bc it will be outside of work. So if someone approached you and asked you to pick out the tutorials every editor should know, which ones would you pick? Which effects do you find yourself using/doing the most? Right now, I'm going through Video Copilot's AE Basic Training bc I jumped around when learning due to time and trying to pick up on what I skipped. I consider myself one step above learning the basics.

Also, when I say effects, I mean more of what AE can do, not necessarily fancy graphics and flying stuff. For example, I'm learning about stabilizing a shot, which I think is a must for editors. But if there's a fancy effect at the top of your list (i.e. shatter, graffiti, etc), I'm open to that too.

One last thing - is there a place with completed videos (not tutorials) that I can watch and maybe get inspiration from? Not copy but more of a "hey I didn't know you could do that" or "hmmm what if I use that concept but change this and that."


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Jeffrey Kaplan
Re: Tutorials You'd Recommend
on Sep 13, 2010 at 9:12:10 pm

[Carla Cardello] "was told at my internship if I have any hope of becoming an editor, I need to know AE."

Not true. I know plenty of editors that can't even spell AE.

Jeff Kaplan
Point 360 WEST
Animation & VFX Department
http://www.point360west.com


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Jeffrey Kaplan
Re: Tutorials You'd Recommend
on Sep 13, 2010 at 9:15:54 pm

I'm a fan of

http://www.lynda.com
http://www.digitaltutors.com/

Simply work along with the tutorials and you'll be a pro in no time!

Jeff Kaplan
Point 360 WEST
Animation & VFX Department
http://www.point360west.com


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mathew fuller
Re: Tutorials You'd Recommend
on Sep 13, 2010 at 9:17:26 pm

I just started creating tutorials for creative cow.... and I'm adding one a week at this point.... so how can I not recommend my own tutorials?... right?... I promise I have some good stuff in the coming weeks.

Tut 01:
http://library.creativecow.net/fuller_mathew/AE-Parenting-Possibilities/1


Tut 02
http://library.creativecow.net/fuller_mathew/AE_Advanced-2-5D-Animation/1

~ Me


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Tutorials You'd Recommend
on Sep 13, 2010 at 10:02:07 pm

If you're just getting started, I recommend starting here:
"Getting started with After Effects"

The After Effects Help document points to a large number of tutorials in context---very many of them here on Creative COW. So, if you do a search using After Effects Community Help search, you're pretty much guaranteed to find good material. A lot of the basic tutorials that are excellent and timeless are Aharon Rabinowitz's material here on the COW.

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Kathlyn Lindeboom
Re: Tutorials You'd Recommend
on Sep 13, 2010 at 11:24:12 pm

[Carla Cardello] "One last thing - is there a place with completed videos (not tutorials) that I can watch and maybe get inspiration from? Not copy but more of a "hey I didn't know you could do that" or "hmmm what if I use that concept but change this and that.""

You might get inspiration from demo reels posted here:
http://reels.creativecow.net/

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