Where to Go after After Effects Pro (7.0)

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Artur, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. Artur

    Artur Guest

    Greetings:

    I need some advice for my teen-age nephew as to whether upgrading to
    After Effects CS3 is the logical step to take after having worked with
    After Effects Pro 7.0 for a year. He also owns several instructional
    DVDs from the Creative Cow and Video Copilot.

    He has his own chroma key green screen studio and recently attended a
    three-day filmmaking workshop for teenagers at the 7th Annual New
    Hampshire Film Festival. For the holidays, I just don't know what to
    get him. He downloads lots of instructional stuff on how to get the
    most out of AE Pro 7.0. Do you think animation is the way to go? If
    so, which software package to buy -- Toon Boon?

    Regards,

    Artur
     
    Artur, Oct 30, 2007
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  2. Artur

    nappy Guest

    Why not?

    Toon Boom is different than AE. Is he into doing animation? Is that what he
    uses AE for? Ok..
    Question though.. What is it that he is not able to do at this point that he
    needs an upgrade ..

    As to your question though.. It doesn't hurt to experience many of the
    various packages out there..
     
    nappy, Oct 30, 2007
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  3. Artur

    Spex Guest

    If your nephew is into compositing the next logical step is to learn a
    "nodal" compositor. Once you learn one nodal compositor you can really
    find your way round most of the others with ease.

    Look at Fusion, Nuke, Toxic and Shake.

    If you are on a Mac then Shake is the bargain of the century otherwise
    you are looking at quite a big investment but it is worth it. Working
    in VFX you cannot escape nodal compositing.

    If your nephew is more interested in motion graphic/animation I'd stick
    with AE but upgrade to CS3. You have to spend a lot of money on one of
    the more expensive versions of Toon Boom to get the features that AE
    doesn't already have in one form or another.
     
    Spex, Oct 30, 2007
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  4. Artur

    KentDub Guest

    If your nephew if interested in compositing or animation as a career
    then stick with AfterEffects. Most schools and compositing/animation
    firms use after effects. He already know how to use it, so instead of
    switching software and wasting months relearning software, keep on
    using AE and let that time develop his skills. In my professional
    experience there is little to nothing that cannot be achieved inside
    of AE.

    As far as upgrading to CS3, take a look at the new features and ask
    him if any of them are of use to him. Please note, he probably
    qualifies for academic pricing (don't pass it up). There are massive
    speed improvements, especially noticeable on multi-processor systems
    in CS3. More likely than not he could use more RAM in his computer
    rather than an upgrade... for now.
     
    KentDub, Oct 31, 2007
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