When did you fall in love… with After Effects?

Do you remember you’re first date with After Effects?

In the year 2000 after reaching the limits of Final Cut Pro’s compositing and special effects toolset, I decided to see other people. That’s when After Effects came into the picture with her floating windows and layered timeline, we began spending many hours together. Some of the first stuff we did involved motion graphics, light rays, radio waves and many bad font choices.

The graphic above was part of a corporate video I did in February of 2003 for a tech company that loved high-tech catch phrases. I may try and dig up some even older work if I can find it. But, maybe it is better left forgotten :)

I imagine some of you started out as graphic designers and wanted to bring visuals to life or perhaps you were a video editor that wanted more control of graphics and FX… Do you remember when you first got into After Effects?

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Patrik Drevestedt
3 weeks ago
I have never been a graphics guy, but when i in 2009 somehow got in to how to create lightsabers for motion graphics, that was when i first got in touch with AE. I had never seen a program of that kind, but i pretty much immediately understood how it worked. And then i was hooked.
Now i have just started my own company in the Motion Graphics industry, and it feels very good.
Robert
2 months ago
Back in 2012 I was hit by a car and have been off work first time I saw CS3 in an advertisement I knew it was something I would have to have. it took a few years but was going to have it however by the time I could afford it CS5 was out and again out of my price range so I found CS3 and have that. I had never used or even tried to work with an fx program but determined to learn how. I was 52 years old when I saw it for the first time I am now 56 I use it almost every day. I have your tutorials and the web to help me along I am having lots of fun with it. a 3D program to go along with it would help but fixed income prevents that so I will just continue to use what I have thanks to your tutorials I have lots to keep me busy Thank you for those. the down side is now that the question of (how did they do that) when watching a movie has been answered I say wow nice effect but maybe they should have used this effect or more of and my wife yells at me I just want to watch it I don't care how they did it lol. thanks for the fun Robert
2 months ago
I started very recently. The company I work for had just gotten me a license of the Adobe Creative Cloud (when it FIRST came out) and I had After Effects. I was using Premiere Pro more often, however. I wanted to make better title sequences as well as better on screen text. So I found out that there was a workflow between After Effects and Premiere Pro...then I found Video Copilot and am so glad that I did as this website is what made me really fall in love with After Effects.
Jason
3 months ago
For me it was photoshop that made me try AE. Love at first comp. @ BONES lol, you must not be very proficient with AE. Google an effect, look etc you wanna see and add "no plug ins" to the search term . You can do anything in AE, plug ins just make it faster. ;D
Jamwal
5 months ago
Andrew you are the man - Tiger ..

I have leant a lot from you....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvGHZI_rZ7A
6 months ago
I've never liked After Effects. The workflow can be so convoluted that it makes working with it far too painful. I'll give you some examples - Layer Styles killing 3D layer functionality, the ridiculously convoluted way you animate paths in a Shape Layer (Trim Paths), the way you animate text. The lack of control you have over animating shapes can also be infuriating, as are the hoops you have to jump through to do simple things like change a point on a shape from straight to Bezier. They are mostly little things but they add up to simply awful workflow.
Sadly, it is the only option for me since Autodesk killed off Combustion but if you've ever spent time getting to know the "discreet" workflow, you'll understand what I mean. Realistically, the things that makes AE are the plugins. Take those away and all that would remain are the clunky bits.
Caleb
10 months ago
I remember trying to find a softer to composite in when I realized you could go beyond WMM and Paint (I was very young and old school haha) I found out about After Effects via youtube but thought it was far to complicated for me so instead I used Sony Vegas Pro. When I finally gave After Effects a go, I loved it. To this day I am learning more about it thanks to you Andrew Kramer!
IhloffCreative
11 months ago
I remember in 1997 or 98, an art director at the NBC affiliate turned me on to After Effects. I used tape for years and just to get a dissolve took an A/B roll and if I wanted graphics we were talking a crew of 2 or more and an entire TV control room just to get a name key on an interview. SOOOO you can imagine how excited I was to have unlimited layers and direct import of graphics with alpha transparency from Photoshop! There were many a late night after that in utter amazement discovering the unlimited power and potential of this amazing software.
Conrad
1 year ago
Btw, this was 2001 when all this happened
Conrad
1 year ago
Well I'd say AE kind of got me my first job. At the interview, I'd shown the employer my very basic 3d showreel and he said "we use after effects too". I told him give me a few days and I'll be working in it. As soon as I got home I downloaded a user manual, installed AE v3 and got the basics. When I went back for a second meeting, I informed him that I had mastered AE,... he said when can you start? I replied "immediately" .. and that's how my love with AE started.
Chris
1 year ago
Up until my love affair with After Effects I used, dare I say it, Discreet Combustion to do compositing work. I was working in this studio and one of my colleagues, who I really didn't like, (he was one of these irritating sods who I would have dearly loved to smash in the face with a baseball bat) mentioned After Effects, I just said ok, I will one day, and he kept on about it until I threatened to knock him out if he didn't shut up and stay out of my face. Anyway a year after I left, I downloaded a demo, and I hate to admit it, he was right, one of the more useful things he ever did. after about a year I stumbled upon VideoCopilot.net and wow, talk about a turbo boost! All I can really say is a big thanks to Andrew for his time and effort. You don't get much better than this guy.
Chet
1 year ago
I had used After Effects before, and even taken a small course on it, but I was confused by it and really not interested. Then some friends showed me this website. I've been hooked ever since. That was 2007 I think.
David
1 year ago
Haha, I first started ae when I downloaded a copy of riotgear, I saw the inkdrops and I was sold.. after that started to follow some tutorials and was sold even more.. (I bought riotgear after that haha)
Timber_Wolf_2
2 years ago
My junior year of college, I took a video class. In it, we "learned" the extremely basic elements of AE, using the "Classroom in a Book" (for CS3). I'll be honest, I hated AE at first. She was unnecessarily complicated and seemed to be no different than anyone else.

But then my friend, Harry, showed me tutorial 93, 3D Light Casting. My eyes bugged when I learned that it was complicated because it was powerful and that it could do so much! (I've since learned that it's not complicated once we spent enough time together.)

Having learned nothing useful from the class, I set out to learn it on my own. And Andrew led me there. I have "followed" a total of zero tutorials. But I watch them to glean concepts. And when I need a hand with a specific effect or plugin, I still go back to AK's awesome tutorials.

Thanks, Andrew Kramer. Though I learned a great deal of foundational knowledge and concepts in college, I credit you with teaching me what was necessary to raise my work from the hobbyist/consumer level to the professional world. But I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go. And I'm sure you'll be there all the way.
Adedire Oluwaseun
2 years ago
Curiousity led me into after fx. i wanted to know how film producers were able to achieve the special effects in their movies. i got to know about videocopilot.net and you guys got me up and running. Thanks to the entire videocopilot team.
2 years ago
I started using AE in 1993-94, was version 1, before that I used to work with Adobe Premiere for postproduction, and the migration was spectacular, what a difference between one to the other!!!! anyway I think before being called After Effects, the previous version was Illuminaire, and the icon was a bold head of a man... and as an end, I have to say, I learn everyday new things and ways to work with AE, and you, Andrew, are resposible of the never ending joy of using this soft, thanks to your tutorials and plugins like optical flares and the awesome Element. Thanks man.
2 years ago
I was thrown into AE in 2003. I had spent 6 months editing a documentary (The Conscientious Objector) on Avid. Now the producer wanted a simple spinning (layered) newspaper effect. Easy in Avid. But no, he wanted as a separate element and only in AE. I told him I had never touched AE and only vaguely heard of it. He just smiled and told me to figure it out. This producer knows my affinity for doing things different than I have before is low, so he likes to nudge me when I get too comfortable.

Took me 2 hours to do something I could do now in 5 minutes, but I was hooked. Bought 6.5 pro version and played. Started using it heavily about 5 years ago, but since I am editor/shooter/vfx'r (in that order) I get limited time with AE. I catch myself watching low budget science fiction from the 60's, 70's and 80's wanting to redo all the vfx in AE cuz I know it will look better!
Lyubo
2 years ago
Well...
Hello and welcome in my very excited story :P

Two years ago I encountered a video (for making silhouettes) in youTube. I never understand why I've played it, cause I am a programmer and I've never done any motion graphics or movie making or so... I was stunned from the presenter and I've digged out 30 minnutes to understand who is this guy and why he is so funny and how so he kept my interest in area I am not interested?! Eventually I've found this site here and I've started to watch tutorial after tutorial, effects after effects (heh, funny).
When I came here for the first time the latest tutorial was "Advanced Time Freeze".
The real truth is - I am still programmer and still don't make any motion graphics or movies or so..., I even do not have AE installed, but... I've watched every tutorial and video available on this site for two main reasons: I really enjoy the way Andrew present them and second: If I need to do motion graphics or movies or so... I'll do it as an experianced movi maker (see I dont even know what is your job description). I think I even know every major Hotkey of AE only watching Andrew's tutorials. :)

So Andrew, what I said above is the truth, you have to be proud, cause I am sure there is other people like me that likes AE only cause of you and your amazing tuts and people that dont really uses it (at least I hope so - otherwise I think something is wrong with me:))

There is one thing I am sadly regret - that I am not C++ developer, even I have good experiance with webGL :)
But if you need PHP developer (very senior one) for any reason, I would like to join your team!!!

P.S Sorry for my English - apparently this is not my mother language (hm... is tongue the right word here..? never mind)
Tamas
2 years ago
I guess it was somewhere around 2002 or 2003, I started with AE 5.5 or 6.0, after seeing a scene breakdown made by a schoolmate. I was amazed. Then the "lightsaber thing" came around the corner and I was hooked forever :-)
Harry Smith
2 years ago
I started using After Effects in "The Before Time" in "The Long Long Ago" in an age we called "The Late Twentietth Century". Yep, it was 1994. I was living in New England then and After Effects was owned by COsA, a small software company in Rhode Island, and only ran on a Mac (I used a Mac Quadra PPC back then). I used it to make animations to be included on a "CD-ROM" (This was a thin disc made out of plastic that was encoded with bits and could hold hundreds of megabytes of information). Now I use AE CS 5.5 on an old BOXX 8404 to make titles and motion graphics that run on everything from phones to HDTVs. Man, I'm old!
3 years ago
2007...i was in the early stages of pursuinng video production/editing as a career and one afternoon wile browsing the internet for tutorials, i stumbled across a tutorial entitled, "earth zoom" on a website called video copilot. that tutorial blew me away! since then, i've watched every VC tut a number of time along with countless others. fast forward 5 years, i'm now the senior multimedia designer for a major IT company here in FL. thanks Andrew for your willingness to share your skills.
3 years ago
:) i learn a lot from you!
i am doing job since last year in a TV channel as motion Graphic designer and when they see my action work they suggest me to try in movies except HR and BOSS ;) hi hi hi hi

but hey here i like that you address After Effect as "HER"

After Effect is out Lovely girlfriend... ;) :D
3 years ago
2009,that is the first time.
3 years ago
well..i had istalled and unistalled AE 6 times before start using to make something usefull..but i but i really felt in love..when i discover the daemon tutorial...! AKRAMER rock!
haks
3 years ago
hello friend i have problem when i export in gif my video text corner get blast,, it simage saine isn 133 x 70 pixel. its tv mono, can tell me solution?
Alex Stifler
3 years ago
Actually , i fell in love with it yesterday when i learned how to make the "Earth Zoom" Effect :D
Great Job Andrew , u r da man ! .. thnx (:
3 years ago
I was doing lower thirds for a school news broadcast on a chyron machine donated to my school. I found after effects 5.1 in the computer lab. Wasted a whole summer of 02 with football practice and AE. Long story short they hired me as a student to do the district's end of year banquet video. Made the school a bit of money and i was hooked at how something from a computer could impress people. Never looked back and can't watch tv without dissecting it now.
    Charles Yeager
    3 years ago
    I hear ya on the "dissecting TV", it is like an after thought, like breathing. One half of my brain watches for enjoyment, the other half tries to reverse engineer everything. Always fun to see things that I can't figure out, (at which point I rewind the DVR and watch it again, and again... haha)
Axl
3 years ago
It came in the Master Collection and one day I fired it up just to see what it was and it looked so complex compared to some other video editors that I searched for tutorials on how to use it ...and that's where I got into AE and discovered Video Copilot.
    Valors
    3 years ago
    Same here , but I was still 12(2010) then I found Video Copilot.
AELover
3 years ago
I Fell in love with after effects when my Girlfriend dumped me for another guy. I found after effects on my school computer and haven't looked back since. Two weeks after my relationship with AE began, our advice giver (VideoCopilot) Showed up.

Thanks Andrew. You've taught me alot.
Majdwlen
3 years ago
Actually ...i fall in love with after effect after i knew video copilot

1,000 thanks to Andrew Kramer
I hope to reach to half of what you achieve

Thanks from my heart
3 years ago
Andy I only come on here so i can scroll down the comments panel and imagine myself descending into the marianna trench,

I came to after effects, as I fell into compositing after trying desperately to edit some really bad animation about penguins gave up on that who wants to see dancing penguins never sell!!!!!!!!!!!

watched you from the beginning, before you was a dad and sam becoming a internet replacement for john Mclane, and tino, nobody puts Tino in the corner.

Thanks to you I am ever closer to my dream job, however the day you turn to Nuke, would be similar to Anakin downfall.
Magnus
3 years ago
I started using After Effects in 1995, green screened a chain saw cutting a logo gushing blood... client did not go for it, can you believe it? lol
3 years ago
Actually iam a 3ds max lover but i loved after effects because of you mr.kramer
Thanks for great tutorials :)
3 years ago
when i worked with some lightning effect.. :) its great..
3 years ago
My first experience with After Effects was only last year, when I used the Video Copilot tutorial for hitting a kid with a car (http://ctechinteractive.com/texting-while-driving/).
I have since made Energy Balls, Head Explosions, and beautiful motion graphics. Shiny stuff :D
Heya i'm for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly helpful & it helped me out a lot. I am hoping to present something back and aid others such as you aided me.
Kumaraguru
3 years ago
I am using AE for last one year.I Started with no Knowledge about AE.But by the tutorials of Videocopilot.net only i Learnt Something about AE.Thank you Mr.Andrew Kramer.and my wishes..................
Omar Khaled
3 years ago
I started after effect because i wanted to make two copies of my brother in the same video but when i started after effect i couldn't stop it :)
Hugh
3 years ago
I fell in love with adobe after effects after watching many videos on videocopilot. It just got to me last week and now it's my favorite website in the world. Thank you.
3 years ago
I weirdly got into After Effects a couple years ago because I go to NYU and there's nobody there who really specializes in visual effects. it seemed natural (and still does) to try and tap that market. By now, AE is more of a passion than a hobby.
Jhonnel
3 years ago
It's because of youtube. I was browsing a some of Riot's and I accidentally Saw you Riot Gear... And I was amazed.. and It brought me here to VideoCopilot.Net!! Thanks to you Andrew
3 years ago
what about "When did you fall in love with Nuke?"
3 years ago
Lol, i can remember is using my ipod video camera, taking retarded videos of myself, and scrolling through the tutorials on video copilot.net, and i kept saying to myself " Crap, if i had that program, this would be awesome, then i discovered that we had after effects cs5 for a long time already, then i started to fail at making videos, but now i am AE SUPAHERO! YAY i make crap blow up, WERHOOEY!!
3 years ago
I completed my bachelor in audio engineering Nov 2010 and offered my services to community broadcasters, I have for many years had a passion for movie editing and in early 2011 offered my editing skills to the same community broadcasters I was offered 2 TV Shows to edit, which I did. My audio skills were called upon so I engineered the shows soundtracks as well. The biggest concern at this time to me was the lack of professional titles, IMOVIE and Moviemaker just dont cut it. I searched the internet for programs that do titles and stumbled upon Adobe CS4 After effects, I now am addicted to the program and hungry for knowledge and tutorials, I have watched every tut made by Andrew Kramer and tried out every graphic title he has produced, only the Ancient text tut remains for me to conquer. As Pro Tools is the king for audio engineers, After effects is the king for motion graphic artists.
Therefor if producing a song is considered an artform ; producing motion graphics must stand as an artform as well.
My romance with After effects and Video Co pilot has bought me great pleasure and satisfaction I look forward to many years of indulgence and gratification through the creation of motion graphics. Many thanks must go to AK and this site.:)
3 years ago
watching some adverts made me Fall into 3ds max and then i looked for the perfect tool to for final composite which is, AFTER EFFETS (that was in 2009) and i have also done some movies with 3ds max and After , with a lot of help from your tutorials.. THANK YOU KRAMER
WISTON
3 years ago
well i was a special effects movie freak ..1 day was just googling around saw the making of AVATAR ...AWESOME bunch off pple run around in green backround n thats it !....so i started photoshop !..still din knew about ae ..then 1 nce again i start googling lik a mad man ....n here i m VIDEO CO PILOT .... i download a tut ...n thats it m hooked !
Jonathan
3 years ago
I got into this after seeing the chroma keying and then the time freeze effect.
Bag of tips & tricks
3 years ago
Yea I can remember. I started my AE carrier with the sexy "The Bullet" tutorial DVD. From then i love it.

I am a 3D Animator & Compositor. I was used 3ds Max & AE. But for the reason of popularity case in film & animation sector, I've to transfer myself from Max to Maya and After Effects to Nuke. But I still love AE & use it as my second comp app.

Great application, user friendly UI, awesome plugin architecture & last not least, very useful software.
Nathalie
3 years ago
My first date was june2010 my bro bought me the creative suite master collection cs3, he got bored of me messing with movie maker xD
Riffy86
3 years ago
2.5 years ago, I too had found the limits of the FCP suite. I wanted to take it to the next level. Found Video Copilot and it all started from there. (True Story) But that was just the gateway... From there I got into 3D design and all this combined to further my creative ideas while filming. Since I really got into AE, I've been working as a sub contractor for productions. Thanx!!
Rebel28
3 years ago
Just over a month ago, I had wanted AE for a while longer than that, but didn't have the OS for it.

Now, I do.

The reason I wanted to get it, and now love it. Is because it's so powerful and flexible.

Before all I had was cutting and editing, and basic picture transparency.

Now, full on particle systems, real-time effects, 3D spacing, and a flip load more.
k!D-k@m!ll!0n
3 years ago
I just recently was turned on to AE, and thanks to VCP I made my first special effects video with my buddy for a church talent show last week. It was shot with a web cam in my living room and is rough but it was a lot of fun! I'll never turn back.
3 years ago
the lightsababer thing for me in the year the lightning tutorial came out
3 years ago
I remember it :) it began when i saw the TV show Charmed. when i was very very child... i was so susprised of what that people "could do" and i started to believe that they cast real people with habilities lol ... because i couldnt find a mistake in the fx, even in the slow motion on the tapes of VHS that i used to recorded xD then some years after i got the Particle illusion and i was the begining of a passion whichs goes on :)
3 years ago
videocopilot is my inspiration for working in aftereffects...i used to find after effects very complicating so i used to work in premiere but thanks to Andrew Cramer and his team who helped me a lot with the fun and cool tutorials which made my work better and helped me in understanding AE...well im from india...and im a bengali...so i would like to thank this site n the people in my own words"KHUB BHALO KAJ KORCHO TOMRA...CHALIYE JAO"
iñaki
3 years ago
I got it like 2 or 3 years cs4, not understanding anything while I opened the back by an effect lightsaber and now I'm in love and still improving
thanks
me meti hace como 2 o 3 años al cs4, no entendi nada al tiempo lo abri devuelta por un efecto de sable de luz y ahora estoy enamorado y sigo mejorando
gracias
3 years ago
2.5 years ago with the Video copilot Bullet tutorial and Cinema 4D integration after what I saw between the two I knew my life would be more creative from then on.
evanGbizzle
3 years ago
i got into after effects because i used to love making home movies at a young age, and i wanted to do a meteor crash video. so i googled meteor crash and VC came up! so i bought after effects and its been my favorite VFX program since
Ravihara Weerathunge
3 years ago
It was when i was 16. I was doing a school project and I knew i wanted after effects do finish it. So i did finish all my 3d work and, then for the post production,i installed after effects. in 10 minuets, i was working with it very well. what an amazing software..
David Whitworth
3 years ago
I don't remember what I was looking for but then some day a friend of mine pointed me to videocopilot.net where I started with the Basic Training series and was hooked from the beginning. I literally absorbed all the tutorials AK hat done so far (I think the 50th Tutorial - the Halloween special had just come out) and then started eyperimenting with AE myself. In the first test-projects I made, I created a black lightsaber using VC's lightsaber plugin V2, a star wars laser barrier, a manual day to night conversion and so on. Afterwards I supported the above mentioned friend create a monster face for his first short film »Suddenly« and right now I'm working on the screenplay for my first own movie. So basically it's all more or less to Andrew Kramer, Sam Loya and the rest of the VC crew.
Herman Darr
3 years ago
the day i stumbled across Andrew Kramer on Creative Cow...then soon after on Video Copilot...I was hooked on AE
3 years ago
when i was in the college i wanna to make vfx clips. some how i got VC tutorial '''' finally i started loving AE:::
UMMMAAA
ILES
3 years ago
I've been told that AF is like "Photoshop for video"
I was interested and decided to try. And now I've been "trying" this for almost 3 years.
3 years ago
I remember our first encounter like it was yesterday. Tired of the nagging limitations imposed upon me by the old familiar Flash, I yearned for something new. Fresh. Exciting. My eyes began to wander, and then there she was, with her fancy cameras, adjustment layers, and oh! so wondrous nulls! Who was this enigmatic siren? Two years later, her mysteries continue to unfold before my eyes. All with Videocopilot as my chaperone.
agnar13
3 years ago
i first felt in love with photoshop in 1998, but that is not the question,then a friend gave me a copy of after effect as an editing software...and i never finished my editing...It was in 2003.
then i meet my dear premiere 6, and i finished to edit my movie.
6month later after a quick romance with lightwave, i was introduced to our dear after effect , it was on a hot night in Monaco after the Imagina party ;)
a few weeks later i found Videocopilot... and i started to learn and love us jokes ;)
less than 6 month after i found a job editing videogames trailers (for Cedemo.com ), and authoring dvd...for 5 years until the end... but that is an other story .

Thx After Effect thx VideoCopilot
Steven
3 years ago
READ THIS
(emotional story about how one love ends and theother started)

i gues i´m the granddad here...
stared "video editing" in 1995 (yes i know, it´s NOT this millennium..) i used MainAction, uLead, Magix, and any other "editng program" i could get my hand on. Then i came across Premiere (about 1996 or so..) i made the perfect gift for my girlfriend, i did a video with showed her day, she had on the day she had her birthday, in first person! (like, you get a video from today, out of your own eyes) i spoke with all her friends, asked them if we all could stage her day she will have in advance. traveled every place she would be on that day. ask her parents to help me out, stage here breakfast, did a phone call with her grandma, with her brother (life's not in the same town), went to her classes in university, to the gym... (you get the point...) i shot a truck full of footage, edited it in PREMIERE 5.0 (yes sir, NO Premiere PRO, just PREMIERE... and everyone knows how this version suuuuukkkeeddd!) the whole video i did not made a appearance in the film, avoiding mirrors and reflections. i manage to deliver the video with a taxi-driver, gave the driver 20bugs and the order to only handle the video to her! gave him also the order to tell her she MUST WATCH THE VIDEO NOW - WITH ALL THE GUESTs ON HER PARTY! i was needy, and shy also very nervuse!!! but after the first 2 minutes she was totally crying, totally blown away, seeing all her friends and family wishing her a happy-b-day!

total in tears..

after the last take (her dad, asking NOT to dink all the beer, so he would get some) i showed me in the video, editing the whole stuff... i spoke in to the camera (with is ment to be her) and told her: " the present i give you is NOT the video! my gift is the awareness of this emotional moment TOGETHER with all friends and family! Happy Birthday!"

you could imagine that everybody was in tears!!!!??
they were!!
after the video, they clapped there hands like 3minutes… felt like 2 hours --> was great!

the relationship broke up, we are still "friends"… yeah… screw that!
but i was asked to do more video stuff.. i was mad @ premiere, not adobe´s foult - i made "animation" in permiere, not knowing there is a tool for this stuff!

so.. like in my life, i "moved on", premiere is now "my friend" the editor, and AE is the NEW EVERLASTING LOVE! she will not leave me, i could turn her on, easy!
AND if i have enough.. i turn her OFF! muahahahah

ps:
i spend month listening to Brian Maffit, Deke O´Rylie and Jackob Rosenberg, they told me more then the basics! (total training, video2brain…)
and now i watch CuboHQ, Motionworks, GSG and VPC…. still learning, still on the hunt to give my love the perfect KEYFRAME!!!

greetings
steven
Lionside
3 years ago
Movie trailers. I remember once being awe-struck with some promo that I watched. When someone told me it was made with Adobe After Effects, that's when my story began. :D
renato
3 years ago
I had to make some cool looking stuff in FLASH for an ambitious boss and well... Did lots of research on how to do it best and learned about AE. That was 3 years ago, I have been sick for almost all of them, but now I'm OK again and for the first time in my life I know what career I want to pursue.

So again, thank you for your work, for sharing your knowledge and with that giving people who don't have much other possibilities a chance to learn.
4 years ago
It's been only five years, but it's been awesome. I was once a rock star wanabe and moved from Protools to Avid to Final cut until finally meeting my true love AE! I can honestly say that with the many resources out there yours and Ahron Rabinowitz' tutorials have made a huge impact on my career. Just don't tell my wife!
Rob
4 years ago
I came across your site a couple weeks ago, and immediately upgraded to CS5, but I paid the extra to get AE. Best decision I made since getting FCP. Your efforts through all your work on this site have been truly inspiring and amazing to say the least.

I've developed tutorials on CMS systems, and basic audio/video so I know how much time it takes to put these tuts together. And you're not a boring guy to listen to either. Your witty banter makes it more like I'm being taught by a friend and not some stuck up "couldn't make it in Hollywood" instructor that's disgruntled with life.

You truly have a gift my friend and I'm surprised that you've devoted so much time to this when you could be out there making you and your family a small fortune working on feature films.

Great job to you and your team. I wish there were more people out there like you.
Jonas
4 years ago
Well, since yesterday :D
    Jonas
    4 years ago
    and your Beginner Tutorials really helped ma alo BIG THANKS!
សុភាក់
4 years ago
I fall in 1 year ago.
مهدی کرباسی
4 years ago
I fall in 3 weeks ago, and exactly i was a graphic designer for many years and wanted to bring visuals to life.
keios
4 years ago
I first met AE when my professor told me to make a trailer using texts


then i met her.. AE i held her hands using my mouse and keyboard stared at her effects with my monitor

she was still 7 back then

she first charmed me with effects>generate>lightning and effects>generate>lens flare

when we made love we changed positions


and also rotations and scale

our theme song was epic music

she got jealous when i tried combustion

but i still came back to her better than ever

Her expressions made me wiggle

then Andrew came and made our bonds stronger

We had some troubles we made some adjustments..adjustment layers

Shes always teasing me with rotoscope.

She became more pretty with Trapcode

I fell inlove with her shine

when she renders her love she takes her time :)
    Age
    4 years ago
    Great comment, couldn't stop laughing :-D
    David Whitworth
    3 years ago
    Seriously - you're a freakin' poet!
    :D
Goodshiver
4 years ago
i remember get into it for the camehameha effect and now out of nowhere i work profesionally with it!!
Lance
4 years ago
Started editing on DPS velocity in 2000 with a buddy of mine.
I remember the moment when I realized that key frames didn't mean you actually had to manually edit each frame... Oh the hours we had wasted. Wow.

Then on to Adobe Premiere 5.5. Otherwise known as Adobe "Save your work every five minutes or you might lose everything" Premeire 5.5

My buddy had since moved on to the wonderful world of After Effects. His stuff looked a lot better than mine. Then I too made the move.
4 years ago
at the first year of my collage life...then loved it..
Chris
4 years ago
I was editing training videos on a Casablanca for years, and last year I switched over to editing on a PC using Adobe CS4. I started playing around with AE to see how I could jazz up my titling and graphics and I fell in love pretty quick. When I discovered VideoCopilot I was blown away with what this program and some good training could do. I've been using AE on a daily basis now, usually in a more humble way than what we see Andrew do, but it really made my work look more professional, and I just recently got hired to do my first complete motion graphic promo for a local county government agency.
Between Andrews awesome tutorials (and great products which I have bought), Chad Perkins over at Lynda.Com and the insane Ryan Connolly at Film Riot I've really enjoyed my affair with AE.
Moody
4 years ago
Well... before AE I was using Sony Vegas, since im user of windows ^^ ... so one day I saw a rly nice effect called Twitch and I tried to recreate it on SV cuz I didnt know on wich softwear it was made... but the result of those attempts was rly sad ^^ then I found out about this great site and after whatchig that tutorial I rly enjoyed the way that Andrew Kramer is explaining the projects ... so I felt in love with AE ,)
4 years ago
I came out from my mother and i screamed "oh my God, too much bright there, correction !!! correction!!!!"
Jayjoe Shoo (TZ)
4 years ago
I remember that i wanted to know how get explossions look real
that when i started searching for how to . . .on Youtube when i got the dvd from my friend with the web in it plus the action essntials thats when i started to real get into it ...coming videocopilot.net like everyday . . .and thank you Krammer for the free basic training page Cause without it i would give up on the interface it was killing me . . .but now i try to do everything i find from different tutorials ...i just hope we will meet some day some how . . .here in Tanzania there is a say"Milima haikutani lakini Binadamu hukutana!" which means "Mountains will never meet but Human some how they will".
Hey thanx gyz for reading this I feel like a confersion chamber am in about EA...Hhaha
Bless you,please "each one teach one" - NAS(Hiphop Artist)
Hansen
4 years ago
You're the matchmaker! My first dating with AE is when I wanna make a christmas greeting for christmas celebration in my church, last December. I want it to be a motion graphic, not only picture.

And I found Copilot. Thanks a lot for your tutorials.

My first work was based on your '3D Lines'. I remember, after that, I make your "Shatterize", "3D Room", "Smoke Screen", and your "3D Vines" helped me to understand 3Ds max.

And now, my friends say,"Why don't you change your major to Visual Communication Design?" Haha... I'm a university student, at Food Technology major.

They're very impressed with my works. It's because of Copilot.

Now, I'm doing my special project. It is for my anniversary on February 10th. My 1st anniversary with my GF. I wanna give something special for her. And I'm making a short video (documentation videos) about our first year.

Copilot is very helpfull to me to find inspiration.

Once again, Thanks a lot for Copilot! Always success, and keep better!

Greetings from Indonesia...
Andrew B
4 years ago
I got into AE when I watched a video called "How to pick up a car" by braproductions (on YouTube). I'd been watching his Sony Vegas tutorials, and at first I thought this was one too.
But then I found it wasn't. I was a much cooler program called "After Effects"! :-)
ram
4 years ago
I started looking into it last year (2010) and it's only recently (Jan 2011) that I found Copilot. I'm amazed at how great the tutorials are and how creative the Copilot team are. Looking forward to seeing more.
Frank
4 years ago
I'd been making short films for about ten years, many with practical effects and editing to make surreal things happen. I then shot a video with some friends that needed some after effects-this was in the summer of 2008. The main part was solved using the Assisted Suicide tutorial in a way, although you wouldn't immediately tell. Most of it's masking, puppet tool and some particle dust in the background. What really counts, though, is a good idea. It won us a viewers' choice award :) For me, it literally took off from there (yes, that's me in the shot):
http://www.vimeo.com/16243513
Justine Ramos
4 years ago
Well I've been wanting to learn AE but couldn't find time for it. Then I had a weather forecast project 5 days ago. I wanted to create the news intro effect so I googled how to make one and it led me to this AMAZING website. I'm still a noob but with Andrew's tutorials it makes it much easier to learn.
Ibrahim
4 years ago
Last month and the best resource is this site of yours...
I've already gotten 3 simultaneous (amateur) jobs on this thing even though i am still in the infancy of learning this vast and complicated labyrinth called After Effects... :)

greetins from Pakistan!! =D
al board
4 years ago
I can't remember the exact date, but I think I fell in love with AfterFX about 3 years ago. I was looking to enhance video stuff in a way that was requiring animated masks and read about it in the help documents. So I thought I'd give it a try. Never in my life would I have imagined the things you can do with AfterFX. So, thanks a lot to AK and all the people supporting him. I'll keep learning AND enjoying the the amazing tutorials on this website!
Daniel Swan
4 years ago
I remembered falling in love with After Effects when i needed to create a video presentation for my Physical Education Subject a year ago...

I never really thought that I'd get hooked to it that much...

Now, I'm beginning to create much videos incorporated with 3ds Max...
Mogen
4 years ago
lol, i fell in love with AE when i learned how to make cool video intros. Now im doing 3d incorperated in AE (lol bad grammer). Making some cool video effects, intros and a whole lot more! I found VC from Freddie Wong, YouTube. He talked about Action essentials, and now i looked around the site, andrew kramer being the best teacher for AE. Thats my story.
4 years ago
two weeks ago and I am addicted. I just started with this video work. Be that I am a member of the Pudding factory it seemed as if it would be inevitable. I am so very glad I found out about you guys and this site!!! Now I just need a solid audio tutorial and I will feel so much better about my entry into video!!
Alex
4 years ago
I fell in love with after effects after stumbling on to this website lol... changed my life! Im a mixed martial artist, fought on TV a few times, and havent lost yet, so that was the career path, (still an option but not the most stable of jobs). then i found this, fell in love, learne fast, now im in a postgraduate degree program at Seneca college.

Only issue is Seneca is forcing me to be unfaithful. I start on january 10th, and i have to use Nuke... ive started on my own.. oh how i miss after effects. Nuke is so unfriendly, its cold and leaves me lonely at nights... I miss AE... will it ever forgive me? :(
Adika Dashrieq
4 years ago
My first date with AE when i see action movies like Rambo that come out with cool blood effects. But i'm still newbie at AE. So at videocopilot, i found a good teacher for me...
Thanx Andrew..
4 years ago
I found a demo on the DIGIT Magazine...!!! N I wanted to try it out n grew from there!!!
Benjicool345
4 years ago
I remember it was about 9 months ago when I had my first date with After Effects CS5... I really was into this Photoshop, Illustrator and many other Adobe products, but I never really thought that there could be an Adobe product for ovie making and special effects. I started searching on youtube for more kamehameha videos and lightsaber, flying and other things as soon as I saw the first one. I knew I could really do it, so I gave it a try. And today, with the help of YOU Andrew Kramer and After Effects CS5 and Photoshop, I have made for than 42 videos about special effects and I'm very proud of my work. It's all thanks to you AK!

Thank you for the teachings of my life! :)
Rich
4 years ago
I don't think I'm quite in love with it yet. I'm too much of a noob to say there is love around the corner. I enjoy doing films more and AE helps me do some minor effects but for the most part I try not to use it besides playing around. I am working on a music video for Regina Specktor's "Two Birds" that I am only using PS and AE CS5 - so far having fun with it and learning new tricks(mostly the puppet tool)

So maybe after this project is done I will be in love :)
Ronald Lanham Jr
4 years ago
Like Andrew said I was a graphic design student and I wanted to branch out into motion graphics. Now I make a living using it. How cool is that? BTW I couldn't make it without Video Copilot.
Ecuador
4 years ago
It was right after i saw matrix in 1999
DudingDude
4 years ago
I fell in love with AE when i saw a video on youtube, a calculator hack that plays Call of Duty, well, we're still dating :D
4 years ago
I went from FL studio/cubase to
corel draw, to MS Frontpage to
Dreamweaver and Flash, and then
to...videocopilot.

cldn't help the feeling i just got addicted.
AE. My thing.
NASIBAH AL HUSAIN
4 years ago
i was working on toon boom so one day i watched an animation video on youtube and read in the description "edited with AE" so i started looking for it
and from that day i FELL in love with AE :D
thank you anderwww
was in 2006 when I had after effects on my computer, I did not know the potential that had the software until you follow the steps of a small tutorial and saw that I could do something really amazing!
Oru Tosan Nick
4 years ago
Got into it becos everybody in the office was running away from it saying it is a complicated program to learn but had seen some stuff on tv that was done with it and i wanted to do them that was how it started.
4 years ago
I started with Combustion, but i couldn't go further because of the lack of tutorials. Than i ran into your Demon Face tutorial, watched it. I noticed the parenting and pre-compositing which i figured out i could not be able to do them in Combustion and realized how powerful AE is. And there were lots of tutorials about it... Mostly yours... Than i switched into AE.
ike
4 years ago
Most use a canon D7 for shooting music videos, i know it has good picture quality. but it is a lil expensive. guys pls advice whats the best camera to shoot a music video..must especially when you are a new person in this business.
Anthony.I
4 years ago
Discovered AE by asking myself question on how so many effects i watch in film were created and how i could do the same, and someone told me about video co pilot..since then..my lofe has not been the same..Have not uploaded most of my videos, but this was one of my first works, saw it was not so good, so i made a newer and more convicning version later on..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaDK3_98FRg&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaDK3_98FRg&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaDK3_98FRg&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
Ronald
4 years ago
I just got my copy of After Effects 2 months ago and am still on my honeymoon. However, its more of a ménage à trois with Andrew in the editing room! Oh My!
4 years ago
When i discovered Andrew kramer Pretty much :)
ana
4 years ago
i fell in love after listning to andrew's voice and the incredble intrestin way in which he teaches you.. :)
April
4 years ago
When I was in college way back in 1999. Our college is the first school who introduced multimedia course in my home country. Most student spent their time to become great graphic designers and 3D animators. i told myself i want to be different specially that i'm a woman, i can proove to my batch that i can do after effects stuff. since then i fall in love in AE. :)
jonathan
4 years ago
it's 3 months ago ;)
waleed
4 years ago
My first project was the demon face of sam. and ( Hey whats up this is AK from video copilot).

thanks AK for all your help.

salam,
waleed
4 years ago
My first project was the demon face of sam. and ( Hey whats up this AK from video copilot).

thanks AK for all your help.

salam,
Jad
4 years ago
I guess my first time with AE was for greenscreening purpose, I wanted to record a guitar clip with a background behind me ^^
4 years ago
Like an alarming amount of people my love affair with After Effects blossomed through Star Wars. I saw a crappy clip of someone with a lightsabre and thought I must be able to do that, especially having used photoshop for a while (This was pre-layers photoshop BTW!)

So in 1999 I began making a Star Wars film called Dark Skies and have loved After Effects ever since. Sadly, I don't use AE as often as I'd like (since it doesn't really impact on my daily work) but it is without doubt my all-time favourite programme.

Hence I'm here, learning from a guru...
Eric
4 years ago
My friend bought the adobe collection last spring and showed me some of his stuff. He also showed me the website he used for learning how to make cool effects (Video Copilot). I thought that it would be fun to watch how people made visual effects in the movies, even if I couldn't do it myself and watched them for about a month before I gave in and bought adobe production premium (a great student price too!). The jokes make it interesting to listen too, and it's not some annoying voice tutorial you'd find on youtube.
alexander aditya
4 years ago
I started with AE3.0 back in 1996.. mostly we did video music,but Alas! the editing machine(by that time) only have 2 layer of videos (that's why they called it a-b roll). In the other hand, AE claim they could have "unlimited" (up to 99) layer, so I start take AE into my daily life :) which is it takes Forever to render a 3 minutes multilayered video with minimal effect on 233Mhz Mac PPC... But but my love will last forever in AE
Tcarle
4 years ago
I always wanted to get into the film industry, one day I got asked if I would like to go to a 3D animation week short course, I accepted because I want to know what that area of the film industry did. So while I was there I got to use Maya which we made short films with. On the last day we were told to use a program called After Effects to do final tweekings and effects on our movies. The tutors didn't teach us to use the program of course because it was a 3D course so they told us to go to Video Co Pilot and was instantly hooked into after effects. I went from there and got AE for myself.
Ulysses3D
4 years ago
I used to love Flash 5, as an animation tool, and a friend of mine said "Hey Checkout this dude, he is funny, just your'e sense of humor, and also he uses a cool program called Aftereffects" (Videocopilot.net) So I did and was hooked since......and you have a great sense of humor..which helps the learning process...
Jason Sommers
4 years ago
AE 3.0 Editing Local Commercials in Houston
Mariela
4 years ago
Yes, it was february, love was in the air, the year 1997. I was young, so was AE, version 3.1. We created a lower third for a documentary. I loved AE ever since, but the moment I lost my mind to it was when version 5 came out with the camera and 2.5 dimensions and watched the movie "The kid stays in the picture".
Eshita
4 years ago
i first got into AE after watching your tuts :D !
4 years ago
Old blog i know, but I wanted to share how I got started with videocopilot.net.. It was around last year when I was looking at the youtube page indy mogul, I think I saw it on their light saber effect tutorials.. from there i've watched probably around 90% of your tutorials.. This is my latest work, it's just a draft of the whole 4 minute video but it shows basically what the video is for (a student exhibit) :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qD2tkDDJY0

and btw, those works at the back are not mine, they're just placeholders lol :)
vfxpraveen
4 years ago
hi Mr.vfx
thanking you for all tutorials.
4 years ago
I've just met AE and we can both confess that it's love at first sight. :-)
Being educated as a photographer I've always tried to put the narrative qualities of film into photo. And in developing my artistic carrier, I've recently ventured into video.

In the last video I've made (which you can find here : http://vimeo.com/12400535 ) , I had about 300 dust particle's floating through light. When I proudly told a friend that I animated each single particle by hand using key-framing in photoshop, he turned kind of blue trying to stop himself from laughing... :-)

And so my love-life expanded and I am proud to say I am hosting a true ménage à trois consisting of my Cintiq 12wx, Photoshop and After Effects. Photoshop, being my first tends to get jealous sometimes. And so once in a while I still pop op the Photoshop animation window.. but that won't last.
4 years ago
As a video editor, I always wanted to do something that gave me an edge over my competitors. Eventually, video editing was just not enough. I got After Effects 6.5 in 2005 and found an Andrew Kramer tutorial on Creative Cow. Thank you Andrew for the inspiration.
zead
4 years ago
i fell in love with it in 2009 after watching a youtube video of DBZ kamehameha blast effect made using after effect.
Singilulum
4 years ago
I felt in love in AE 4 years ago, inspired with Dragon Ball cartoon, and i wanted to make Kamehameha video... i found some tuts on youtube and i did it, i think i've that video somewhere lol... then i wanted to be better in AE and video compositing, and started practicing everyday for the past 4 years... well almost every day ;) Now i'm planing to open a video production studio with my two buddies and make some magic!
4 years ago
I may be the old lady in this group. I still have my box from COSA V1.0 Who here remembers COSA? Yes, that was the little company that created After Effects. My first teacher for this software was a young woman named Trish Meyer (who knew) and the classes were taught at AFI in Los Angeles back in 1993. Back then you did a lot of nesting comps and it was completely normal to get a little screen that said approximate time for render 38 hours.
Daunte Richmond
4 years ago
it was 2008 when I met and saw Steve Holmes in Vegas at the NABSHOW doing some camera moves with CS3. The company I work for had bought AE in 2001 with an editing system, i had no Idea what After Effects did. Now, with the help of andrew kramer, which i learned from Steve Holmes, I used it in every project that I do. Thank A.K.!
V.
4 years ago
'twas 1997 and I had to integrate movies with graphics for an *interactive CD-Rom* to be published with Max (Magazine).
Green screen and all that.
We didn't like each other much at the beginning, AFX and me, but we've been together ever since. And I keep learning things thanks to you. ;)
Thermi
4 years ago
i started playing around with ae in...i think last year. i watched basic training and started doing simple effects(lightning, cc p. world...) now i know much after effects, but i cant be creative cuz i have very bad computer.
photoshop...2 years ago, i think. it was nice program, now is even better. i know it better than after effects. i didnt watch any tutorials.
now i dont know whats best for me-photo edit, video edit or 3d?
thanks andrew, now i know after effects. legend!
following you on twitter and will on rss if i get it right haha
my after effects knowledge will be bigger when i get new pc. i see many great tutorials, but i quit when i remember that they will be hard to make on my pc and render will be long. few cool effects that i can handle are sure target,...hmmm.what else :P
very nice site, andrew, give us more tutorials, news, free projects, plugins...
this site is perfect, youtube is lame for after effects.
so, only video copilot.
Gregory
4 years ago
I remember temping at an Ad agency while I was in Film School. I was working on Quark layouts and envious as Hell as she danced at the hands of another man. So, I asked After Effects out. I have to be honest, I think she found my shy fumbling pretty tiresome; my awkward keystrokes barely able to deliver what either of us wanted. But, she kept it to herself. Eventually I started getting noticed when our rendezvous turned corporate presentations into something they hadn't seen from the poor office has been: powerpoint. I could barely stomach the memory of all those hours I'd spent trying to get her to even just play a quicktime, but it was over. I knew what I had with AFX was love, and I've never looked back. I don't expect her to be faithful. After all, there are men such as yourself Andrew who will always bring her to new horizons, but when I'm shooting a project I know she'll be there, if I need her, to color the world fantastic.
CapnKrunchy
4 years ago
Well, I was seeing these awesome intros that people made on YouTube. So I was like "Hey, I wish I could do that..." Your tutorials have made it that much easier for me to get into film making and editing.
Jordy de Lat
5 years ago
I started 3 years ago with video editing. I used Adobe Premiere at that moment. After some time i wanted to create some visual effects. Like blowing someone head off :P That's 2 years ago. I also started to use Cinema 4D at that time. So the first thing i made with AE was this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaGa-gxF4-I
Well i can say that i've learned much more since then. I'm on a media school now. But the most stupid thing of all is, that they do not learn us how to work with After Effects. Cause the teachers them self don't know how to use it.... But with al the turtorials i can do it on my own :P and now I'm able to create this :D: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaGa-gxF4-I
So even if you don't learn it at school. There are many ways to learn AE and other programms!

Thank you, Andrew for this website! It really helps me getting better in what i do!
Remon
5 years ago
I admit it; I am new; I started this summer, but hay I'm 17
and I have long time to design.
oh and by the way, I am a proud graduate of Video Copilot's
Basic Training Academy. :)
MadMike
5 years ago
As a graphic designer/video editor/film enthusiast/web developer/3d artist (in the spare time I am also nitting :), I've been foolin' around with quite a lot of programs. So After Effects was just a matter of time.
We met this year and after your introduction we began to date stadily after only four hours. Couldn't belive how well we understand each other.

We are all very gratefull to you for creating this site.
5 years ago
1995 AE 3.0 , I never expected it to become the standard program then. Mama mia time passed so fast .... ;P
Great to see how it improved and great to see that many things and concepts didn´t change at all ....after !! 15 YEARS !! Long live Aftereffects !!
5 years ago
Well, I always wanted to learn how to use After Effects and this past semester my school added a class with a great teacher. I haven't quit the program since. I even made some of my own titles for a video production for class before I took the class and had so much fun!
Blaze-Sama
5 years ago
That was long time ago, when I saw for first time what is called "MAD Movie" It's like a Japanse Anime Music Video that resembles more a Professional Introduction, the song and effects are carefully synchronized and all that.

Since I've been in this area of design since i have memory, I was impressed and wanted to learn how to produce such amazing animations to bring life to my designs, Then i tried a lot of tools including Sony Vegas but they where restricting my creativity, that until i tried Adobe After Effects, at the beginning i was scared of the interface. but then i manage to get along with it, and Video Copilot helped a lot with that too.

I owe a lot to this excellent web site and Master Andrew for his marvelous tutorials.
5 years ago
I've been eyeing on her few years ago until last year, mid of 2009, when i accidentally surfed on videocopilot.net
5 years ago
After years of print graphic art, I met After-Effects back to school in 2003, where I was actually there to learn programming languages. And I get really fast that I was going to fail. Fortunately, I had the chance to meet Autodesk Maya and After-Effects, since, we live a perfect love...
Victor
5 years ago
Well, my first stumble upon it was when I was a 6 year old computer genious in the year 2000, but my dad told me that it is way too hard unless you went to school for it. But then I found it again at CS4 a year and a half ago and that is when I started.
Afif Ridhwan Roslan
5 years ago
'Twas a school project that bonded us together. My group decided to make a video sketch of "The Phantom of the Opera", me being the editor. I got and played with After Effects since.
5 years ago
I guess it was somewhere in the mid-ninties. I looked at it, mentally mumbled "It's moving Photoshop -COOL!" and have been addicted ever since.

Prior to that I had done some work with Compositor in Wavefront (for the children in the crowd, that was Maya's great-grandfather).

Aharon Rabinowitz (now with Red Giant) and I did a couple of short videos together at Runtime DNA with After Efects back in the day. When I hooked back up with him last year over at Creative Cow, he pointed me over here. I'm happy to say I still refer people to this site, and despite having run the app since it was a wee baby, I am still picking up things from Andrew and company. -R
vienzzion
5 years ago
well, how i find out about after effect is when i was fiddling around with adobe creative suit.The question arouse "what the the hell is after effect for?" , then did a search and boom...found ur site.. the journey begins...
sam
5 years ago
Wow, so long!
It was in 1996... I was used to work with Quantel system & quantel artists for an european curtural tv channel (Arte).
Then I came to Paris where this system was too expensive for me, so a friend of mine tell me "hey do you know this stuff? Maybe you can do something with it!
It was already the Adobe version.
6 months after, it was my major software!
5 years ago
Started off doing brutal animations with Director in 2000, then moved into Flash. All the while, I was still shooting and editing video footage and eventually worked out how to use After Effects around 2003 or so. Took me some time to get used to it doing book and text based tutorials as I was still on dial-up internet at the time, but got there in the end!
5 years ago
In media design school I was introduced to AE for the first time. Since we had nobody to teach us how it worked (long story short: the school sucked) some of my classmates discovered VideoCopilot. So yeah, Adrew was practically our teacher. Before I knew I was spending every free minute watching Kramer's tutorials. AE was totally new for me, I couldn't believe my eyes when I witnessed Andrew's sky replacements, motion tracking and my favorite: particle systems! AE is still my most favorite piece of software!
Rabbit Studios
5 years ago
I begin with CS 4 and love it,havs cs 4 eng and 5 ger now i work with a Tesla + 480GTX an quad2core q9400 OC@ 3,2Ghz and 8 GB DDR-2 Ram great stuff not the best but its extreme better as before
abdalla hassan
5 years ago
my first date with after effects before 5 months
Brian
5 years ago
I worked in graphic design and dabbled in editing for a long time but felt I was missing something that would always wow me on TV commercials etc. I just didn't know the proper generic name for it to use as a google search... "motion graphics"

I was playing around with FCP and some small stuff in Motion, It seemed rather limited compared to some of the magic I'd seen, while I kept looking for tutorials for Motion. I almost never found what I was looking for... hardly ANY Motion tutorials, and it was annoying to have to filter out all the results for After Effects (LOL)

When I finally stumbled upon motionographer.com I thought, "yeah, that's what I'M talkin' about" and promptly started trolling the links, where I happened to discover the infamous Andrew Kramer at VIDEOCOPILOT.NET, and CreativeCow.net and realized I had my search terms and filtering all wrong!

GO KRAMINATOR!!!
theocrasy
5 years ago
Since 2 weeks ago I began to make my first WOW machinima.My friend get me AK's tutorial when i began to love it :)
Encon92
5 years ago
My first date was a blind date set up with a friend of mine who had experience with her. he should me all the creation he had done and i was curious so i tried it out and he introduced me to this site to get a good footing with after effects. It was slow at first but eventually we had an ignition on our flame. We really hit it big when i took video journalism. I made many effects in the class such as turning some one invisible with glass wipe which made a unique effect i found to making grid like matrix to represent some one hacking into a computer. After effects and me have been together for about 2 years now and hitting it strong and now im seeing if i can inroduce another companion, 3D max to this relationship to bring this relationship to the next level.
5 years ago
Hi Andrew . my name is juan, and i come from argentina. When i finish the college in 2005 i was amateur user of after effects, my dream was study in ''vancouver film school'' to become a important part of a vfx movie, but it was imposible to me, i was without money and i decide start studing architect, this 2 years i was trying to learn by my self everything i can. When i meet with your tutorials, i have to say, your knowleadge behind the tutorials, inspire me more and put me in the compositor way, your detail in the shots starts to give me a better eye when i watch a shot, so i leave architect and start learning by my self, tutorials and testing, now im fusion/nuke compositor working in one of the best vfx companys in latin america, i complete +20 vfx commercials and +4 movies, i expect send some applications to big companys to complete my dream to be part of one. So, i have to say: Thanks andrew and hope my story likes you.
check out my works: www.jisvfx.com

thanks!
Juan.
jack
5 years ago
i like editing videos, first i started with the simple movie maker than got off and made some cuts with power director and adobe premiere elements. i searched for some nice intro effects and so someone told me to look on this site and i tell u andrew ur tutorials are awesome
izzarshah
5 years ago
well, the first i fell in love with AE was when i was being given a task to create a presentation for my batches final year graduation. I was looking for ideas on youtube when i saw a cool presentation which leads to Andrew Kramer's VC Pilot site. From here i've learned almost everything and applied them to my presentation. From that day on, After Effects has been a must have software for me.

Here's the video from my presentation. I know it's a total pliagarism but i was still in a learning stage. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kff8x3TdzYU
Satyapriya
5 years ago
I came upon AAE while i was trying to make AMVs..FX n All are pretty require to spice up the videos..So got addicted to it henceforth..Whatever..Mr.Kramer Rocks..The One N Only Of His Kind..Hats Off.
Mariona
5 years ago
My first contact with AE was in my job six years ago.
I've got to animate a a newspaper article. For me the keyframes were little bugs, moving around! But now AE is one of my best friends, je je.
hamed
5 years ago
remember!.3 years ago . i start After Effect with your video.
Uli
5 years ago
2 maybe 3 years ago my sister's friend told me about it.
And I was just "Oh my god! This is so cool!!!"
He showed me the Basics and after some tutorials I could work very well with it.
Vladimir
5 years ago
2 years @ this site ^_^
5 years ago
i think 2 years back...learnt full AE from andrew
GenZi
5 years ago
It was year 2004 when a started like web designer, graphic designer, a used adobe products and about year 2008 a getting started with Affter Effect :D and a lov'd this software ;)
AB
5 years ago
It was after I purchased an AVCHD cam . I casually went in search of a couple of basic tutorials and the discovered Creative Cow website. This was about three years ago. Whilst on the Creative Cow website, I saw Andrew Kramer's tutorials (along with one or two others) and I followed Andrew here. (yeah that's a bit scary isn't it?)

My background is photography and Photoshop.
Terrence
5 years ago
It all started when I was browsing on Youtube. I'm eleven and a half years old and I like Legos. So I go to Youtube and watch some brickfilms, and on this guy's channel he has this video titled "After Effects Lightsaber test with Legos". I click on it and witness the epicness of the visual graphic lights. So I decided to check out this "After Effects". I browsed, and was pissed when I found out the price. Then one prefix in the software title changed everything: Adobe. I already had the Adobe CS4 Master Collection! I immediatly went through my CS4 library and searched for AfterFX. I was so happy when I found the program, but was disappointed when I first looked at it. It was like a network of screens and buttons and it was all so confusing. I was a kid. I had no idea what to do. I rejected her.

A year later, I stumbled upon the Annoying Orange. I wanted to use the effect for a school project, and learned that the program used for it was none other than my ex girlfriend AfterFX. At first I was exited that I already had the program, but then remembered why I dumped her. Eventually, I found the tutorial I needed and suceeded in the effect. That's when we reunited. I went beyond faces on fruits. I compiled all kinds of visual effects, and after that experience, I learned what a hell of a woman after effects was. We got married.
5 years ago
It was June of 2009. I started out as a graduate of Youtube University. Then I found Video Copilot. I started learning from here and have fell in love with it ever since. I decided to go to school for digital video editing and am working on my Associates. In the meantime I am building my own business where I am currently working with local bands in my area doing music videos. I'd really like to learn how they did the visual effects for Korn's music video coming undone. That was awesome. I wish I had a green screen that big! I hope to go to Full Sail for my bachelors degree but 70,000 dollars is alot of money....Someday my friends...someday.
Amir
5 years ago
it was almost 6 years ago when i just started to work with Adobe Video softwares, i started with premiere and after that AE 6.0. But anrew you know what? these days i hear alot about preference of "Nuke" over "AE" and this makes me sad after working these much with this software that i really love and i spend my time with!
5 years ago
I met this sultry little fox in the Fall of 2002. Making controllable puppets photos was my main objective. I suppose our love has slowly grown from there. Although she doesn't like that I still see FCP on the side.
LHcheM
5 years ago
OH, I'm just a student, and I was the only one who can make FX in the school in Hong Kong....
Because I wasn't good at video editing, people in the campus tv team don't repect me much, that time I want to start on effects, but no body accept, until I learned from Video Copilot and worked out some of the "Impressive Stuffs" XPP
That's when I started to have the fantasy of making more effects =]
5 years ago
Freshman year at Parsons... some kid gave me a bunch of programs:
kid: "Do u want After Effects?"
me: "What's After Effects"
kid: "It's like Photoshop with a timeline"
I instantly knew exactly what he meant. Years of playing around with layers in photoshop were about to pay off.

This was the first piece i made with AE: 6/13/1999
http://www.chrisroth.net/animation/beer.mov
Peter Parker
5 years ago
I was amazed when i saw a tutorial about the lightsaber effect and the Kamehameha from Dragonball Z..
It was the first time i knew, that there was a program called After Effect that could do movie effects and graphics.
Jorn
5 years ago
When i found out your lightsaber tutorial i was like: NO WAY. Now me and after effects are basicly married!
5 years ago
I had no idea that to make titles and motion graphics, you had to use something like AE!
I though Avid or Final cut could do it all.
but i got given my dads computer when i was like, ten or something and got it working and now I use it everyday!

I Love U AE!
5 years ago
I'd always been in love with Photoshop, and I had After Effects but I had no idea how to use it so it kinda just sat on my desktop...

I started getting into it more when I saw the epic tutorials on this site, and a lot of the stuff I knew inside out from photoshop transferred nicely to AE :D
Roko121
5 years ago
Well I did last year, my first tut was disintegration. Didn't know what to do with a perfect piece of software which I couldn't understand and then, out of nowhere a website emerged after I googled tutorials for ae... Video Copilot. The rest is obvious, thank you Andrew and VC because without you I'd have AE and wouldn't know what to do with it...
Alexandra
5 years ago
I fell in love 4 weeks ago ( i just found out what after effect in for) Thanks alot i am in grade 9 and i am am getting AWSOME MARKS Because of u Thanks Andrew Kramer
I like ur tutorials soo easy to follow, i use them for presentations and stuff like that I AE Thanks Again
Frozt80
5 years ago
Dude... so so so many people here. Well I did "fall for it" when I started to see the tuts here, it's just the way this dude does the things, has that vibe you know. Keep it up man... because of you I have a stady income and a kick-ass job :-)
Cheers
merv
5 years ago
i used to use ae as a support tool for my henry and flame jobs and now, its ae all the way with andrew's amaizing and entertaining tutorials...thanks andrew and video copilot...cheers...
Vaibhav
5 years ago
December 2009, winter break from 8th grade. Stay up till 2 AM on creative cow, back on at 10. Best two weeks I ever spent:)
Ben
5 years ago
Jurassic Park and N64. These got me into the CG world at an early age. When I was 11, I was using milkshape, then 3dsmax, then maya, zbrush, etc etc, and into compositing. I went to college for both about 3 years ago and am happily working in LA at a very nice FX house. Andrew Kramer, thanks for your part in keeping me excited about FX after all these years.
pp
5 years ago
thanks!because you!you are my teacher!thans!thank you!
Freakizoid
5 years ago
Wow it must've been around 1999 or 2000 when I was enrolled in the Animation program at Northeastern University. I was in a foundation level class doing stop motion, and then some intro animation using Newtek's Aura (is that still around?)

After taking my first video class and learning to edit on a Media 100 (lol) I wondered how they did all those cool "laser beams" and wandered into the video lab where a guy was using After Effects. I saw my first laser beam get created and the rest is history....

(For the record I still have not created a laser beam, perhaps for my finale)
5 years ago
It was the day I found this site! Three years ago. :)
Yatin Sharma
5 years ago
to make my text and montage more attractive i turned to after effects. I am a student pursuing my diploma in video production. Faculty in my college never actually persuade us to work hard with titles and montage and I personally don't like simple text with vertical or horizontal movements. My teachers very much appreciated the AE work to give my projects look n feel. ALL THANKS TO AFTER EFFECTS AND YOU MR.KRAMER. :)
Bboy Mole
5 years ago
In 2009, at summer:)) great times:P
Lasse
5 years ago
3 years ago, when I had to make some nominee videos for an awardshow.. never really messed much round with advanced gfx before, and definitely not touched AE. Well I guess I learned a lot the hard way, but this site has really been a great assistant and given me new and good ideas. Thank you for doing all this great work Andrew, and actually bothering to share your ideas.
Also gotta say I love your sense of humor, makes even the more tricky stuff come down easier :)
Yokoshima
5 years ago
Fell in love back in 1999 but then had a long break in our relationship due to Flash. As video work came back to the forefront with better integration into Flash, my love affair with AE returned. So much to the point where I could finally quit being a Flash developer and went back to being a FT motion artist. My time in Flash was well spent though since it brought in coding abilities that I was able to lavish on AE with some reworking.
5 years ago
I felt in love when I reached the limits of vegas compositing and decided tto make possible see what Im thinking, using 3D tools too,
Banks of the Styx
5 years ago
Damned I'm so old :DDDD

I used it since 1995 (i used photoshop since 1992) with AE3, That's funny cause with AE3, we can do some better people's reels who's make it make with AE CS5 :DDD
5 years ago
it was on September 2006 when any nobody don't want to talk to me and become isolated..then i saw after effects when i try it some people laft at me because even keyframing is hard for me to understand..i devote all my time searching and practicing different tutorial and finally be able to find your site. Since then everything is history
daniel silva
5 years ago
i got in to it because i wanted to make a ZOMBIE short film with muzzle flashes and blood...now, its my profession. :)
Teddy Duncan
5 years ago
I Have bought all of Video Copilot Products Today ^_^
Sebastian
5 years ago
I was watching making of's on dvd back in 2003. All those VFX Supervisors talked about some wired shit called "compositing".
I watched more and more making of's and i begun trying to replicate that shit with microsoft paint and movie maker (no comments please). But it didn't worked. Somebody said anything about AFX (of course it was on a making of). I asked my buddy to give me his "security copy" of it. BAAAAAAMMMM! I had AFTER EFFECTS. I was the king. Not really cuz I didn't knew how to use it. the solution was: google.com - after effects tutorial. My first visual effects was the lightsaber (how sad. but man i loved it. and I was sooo fuckin proud).
5 years ago
My fist time was after see motocicle tutorial by Andrew
on CreativeCOW. January 2005.
5 years ago
Andrew, when I saw your tutorials, the first for me was the 3D Light Casting one, I got hooked! I saved up for awhile in order to buy ae for myself! It is amazing, and your tutorials help me everyday! Thanks soooo much!
MILTON
5 years ago
I was bicouse DRAGON BALL Z, im a big fan, wen a soO the DRAGON BALL EVOLUTION i realy get mad, so a google it for some software to show how to make a good efects i found after efect,i try to make crater efect, i google it en i found VIDEOCOPILOT THE GOLDMINE WEBSITE... you are the beast Andrew pease
5 years ago
my first time was year ago, when i was fresh video editor in local TV station, my supervisior came to me and said we need an after effect guy:P well now i'm lead motion graphics designer:P then found videocopilot and here it goes:P
5 years ago
I work with after effects a year ago but I got the first impression only when I saw your car hit tutorial. I can not stop watching more and more tutorials.
Thank you very very much, Mr Andrew.
I am from Vietnam and I always want to have your signature on my note book.
5 years ago
Aaah I fell in love with after effects when i saw your work! I've been more of a 3Dsmax Guy, Anything with modeling, Zbrush modeling and animating but without post production. its all rubish.. and your work was so impressive, i decided to get AE well i had it, for like 3 years but havent opened it til now.. hehe AE ROX!!
5 years ago
oh andrew,andrew hello!!!

i begun dating with after effects since 7 years ago i believed,and really im so desperate to learn after effects especially when i saw a lot of effects in a hollywood movies.i started to search how to add effects in a video and i found your site and begun to buy the software. and since that im only studying by myself thru video tutorias in youtube and of course to your site as well but still i dont have the gots to learn on how to play with it...
but of course i already have some idea and i think i need to go to a school teaching after effects here in the philippines but its too high and expensive and im not quite sure if i really learn on how to be like you,,,,

well andrew i really glad that now i know how editors doin the movies and i think im already satisfied..and still im hoping that you wont stop doin tutorials for everyone as free....


more power to your site and staff and may God bless you and your family...

yur avid fun.
christeves
5 years ago
A better question is when did you fall in love with Kramer
haha
5 years ago
1993. But I didn't touch the program until 2007.
5 years ago
I first fell in love with after effects, when i was watching music videos and commercials and wondering how they do those stuff.. so i went out and find her, she was the beautiful graphics princess behind all these creations.. from that day, i never stop learning more about her.. she means the world to me..
5 years ago
I can remembered like it was yesterday. We just started about no more than a month ago. I'm pretty excited about it. It's amazing(after I ran into sites like VideoCopilot, AETuts, RedGiantSoftware, etc...) and I hope it stays like that....we still alot of growing to do. :)
ignacio
5 years ago
i just was looking for a program like photoshop but for videos..... so i find out googling and i find this awesome program of adobe
pmarsico
5 years ago
2001, newbie to video editing. Learned Avid Symphony and soon after became an AE goobernaut, then came 3dsmax and I can't put the apps down to even get lunch half the time.
Discovered Video Copilot only a year or so ago and have to say Andrew is a genius!!!
Oshin Baroyan
5 years ago
Since I used version 1. Pre Adobe days. 1993 i believe. It was called COSA After Effects (Company of Science and Art) It was the first real compositing program for the Mac. The interface hasn't changed that much but it does a lot more.

A brief history of AE
http://www.cosa.com/after_fx/
YuKinKeishMeiAz
5 years ago
Is After Effects classify Digital Entertainment or Graphic Design? Because I really want to go into College to learn After Effect and I don't know which Program it would be in just cause it seems to be in both. Probably Graphic Design huh.
Leeany
5 years ago
Well... I always watched TV and wonder how they do that... in the commercials or music videos. Even in the news, those motion graphics with the intro and everything and then my husband introduce me AE... wow... that was magical!! "Finally!! All my questions are answered.", I said. But I didn't know how to start AE, and in that moment, went to Google and puff!! Your tutorials were the first thing I saw. And after that I fell more in love with AE. Our love is still strong! :P
5 years ago
Well the first time i ever heard of AE was all the way back when Andrew was still on the creativecow.net and i stumbled across one of his videos, the rest is history. :)
5 years ago
Wow, where do I begin. I believe it all started in 2006, we had finished our first film and wanted to introduce some special effects into our next one. I already knew about AE, but had never gotten into it except to do a lightsaber scene several years ago. So I pulled up your site and went through your intro training and tutorials, at the time I think you had like 15, Assisted Suicide popped my cherry and I fell in love!
Vasile
5 years ago
Thank you Andrew. Everything you do is much appreciated.
Vasile
5 years ago
About 3 years ago I watched a video some friends of mine made using Action Essentials 1 to create some explosions and freezing a person in the frame while another one walked around them. I loved it. I wanted to know how they did all that. I have been learning lots of stuff from your amazing site ever since. I use it in my job now.
Dejdara
5 years ago
never ;) I think much better is Nuke, but i use AF to some quick productions (it's much faster), and 2D animations.
5 years ago
Yes i remember....
Twaz last year wen a close friend of mine sent me a link and told me to check your site out. After view all the basic training. I started viewing all the tut's one by one.

Recent work
http://www.nickcreations.com/teaser/index.html

Thanx Andrew. U r an inspiration
Mohamed
5 years ago
really first time with after effects when i visit video copilot may be 2 years ago
and made me fall in love with after effects
thanks a lot Andrew
Mohamed
Ian Leo
5 years ago
I started when I wanted to create a morph effect. I learned from there. Now i'm a professional. I managed to create a morphing video effect like me bending down and morphing into a cat
Eric
5 years ago
About 4 months ago I took a motion graphics class... I realized pretty quickly that I hated everything everyone was making. And then I realized that my work was actually looking pretty good relative to my classmates. I am just somewhat obsessed with details.

My midterm 4 weeks into the course:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCt8OKY49cw

And then I had this two week long epiphany of 'oh my god, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life'. The next week I changed my major to video effects and motion graphics. I was kind of wandering through life questioning whether or not I would ever find something I enjoyed. AE saved my life!

One of the moments that helped me realized AE was the place for me was during an Andrew Kramer tutorial. He said something like 'yeah and this looks acceptable but... thats not good enough'. And I was like ugh finally some people who have an eye for detail who don't half ass things.

Thanks Andrew~
5 years ago
well, first of all i thank Videocopilot, because while checking out videocopilot's tutorial ,since 2008. i got to know more about after effects, and i felt in love with it, now adays she is awesome with CS5 look, she is sexy with her new other features. i spent much time working with her, i love you after effects... :D
Michael
5 years ago
I think you should give Final Cut Studio another look if you haven't lately. Much better now than it was then.
Brandon Smith
5 years ago
It all started 6 years ago taking moving making classes at my local college, creating videos with Vegas, which proved to be enlightening and bothersome when my ideas couldn't be brought life. At that point my instructors turned me on to After Effects so I started playing with it, creating small graphics, little things. Eventually it became a thrill to see what else I could make with it. A few years ago I was turned on to this website by another instructor I had, and that is actually when it took off big time. After Effects may have been my original trigger down the patch of motion graphics, but it was Video Copilot that sparked my interest into a profession. Now I get payed to do the things I love, which is making motion graphics.

Pat yourselves on the back, you've inspired yet another to pursue a path of awesome visual effects design.
5 years ago
I had been using Photoshop since version 4, before the Creative Suite revolution. I remember looking around the net for some tutorials on how to do the Light Saber effect and there you where to the rescue. I got the 30 day demo from Adobe and fell in love with After Effects. About 90% of what I know about AE is due to you.

Is it just me or are you more involved with Fringe than just the title sequence? I swear I see your signature on a lot of the effects in the series. The light flares in episode 22 have to be you.

Keep up the good work and thank you for everything you have taught me and inspired me to do.
Alex
5 years ago
2004. i was a cameradude at the time for a small production company. i always wanted to know what the pros used for compositing (i thought adverts and such were all done in 3d aps) and i happened to find after effects by accident on an editing site. i had used photoshop for years but never knew Adobe did video, so i bought AE 6.5. Those were the days. i remeber seeing some of your early work Andrew, but i didnt become a regular visitor to the site until last year.
Anthony
5 years ago
A few years ago a friend recommended that I try playing around with AE, and I eventually found video tutorials on Creative Cow. Some of Mr Kramer's early tuts were featured on there, and I have been a big fan of VC ever since.

I used Andrew's 2.5D tips to create titles for one of my videos:
http://www.vimeo.com/2231787

Cheers Andrew!
christof
5 years ago
I found AE in the Master collection After the years i spend with PS i wanted to animate something cool into a E-sportsclandesign i found 1 animation programm but i was to borther to try it aggain after i failed once...- But then Videocopilot was there at 5 o´clock in the morning i and my mate were tired and powerless we spend the hole night with CS:S i Looked at the design and said dude i want to make that NOW!!! And after hours of searching there it was andrews tutorial about something realy cool in 3d and i said this is it i love this page i love this program yeah dmmt i love the whole fucking stuff here (= <3 since 2009
jonathan
5 years ago
i fell in love with After effects 2007 in animation school ,we had to do a short film for a prerequisite class, soon as i saw what it was capable of ,that was it! ! !
5 years ago
The first time I fell for AE was when I decided I wanted more out of my videos. More life!!! Having using MM & SV, AE have made the beginning of my video editing business a lot more fun with many explorations of effects and expressions. The first projects I did, that I though were kind of cool but now I feel they are nothing compared to what I am about to do at the end of this month-the multiple videos with reflection and an ipod-like commercial for my website. Andrew, whatever you do, don’t stop making these great tutorials. You have no idea how effective they are to those who cannot afford courses and the time for workshops!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! – Ms.Ryot
5 years ago
The first time I fell for AE was when I decided I wanted more out of my video. More life!!! Having using MM & SV, AE has made the beginning of my video editing business a lot more fun with many explorations of effects and expressions. The first projects I did, that I though were kind of cool but now I feel they a nothing compared to what I am about to do at the end of this month-the multiple videos with reflection and an ipod-like commercial for my website. Andrew, whatever you do, don't stop making these great tutorials. You have no idea how effective they are to those who cannot afford courses and the time for workshops!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! - Ms.Ryot
Brian Mills
5 years ago
I am old...LOL I remember Cosa Effects...I thinks thats what it was called...I saw a music video that used blurs and animated lines...i think it was by Underworld – Cowgirl...I fell in love with that look...and have been learning ever since...:)...btw this was back in 93...LOL
Norrie
5 years ago
About a month ago.

I hobby machinima and was restricted by the medium and Final Cut.
I knew nothing of AE, and arrived here via google.
Watched the Basic Training (Downloaded the TBH) and knew it was right.

I'm still on basics, using your tutorials for simple projects. Rest assured I'll be purchasing as I advance.

Not to sound suck-ass, but this place is astonishingly good. Reminds me why the interwebs is such a great thing.

Thank you, and your team.
Getenet
5 years ago
You started it for me. I owe it all to you.
Peter Kent
5 years ago
Ohh what a day that was. The details a sketchy, given the passing of time and all, but i do remember my good friend Steve introducing me to Premiere Pro 1.5. Being a musician and a sound guy, i thought video production would be a nice little side angle to try. After a week of getting married to this video editing application(PP1.5), I thought I was getting quite smart and familiar with premiere pro. Life was good !
My partner in crime at the time(no he really is a nice guy) threw me a disc that contained AE 6.5. My first initial response was " what the hell is this" my second one was " OK I'll have a look at it". I remember looking at the workspace and thinking 'alright, what do i do, where do i go from here'. I had absolutely no idea how to run this baby.After doing a bit of searching on the net, i found Creative Cow and was blown away by some of the tutorials I saw on there. "JACKPOT.This is just the application I was looking for". So then I left my wife of 1 whole week to devote my learning to her sister product.. After Effects.
I bought books and learnt all I could from the Masters of AE through tutorials on the net.Not to stray to far, I had a brain haemmorage when I was 28, and now I am almost 44, so the maths and expression learning that I am doing is phenominal. I just love it. Thanks to people like Andrew and all the guys and gals at video copilot, as well as other creative cow leaders, they have taught me so much about something i knew so little about 5 years ago.
So my adulterous affair continues with AE and although I won't get a divorce from PP and the other fine Adobe products, I know I definately have my favourite. Thanks for a great site with great tutorials and great products, and for taking my imagination to places it has never been.regards
Peter Kent
God bless to All =)
James paul Bernardo
5 years ago
it was 3 years ago when i started editing movies using the common movie editing applications but i said to myself that i want to do it in another way and bring it into a different level!. because of the limitations that an ordinary movie editing software can do, i decided to learn visual fx using AE. thanks to this site, i owe it all to andrew. tnx man!:D
5 years ago
Andrew i began adobe after effects as a work when i discover your website, there were only 4 tuts and i had ae version 6...XD nobody here knew you, i was one of first...:)
Zachary
5 years ago
It all started in the busy streets of Sydney, Australia. I noticed a good looking girl and asked for her name. I wasn't surprised when her answer was After Effects. It grew from there, walks in the park, days on the beech.
Story of my life :)
jobert
5 years ago
I've been using after effects since version 4, I used to love watching MTV and I love re-creating their station ID's so I could improve on my craft this was way back during the late 90's, I've other products as well fusion, nuke, combustion and toxic. And now I'm a flame artists but I always go back to AE specially to do motion graphic stuffs and for personal projects that I do at home like AVP's. I be using another software now for most of my jobs but I always go back to AE. It's like what they say "Fist love never dies" ;p
Joe Garber
5 years ago
When I first heard of After Effects about ten years ago, it seemed to exist on a level that way beyond anything my filmmaking arsenal could hope to afford. A few years later, around 2003, I finally scraped up enough cash to buy my first copy. It was a daunting and intense first few dates, but soon my love affair blossomed and eight years later I can't imagine my studio without it. It's amazing what we can do with the power of AE, things that could only be imagined in our youth...here's to you After Effects...and Copilot.
5 years ago
it was the first day of my fall 2009 school semester of college. i walked into class and didnt know a thing about it and our first day all we did was play around on it. in a matter of 30 minutes i had created an animated 3D tile just from messing around. had so much fun i was hooked.
5 years ago
After I found Video Co-Pilot entirely by accident and saw what could be done with After Effects, I bought it the next day and have yet to look back. Thanks to Andrew, Sam and everyone at VCP. You have made me whole.
I remember one day searching on YouTube on how to make DragonBallZ effects with live action footage. SO on most or all of the videos' Info was posted that It was edited using After Effects. So then I downloaded CS3 and then after one look...thought to myself...OMW..How am I gonna do this???

So about a week later I came across VideoCopilot.net with LOADS of tuts and plug-ins...afterwards I got hooked. Especially after viewing all of VC's products. I.E. Riot Gear, Evolution and Twitch...

So it's been about 7 months that I have been working on After Effects CS3 and I must say..It is GLORY!

But also I work for a Church Organization, and I got hired before knowing a THING on After Effects. I made it my personal QUEST to learn and enhance my skills as a multimedia designer.

I first tried out Sony Vegas Pro 9 but I got tired of all the limitations especially when one wants to create AWESOME 3D compositions.

And about 3 months after discovering VideoCopilot, SureTarget V2 was released and opened the door to a whole new level to my video announcements for the Church I work for...

Here is a URL to my latest work:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Pob6WoZXSs

I was able to make this video after watching the 87. 3D City tutorial.
And also the 101. SureTarget 2 Tutorial.

Thank YOU After Effects and most importantly...Thank you Andrew Kramer for your hard work, dedication and compassion for the newbies on After Effects.

We love your work and hope that you will continue in what you are doing :D

BE BLESSED!
Nate Sinyangwe
5 years ago
I fell for After Effects end of 2009. I'd been using Sony Vegas for my editing and cool text tricks. Then I came to discover from Videocopilot.net the amazing possibilities AE offers. You deserve an award for your lessons Andrew.
5 years ago
because of your valuable online tutorial videos, I have fallen in love of AE, C4D, PPro,
Bundy
5 years ago
2 years ego... i meet AE. Fallow this site and i really work for it.. day and night i work on AE.
Now im working a tv channell. earn money, living life, drive own car... just two years... thanks AE, thanks VideoCoPilot...
Arun
5 years ago
I paid a bunch of money to learn many softwares like combustion fusion maya dynamics and realflow... While i was learning them i wasnt quite gud at those softwares... I bunked many classes and i even thought of skipping out from visual effects. That was the time when i saw an After Effects tutorial called Digits man done by Eran Stern. That tutorial inspired me a lot and from that moment i started learning After Effects and still learning a lot from your site....

Thanks to videocopilot.net
5 years ago
I am only 13 and i got after effects when i was 11. i first used windows movie maker and i got tired of that so i looked up " what do pros use with edditing" and after effects came up and i saved up my money for about 5 months ( i do the pamphets and get paid like 80 or 60 bucks a week i hav to do over 500 pamplets) and now im here =P and i made many cool movies.. check out my youtube channel: www.youtube.com/randomworld09
5 years ago
I remember it was junior year of high school, 2002. I too was one of those kids who wanted to create my own light saber videos. after that I learn the true power of AE for rotoscoping and many many other things. I have been using AE now for a little over 8 years now.

-Adam
Yohanes
5 years ago
I think, I start to try AE after I watch "Iron Man 2"
Hahaha
Marcos Silva
5 years ago
I'ma video editor, 3 years ago I started working for a company that intended visual impact, then the video copilot knew from then on I Frisur AE.
anthony
5 years ago
I was getting into AE cos I considered it essential if i wanted to start working on a career in music video post-production. But i trully fell in love with after effects the day i did the "Set extension" tutorial on video copilot. I was like, WOOOOAH!!!! THis is sooo awesome!! I feel in love then :P
Ali
5 years ago
I started editing videos back in 2007 but while searching tuts for Premier Pro i found a thing called After Effects and started searching on it and as i get deeper and deeper in my search my love with AE get stronger and stronger and now if i have love for any software in the world its After Effects and am proud of it!
disaster
5 years ago
I first used AE last year at 4.13.2009. I have watched some kamekameha on youtube and energy balls so i decited to try it. from then i use AE every day.
Joseph Cartwright
5 years ago
It all started this year when my video yearbook editor introduced me to the world of motion graphics in after effects. Since then I have not parted with it. This program blow my mind away.
Warren
5 years ago
it was 2 days ago (May 3, 2010) that i started using AE, the same time i learned this website, Andrew's tutorial inspired me more to use this application, thanks to you Mr. Andrew Kramer.
Shannon Wimberly
5 years ago
sorry.... one too many "m's" in your name on my previous post.... my bad. please correct.
Shannon Wimberly
5 years ago
Light saber effect for me.... and then, of course.... when Andrew Krammer came into my life. I just haven't been the same since....
SubsonicFire
5 years ago
Lol, ya, I remember, when I my friends making machinima (machine cinimatic) EX: Halo 3 Videos, On youtube and he started to create stuff like that would be impossible for a regular editing program to do. And he told me what he used and I ask him if he can teach me and he just referred me to this site and it went from there.
5 years ago
It was last fall and I swear by AE! It has truly been a huge asset for our company. I am trying to learn more and more. I just wish I had more time to play with it.
Liron
5 years ago
I was after a course of Autodesk Maya when I enrolled into Adobe AfterEffects course
when I found out the forces of it I fell in love!

and then I "found" Videocopilot and that still helps spicing the romance! (LOL)

Thanks Andrew and all the guys on Videocopilot for the great work!
QuickSilver98
5 years ago
I started out with AE 5.5 trying to do the lightsaber effects. My interest grew from there
5 years ago
the first time I used After Effects was 30 days ago when I started my free trial... Now I have my hard copy coming in the mail and I am like a giddy school boy ready to take it on. I've learned more in the last month than I have in the last three years that I've been seriously doing video and graphic design.
YuKinKeishMeiAz
5 years ago
I was wondering if i should sell my Asus Computer to try get a MacBook, or should i could keep my computer and try find Graphic & Video Cards (w/e i need) to help out with my Visual Effect goal for Digital Entertainment. If people say keep my Asus please tell me recommended cards to make it happen?
Yasin
5 years ago
Two fool girls was kidding with me when i decided to learn AE. They did not know anything about AE but acted like they know. After 1 year i learn AE to do something and began to 3d modeling in 3ds max. May revenge was my knowledge and as Andrew Kramer the Hero of AE said"Knowledge feeds creativity.
5 years ago
Because I have this raging desire to create awesome trailers!! After Effects is the perfect software for the job!
Chaosblare
5 years ago
3 years ago when i was 10 or 11 :D
I love it >w<
gaurav
5 years ago
sir i wants to say you 1 thing that you are great i m your faen sir this video copilote side is ausam ? i am always works on your tutorials & i fell good in after effect thanks sir by?
Anand Sreenivasan
5 years ago
I do remember. About a year ago, I was into 3dsmax and wanted to learn compositing and vfx. I Chose to learn after effects on my own from the internet. My inspiration? You Andrew Kramer. My Guru. I spent about 3 to 4 months in my home just browsing and practising AE at my home. Now i am finishing my course in maya and AE just rocks my life. I am doing a project including matchmoving, green screen and CG characters with RF, and I am compositing for it in AE. Wish me luck my master.

My love and regards to you Andrew Kramer, and Sam Loya, and your families.
AE rocks the FX world.
Binal Bruno
5 years ago
I started using after effects just 2 year ago. But it was just about video editing then. But when I needed an explosion scene for my friends short film I was introduced to real after effects. Since then I fall in love with AE. and now I am mad in that love
I'm 16 years old. Some time ago I started to play FPS games, then also, I started to learn english. One year ago, I started to make tutorials in portuguese for my country (Brazil) and for who speak portuguese (the language that I speak in my tutorials), I started teaching about Sony Vegas, how to do some cool "basic" effects, but then I started to think that those effects that I was making with Sony Vegas were really too basic. Then, I looked in YouTube for the TV Shows effects that was the effects that I really wanted to make, I found some cool videos and I started to find what program these TV guys used to make that awesome TV and Movie effects. Then I finally found that the program that they used was After Effects, then of course I was very very curious to know how to make that effects, I started to look in the internet for tutorials, then finally I found that great website: Videocopilot.net. I started to run over the website and I saw the awesome effects that Andrew Kramer made and with his great knowledge I've learned a lot of things. I'm very thankfull for you Andrew and now I'm also a tutorial maker. And also like I'm thaking you, the people that watch me, are also thaking me.
Thank you Andrew Kramer and Video Copilot!! You made me learn a lot and made my life better, I love motion graphics design and vfx because of you and I take you how an example to me. Thanks again!
Timinator
5 years ago
When I went to an Adobe seminar at UCLA and someone described it as "Photoshop on acid". That got me intrigued! haha

That was for version 3.1 and the demo reel was VHS. Ahhh... the bad old days!
Paulo Emilio
5 years ago
Cosa 2.0 was my first love! and two " 3 1/2 diskettes " key pack and fx pack
Tim
5 years ago
I was hooked a dozen years ago with AE 3.1, I believe it was. Can't get over this urge to composite. Can't believe how the software has come over the years.
Martin
5 years ago
I picked up a copy of AE CS3 through my school (really good price for most of the adobe package) in Jun 2007, then I found Video Copilot a little later on. AE is probably my most used program on my computer. I've done a couple promotional documentaries for bands and stuff. Recently did a marriage proposal video for a friend of mine.
5 years ago
Whoops, hit enter too quick. It happened back about 2 years ago, and since then I've been really into graphic arts and design. I can't even watch a movie anymore for the movie itself, I watch for the effects.
5 years ago
I got hooked on AE when I wanted to make a hadouken for a video I was making for a friend.
5 years ago
Studied Graphic Design for two and a half years at a university and took a motion graphics class. It is a very small school and the first time they had offered motion so it was just me and my roomate and the professor in the class, I basically was let to roam free and realized that the books were nice but the program was capable of so much more. Thats where Andrew came in, now I am getting paid to make vids for the school cause my teach couldnt keep up! ;) Thanks VC
5 years ago
mmm i remember when i start with after effects , i was watching a lot of comertials and promos from kids channels like disney and nick and others , and then i start to seee a lot of comertials like the discoverychannels does , so i beggin to see in internet and wondering in what program i can make it , becouse there was concerts visuals effects , so they recomended to me the after effects , and i download a free one and then nother , now with cs4 thanks to you i have been growing with visuals , so i exactly cnat remember the day but , how i start and i hope to still working on that, thanks andrew ,
sushy
5 years ago
one year ago with CS2, & with video copilot
5 years ago
I remember it was an early version and it was called CoSa After Effects for the mac, I had visited a friend at his studio and he was telling me about this marble of a software... i was in awe. I called to see if they were going to transfer it to the PC and they said NEVER! with an attitude. I was disappointed but soon they got bought out by Adobe and well like they say the rest is history. My first version was 4.0 and i've been using it since and loving it, now if they would only transfer it to the iPad what would be the best foreplay ever.
Spencer
5 years ago
I can't remember when, I was 15 or 16 and AE 6.5 had just come out. Whew.
Dory Yasmine
5 years ago
I Put in my CV that i work on After Effects, but actually i was lying and "luckily" i got accepted in a job i applied on so i totally freaked out especially that the job required only 2D Animation (Creating 2D Spots: 15sec/ 30sec) so i got that acceptance call while i was at my previous work so i started googling there for tutorials, until i found "you". My first experience with AE was exceptional because i had you as my help and i felt that now litteraly my imagination is the limit. My first spot was for Botswana Tourism Board for a festival in Milano on LED screens. I watch it now and i totally hate it(actually i cant watch it bcz i deleted/erased/removed it from my archive and it took me like 2 days to finish it but judging it as my first spot, the result was good and it got accepted from the first draft but i cant forget how much i got worried while working on it and kept tellin myself "this is not ur job, im just an editor" but now After Effects is my world, and btw my car, my new room, my tv, my ps3, my games ... all because of AE, in other words All because of you. Thank you Andrew Kramer and Please dont ask for any Commission :D
5 years ago
I've been in touch with After effect the first time in the 2005. I was with some friends doing an horror-splatter film called "The Dark Loop". I was so amazed about AE, that i've tried to learn more and more, and i'm still learning! Truly indeed, the most beautiful thing i love of After Effect that you'll never ever learn everything 'cause is not only the tecnique that brings you closer to AE, but is curiosity and creativity! So it's an everending loop! Probably the only thing that makes me to stop from learning is the death!
5 years ago
I love big robots and I love movies, it was 1999 and a fellow student told me I could make a big robot movie using after effects ... that was it! Sold!
Nathan
5 years ago
The iron-man tutorial! I've known of the site, but the iron-man tutorial is what made me sit down and really appreciate what after effects could do! Before that I wasn't in love with after effects, I was just in the awkward "I like you but don't know you" stage... ;) Thanks big Drew! Keep the super power related tutorials coming!
5 years ago
hi Andrew, i m a music producer and i do music videos to(directing and editing) i live in Cameroon .i must say after effect is in deed leading the world of motion graphics and video effects.
i fell in love with after effect just 1 year back and up till now i still haven t mastered it yet. i got an Adobe cs3 master collection. but to get the tutorials is not easy since i don t have a credit card, i only depend on my uncle who is in Norway when he comes home he buys them for me.
5 years ago
7 years ago when I was in high school living at home. I LOVED photoshop and AE was basically photoshop for video. Been doing it ever sense and have a sweet job where I can do it daily.
headofhouse
5 years ago
Like many before, I also wanted to be a Jedi... like my father. Once I what you could do with presets like Particular I never looked back.
Frank Hand
5 years ago
This is an easy question to answer.

"I first fell in love with ... After Effects" the day I found VideoCopilot.net.

And I see from the many other similar comments that I'm not the only one who feels this way!

Thanks, Andrew. Even my kids join in now and sing along any time they hear the refrain "Hey! What's up? Andrew Kramer here and welcome to another exciting tutorial from VideoCopilot dot NET."!
Pablo
5 years ago
a couple years back... needed it for work.. so taught myself, with help from AK.

mostly animation based than anything else.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyREo5pLS_w
charlie gold (Nigeria)
5 years ago
Picked up an interest April last year when I saw this site, and I've learnt a whole lot from video copilot...thanx Andrew. From there my interest grew into 3d programming (Cinema 4d to be precise) now it's just unbelievable hw far I've come and hw many projects I've handled in just about a year. Thanx Andrew
anxs220
5 years ago
Well, in 2008 i saw action movie essentials tutorial suicide. I thought "wow cool program, nice tutorial and this guy rock!"
Aaron
5 years ago
It was a dark and stormy night......just kidding...I was visiting SCAD and watched one of the foreign professors during his workshop of After Effects....back when it was 6.5....&*sigh, sparks flew
Z.B
5 years ago
Well, it all started with I was in love with the earlier version of Photoshop, later on I heard photoshop had a cousine named AE, I started dating and talking more and more with AE, later ( year 2007) AE like me and it turned out that it did also helping me out in my works, but the most inportant thing is that it helped me to learn and understand spf. In 2008, i decided to mary AE. and today we are a happy couple and it is all thanks to a freind of AE's, Andrew Kraner =D
Danties Xurs
5 years ago
I've always been in love though some times people advise you on how to make your love better and for my case it was Andrew, Maltaannon not forgeting my best actor Sam for my affection towards AE. Now my love is glowing like the Optical Flyers.
5 years ago
I got involved with AE earlier this year because of this site. After one week, I was doing things that I thought I would someday need to hire someone else to do. I am now hooked. I love it. Before AE I did everything in Blender and Sony Vegas. I still love both Vegas and Blender, but adding AE brings into sight a whole new world of eye candy.

Thank you, Andrew! Your dedication and hard work is something to be admired. I owe you more than I have.
Stuart
5 years ago
I fell in love with after effects in my first year of university. I'm gutted that I didn't discover VC until the end of my third though, some of the tuts would have evaporated a number of issues I encoutered over te years.
Bashkii
5 years ago
Nobody really knew HOW to use AE before Andrew Kramer came into the scene.
Trish and Krs Meyer are great for beginners but ANDREW taught us ALL!!
Thanks Dr.Kramer !!!!
peraltasaga
5 years ago
I used since AE1, let me see....since 1994/5, when I started to work with one of the firsts Avid Composer Mac´s based in my country(AE was included in that workstation). I remember nobody knows how operate that program (there were no tutorials in that time, lol). Only a 10 pages manual,teaching only the filters.
Alex
5 years ago
Not too long ago a friend told me to think about After Effects as "Photoshop on wheels" (I had been scared by all the knobs before). The very next day I fell in love...
Israel
5 years ago
I learned of AE in high school. I loved visual effects and knew this was what I needed to get. So, I bought my own copy of 6.5 pro in college and a friend of mine introduced me to VC in early 2008 right around Evolution.

I have learned so much from Andrew Kramer! I've utilized many of his tips and tricks and lessons in my own projects and for work, and VC's products are extremely useful!

I'm so grateful for this site! Andrew, I bet you didn't know it was going to catch on like it did! Thank you so much for your help over the years! God bless you!
jigs
5 years ago
It was after a decade-long relationship with Flash (monogamous unless you count our best pal, Photoshop). Flash and I tried to make it work, but...somehow the thrill was gone.
Then a couple years ago, the light dawned - for some time I'd been trying to make Flash do what AE was born to do!
I have since forsaken my first love for the mysterious and addictive wonders of AE. We don't just have dates - we spend every waking hour together - even sleep together - or rather, I sleep, AE renders...

Best buddy Photoshop is still very much in evidence, and Flash and I do still see each other - but now we're "just friends."
Dan
5 years ago
I was bored one day and figured it'd be cool to learn how to make the "demon face" effect that was so popoluar on Youtube at the time. I searched in google and "POP!" up comes video copilot. That is the day I fell in love with After Effects, and Andrew Kramer's unimaginable talent.
Teemu
5 years ago
Yes i do, it happened almost exactly one year ago.
I was at my teen congregations media team project/school/work training, and because i had done some editing staff with Windows movie raper so I decided to go work in digital effect section. (this was also first time when i used Mac)
And our first lesson was.....
Go to videocopilot.net and watch basic training section. you have one week to do this and then do something whit the skills you have learned.
I dont even remember what i did but after that there was no going back.

I'm actually studying to become to come metal artisan (if my plans work out I think you will hear about me about one year from now.) so this is only logical step to me because now I can use my hands in syber space and in real world.

PS: I'm really sorry about my bad english. I'm really working on it.

But thanks Andrew for making my skill selection larger.
will
5 years ago
Andrew- you got me into AE! Thanks so much for this site- you have helped me along with hundreds of others make money doing what we love to do...
CoolChannelFilms
5 years ago
My friend shot a sci-fi and asked me to do post-production... with Photoshop. I thought, for my sanity, I'd look for a better software for post and never looked back.
5 years ago
I was in my Digital art class at school and I was so bored of photoshop and illustrator just because thats what everyone else was doing I wanted to do something different. That's when I discovered after effects & I saw what could be created with this powerhouse of a program. I remember saying to myself " I can never learn this, its too complicated." I just started doing little things and also by watching your tutorials andrew I learned a lot. I know there's still a lot more for me to learn. As a senior in high school I plan on going to school to improve my skills in after effects. I finally found something I love to do.
Janne
5 years ago
After I had learned the basics with FXhome Visionlab, I wanted to do more advanced stuff. That's when After Effects came in.
BattyNos1922
5 years ago
Actually I have a love/hate relationship with AE. I love AE for all the wonderful things it can let me do. I hate it because I don't know how to do them. Thankfully there are wonderful sites like this one on the net to help out people like me learn this wonderful program. I guess I really don't hate AE, I hate myself for procrastinating and not knuckling down and learning the program. So thanks to you, Andrew Kramer, and your wonderful team of technical magicians. Keep up the excellent work!
JackieNP
5 years ago
in 2005 I want to know how to create light-saber. And I found a tutorial in Videocopilot.net. Then I can't get away from After Effects.
Thanks Andrew Kramer!
5 years ago
I was in my second year at Calarts and a friend introduced me to Cosa After Effects 1.0. I taught myself to composite and soon developed an animation workflow with photoshop which I was hired to teach students in the experimental animation department.

Got to say I've learned more on videocopilot.net than I've taught myself. I consider Andrew one of my "teachers" now. Andrew and Stu M.
Ekemini
5 years ago
'bout 2 yrs ago after bein' bored of using Micromedia Flash for TV commercials n longin' to give life to my graphic designs - 'cos i design as if am animating.
Special thanks 2 Andrew, U inspired me! I'll work wit' u one day - take note.
5 years ago
My interest in applying Visual Effects to my homemade films... After a tormented relationship with AE for a few months I started seeing the "real her" and continued to love her 'till this day... We've been through the valleys and the mountains... But I have learned to trust her in some of her strange ways.
Rapture VFX
5 years ago
after my last program cheated on me, i friend introduced me to AE7 and i have never looked back. :p
The desire to one day improve the quality of Aussie tv & cinema with my talents has driven me to study this field after a few other failed career paths in IT, but i htink ive found my passion. :)
5 years ago
Bring back your ollllld lightsaber tutorial or better yet your energy ball tutorial! You activated a glowing blue ball of energy and then let it dissipate. Best amateur AE video ever!
Paul
5 years ago
I'm 14 years old, and made plenty of films with After effects using special effects like explosions, muzzle flashes and more. It started with a simple film in Grade 7 where I wanted to make an intro, and Sony Vegas wasn't really an option since that's more for simple editing. I used after effects and well I fell in-love what you can do in it. It's simply just amazing, it's like having a hollywood editing tool and the palm of your mouse. I now use After Effects for fun films to post on youtube and facebook and other stuff. In Conclusion, I fell in love with it about 4 months ago. Thanks After Effects and Thanks VideoCopilot for the awesome tutorials!

-Paul
Klas
5 years ago
I fell in love with AE in dec 2008. I wanted to do a "title-turn-to-sand" effect for a filmproject. My editing software could of course not do that, but when I found AE it was love at first click. I also love the community and the way everybody shares their knowledge.

//Klas
Neel Arampatta
5 years ago
Started in Grade 10, when I had to do a video advertisement for www.downloadabletunes.com (fictional). With a lot of handy tutorials by Andrew Kramer, I created quite a good project. Now in Grade 11 I've been asked to editing and effects for lots of things. A hobby has now turned into a semi-occupation in the space of 1 year
5 years ago
2008 October, there she was, standing there, interface so complex at first sight. But she grew to be the face I wanted to see every morning. Her complexity diversity and capability have been outstanding ever since. For better or for worse, until my computer do us part. JOEL
peter
5 years ago
Good to know that MR. VFX Andre Kramer wasn´t born with after effects ;) . but i like it. sweet ;)
5 years ago
i was curious to know how to do these effects, and i got some video editing software and finally, i fall in love with after effects....
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thanx to Andrew and,
lakmal pattepola and eranda (those who gave me the site information)

love VC
5 years ago
I started in 2006, it was really nice days... and still of course :)
5 years ago
Well, the first time i saw a Counter Srike Source movie called " Incorporated 2" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwYKV-ta9mI)
I got inspired by all the effects and cool transitions he did.I started with Sony Vegas and god, my first released movie was frigging horrible.I did all kinds of random effects...Then i found videocopilot and I was in love with After Effect.
I have a motion graphic video I made for adobe youth voices here.Use some of your stuffs, Andrew.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwYKV-ta9mI)
Also check out my channel.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwYKV-ta9mI)
5 years ago
1995 Old school AE :) I made my first motion graphic in COSA. This was the company that owned After Effects before Adobe. I must say...it's been a sweet ride. Our 15th anniversary! Thanks Andrew for the progressive path.
5 years ago
I started using it to composite Hand drawn 2D animations at uni, then add graphics, then got into trapcode particular and things got out of hand.
mike
5 years ago
i love your corporate video Andrew. Tutorial?
Coda AP
5 years ago
My love affair with AE began on rocky ground. We dated for years but I never felt any love back, no matter how much time I spent or attention I gave, it seemed a one way relationship until I found Video Copilot. Now our relationship is better than its ever been and I am truly in love. Thank you, Dr. Kramer. Thank you.
r4y
5 years ago
Trabajaba en un canal local haciedo diseños para su revista y aparte editabamos entrevistas en adobre premier, luego con video copilot descubrimos las ventajas del after, aunque ya sabiamos que existia =P, empezamos a utilizarlo en el 2008 mas o menos
Lucio Aquino
5 years ago
Comence con after effects en agosto del año pasado (08/2009).

Ya sabia manejar el Premiere Pro 2, pero el After Effects se veia muy complicado, asique decidi buscar TUTORIALES hasta que di con VIDEOCOPILOT!!!

Soy de Argentina, y la verdad que no hay ningun buen lugar para aprender a usar estos programas.

Tu pagina me salvo la vida, y ahora, "i fall in love with after effects"


ETERNAMENTE AGRADECIDO, LUCIO (ARGENTINA, MAR DEL PLATA)
5 years ago
I edited simple movies in Final Cut and wanted to go a little further with some graphics and titles. Then I took a course at an online course called VLC and kinda had an overview of the software but I wanted to learn something with some design sense- and courses are usually demonstrations of the software but with almost no preoccupation with cool, elegant design and I felt like I didn't really know WHAT to do besides a few masks wipes in text layers. It was only when I found VIDEOCOPILOT that I really began using the software with style- Andrew's borrowed style to be honest...
A couple of years have passed and now I'm a Final Cut teacher and this is the second semester I'm teaching an After Effects course too! Thanx to Andrew. Actually I've just started my own tutorials site videohood.net (in brazilian Portuguese, as most everything online is in English) to share what I've learned (Final Cut, DVD studio Pro and AE). And my AE course has a simple goal: to teach brazilian kids how to get around the basics in AE so they can follow Videocopilot's more advanced and fast paced tutorials!
5 years ago
Q: Do you remember you’re first date with After Effects?

A: You are first date, eh? Yes, yes I am.

Jokes aside, my brothers got me into effects when I was 7 via stop-motion effects used to create magic tricks. I always liked creating virtual worlds. Instead of just focusing on VFX, I spent years on programming and designing video games, websites and working in 3d animation. I never got into After Effects until 3 years ago when I found Video Copilot.
Jose
5 years ago
I´ve always wanted to do fx, ever since I saw The Star War Movies (ther classic ones). Then about seven months ago I discovered VideoCopilot and I completely fell in love with After Effects, and ever since, I have learned a lot;)

Thank you, Andrew.
Scotty
5 years ago
I was a whizz with microsoft PowerPoint back in the days, my curiosity was sparked when I heard about After Effects, a few years, and free tutorials later, i'm now a motion graphic designer for Eyeworks New Zealand =).
Jhon
5 years ago
I fell in love with AE two years ago... when I filmed a short and wanted to create something fantastic... Then I began to search information about how to use AE, and I started "«VideoCopilotting»" :) ;)
JeanP
5 years ago