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?

May 31st, 2010 @ 2:05 am
I remember i got into it because i wanted to the light saber effect, then it grew from there...
    December 27th, 2010 @ 10:54 am
    Well, me too ^^
    January 12th, 2011 @ 2:08 pm
    Yes! Lightsabers ftw
    January 13th, 2011 @ 1:09 pm
    Haha, same. But at first I found the interface confusing, then I almost gave up on it, but I'm glad I didn't!
    El Tom
    March 10th, 2011 @ 12:36 pm
    Me too!
    March 24th, 2011 @ 7:33 pm
    Me also! now I don't do a video without using after effects.
    April 6th, 2011 @ 10:14 am
    me too!!!!!!! hahahaha i use to use lsmaker until i finally discovered after effects years ago
    Benjamin Sannholm
    April 10th, 2011 @ 4:01 am
    Me too actually. =)
    May 4th, 2011 @ 5:12 am
    Yes, same here! At first I didn't even know how to render movies, since it didn't say "Publish Movie" like Windows Movie Maker. However, I quickly started learning the basics through some tutorials at creative cow, and just poking around, discovering things.

    It was definitely love at first sight!
    Sethi Xzon
    July 11th, 2011 @ 10:07 pm
    ...and that's the whole reason I got into After Effects as well.
    July 12th, 2011 @ 1:09 pm
    I remember, I got into AE because I needed to find a way to get better titles for a DVD I was Authoring. I remember I learned all my basic steps from this website, Thank you Andrew Kramer.
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 4:23 am
    Me too !
    September 10th, 2011 @ 4:33 pm
    wow , the first effects i learned was lightsabers
    December 10th, 2011 @ 4:12 am
    hahahahaha I can´t belive it! all people started in VFX with the ligth sabers??? Me too...
    February 12th, 2012 @ 11:41 am
    Although I'm just 16 and I'm using After Effects...
    I fell in love with After Effects the day I saw a few awesome intros made in AE CS4. I started using AE for a week and now I'm used to the interface. Still learning it though :D
    March 11th, 2012 @ 9:58 am
    I fell in love with after effects when my officemate showed me this awesome motion graphics tutorial by Andrew Kramer (Energetic Titles) way back 2010. I've watched and do the same animation for more than 20 times hahaha... Then I told myself I just can't be like this I need to grow., Then after that I practiced all of the tutorials made by Andrew Kramer... Take note: I am not a multi-media arts graduate actually I did'nt get to finish my studies but I manage to get in this level... I am working now for an international company as a motion graphics artist... Because of this man (Andrew Kramer) I have something to take home to my wife and daughter... Andrew Kramer, though I have'nt met you in person I'd really like to thank you for everything, you're my mentor, master and idol... What you are doing here is definitely not just for profit but also to pass your passion to every individual that is willing to learn... Two thumbs up for Andrew Kramer...

    here's a link for one of my sample work.. http://vimeo.com/18292555
    April 14th, 2012 @ 5:23 pm
    Me too I got into it with the lightsaber effect and learned because it was fun making videos
    June 25th, 2012 @ 2:36 pm
    HAHA Same goes for me. Actually is was that video i made with LS that sparked my want to do film at all. I think every person does a LS video somewhere in their career, just for the heck of it. I know Brandon from the YouTube channel 'Freddiew' just recently did his after years of VFX. lol
    Stephen Kennedy
    September 13th, 2012 @ 5:32 pm
    Hahaha! The first short video I ever did with lightsaber battles, I did with Photoshop! Back in 1997. I exported every frame as a png, and then imported them individually in PS and DREW the sabers. ...that was a crazy labor of love. Years later I thought...man..there HAS to be a better way to do post production. ...and after upgrading to Adobe CS3 Production Premium, I was introduced to AE. AE was definitely intimidating, but has been such a rewarding experience. It's completely changed the way I do and think about producing/directing/editing videos.
    anony moos
    September 17th, 2012 @ 1:11 pm
    Same here :D !
    Dead Set Alex
    August 20th, 2014 @ 6:04 am
    Hell yes, the same works for me!!
    So I grew up on yer tutorials, videocopilot.
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:11 am
Like Dustin I too wanted to do lightsaber, lightning, and fire effects
then it grew into title sequences, varying effects, then into 3d programs!
And This was my first (and pretty much one of my only) sites to learn AE!
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:12 am
When i got my new computer with an ATI 5970 2GB (x2) with cross fire.
Goes Perfect with NEW After Effects Cs5 !!!!!!!!!
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:13 am
Second year of college i did make a movie with your help ;)
    Bryan Hernandez
    May 3rd, 2011 @ 8:18 pm
    Hey Prullb can i see it.
    November 13th, 2012 @ 2:28 pm
    loool me too the same,second year of college ;)
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:14 am
I got into AE after watching a video with Steve Holmes and Brian Maffit and wanted to do the stuff they could do.
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:14 am
It was an early spring day. I was sitting with my laptop and watching videos on youtube with my mate. Then I came across a time freeze tutorial for AE. It never occurred to be before that I could do this kind of thing convincingly at home - everything I'd seen before then looked cheap and nasty.

I was hooked. I spent loads of cash and time since then trying many different things. I eventually changed my career! Thank you After Effects... thank you.
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:18 am
i remember it it was 4 years ago i was willing to do the titanic effect
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:19 am
The evolution made me fall in love w/ AE
    June 26th, 2011 @ 7:38 am
    Yep, that got me started... now I'm hooked.
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:20 am
I dreamed of being taught by andrew kramer since I was 7, in march of 2010 DMA/LA, my dream... came true
    September 10th, 2011 @ 6:17 pm
    every body wants to get taught by andrew, He is after effects god.
    June 22nd, 2012 @ 10:18 am
    The story says that Andrew Kramer is a plugin created by after effect
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:21 am
I got into AE about 5 minutes after I've found VideoCopilot. I guess it was about 2 years ago with the "Soul Removal" beeing the newest tutorial. I used Cinema4D before, but I dodn't know what to do with it. Thanks Andrew, your tutorials are brilliant!
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:24 am
i first dated AE about a year ago...when i got bored of editing videos and wanted to make something more.....lively? im 16 btw and u are my best teacher.

keep it up Mr. Andrew!!!

Love from Malaysia..

P/S: i love the Fringe title!!!
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:25 am
Well I saw some dragonball Z VFX videos on YouTube back in 2007, so I thought I had to try it. By 2008, I got After Effects, by now, I have moved beyond Dragonball Z effects to all kinds of visual effects, and I've also developed a love for movie making.
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:26 am
I got in to it this year, I saw a cool video on youtube and read that they used after effects, and then I found videocopilot. And leaned it thanks to you Andrew Kramer.

Then I received a school project with the opportunity to make a commercial video. Saw a lot of tutorials 10-20 hours(over a week…), bought some of your fantastic and awesome products, spend a month, and made this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY7rj7sY05w
only using pictures, (stop-motion) for the footage of the girl and the backgrounds. You will see that all the fx and techniques is learn here.
Hope you enjoy.
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:26 am
I wrote a short film and didn't want to restrict myself to my current set of skills. I wrote in a bunch of visual effects and used After Effects as my weapon of choice to attack the effects in post. I too must admit a lot of my early and current AE skills originated from this site. Who can pass up Andrew's free AE school?!

My first project;
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:29 am
I began to date After Effects in my college years. I loved After Effects so much that I began to spend a lot of time with it outside of class. I was naive at the time. But I lost my motion graphics virginity to After Effects and am proud of it. lol

It was love at first site and after taking a class that taught me the basics. I reached out for more education online. I found Creative Cow which lead me to this AMAZING site. Because I taught myself so much and have so much passion for this sort of work, I am working as a videographer, editor and motion graphic artist <3 Love this program.
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:33 am
that was 9 month ago for do this:
15s intro+ mini story of a soul came back in a choppa...

I was very proud of this. i'm still.
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:36 am
Your site made me love to AE
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:38 am
I started using After Effects in 2005.
I worked in a MediaDesign Company, and I had to do a lot of Motion Design and Web Videos - and so i had to learn AE

sry for my bad english
Shrek 2
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:55 am
Hi Andrew, I'm sorry to tell you, but After FX is a boy...
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:57 am
i fell in love with after effects after your basic training tutorials:) if it wasn't for them,I wouldn't be checking this website everyday for blog updates.
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:59 am
Well, i started with your website and AE6.5 standard edition... My first question, when i saw the interface was, "when will i understand the function of these menus?" but today, the biggest thanks is to you ANDREW. i now av quite a number of films to my credit.
Thanks a bunch...
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:03 am
Only one year ago, I searched google to find out how to do a realistic person-getting-hit-by-car effect. It took me to your tutorial, up until that point I'd been working on Final Cut. I didn't know about Videocopilot or After Effects, but you started cracking out all these awesome tools on Sam and the car. So I got it, and it was awesome. I'm in a film course now and am using it heaps to composite stuff, Videocopilot has taught me everything I know up to this point.
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:05 am
Let's say it was 2007, I fell in love with a girl...she was learning AE, on her MAC, I'm a chemist, who loves phography and good with every software, so i decide to learn AE and teach her. We used your website, was a funny time, we were living close each others in Italy, now she's in L.A. with someone else and I'm in Germany!!! Thanks Andrew, I've learned so much from you, now I love AE and all digital effects!
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:05 am
When i wanted to make my own visual effects about 3 years ago. I got bored with the FXHome software, it was too simple and i wanted something more advanced so I tought my self how to use AE. Cheers videocopilot!
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:07 am
In 17 april 2004, I was walking in the streets, sad and lonly at the night, and suddenly, i saw it, i saw the AE logo in the sky, just like the batman signal( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tiGCeWaYuM )
so i went home and i decided to wear the AE suit and play the game.
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:09 am
Light saber effect 5 years ago. Grew from there.
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:10 am
You already mentioned it Mr.Kramer i started as a graphic designer (Still am by the way and loving it) that wanted to bring my graphics to life. This was back in 2004 and today my passion lies in 3D modelling, animation and of course AFTER EFFECTS :-)
Lord Baktor
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:12 am
I was desperately trying to learn 3D Studio Max by my own and finally enlisted in a course that also included Photoshop, Flash and After Effects. It was around the year 2004. I remember that Adobe hadn't purchased Macromedia yet. At first I was only interested in 3d, but I have to admit, I have used After Effects professionally much more often than 3D Studio Max...
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:12 am
Mine was about two years ago, asked one of my buddies to tutor me in in AE seeing as he is in the Broadcast industry he said no and laughed....BUT.... he gave me your sight Andrew and I never turned back since then now I consider myself a "Junior Pro" in AE there's still some tips and tricks I've learnt online but most I know already. Since AE I've moved on to C4d... AE wasn't to happy about me leaving her so I started integrating AE and C4d now everybody wins!!!! but keep the tuts coming Andrew there's always space for new knowledge!!!!!!!

From S.A
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:14 am
I used Adobe program a lot and I am now still a university student. I started to use AE in the first year of my university life (about 2008). It is quite fantastic. The only problem is that I am Chinese so that to use AE, which has no Chinese version scares most of my friends.
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:18 am
I wanted to do 3D graphics. And DID do 3D graphics. But I discovered that After Effects allows me to push out about 7/8ths the quality in about 1/27th of the time!
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:19 am
Wow me I started in 1994, but never learned it the right way,was waiting for a teacher like AK
have been loveing AE since.
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:21 am
I remember wen i got into after effects becouse i like watching TV and i wonder how they do does cool comersial shampoo and etc. they i search on google i try to search top ten editing software and i came across pinnacle studio it's a cool software i can creat clones my self and there are tons of FX and then wonder again so there is a wedding of my cousin very rich family :) wen my family and i go to the church i saw 5 or more HD video camera plus a crane remote control man it so awesome i feel like i was on hollywood the i see a man the owner of the video production wedding his editing a video of the preparing of the wedding wen the couple a dressing up then i see is adobe premiere so i search again on google adobe premiere the i download it then i start building some layer that i don't know what the H*ll i'm doing then wen't to my mind i need some tutorials then i see this vid. videocopilot i saw fist the evolution plugin vid. i blow my mind and see the site have some toturials but it's only after effects then i download after effects try some tutorials of videocopilot then i start making my own FX i spent ton's of hours on after effects creating my own FX then now i can do tons of stuffs on after effecrs tnx to this site videocopilot especially Adrew Kramer for the awesome tutorials without this site i don't have any idea how they edite those hollywood films
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:22 am
Back when After Effects was an Aldus product and just turning into an Adobe product. Hmmm that was around version 3.0 changing to 3.1 was when I first picked up the manual and proceeded to read it cover to cover. The only time I have done this other than with Motion Builder.
I got into it for two reasons one I wanted to use in interactive multimedia (read Macromedia Director) the other – I was being asked to teach it. Which I did.
Back in those days it was a strictly 2D scripting free environment. It was a time of "all hail Brian Maffet" followed by Chris and Trish Meyer.
No internet training it was by disk.
I still wear my AE 4 T-shirt from time to time.
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:23 am
AE: A love story

I remember it well, and it wasn't love at first site. When i was 19 I wanted to make a film, it would have been my fourth, and this time i wanted to add some special effects. We had a script, we had the cast but i was none the wiser about how to pull off my VFX.
Thats when a friend introduced me to AE. I went out and got a book which came with a free trial. Unfortunately the book was awful and difficult to understand and after months of trying to get our relationship work, I broke up with After effects.
I couldn't stop thinking about the software. I wanted special effects and the film I was making had collapsed because we couldn't make it work. Almost 2 years went by, not being able to truly realize my vision. So i decided to try again. I got a trial of AE7 and set to work trying to rekindle what should have been the perfect union. But again it wasn't working. I didn't know where to go or what to do.
Just as I was about to break it off again Andrew Kramer came into my life and showed me how to solve the problems i was having. Showed me the beauty of features I never knew existed, demystified particle systems and adjustment layers and before long me and AE were inseparable. I bought the Adobe suite and the rest, as they say, is history.
    January 21st, 2011 @ 3:16 pm
    That is Epic!!!!!
    Jack H
    February 20th, 2012 @ 2:49 pm
    LOL... Love at first "site"! Like web site... right?
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:33 am
After editing for about 3 years using Sony Vegas, I had a job which required growing plants, and was directed by search engine to Video Copilot for Evolution, and have been using after effects more often since then.
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:34 am
my first video editor was " windows movie maker " :) ..... then i started play with photoshop ... then go to web design .... i back to video editing through ulead video studio to make flv files to use it as banners in web design .... i started to like after effect when i see it's plugins and footages and full controll on the video editing and processing Finally i Fall In Love since i saw ur tutorials and ur plugin ..... my love to after effects was born here in VideoCopilot.Net ...... and the most statment i miss it in the world this time [ hey wt's up Andrew Kramer here for videocopilot.net ... welcome to this a very amazing toutorial ] LooooooooooL .... i hope i listen it soon :D ..... have a nice day sir
    Justin Ramos
    January 11th, 2011 @ 3:35 pm
    Me too! :D LOL.
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:35 am
Two years into design college (that only did print) I saw lobo's show reel. My definition of cool expanded exponentially. Cracks in my design universe exploded into glowing beacons of joy and purpose. Having 56k internet and prehistoric imac i undertook my mission to find out how to make cool moving stuff. print design college instantly became print/animation extravaganza . First animations were with powerpoint haha, then animated gifs in fireworks, then shape tweening with adobe flash then... i found my bff. Miss adobe aftereffects 5.5. Due to crappy internet connection i actually had to read how to use it. So many many hours spent in AE help to be rewarded with the likes of 3d camera, paint stroke effects and dof. Tears are welling up thinking about it. I <3 AE
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:39 am
It's been a rough two month since then. I can not sleep at nights unless I watch some tutorials and learn new things
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:41 am
ehehehh good theme

I Started With A Kamehameha In Youtube.For Some Days I Learned How To Make A Kamehameha In AE(a elipsoide layer and add a effect called Trapcode Shine).After This I Found The Richest Website For AE Tutorials``VIDEO COPILOT`` and i started playing with After Effect,and now i am a Little Motion Designer
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:44 am
first I fell in love with photoshop, then back in 2007 I saw a set extension tutorial by Jeff Foster, part of lynda.com photoshop AE integration, that was it then at creative cow found out about AK, videocopilot sky replacement, bam married to AE.
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:45 am
I started loving After Effect 3 months ago when I saw the motion titles , it impressed me a lot and then I decided to find programs that could help me to satisfy.

And Ae was my choice, but now I don't make only the titles.
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:50 am
I started to use AE in 2006, I just came across some videos on youtube and messed around at first. I got bored of it quite easily as it seemed complicated at the time. About 3 months after I got bored I revisited the program and I was determined to learn it. Then I found VC and AE tut's etc... which have helped me see what AE can do. Following this I brought a camcorder and a camera (not the best but I don't have the money) To sum it up I am now obsessed with AE. My next step is to by some VC products as I can think of some many ways to use them, but before that I have to save up. People like VC etc... inspire me to keep going with AE!
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:50 am
I remember my first got into After effects was 3 month ago, because i came to here and surprise to here's FX, then fall in love ... everyday visit here to get the news , haha
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:50 am
I remember I watched the Indy Mogul tutorial on how to build a lightsaber, and it directed me here. I followed the lightsaber tutorial and thought it was ace, but I remember not understanding why there was a switch for motion blur... I kinda forgot about After Effects for a while, until someone showed me this collection called action essentials II by Video Copilot... I followed all 3 tutorials on the disc within a day, and I swiftly moved on to the main site... The rest, as they say is history.... Even now I've got a pretty hefty particle scene rendering out... I hope one day when I'm old enough to make a living (I'm 15) I spend my days using After Effects. Thank you Andrew and thank you Adobe for making my life brilliant :) Sorry for this long post, but hopefully it makes sense... "/

George T
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:50 am
I used After Effects for the first time in 2005, but I didn't know what it was. I was 14 years old only, and I found it on a CD-ROM that was included in a PC magazine (I think it WAS "PC Magazine").

I had no idea what it was and how I can use it, and I unintalled it soon from my PC.

I installed CS3 again in 2007, when I started learning montage and some basic effects.

During 2009 and until today, I always learn new things and experiment in AE.

Today, I am in University and study Audiovisual Arts, and thanks to you, Andrew, I may focus on VFX and animation during my studies. Recently I set the Old Fortress of Corfu on fire (digitally of course) :P

I've learned so many things from your tutorials and I have become so familiar with After Effects. I think I'm not the only one who is grateful for what you have teached. :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:57 am
I first felt in love with after effects in 2009.
Back then i saw these videos on youtube and then i said to myslef i need to know that too , so i found videocopilot and since then i became better at ae and now from your help andrew i create my own motion graphics intros and much more thanks again andrew ur amazing.
Andrew kramer and adobe changed my life.
Aldo Smit
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:58 am
After using Discreet Logic's Flame for years, it was a natural decision...
Sang Hee
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:00 am
After I needed to learn it for getting a new job. I had two days to learn it before I started - never knew anything about how to handle it. In two days spent with this page I was able to make all kinds of animations in AE that the company needed for its products.
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:01 am
when i saw video copilot,i faLl in love with AE
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:02 am
I saw some kids throwing energy balls on YouTube and I was like "how was this done?"...then I read the comments and foud out it was Adobe After Effects. I googled "after effects tutorials" and found Video Copilot. That was about two years ago when "Colorful Universe" was the newest tutorial :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:07 am
The Good 'ol lightsaber drove me to After Effects in around 2005 or 2006 :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:08 am
Well Andrew i made some crazy movies from zombie to war movies and only had basic knowledge in premiere pro and blended my effects from photo shop. That was back in maby 1998. I heard about after effects but thought it was way out of my knowledge. I actually thought my effects were ok.Until i found u from my late night hunting in 2007 i think. I never looked back i have also bought a couple of your plugs and bullet tut dvd. Im into 3ds max and now i am making some awsom stuff and finished my first terminator model and have managed to make a little flick called terminator world i soon will put on utube, all thanks to video copilot .net thanks to all the crew to make this posible thanks a lot andrew for all your help cheers from oz
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:11 am
Ahhhhh In 2007ish I saw videos on youtube and i said to myself that I wish i could do that so I started on Particillision then a year later I heard about After effects and then I went to the store and bought the hottiest ring I could find. and I proposed to her and she said... YES! and from then on weve been working to- gether I'v had chances to work with a man that works with MWR and I mad a logo come to ife for a singing compitition and, I think that Video Copilot is the best website because of its original and just basicly amazing tutorials its not even funny.ha ha ha ha ha. Just Thanks Andrew Kramer for sharing ur Knowledge...."FOR FREE Yehhaa thats the best part!" Comon this is the best free tutorials ive seen I'v my life!

Here is a reel i put to gether 1 years ago ive not Put any other reels together yet but i will soon, this one is a bit tacky but...here is the link, and a commercial.
reel o9

May 31st, 2010 @ 4:11 am
About 5 or 6 years ago when i was 10/11. I wanted to make more serious films so it seemed like the best route to take at that time. I use Shake atm but i am constantly going back to after effects...
Ben Wotton
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:15 am
I heard about this magic program called After Effects 7, I googled after effects tutorials and this was the first link, i've never looked back.
Davlet Linares
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:15 am
I made my first music video with effects you taught me)
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:19 am
After I found out about Video Copilot two years ago, I got to spend lots of time here on Video Copilot and on After Effects.
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:28 am
Many of you guys have a long term relationship with AE. I saw it after about a year from now. It was CS3 version and after Sony Vegas it was... unbelivable!
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:29 am
I remember I had was looking up magical illusions on YouTube when I saw a Dragon Ball Z energy blast made with After Effects. I searched it up and fell mad for it. Then I found VideoCopilot and was blown away.

Still... I’m not entirely mad that AE has had relationships with so many other people, but it’ll always be my “first" VFX program :]
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:31 am
lol...i remember when i first fell in love with after effects...im a graphics designer and i rely heavily on photoshop... One fateful day, i stumbled upon a Video copilot tutorial---Ancient titles, and at that time i didnt even know what after effects was....i instantly fell in love with the program, and the tutor of course...love you andy Kramer
Andrew Katrych
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:31 am
Hello At first I met After Effetsts on this site. I really liked the lessons because it is not the usual lessons. Not many people who make the lessons more sets aside time for jokes. Actually, these lessons have helped me understand the program. Even in spite of the fact that I was not looking basic lessons. And in the future want to do shooting movies. Special thanks to: Andrew Kramer, Patrick Otten, Matt Kramer, Mark Jacobs, SĂ©rgio Gil, Marc Biorklund, Sam Loya, Bobby Hommel, Tino Hertz, Duane Loose. Everybody knows people who know a pile case. Thank you very much.
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:31 am
I tested sony vegas before and it wasn´t so nice because they missed a lot of effects which after effects included. So i diceded to get after effects and now i grow very fast up with andrew´s tutorials.Thanks dude you help me a lot :D!
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:33 am
I got into AE since 1 year. I want to make my movies better with professional special effects, color correction, etc.

I'm 14 and so I have to spare a half year to buy me the CS4 Student Edition.

And so my "wife" and I are happy together since a half year :P

It's like a addiction!
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:39 am
i've always been into movies since forever ... but never really paid much attention to HOW they were made. a few months ago i decided to snoop around the net and came across a guy that gave out two websites as the best way to learn about video effects - one was creative cow and the other one was this. ive only just fell in love with after effects but it's because of this site that i found something i'm really passionate about. while my current job has nothing to do with video effects atleast i now know what it is i love doing ... and this is a great site to build up my knowledge and i'm sure ill continue to use it constantly. thanks andrew :D
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:41 am
I remember becoming interested in Visual Effects, and Media Creation, I stumbled across this website, looked at many tutorials, the first tutorial I looked at was the car hit one. And bam, instantly I got After Effects.
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:43 am
Somewhere in the late 90s. Got a real big job do making special effects for a TV movie. i dident know nothing about compositing special effects and after efters saved my day.
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:44 am
The day i started on your tutorials, exactly two years ago today. I went through all of them in two weeks, and have not failed one assignment since.
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:45 am
My first time was last year (I mean... for AE... What else?)!
I decided to create a short film for an "amateur" short film Contest. I've watched before that some non-professionnal team making awesome FX, and I decided to do like them. So for my film, I needed muzzle flashes, explosions, and color correction. So here comes AE and, of course, VC !
Since that, my life has changed =D
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:48 am
yeah i remember when my friend give me videocopilot web address in the middle of 2008.At that time i use combustion for compositing work.Your tutorials are great for understanding after effect
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:49 am
hahah, i too got into after effects because i wanted to make lightsabers, back in grade 8. Truth be told, i didnt actually use the plugin from VC, becaucos i actually think it's of a lesser quality than that which comes from simple rotoscoping (as seen in RVD2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-is63goeBgc. That said, videocopilot is awesome, for the fact that in grade 8, i started learning after effects. From that, i'm now in grade 12, studying Film and televinsion, and absolutely destroying my IT/multimedia class (if i do say so myself :P)


wow, that was a long rant XD
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:55 am
I got into it with one of the first video tutorials on this website back in 05 it was 'basic sky replacement' and adding shake to footage with the baseball video clip, i was looking for a program to composite my 3D footage with live action, and stumbled on this website :) Keep it up buddy!
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:56 am
I started off with Flash and then when I wanted to incorporate video into my projects are started up AE, about 2 years ago.
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:57 am
i started use AE at the last chinese spring festival,then i finished my first work with it,i got the first money in my life
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:01 am
Ha, a friend told me he could get me an extra job at a TV station if I learned a little bit of AfterEffects. "It's just like Photoshop," he told me, "but moving."
Yeah, and a little bit more than that. First I hated it, but after a week I fell so deeply in love I decided to change careers altogheter. No more burger grilling for me!
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:03 am
Somewhere in 2007 when I wanted to do some movie VFX.
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:14 am
I remember my first day with AE is one of my freinds who speaked me of AE he told me that Ae can makes the energy ball like in DBZ i when to youtube i saw somme tutorials consernig the ball energies.i started loving AE 2 years ago please sorry for english i'm not a english man ;)this my first join with AE
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:21 am
I started doing lightsabers in AFX in around 2005. after doing a whole lot in photoshop using filmstrips, AFX was a blessing.
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:24 am
It's not so far ... I began this winter when I needed to do a short video ads for campaign for our Department of visual arts of our university, as a part of the final task.
So I met After Effects... since then I powering AE every day and trying new options and possibilities.. I can't imagine started day without it...It becomes a drug to me...
I don't really know if it's good or bad...but I love it
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:25 am
I can't exactly remember what got me into it, but around 2005 i stumbled across a video on Youtube which referenced VC, checked out the site and that's what got me really into it. I knew i had some sort of support through the way of learning it and stuck to it. :-)
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:28 am
i start to use AE in 2007: i really like the sci-fi movie, and also the videoediting (in analogic), so i search on the web for some tutorial ... and... i found videocopilot !
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:31 am
It was about a year ago. I was using Blender for 3D animations. Though the compositing tool is very powerful I found it not good for animations. I was already using Photoshop so I decided trying After Effects. At first it seemed really complicated to me but then a friend of mine told me about Video Copilot =D
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:33 am
last year one day i was searching in net for some fire effect to burn down a photograph and i saw video copilot's Disintegration tutorial. And the whole tutorials of video copilot. Then i decided i'll spend rest of my life with after effects.

thanks to andrew and videocopilot team.
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:36 am
My first date with after effects was in 2008. And Video Copilot helped me a lot.
Thanks for this Andrew.
mr. c
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:37 am
I started with AE 4 about 13 or 15 years ago. My 1st CG program was 3D Studio R4 for DOS then a 3D program for Windows that the name I don't remember and then Photo Shop 4 and then Corel Draw 6 and then AE 4 and then ofcourse 3Ds Max that I already familier with and I tested several other CG program that I got. At the time I learned CG there are not many learning resource on my country (Myanmar). But some pirated CDs are came in and more and more with not fully featured (no books, no help files, no manuals etc..). I learned like blind man trying to paint. Later, I got some very outdated video magzines and I saw some creativeCOW's tutorials on those magzines. As I mentioned above, many pirated CDs are came in and then Learning CDs DVDs are too. Mr. Rabinowitz mentioned about U in one of his Training DVD and I visited Ur web site and I found the Treasure. I thought that I am expert in AE untill I found U. Because of U Mr. Kramer I knows AE's techniques and methods and the really cool expressions. Thank U Mr. Kramer, Thank U. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I know U about 2 years ago and if U have time write more advanced tutorials with more advanced expressions. I have a secrete passion that I wanted to do everything with expressions:) I know motion script web site but Ur teaching style are very simple and very understandable.

One day I will buy all of Ur Product in copy right when I get a chance. I promise.
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:38 am
I fell in love with AE after having seen your Ancient Titles tutorial. I've seen AE tutorials before but the effect of your tutorial blew my mind. I didnt know this kind of quality was possible from this program.

Thank you Andrew Kramer! ( I also thought you're the same person as Sam )
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:38 am
Well I remember My first date with After Effects in 2004 and it wasn´t so cool Untill Andrew Kramer "Really" Introduce us in 2007 with the Sky Replacement and the Light Streaks and I fell in Love like a tennage girl with a Rock Star,

Thanks AK!!!!

P.D. I'd Like to clear that I'm not in love with you AK!!
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:45 am
Some years ago, I wanted to make a Star Wars-like Intro. So I came to AfterFX. I didn't touched it much, though.

Then some years later, I got into compositing with FXhome-Software. Then I learned much about AfterFX on THIS SITE, and now I'm pretty good with it (like, 100% in last exam). I like Node-Based Compositing too nowadays, but AfterFX still rocks.

May 31st, 2010 @ 5:51 am
My first touch with AE was about 8 years ago. I was 16 and I wanted to blur lisence-plates from motorcyckles... wheelies and stuff... That was it.
3 years ago I started my studies with Audio-Visual. First 3D was my passion cause you can tweak the work forever and make it better and better and better.
We didn´t have good 3D teachers and there was only few courses... it ended as soon as it started and 2 years ago they tought how to use AE.
AE got me and I´m hooked. First year was about studying the basics, with google I found Videocopilots BASIC TRAINING.
Within one year I have bought books about AE, visited Videocopilot regulary and trained my self.

The THING I love on AE is that you can´t ever be good enough. If you say that you are a PRO you are just lasy or without ideas. The Train is moving and I hope that I will never catch it... It keeps thing iteresting.
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:51 am
I began making movies when I was 10 years old, I had a JVC miniDV Camcorder with a horrible microphone. After filming three episodes of "CSI Graz" (the city I live in) and lots of other stuff I edited in iMovie (similar to MovieMaker) I wanted to create better movies and so I got into Final Cut Express 4 when I was 13. I used to make these lightsaber-effects, but as many of you may know, you can´t create stunning VFX only using FCE 4.
Now, about 17 months later I´ve been working with AE for say about 7
9 months, and I´m getting better and better.
The funny thing is that I knew After Effects by heart bout 3 months before I got it, as I watched every tutorial on videocopilot :).
How I found videocopilot? Well, in that time I didn´t even know about AE, i just watched "The Bullet" vids on youtube and often noticed a credid to videocopilot. Firstly I thought it was some kind of application you can 3D bullets with :)

Anyway, Mr. Kramer,
Greetings from Austria and thank you for all the great things you made possible for me!
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:54 am
Video Copilot Change my Editing Skills to the new level my friends like my vid and also my family Video Copilot you change me also after effects
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:56 am
I fall in love with After Effects when i wanted do great movies like my father.Then i looked at Video Copilot and thats was big love.
    October 29th, 2011 @ 8:33 am
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:57 am
I remember searching for warp face tutorial, and a found it on videocopilot:) it was new tutorial and i wanted to do that effect so bad that i started using AE..so yea..thanks Andrew ;) You made a new standard for motion graphics.
Alex Wedlake
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:04 am
It was about 4 years ago (I am now 17). I always wanted to do a lightsaber effect and thats how I got into after effects on a schools computer. I later saved up and bought it for myself.
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:08 am
I started with After Effects in the year 2005. I did a lot of 3D-Modelling and animations. So i needed a tool to use this stuf in movies.
The choise was easy. As a big Adobe-fan :)
I used the internetsite, cause i know that Adobe got much more then only Photoshop. I downloaded a testversion of After Effect. A few weeks later i decided to buy a licens.
But i learned not very fast. Later, i found a cool site on the web, called videocopilot ;) and i started to learn very fast.
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:17 am
I remember getting it because I wanted to make the Evolution ball. It turned out like mario after eating one of those stars.
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:17 am
Recently going to school for graphic design, though I want to learn more as an animator. I got a taste of After Effects when I did my first kinetic typography project. Since then, it has been my favorite software to use when it comes to art in general. Hopefully I can learn more, advance to where I can be a pro like Andrew! :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:25 am
Just like fellow Dustin, I myself wanted a lightsaber effect too... I tried many different crappy saber tutorials, but none of them produced anything as good-looking as what I've seen in you tutorials, Andrew.
And now - here I am, trying to learn Adobe AE.
I really like the control over the FX it gives :)
This is my latest work, which includes quite difficult keying from my own gameplay footage and compositing the element with real life footage... Introducing - PORTAL :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:27 am
I first wanted to do the light saber effect, and I did it! But I found videocopilot and I got addicted, seriously!
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:28 am
I started doing stop motion with a camera that used floppy disks when I was maybe 6 or 7. I progressed into better things, and better things needed cool effects. I googled how to make cool effects, or something like that, and I found this program called After Effects. That's how I got into it :P.
Allen Zayden
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:40 am
I remember my Ex... oh man she was so cruel. Her name was Windows Movie Maker and Pinnacle Studios back in 2007. That date lasted only one year. Ended in a dispute between me cheating on them for After Effects CS3 in 2008. I left them and took on my wife, After Effects. The plug-ins, the editing, the visual effects, how I love her! We were married two days ago when I got her a beautiful ring we call CS4! We will have a baby soon, CS5 I hope! Mhmmm I love her!

Thank you VideoCopilot Crew for changing my life in the VFX industry. Now I am starting as a freelance VFX artist and am the VFX supervisor for a small Russian film company I co-founded in Minneapolis (which we still don't have a name after 2 years lol)
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:40 am
i began to use after effect this year 3 or 4 months before but ot became my life when i am sad i thiink in it when i am studying i cant stop thinking in it i adore film editing but i didnt use final cut ever i used sony vegas
but when i saw ur works mr andrew i decided i will work hard to try to catch u ( it seems impossible now ) but how knows
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:42 am
When I first tried out AE, I didn't understand stuff. Left it in the dust. When I found your AE Basic Training, that exact moment I fell in love with it.

Another Malaysian here.
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:43 am
Hey I do remember that) When I first opened it I was like "WHAT THE HECK IS THIS THING?!!!!" but then i understood everything) Man you won't believe me but I'm 14 year old and i'm from Kazakhstan. I really like making video effects and i thank Andrew Kramer and his crew for this site and all the tutorials)
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:53 am
Once I bought my DVX100 about 3 years ago I wanted to see what I could do with integrating visual effects into some live-action footage. I immediately arrived at After Effects (a natural progression since I was schooled in Premiere Pro in college) and tried 2 things: converting 50i footage into 25p slow-mo, and also (like many others here) some lightsaber dueling.
mr. c
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:54 am
I remember now! The program I played after 3D Studio R4 was "True Space". Is the program still exist??
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:56 am
Well I heard about after effects on youtube and then googled it, your website came up among others but as everyone else knows, you and your team are the best. That has been like 2yrs now. Keep them coming.
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:03 am
I remember when I needed effects for a movie I was making, and a good friend of mine recommended after effects, then I found Series One, did the basic training, and that's how it all started. :)
pedro soto
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:03 am
just this january...as my new year`s resolution.-...and really love this extention of my imagination ....just 5 months...and now trying with c4d, realflow, 3dmax....all the programs that i can find out there....i love motion graphics..and the people pay me for do the stuff i will love to do for free....better ..imposible
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:05 am
I used to be with Final Cut Pro, shoulda known she was cheating on me. We tried making action films, but I realized it wasn't working out so well. So I dumped her and finally my dad met After Effects. Since then we've been making awesome action shorts, and crazy clips. I was finally able to put stock footage BEHIND people, like explosions, or blood.
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:05 am
My friend Andrew Kramer introduced us. It was love at first sight.
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:09 am
I bought AE so that I could key out my green screen better for videos at my church. Shortly after I found Video Copilot and Andrew Kramer taught me everything I know. I have bought everything except action movie e 2 and optical flares but will get them soon. If it was not for what I have learned on this site I would probably be an electrician or a tobacco farmer with the rest of my family. Thanks a lot Video Copilot!
mr. c
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:15 am
"True Space" is Free!! And the version is 7.6. Everybody go grab one. The site is www.caligari.com.
That 3D program is powerful like 3Ds Max.
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:17 am
I started my design company 2 years ago with a friend. He was an expert in FLASH design for Web pages, I was just the business man, didn't know how to design in any software, then a client told us about AFTER EFFECTS and the future of it, so I started to search tuts in the web and got into VIDEOCOPILOT. I got into VIDEOCOPILOT so bad that didn't sleep or eat! Just wanted to learn more and more! I think I watched all the VIDEOCOPILOT tuts in 2 days! Few weeks later I was designing better than anyone in my town! (Here in Tampico Mexico the technology is not as advanced as in other countries or cities) Now a days I have build my self a prestige of video designer and have created my own ways of AFTER EFFECTS tecniques and stuff. I'm so gratefull to VIDEOCOPILOT for giving me all these oportunities! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Next Level Designs
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:20 am
i got into after effects about 7 or 8 months ago, just simply cause i was tired of looking at the same boring things on tv. had friends who were too. like everyone else here, popped open cs4, looked at it, got angry cuz i couldnt understand wat was going on, created my first effect in 5 mins, it was a beam, lol but i couldnt get it to move so ... i gave up. found VCP and well now i am just trying to get one effect done.

thanks to you guys that make these things possible, u guys deserve a grammy, or an emmy, or one of those shiney statue thingy
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:25 am
I was introduced to AE by you, Andrew.
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:27 am
I started "using" AE back when I was 13, in 2003. And did some awful stuff back then, truly awful. But I'm still proud of those, not ashamed. I wouldn't expect to like what I do now in seven years. It'd be bad.
It was, If I recall correctly version 4.1 and shortly after 5.0. But my computer put my creativity to a halt 'cos it was well, only too slow and old. But then a newer one came back in 07 and I not only could get the then brand new After Effects CS3 but also I could watch VideoCopilot's tutorials without andrews voice getting way ahead of the laggy video I could watch on a Pentium III.
I wanted to thank you Andrew for all you've thaught me and all I still learn from you.
No one, and I say NO TEACHER I had in university has ever been able to explain something as clearly as you do.
Let alone the passion you put into things. I know how long an amount of time you've put in this place.
Nicolás Benítez from Argentina
just another day…
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:29 am
well,first i edited with sony vegas,and then i wanted
to do more advanced effects,intros and all these things.

so i found this great site,and i saw some tutorials and started to use AE :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:36 am
I took an AE course in college and have been true to AE for the past six years.

Thanks for all the incredible work. I would not be the AE artist I am today, if it weren't for all of the great info on Video Copilot.

Arjun Yonjan(nepal)
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:36 am
I used After Effects for the first time in 2007 with no training. I just messed up. I knew the possibilities of After Effects at that time. I was so worried that i will not be able to use After Effects. In 2008, once the ADSL internet service was introduced in cheap price of 256kbps , I did the lynda.com's After effects essentials with chad perkins,the basics was not so fun. The research continued.. finally got the video copilot from the wikipedia.org then my potential became infinite. Now the video copilot is my daily routine.... Thankyou Andrew for being there..
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:37 am
I fell in love with After Effects when I discovered Video Copilot. No really, this isn't pandering.

I've been a video editor by trade for the past 8 years or so. I did minimal compositing and relied almost exclusively on stills and third-party stock content for any graphical look. I always thought After Effects would be too hard to learn, take up too much of my time, and just be too frustrating. Then I discovered Video Copilot.

Andrew Kramer's tutorials put After Effects into language I understand. They made a complex program seem simple and impressive motion graphics seem no more scary than baking a cake. I tried my hand at following along, I used the concepts to design some of my own graphics, and now after almost 3 years I now have "Motion Graphics Designer" on my resume. And it's all thanks to Video Copilot.

Thanks again, Andrew! You have a loyal customer for life!
Aegis Kleais
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:39 am
Right now, there's a 5 piece of Adobe software I'm trying to master:

Photoshop and Illustrator (thanks to Deke McClelland at lynda.com for training)

Premiere and After Effects (the latter I owe a lot of what I know thanks to Mr. Kramer)

And ColdFusion. AE really is Photoshop on roids, and I'm eager to learn more and more with it.
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:39 am
In approximately 2007, I was making a movie for school using after effects,
but didn't know how to use it. Then I found Video Copilot with the new Earth
zoom tutorial, I fell in love and build this:
After learning everything I know about After Effects in Video Copilot, of course.
Thanks Andrew and see you next time.
(sorry for the english)
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:40 am
I started using AE and VC back in February of this year. I had owned the software for a couple of years (Ever since I had gotten CS4 MC) and didn't know what it could do. Now I am constantly watching your tutorials over and over and following along to get the actions written into my moemory.

I am forever your loyal fan Andrew (and the rest of the crew at VC)!! Keep up the awesome work that you are doing.
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:43 am

It was 2002, I had to put on some graphics on my first musical videoclip ( director, editor and writer), we had no budget to hire a professional motion graphics artist, so i start to use it myself ... it was After Effects 5.5 on a mac workstation, somoene told me that it was too hard to use, but i love it immediatly...

...damn are almost 8 years ago... :(

Ted Mihu
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:45 am
I have and always will love video editing but I was actually really into powerpoint. I pushed powerpoint to the max with absolutely everything you could possibly do in it, and then I found this guy who had done some work with after effects and created some pretty cool motion graphics using the evolution toolset from this website. I asked him how he did that because in the video it said this was done in powerpoint, he directed me to this website, and from then on it's been an evolving relationship, my girl has given me many sleepless nights trying to figure out how to do different things, and many more hours of headache trying to figure out the right render settings for different projects. But a'lass we worked on our marriage and are now able to do really cool things together. It's been over two years now and I still love After Effects like the day I first met her <3
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:45 am
No Joke,

I had always had a fettish for title sequencing and graphics that I had seen on tv all the time. It always kept me wondering... "how in the world do they do that" There was just something about an awesome title, weather it be in movies, tv, even print ads. that sparked my interest. Then in the summer of 2007 some one told me about this site. It immediately caught my interest, because it catered to my passion. Over time, of course at the beginning my stuff was horrible and embarrassing but now I feel like I have grasped the 3D graphic realm ever so slightly and now am able to take on such programs as Cinema 4D. In all honestly,
Thank You Andrew Cramer.
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:48 am
Well, in the beginning i dated Windows Movie Maker. I found out how she was able to put sound effects and music on the footage i shot with my camera phone. Then i saw some people on youtube made muzzle flashes. And when i found out windows movie maker couldn't make me that, i lost everything for her. Then i started dating Sony Vegas, and through tutorials, i began dating After Effects, and love her even more every day.
emilio lpu
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:54 am
already knew the more I decided to enter after effects of head when I met video copilot, and my desire to be a video editor has only increased. thanks Andrew. about my first job I deleted inadvertently haha
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:58 am
I started in 1996 along with Premiere 4.2. I wanted to motion track car headlights. And Premiere didn't give me any satisfaction. So I started to mess with AE3.1 and later 4.0 on a Windows NT system. Even some title effects for a Media100XL NLE. I remember it well when putting my files on a ZIP100 disk lol....
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:04 am
It was in 2007.
I begun to make sad videos with windows movie maker and wanted to do it better. So i bought "Magix Video Deluxe", then "Sony Vegas", then the Adobe CS3 Master Collection.
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:05 am
I got After Effects in January of 2010 after recieving Action Essentials 2 for Christmas. I love your website Andrew, and it's my homepage! :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:07 am
Well I was always a photoshop guy and I'd always watch
Russell Brown tutorials. Then in one of his tutorials he imported some photoshop files into AE and created what he called an "animatic". It was so cool. PSP images were being animated_ graphics in motion. So I got AE 7 and I
learn the basics from books like Creating Motion Graphics
by Chris and Trish Meyer. I wanted to know more and
I later found Video Copilot. Since then its been no turning back.
Pavel Peterka
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:10 am
First time i met lady AE was through making a movies from my favorite videogame (CSS) I started with Vegas , which by the way is able to do pretty much anything as the lady AE does, but inside AE is everything better organized, and as you have mentioned layer timeline won. So that Vegas is for rough edit and sounding only to me. But even at that times was most-known this site and you definetely have helped me out me and others with shy-steps in this software. Thank you for everything that you are doing and keep it up.
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:11 am
2005 working in The dead end job @ the Alpha something CopyCenter, now in carppy TV station, creating commercial interruptions.
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:11 am
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:18 am
I had Movie Maker and Vegas, and for the things I wanted to do, those programs just didn't do it for me. So I worked up the cash and bought AE CS4 in January. I needed an extremely high end editing software, but I didn't realize how powerful After Effects was. Now I have 3Ds Studio Max, and I'm getting into my own style now. All thanks to VC!!
Sujith Sivan
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:33 am
I’ve always wondered how ppl doing double role in films.. and I was searching on net desperately then accidently I found videocopilot tutorials and I could make a video like this with your help. Thank you so much Andrew...
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:36 am
I was working for a small flight sim development group called BMS "Bench mark sims" We started out refining a flight sim called Falcon4 made by Micro prose that became, years ago, vapor ware. We needed some videos to better the ones that were available at the time, so I ventured in AE to find the answer. During the process I discovered that my talents far out did Falcon4 so I started to delve into AE and find other areas and with the help of Video Copilot I found new depths which lead me away from simple needs and discover an entire new World.

Thank you VCP..

May 31st, 2010 @ 8:37 am
I got in to after effects because of the original action essentials. I loved making movies and was making a war movie and discovered action essentials. That kick started me into after effects. Now I'm at college and have already landed a few jobs.

Thanks Andrew Kramer!
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:42 am
It started last year when i finally got bored of Sony Vegas and wanted to try something cooler.Never had time to go very in depth with it but summer is coming so i will have some private time with my AE CS4 ;)
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:48 am
I used to be a web designer and I was working with flash. I was needed an intro and i discover premiere. But it wasn't enough. Then i was needed an butterfly but i tried a key with photoshop frame by frame. Than I sad to myself; there was got a be easy and better way. After a little digging I found After Effects and Video Copilot. Actually you teach me After FX Andrew. And i own you a big thank. Now I'm a full CG artist and I use Cinema 4D, After Fx, Edius and Finalcut Pro.
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:48 am
yes i remember the first time that i discovered after effects than one month later ?i discovered VCP.oh my god.it's very very excitin. it was may 2005
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:51 am
Wanted to be better at compositing my CGI and I had my issues getting in to node-based compositing so After Effects was just right. But can't remember when I started to use it.
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:52 am
The Time I visit VideoCopilot And I saw the tutoS i fall in Love with it .....
blind pixel
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:53 am
u all gay!lol....................
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:56 am
I first got into after effects when I first saw Ryan Vs. Dorkman on "theforce.net" now here: http://www.ryanvsdorkman.com/

I never wanted to be able to do these kind of effects so bad... then I started googling ways to create lightsabers digitally, and then... BAM! I found Andrew Kramer on Creative Cow. After that, I came here to learn more... after learning, I got hooked.

I am truly After Effect's Bitch.
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:57 am
Yeah, I want to make light saber and i start from there..
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:58 am
i got into AE to do some cool stuff like the cloning and kamehameha stuff back in high school, just to show to my school buddies...... Now I am a 3D animator with compositing skills.
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:01 am
Nice post idea :)
My first try was @ design/cg school, in 2006.
My first love was @ work, I had to create a little animation, discovered VC, and... just felt in love of AE and AK :D

Fun old animation :P
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:03 am
.................................................................................................................................THANKS ANDRE KRAMER.......................
..........ALL I KNOW I LEARNED IT FROM YOU...............
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:03 am
bout 3 years ago when I needed to stabilize a tracking shot. Then I found videocopilot and the wiggle tutorial with the baseball player and realized I could spice up the action sequences a bit with wiggle on impacts like a fist in the face :P then I just continued from there :) thanks for everthing AK :P
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:11 am
On my first date with After Effects, I chickened out. It was 1995 and a friend of mine brought me a disk with a pirated copy of the program (3.0, I think). I installed it, opened, created a new comp, new solid and applied some random effect. I then proceeded to untwirl the properties of all the crap I created. There were many. Too many!

I closed the program and uninstalled it.

Next time I met After Effects was in 2001. We were both much more mature and approached each other with guidance of a professional (Brian Maffit and his fantastic Total Training DVD set). One of the first complete pieces I created then was a 2002 "Quick Shave" ( http://qubahq.com/2002/06/quick-shave/ ) - a piece I still hold dear to my heart as "that first one".

I've been with AE ever since watching her... errr... it grow and mature over the years, participating in betas and always pushing it to the very limit.
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:12 am
I was told I would be able to cook chocolate chips cookies with it... The cookies thing,I'm guessing was a lie... But, I haven't given up trying...
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:16 am
Hector :o) no not a lie, start with an ajustment layer...
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:16 am
I'm sure remember when I was doing things like template monster intros i loved it so so much and I didn't know how this things and lights and particulars done and I'm catch after effects I said ( aha this is what they did ) :D:D:D thanks Andrew for this you reminds us with great memories
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:17 am
Yeah well I taught my good friend Sylvester Stallone how to use AE way back in the early 2000s. Such a great guy.. LOL kidding I just recently bought the Adobe Production Premium package so I am excited
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:18 am
Thank you Magic. I'll try the adjustment layer recipe...
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:20 am
Do you actually read all of these lengthy replies??? ;)
Just say 'I do' and I'll pour my heart in-front of ya! :D
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:21 am
wow ..
that's very good!
look .. that's made by me !
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:25 am
for me somone show me Electric effect and shok me with the visual effect

so i asked him later what the name of the software

DAd daaaaa
he gave me after effect ^_^
then i saw tut on youtube "was my 1st ae tut i have seen ever "

about some one making dragon ball blast hehehehe

i just remain 5 days happy how good that guy was :)

spending time make Tuts

then more reserch

and i find u hehhehehehe and u shok me every weak :D

THX A K :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:35 am
Last Friday I got the Adobe CS5 Production Premium Package. I wanted to make the effects for my movies better.I had already watched your stuff for awhile just so I could know at least some of how to use After Effects before I bought it. I'm 13 years old.
Matthew Park
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:42 am
Ohhhhh. Long story. So my friend started doing speed paintings with like paint and stuff, so I joined in. After that, then it grew to animations and stuff. But then I was like, I need a "corporate" intro, and I want it to be good. So I went cruising on youtube for some idea's and found After Effects, so I got it and played around and started getting good, that's when I fell in love with after effects. Best movie editing program, EVAR.
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:47 am
In 2006 I made my first ad with after effects,, AND I USED EVERY EFFECT I COULD FIT!!!!! Though I was clumsy in my youth, I have now brought more finesse to our relationship
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:50 am
One teacher in the school told that i could edit video with adobe premiere or with After Effects. (she had no idea). I started with premiere and one day AFX was magicaly on the table of my home. I installed him. He look at me, I look at Him, nothing happend and I close it.
Several months later I reinstalled and still loving it..

Now I´m leaving the composition work to Nuke (for work) but all of mi Motion graphics still come from him...

May 31st, 2010 @ 9:50 am
the last summer that was in 2009 :)
i started learn after effects all the day with none stop :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:51 am
I started off using Sony VEGAS, after winning it in a remix contest. Then I stumbled upon your site, saw what After Effects could do, and immediately bought it. I have no regrets, and AE and I are a happy couple. If she ever wants a divorce, I will be devastated....and end up on the ledge with Sam....
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:07 am
i remember my date with after effects 2006 its still working haha
i worked hard to be at a level where i m now
i just posted a old video i made when i just started in after effects http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI_CFGpMuY0
i will do a remake on this soon
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:08 am
I was editing in Premiere and did a lot of Photoshop work and felt it was the next step. I've also been excited by special effects and motion graphics and I feel After Effects lets those things be more accessible to you.
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:08 am
When I was 16, AE CS2 :p I'm 19 now, and the love's still growing!

We <3 AE
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:24 am
Summer 2004. I just learned about what tools (that are avaliable for desktop computers) where used to achieve SFX in movies. I then, well, just downloaded a - let's say 9000 days testversion - of that program to start out making a supercool special effects dripping movie. I just opened up the program, AE 6.5 that was, just to find myself totally lost in how to start anything in it. That was it. Closed and deleted. Dissapointed of myself. A year later, I attended university and finally, a very nice teacher showed us the magics of "composition -> new composition". Bang. That was it. No stop from this point on. Power to the people. I wonder to this day, why I never tried to figure that simple click on my own. :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:31 am
I remember that there were around 90 tutorials :P started to watch some of them.....
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:31 am
I always loved sfx, but no one of the people I know could help me with ideas of programs... one day in google search for some useful tool i meet AE 6.5 (before my animations was made in MSpaint and windows movie maker).

My first after effects movie was my brother kikcing and destroyng a 3d car made in 3dsmax.. the video really sucks and I remember the bad words I screamed untill understand the mask path and keyframes. (every time I tried to change messed the rest of animation)

long time until I realize "there is motion trackers", "auto stabilize stuff", "null object is not useless object" and learn in VideoCopilot about boujou.

I keep pratcing and next year i'll finally get my 5d to make my own videos, YAY

sorry my bad english and thanks for tutorials.
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:33 am
I had used Windows movie maker for about one year and started getting tierd of it when i got Adobe Master collection CS4 of my dads friend on my 12:th birthday and i`ve used AE sense then.
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:37 am
ooh yeah, before edit in AE my special effects was made in Corel R.A.V.E.

bad program but very easy to use... the bad thing is the 3 seconds videos always become 1gb or more :(

I have some stop motions on youtube made in corel rave (argh)

wanna laugh? look for "stop mortal"
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:45 am
I think it was 2002. I was using Speed Razor to edit and it had a lot of sweet compositing capabilities, but it was too unstable –so I bought a used Canopus DVStorm card with Premiere. For an unknown reason, the guy sent me a copy of After Effects 5. I tried it out and was swept off my feet! Since then, our Adobe family has grown to include the entire production suite. Here is my most recent After Effects creation: http://www.vimeo.com/11732698
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:11 am
I had started doing Flash animation and HTML in 2nd grade. You can look at my original 2nd grade webpage here http://www.usfamily.net/web/mark.esau/gameboys/
I proceeded to do this until 5th grade when I made a movie with some school friends with mostly Blue Screen. I edited that in Premiere. I came to Video Copilot the next year out of curiosity. Andrew had just released his 5th tutorial. And I say, "Hey Dad, could I get After Effects?" he then replies, "I already own a copy".
I've been using that little old 6.5 disk for 4 years until finally upgrading to CS4 this year. You can see most of my filmmaking work at www.youtube.com/users/iamcartmanxd
It's not that great, but Andrew has really helped me along through all these years of digital editing.
Thanks alot Andrew.
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:18 am
Wow I am a graphic designer that had never done a video before. We were a month away from going to a conference to setup a display for our company and everyone thought it would be a cool idea to create a video. So being an adobe fan I spent the next 30 learning everything I could about after effects and this was my first video ever... http://www.fundamentalnetwork.com/post/638660693 Looking forward to trying some more stuff in the future.
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:21 am
After using Premiere to try and do some lightning with a photoshopped squiggle I tried After Effects 6.5 and never looked back. A few years later I made this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-czAssxO8E and have been learning new things since. I also feel my After Effects days are coming to an end for VFX - lets hope CS5 can revive that for a little longer before I have to move to something beefier.
sunil Thapa (nepal)
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:29 am
when i start work in saudi arab ..........i got adobe after effect 6 cd ..............since then ....................
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:40 am
I remember all to well, I a somewhat younger man, she a flirty young thing who showed off so much potential, If you knew to treat her right. Our first outings together were stumbling and inept, mostly my fault I admit but despite a bumpy start I knew I was in love. Her father didn't approve of course and we were forced apart after only thirty days together, a travesty. Eventually I swayed even him with an hefty dowry and now not a day goes by without my beloved and I creating magic together

(It's a good thing the Geneva convention doesn't apply to metaphors)
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:43 am
I fell in love with after effects in October 2007. I saw a video on youtube of some awesome work someone did in after effects and I just had to try it. It was all up hill from there :D
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:43 am
A little over a year ago i was making an action film and decided it would be much cooler if I had some ones head exploder. typed it in and found your assisted suicide tutorial.. Since then Been in love with After effects!!!! :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:44 am
yah! this relation will hold for everlasting. My First big Comp, was the Building Explosion from VideoCopilots Action Essentials 2. VideoCopilot told me many many things about this beautiful Programm. And now, my knowledg are huge!

I've fell in Love with VideoCopilot and After Effects!
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:54 am
Back in the days I was using Animated Gif creator to create corporate animations. So with the first release of After effects I realised that creating animated gifs could be done much faster.
Arvin Jr.
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:56 am
Like many other people I started cause I wanted to make the lightsaber effect. Then I found Videocopilot and found out I could do so much stuff.
May 31st, 2010 @ 12:07 pm
It's been a while, we are getting old... hahaha
May 31st, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
For me, it started about 5 years ago I randomly googled special effects tutorials and saw videocopilot.net as the first thing. I then logged this website in my memory only to be forgotten as I did not have the software. Two years later I saw RVD2 as I was getting interested into movie making and I saw how they said they used Adobe After Effects, I instantly wanted that software but how in the world will I learn it? That's when I remembered that site from years back, videocopilot.net! I then went on, watched a bunch of tutorials and became familiar with the software before actually getting it! So I pretty much came in there already knowing what I wanted and how to do it!
May 31st, 2010 @ 12:18 pm
I remember I wanted After Effects after seeing all the possibilities from youtube videos.
Ramon Villalba
May 31st, 2010 @ 12:27 pm
As you said, I was a video editor that wanted more control of graphics and FX, I have been dating with AE since June 2008, as many people here too, the visual effects got my attention and then I met AE, It happened also because i was editing a small project with animated logos (2d) and I did something simple with AE as first, but suddenly, I started to see the real world inside of it, after that, lot of samples around the web, people doing crazy and cool stuff, but this site have been the one who made me see the real capabilities of AE, thanks to you A.K and to your wide talent and creativity.

AE is an amazing software, it has been a beautiful relationship. :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 12:34 pm
I remember that i was one of the first people to come to videocopilot and i think you have recoreds of user loging and dates to show that. you had like 10 tutorials and the f-16 logo and 2 years of beging to work with you, your site was the resone i fell in love with after effects so i went and i bought from ebay a copy of AE 7.0 and i remember getting mad at you for using photoshop but now i learned after effects .photoshop,3dmax,cinema 4d, blender,boujou and all that is becuase of you sir for that videocopilot was my first love and i will always be greatfull for what you been giving us through all these years,thank you.
Jack Watts
May 31st, 2010 @ 12:45 pm
I wanted to make better title sequences as i was very constrained by the limitations of Vegas at the time.
May 31st, 2010 @ 12:48 pm
3 years ago, at 2 in the moning,I heard a knock at my door. I opened, and there she was, beautiful as a bright star. She told me, I am all yours, I says, you'll do anything I want? ? she says anything you want baby. I let her in, and the rest is history. She keeps astonishing me every year, she never ages, she gets better and better. So I decided, I will never let her go, I will never cheat on her. I am in love, and that is a beautiful feeling. I hope you guys understand.
May 31st, 2010 @ 12:48 pm
waiting for tutorial Cinema 4D.
and AE FX
thanks Andrew.
May 31st, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
hehe, when i and my clan wanted to make a frag i made this one... Then i falled in love with after effetcs <3
sry for my bad english..
R.A. Elliott
May 31st, 2010 @ 12:59 pm
I started back in 04, freshman year of high school I found After Effects on the computer I was working on, and started playing around. Back then Star Wars had become really popular again, and with the release of Ryan Vs Dorkman (the popular lightsaber duel on Youtube) I was really amazed that you could easily make them in After Effects. So I got a camera, shot a million tests, and that's when I also learned "rotoscoping". From then on, I just got more and more involved in doing fx, shooting everywhere I went and bringing it into After Effects to see what I could do. Several mowed lawns and grocery bagged, I finally bought After Effects 7 so I could have more time to play around with it. Last year, I got to shoot a duel with Ryan, so that kind of brought it all full-circle, didn't it? :p
May 31st, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
My first date with After Effects was in 2005! and I knew video copilot a year later, so was a busy year because I start to work with a book in my hand... so thank you very much Andrew for your free video tutorials.
Greeting from Argentina.
May 31st, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
The first time I used it was in my 2D animation class at Ivy Tech. The first assignment I did on my own, that wasn't out of the book, was animating an old snes version of Link from Zelda and Mario. Link was chasing him across a classic Super Mario Bros background. They jumped into a pipe and when they came out another pipe Mario's arms were gone lol. Then Link chopped his head off. My teacher was very impressed lol.
May 31st, 2010 @ 1:21 pm
i wanted to make a lightsaber movie. i watched many tutorials on youtube from aftereffcts so i got it and soon enough landed on videocopilot
May 31st, 2010 @ 1:25 pm
I remember that i want todo a light saber effect and jumper effect and some others and i search in youtube an i saw many people using the same program, (after effects) so i start searching some info about after effects then i download a trial ,i like it to much so i bought the program but i dont know how to use it . Then i search for some tutorials but i dont find anywere with good quality in google i type "After effect tutorials) Woooooooooooooow i find VideCopilot.net :) i was amaze with So many tutorials . I first start with Camera shake with wiggler i start at the age of 13 now im 15 1/2 i have seen every tutorial and blogs :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 1:31 pm
Well, just i have like 6 months using AF and all that i know is thank to VideoCopilot and AK but, here is my first work with my lil cousin LOLz
May 31st, 2010 @ 1:32 pm
What a small head space you live in blind pixel.....
May 31st, 2010 @ 1:33 pm
I wanted to do light saber effect so i was looking for a tutorial, and guess what, I found You then :)
And that would be it, but when i watched other your tutorials, i was getting more and more into it. Firts big project was presentation for my school that made me very famous ^^
So, I should thank You :D
If it wasn't for You i would probably be dead from boredome right now :)
Charlie Scene!
May 31st, 2010 @ 1:34 pm
Well... about 2-3 months ago I started to work with After FX :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 1:34 pm
It started with compositing in Final Cut for me as well...being the immature kid I was then, I wanted to add muzzle flashes to airsoft guns and make a kick ass action film...I began to see the advantages of AE when I started watching the tuts here. So it opened a whole new world for me. I only just recently got a copy of AE, and I stayed up all night...adding muzzle flashes to airsoft guns. I am now a college graduate, and still learning after effects on my own.
May 31st, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
Summer 2004, terrible hot, and havent actually nothing to do... weed and keyframing what I wasnt able to animate in flash. Felt in love.
Love stoned!
May 31st, 2010 @ 1:58 pm
I remember it well. I did small and ridiculous videos wich I posted on the internet for fun, until I came across this guy named Ryan Wieber, and when I saw what he was able to do my mind was blown away. I wanted that power. So I found out he used After Effects, and got it. But when I opened up the program it was like latin. And I don't know latin. "Money well spent!" I thought to myself. And then came Video Copilot, and saved the day (for the first time of many to come) with the awesome basics-tutorials. Video Copilot saved me a lot of money and made a small dream come true, wich developed and became something even greater. And I thank you from the bottom of my soul for that.
May 31st, 2010 @ 1:59 pm
My videos are still small and ridiculous, I might add. But now they are also friggin awesome!
Diego G
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:07 pm
The first time I fell in love with AE was 3 years ago, when I saw a video on YouTube which was using Action Essentials 1, at the beggining I didn't know it was a product of yours, but when I noticed it, I found your website, and I got married with AE, 'till today!
Thanks Andrew, for all the knowledge you've taught us through all these years!
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
AE is a render slut - But I love her so much...
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:25 pm
It was 1994, and CosaFX had just come off Beta. Coupled with a DQ Animac to capture the frames and put them to tape, it was a groundbreaking program for transitions and the like. And it just got better and better.
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:35 pm
During my first job as 1.AD on an indie-based, feature length project, the DoP kept mouthing off how he could do this and that with AE - he could virtually hand the camera to a small monkey and do the rest with AE. Pish-pash, was my first thought. Being used to Premiere, having used it since before v.1.0. and never having touched AE, I mostly became mad with his cocky statements, cuz he was sloppy as hell on-set and delivered random quality in takes and inbetweens. "Its all corrected in post", he would mutter with an insane yet fragile look on his face. I had to know wth this guy was going on about. I soon realised what the funk was about, and now I´m a professional freelance VFX-designer.

Only found VC.net a couple of years ago, but this place has really gotten me hooked. I keep coming back, coffee in one hand, stylus in the other and way too many smokes. You guys are gr8. So much good work towards mankind will not pass by unnoticed.
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:36 pm
I forst met AFX when I started post-production for an amateur movie inspired by a lot of japanese mangas... So the main effects included power balls, fire balls and stuff, explosions, smoke and other flashy things.

I learned it by myself and was helped by Wondertouch's Particle Illusion 3 at that time. It was... In 2004.

Now I use it mostly at my cinema school to do some corrections on shot like removing objects that don't have to be in the shot etc... And also I continue amateur movies.
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:43 pm
Great question !

Wow... My first date out with after effects was 7 years ago I was a little brat back then. Working with my mates making star wars movies, etc. I got my hands on a trial edition of AE and things sprung from there. Simple white layer with glow on it. Remember we were so amazed by what we created.

I don't use AE as much as I'd like now a days. I've moved on to nuke and fusion, using those as compositing. AE I primarily use for motion graphics. But boy, do I have great memories. AE was my ticket to the world of CG. It gave me the introduction to what I now love which is 3D animation. I am so grateful that I found this software. It has truly turned my life into a very geeky but so much fun one.

Though I wish Optical flares were compatible with other software like Nuke or Combustion, or Fusion. Perhaps thats on your to-do list Kramer? ;D

Anyways Good night ya'll, daddy needs some sleep,
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:45 pm
when I stumbled on your site
May 31st, 2010 @ 2:52 pm
I fell in love with AE like 1-2 years ago, thanks to kinetic type with some poems and song I saw on youtube, I actually was SCARED of AE, the first video I did was just a lame slide show with little Text Effectors, I haven't done a lot due to lack of power in my machine, but here is the may latest attempt at something in AE:


in which I understood 3d, cameras, scripts and other things.
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:01 pm
Looking at this vid I decided I wanted to be a moationgrapher, Thats when I first known After Effects

Mike Yull
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:07 pm
Played around with other not so great software for VFX then I watched your head explode tutorial out of curiosity and theres hardly been a day since I havent been messing around in my favourite program. Cant wait to get CS5
Milton Fox
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:16 pm
This is my first comment ever. I started with Canopus Raptor Edit & Premiere 5.0. It wasn't until AE CS3 came along and caught my attention, that I started to really improve. A lotta money was spent & very little progress was made until I stumbled upon this site. I'm not as young as most of you, but I still have a passion for AE. Thanks to the young man Andrew Kramer, the fire still burns.
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:16 pm
It started last month actually! I'm still a newbie! My boyfriend recommended me to follow the basic training and tutorials. I got hooked on it ever since and now I can make some pretty nice explosions and spot how other people in commercials and movies did their effects! ;)
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:41 pm
I wanted to edit a video and my sister had AE on her computer. I was frustrated because i didn't know how to use it. then one day I found this site and realized what AE is really for.
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:48 pm
i started as a flash animator in 2007, then i practiced whitin some years until an after effects CD got into my house, i left flash and i decided to instead of animatin silly movies, make real movies with after effects
Nikolaos Tsimpetonidis
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:50 pm
At the beggining, in 2005-2006 i tried to composite pictures by only using Adobe Premiere pro 2 and later Premiere Pro CS2 with not much luck unfortunately :-( it was only up until i did my first music videos with blue screen,in 2006, that made me change my mind. Actually it wasn't a blue screen exactly. I used my room's wall, which is painted in cyan, an then tweeked the parameters in premiere's pro blue screen key. The resault was not bad but it could get much better and even the compositing of other shots.
So i eventually turned to After effects 7 from the CS2 suite, and studied some tutorials from a book i bought. Because i didn't even had a clue what after effetcs was until then (I'm a musicologist/composer/sound designer actually, but video stuff is my hobby and now my second expertie due to my Master degree). Later on i worked for graphics on telemarketing series, and then i found your webside, and it was the tutorial number 68 : 'Energy', and generally this webside that made me to make a turn to VFX and generaly compositing, and most important,understand these fields of study. Thanks a lot Andrew :-) you're the man! :-) Cheers from Greece!! :-)
May 31st, 2010 @ 3:56 pm
Hello Andrew,

I was always interested in Movies and how they are made. Especially the Special and Visual Effects were really exciting! And yes, the first Tutorial i saw was for a Lightsaber in After Effects. ;) I downloaded a Trial of After Effects 6.5 and I watched them, hours of hours the whole night and... I didnt get anything. :P My first Steps with Adobe After Effects were hard and i quit it. But i was so fascinated of this Program and its possibilities.

2 or 3 Years later i found "videocopilot.net" via Youtube and i remembered my first steps with After Effects. At first i looked for a new Programversion and then i watched your Basic Training. It was so easy to follow you with your nice and funny way to explain how things work. Till now I watched all of your Tutorials and working with After Effects is routine for me!

Thank You Andrew!
Thank you videocopilot!

Greetings from Germany
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:01 pm
2008, was trying to make an intro for myself.
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:05 pm
LightSaber... i guess, that's the first thing everyone want to do with after... that, and the matrix code...

Yup. having met AFX has been one of the best things in my life...
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:19 pm
That's right Andrew! I started my studies of video editing last year in the cinema school of my city, Madrid, Spain. I use Final Cut and sometimes Avid, but I started with AE about 3 months ago and I really love it!!:) I think I'm pretty young in all of this but I improved a lot due to your tutorials!! I almost did all the exersices in this short period!!! That's why I don't have any girlfriend... hahah just kidding I gotta gorgeus one.
Anyway, Thanx lot Andrew :D
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:20 pm
I've been a video editor for nearly ten years, focusing only on Final Cut Pro. For so long I had assumed that using After Effects was a specialty skill, which required talents that I'd never possess. However, around a year ago, it was your website tutorials that put After Effects into perspective. I've now dedicated many, many hours to this new tool. My love affair has begun and my videos never looked so good!
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:22 pm
i wanted to get more from my films and it all started out when i found this website! one of my first projects used AE and Video Copilot to help the final look.

my first project a short film.
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:28 pm
Actually, I am in a 3some with Premiere Pro and AE.

I was steadily going out with PP and using what ever effects I found on the net. Sometimes using the plug-ins as is, other times combining them to create my effects but...

We had no real longterm project and kept our relation simple with a lot of fooling around.

About 6 months ago, I bought myself a new computer and the possibility of creating something really amazing presented itself to us (Première Pro and Me) lol

There was only one little problem.

I decided to teach myself some basic visual effects but couldn't find a website with Premiere Pro tutorials so...

I stumbled on Video Copilot! Even thought I knew AE (working with Flash) and the its predispositions for VFX, it is only when I started watching the Tuts here that I decided to make my move and bring AE into the relationship.

We are all happy and working on our first baby. I'll make sur to post the trailer in the blog as soon as it's ready. ;)
Evan Langley
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
I remember getting my very first copy of after effects, it was 6.5. I knew a video editor who was upgrading to CS and he game me his old one :)

I had previously been working with a program called Ulead, which is a joke practically, it crashes every other effects and basically does lens flares and lightning.

I worked in After Effects 6.5 and Photoshop Elements for about a year before I finally decided to invest in CS3, as I was really starting to outgrow 6.5 and it's huge limitations. Once I got CS3 I was content with that for years, it was really a great program. I finally just now upgraded to CS5 :) I guess it's probably been 4 years or so of AE for me, and I'm really starting to turn now toward Node based compositors, I'm almost a little sad to say. AE seems like an old friend, and I can't help feeling guilty when I spend more time with Toxik. After Effects is still better looking, anyway ;)
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:45 pm
I had seen about a billion videos with After Effects on Youtube and it seemed well past the limits of what I had been using (Pinnacle). Back then, my computer couldn't handle After FX. I got a new computer that could (even though it sucked) and my dad had the Adobe CS4 Master Collection with an extra license, so he let me use it. Now I have my own copy and run it on an Alienware M15X.
May 31st, 2010 @ 4:58 pm
i was looking onto making my videos more interesting, searched up professional video compositing and i found AE. My life changed from that day on...
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:05 pm
Same scenario for me Andrew, I just used sony vegas instead of final cut pro. Started after effects 6 months ago and now i'm in love :). I'm thinking about proposing some time this summer <3
Andrew Falk
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:10 pm
AE 5 or 5.5....late 2001..maybe early 2002....for awhile is was seeing Combustion also....did a little Shake on the side as well...but AE finally seduced me enough to make it official....LOL
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:11 pm
I would have to stay it was all a gradual process... Ive always loved movie titles like... especially ones with motion graphics... and i love special fx and compositing. I taught myself photoshop young... Went to Full Sail University for Film... I just wanted to learn everything about film... so i got into editing and effects along with directing... then that led to teaching myself Motion... then I realized everything I wanted to do... there was more tutorials and third party support of AE then motion. I was shown AE in school a bit...So I got into AE. Since then Ive been following VCP since REALISTIC GUN BLOWBACK. http://jconn24.wordpress.com if you want to check out somethings.
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:12 pm
Well I was sitting on the couch watching my favorite show smallville. When the episode ended I thought to myself it would be cool to see those effects applied to me or even someone else but what would be even cooler was the fact that I could do it myself. So I looked on google and searched industry standard for visual effects and AE was the first to come up. I did a little more research on the program and decided to get it. now I am in love with it it has so many different uses it great.
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:13 pm
wen i first herd of after effects i was trying to make a muzzle shot for a gun using photo shop then i found after effects and life has never been better....
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:35 pm
Wow! Surprised to see so many newbies here. I guess I began my AE fling the same time I began my MAC career. Along with Pagemaker, Illustrator, Photoshop, Director, Media100 and Infini-D. Those apps were my toolkit for the first few years. My first job out of University (In 1995) was with a corporate sales trainer. So that involved lots of workbook creation and sales training videos. AE to me was the bees-knees. Photoshop on wheels we used to call it. Back then I only used to move things from A to B and I was king. I did this for about 10 years and managed to impress most. I ignored the whole 3D layer thing because I really didn't need it. A to B was doin it for me. But I discovered Creative Cow and then VC. And I suppose online tutorials in general. WOW. Is there a better way to learn? I think not. And yes I believe Andrew to be the best teacher out there. 3D layers and expressions are something that you can't really grasp by reading out of a book. You need to see it in action, being bult to really understand it. I check your site daily and generally put off even the most urgent of deadlines to watch your 20 minutes of inspiration.

I hope VC will continue as it does today.
nick ito
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:51 pm
i was a making dvd menus and got sick of using templates from livetype.
May 31st, 2010 @ 5:59 pm
i learn from AE6.5, still i learn AE from CS5( ha ha ha)
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:12 pm
my first FX was a Kame Hame Ha very funny lol!
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:24 pm
I fell in love with it 2 weeks ago, because of you :). You've actually inspired me to learn something new and maybe even make a career out of something i actually like, Thanks Dude :D.
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:30 pm
I started with 2 years on and off relationship with AE but after some couple's therapy from videoCopilot 2 months ago, AE is all I think about. I'm mostly a Maya user, but thanks to Andrew my tool set and heart feel complete. Gracias!
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:38 pm
I think we most here started from lightsabers lol
May 31st, 2010 @ 6:46 pm
I need something to edit videos in, and it's the thing that showed up the most on google. And you can do sooo much with it.
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:16 pm
Mine is easy to remember because it was last year, in my freshman year of high school. At the beginning of the year, I took the video class and the teacher was a moron, so I strayed from Premiere Pro (which he barely knew anyway) and decided to check out that little "AE" icon that was on all the computers after the school installed CS3 on all the computers. I watched some tutorials on adobe tv and eventually discovered Aharon Rabinowitz's weather replacement tutorial, and from his mention of Video Copilot, arrived here. I remember knowing, after I watched my first VC tutorial--Soul Removal--that I had found a gold mine of After Effects knowledge.
Even though I've been using AE for only a year and a half or so, I used to make these games with powerpoint, using a lot of animations and hyperlinks. When I started learning After Effects, I realized that it was basically the same thing as what I used to do with powerpoint, just with much more capability.
So that's my story.
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:21 pm
The year was 1995 and PCs (by which I mean Macs) were just starting to be able to edit video for under six figures. After learning Premiere 4.2 and playing with it's layering capabilities, I needed more. I found AFX 3.1 on one of the computers at my uni and gave it a go. My first project was a disaster but I got a pass mark. This was the time BEFORE ram previews (and before layers and undos in photoshop 2.5) and to see your animation, you had to render out a movie, make changes and render again. It was all there back then but the workflows have just kept on keeping on with change.
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:22 pm
Well it starts like this. In year 2005 when I was having some dates with Photoshop, someone introduced me to After Effects. I saw just a glance of her. I couldn’t forger her face. I kept searching for her. And after searching for 2 long years, finally in year 2007, I found her and we were face to face. Since then our love just kept growing.
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:33 pm
I started out with Evolution in After Effects CS4 with some 2D stuff. Then unlocked the potential of AE with CC Particle World in some 3D space and some "3D-like Text" with cool effects. Then after watching tones of these tutorials, I started to do some of my own projects. I started to figure out not to do the exact same as Andrew but use expressions, and different effects that he showed my own project.
Anyway, BIG THANKS to Andrew Kramer from Video Copilot for all the help, you are the man!
May 31st, 2010 @ 7:49 pm
yes i remember it was a year ago for a final project of a corporate image of ourselves, haha.. it suck but everybody was so surprised here it is ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKP-D1dUsHQ
Max Kearfott
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:10 pm
Senior year in high school I found after effects after visiting video copilot. I needed a video editing program to edit my video game movies on youtube. I'm going to college in LA next year to pursue video arts :)

-thanks video copilot!
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:23 pm
i'm a starwars fan :) so i want to make a fan film , then i started to learn ligthsaber , blaster gun firing effect and muzzle flash . then i started to learn more and more .but still i didn't learn blaster gun effect :(
Jacky Liang
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:36 pm
I started using after effects in 2008, mainly for compositing purposes with 3ds max. But later I realized there is so much to the software then just compositing clips and adding effects. I've been able to produce awesome motion graphics with it and ur help :D Thank you so much andrew! best teacher ever.

btw I'm 14 right now
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:44 pm
Ever since I was 4 i've had a great interest in production. My dad, a producer, always brought me on set to watch shows being made, and then into the edit bay. When i was 8 i found 400 dollars on the ground, and after no one claimed it I used it to by a 8mm camera to shoot movies on. The obessesion grew and in 2006, using a sony cybershot camera's video feature, i started making music videos and things for youtube that gained popularity. However in 2008, when i was 14, i realized that this is something i really care about and something i want to do when im older. I started making more serious things, and after doing that, i realized the need to bring my visions to life. Shortly after finding video copilot, and saving money for a year, in summer 2009 i bought after effects along with action movie essentials. From this website i have learned much, and how to use after effects to teach myself how to do my own things. I'm 16 now and am currently do motion graphics and special fx for my school, and do freelance work on editing and video projects in orlando.
May 31st, 2010 @ 8:54 pm
"I imagine some of you started out as graphic designers and wanted to bring visuals to life" is exactly my scenario, plus wanting to ge eventually get into motion picture visual effects.

I was first introduced to After Effects 4.1 back in 2001 and purchased Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects by Trish & Chris Meyer, as recomended by my Lightwave 3d/Premiere 5.0 Professor suggested, but I dropped the ball altogether and shifted my focus on print design and joining the Army.

I could have 9 years of a serious relationship with AE, if I had only cracked the book open and began exploring it sooner. I did not actually begin serious persits in seeking knowledge and training until 2007-08.
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:02 pm
i started using after effects in 1978 :D:D:D:D:D
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:11 pm
I got interested in video editing I believe in 2006, and after a bunch of bad dates with different software and web sites I found your BASIC TRAINING VIDEOS. I thought they were the coolest things in the world. Then shortly after I actually got off youtube and went to your sites and saw all the other tutorials, I was so excited. Then thats when AE and I hit it off. Been meaning to thank you for a long time now, for setting us up, and now videos and movie making are taking over my life and I freaking love it! :-) ha Thx

Eric AKA Lips
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:27 pm
I played with it back when premiere was on version 5 in 1997 (not cs5), and I never really got into it. I tried it again with CS4 after watching video copilot and I finally saw a use for it. Now with cs5 I love it.
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:51 pm
I started out using Vegas and was watching a tut to pull off a Superhero effect with it. The guy giving the tut said it'd be better to do it in after effects. I'd never heard of After Effects, googled it, and ended up on this site. And that was all she wrote.
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:52 pm
2008 I wanted to create fireballs and superhero powers and stuff
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:52 pm
I first got introduced to After Effects during the summer of 2006 when i saw some lightsaber effects on YouTube. Since I wanted to try it out myself i downloaded the free demo of CS3 and made some crappy lightsaber videos that are still on YouTube. Soon enough I learned that there was a lot more to After Effects than meets the eye, and got referred to this nifty website called VideoCopilot.net, which a few people around here may have heard of before. I decided to invest in After Effects CS3 and before I knew it, I was hooked on Visual Effects and Compositing. Now, four years later, I am still taking my Visual Effects capabilities to the next level and taking film classes at school. I plan to take this passion of mine to Film School and then make it my profession. After effects and Video Copilot together have helped make me who I am today, and I am very proud. I always refer people to Video Copilot now, when I get questions about getting started in Visual Effects and Compositing on my YouTube channel, SheffeyStudios, or KosherFilmsShorts. Thank you Andrew Kramer for inspiring me.
(P.S. Sorry about the lengthy comment, haha.)
-Eric Sheffey
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:23 pm
I started with After Effects to do titles for some short music videos that i was doing for a Worship Service called Shekinah. At the time i was more into Premier because i was editing video. now i am more into AE for its abilty to put all sorts of things together.

It wasnt until i found Creative Cow and Andrews Tutorials that i really got into compositing. Thanks Andrew for being such a great guide.
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:39 pm
A friend of mine directed me towards your site after telling him I was into making movies. I saw the amazing possibles of After Effects and that Motion Graphics is a career. Later that month I changed my major and started at ex'pressions college for digital arts for motion graphics. So basically, you were the one who got me into this career. I graduate in a few months! Thanks Andrew!
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:50 pm
I can't believe after effects is seeing all these other people! But, I can't stay mad at her.
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:52 pm
It was after I found Video copilot and follow your earth zoom tutorial then I hooked up with after effect ever since
The_real smithy
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:55 pm
hey andrew how about digging up tutorials from yourfirst website, the tutorial of the atom bomb explosion over a city, that was cool.

i reckon it would be great inspiration for people learning after effects and seeing your early work and showing that everyone one started from the bottom at some stage.

bring it on :)
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:56 pm
Hey actually after effects landed me my first job, though i hadn't worked on after effects before. I was fresher out of the animation school as an animator, majorly working on 3ds max and maya. though i knew about video copilot still i didnt think of working in after efects, i was totally into 3d. But at my work place 3d was not enough i had to prepare a montage in after effects. which i did and got good feed back from client as well. That's how i bumped into after effects and eventually fallen in love with it..After working on after effects for quite some time, i can actually say that after effects has taught me little sense of aesthetics, like using good fonts , staging your compositions properly etc.. still long way to go..
And of course Andrew, you were always there whenever i got stuck at some thing, learning from your tutorials but not copying them. I always try to create something on my own, whenever i get stuck i refer to your tutorials..
Thanks a Ton..
May 31st, 2010 @ 10:58 pm
My first date with AE was in 1999 ... but there was no tutorials or other learning materials at that time. So it took a lot of time to do my fist finished work.


I didn`t even know about "parent" and "Pre-compose" ... :-D
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:14 pm
I was introduced to AE at a 2 year arts school. The first time I used it was actually for a 3d animation class. Just for simple back ground replacement. Didn't really know what I was doing but was simple enough to do what I wanted. My first youtube video!
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:30 pm
Bradley Bell
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:36 pm
July 1. Motion graphics FX
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:47 pm
One day in the summer of 2005, I told myself that I had to make a Portfolio video. I have owned several Adobe Products for almost a decade then and (in considering my small success in the modeling and entertainment industry) I figured it was about time...BUT, never once could I find the courage to open After Effects. SO, I cracked her open and loaded some files in and then, VoilĂ !..my head exploded. After a 3 day, non-stop battle to the death against AE...it won. Barely surviving, I crawled out of my room with this video on DVD.

May 31st, 2010 @ 11:52 pm
I remember at was the first summer after my freshman year at high school. I wanted to learn something new that summer, somethinger cooler then Premier Pro. That's when a friend of mine showed med Video Copilot. It was love at first sight. Me and after effects spendt many days in that very room and didn't come out. it was the best summer in a while....
Joel Connolly
June 1st, 2010 @ 12:02 am
2nd of June 2009.
Your website + Star Trek.
June 1st, 2010 @ 12:26 am
the website design made me fall in love... kiddin' hehe,, I remembered the first time I got into After Effects was when I was making a video using Movie Maker and then I wanted something better, like adding elements then found out about After Effects ^_^.. went to Google for tutorials then I saw Video Copilot :D

bow. hehe
June 1st, 2010 @ 12:36 am
First started when I went to Lifeway Collage and studied 3D animation, we got the all new CS1 to learn compositing. However, I must admit I was drawn to Combustion and have been using that until Adobe released CS4 and I haven't looked back.
mr. c
June 1st, 2010 @ 12:43 am
really funny He he he he har har har:D :D :D :D
A. Tiwari
June 1st, 2010 @ 12:52 am
Hi to all,
For me its like God is asking "when you started breathing?"

but that is true. One year back when i got good enough skills in 3DS Max i was looking for a program which can decorate my 3D renders, i googled AE Tutorials and got this "church"(I mean it, this site is a church for me)

I learned even basics from this site. I was totally newbie. Today i have an advertising company, i hired 5 other artists. I am living a life which is more beautiful than my best ever dream. Of course there are several other skills of mine which helped me to achieve this but yet i work at least 8 hours a day on AE.
I had read somewhere that "One moment can change your life for ever." For me, that moment was when i saw this site first time.
I know you will never come to know about this lil story of mine but i would feel worth if i can ever pay back 1% of what i got from this site.
Thanks you Sir,

A. Tiwari
June 1st, 2010 @ 2:13 am
I started to use After Effects about in 2006 with AE 7. At the time I used it to make only animated text ("animated" in a certain sense of the word) so I wasn't so able to use it. Then I uncovered this site in 2007-2008 and then I learned (iven today) so much that I wasn't able to image my results of today. Thank to you guys! :)

(Sorry for my bad english!) ;P
June 1st, 2010 @ 2:24 am
Its about 2 Years ago since I first heard of After Effects. In the beginning I looked at creative cow tutorials, because Aaron Rabinowitz was a funny guy and he was able to convey things well. But since Aaron left creative cow, I use the page no longer. I'm grateful to learned the basics from Aaron but I want to do all this crazy shit, which I saw at movies or at the TV. And then came Andrew!!! Thank you so much for giving us a look over your shoulder! Ok today - 2 Years later - I'm still not good in After effects but I'm getting better!

ps. thx google translator :D
June 1st, 2010 @ 2:43 am
ah, i still remember when i started using after effects, then it grew into more after 3ds max was introduced, but my heart stopped as i got mudbox. i started using after effects and all because i wanted to make dreams at least appear to happen, on the screen. i remember the first ever effect i did was shooting a fireball out of my hand. i cant wait till i finish high school, then i can maybe continue with my dreams of being a VFX artist.
June 1st, 2010 @ 2:45 am
Back in 2001 when I bought a Mac G4. I also bought some software including FCP and AE 4.0. That's all it took for me. I am self-taught on AE as it was hard to find any tuts or good books back then.

Phil L.
June 1st, 2010 @ 3:16 am
In about 2006 I heard about a program to make lightsabers and I searched it up. Video Copilot brought me in and for about a year I just watched the videos even though I didn't have the program and when I finally got a good computer at the start of 2010 and could get AE, I was stuck into it!
June 1st, 2010 @ 3:17 am
Since I studied for audiovisual designer back in 2004. I cheated on her a little with motion 1 and 2 but I decided AE had more attraction then any other ;)
June 1st, 2010 @ 3:20 am
hey actually after effects landed me my first job, though i hadn’t worked on after effects before. I was fresher out of the animation school as an animator, majorly working on 3ds max and maya. though i knew about video copilot still i didnt think of working in after efects, i was totally into 3d. But at my work place 3d was not enough i had to prepare a montage in after effects. which i did and got good feed back from client as well. That’s how i bumped into after effects and eventually fallen in love with it..After working on after effects for quite some time, i can actually say that after effects has taught me little sense of aesthetics, like using good fonts , staging your compositions properly etc.. still long way to go..
And of course Andrew, you were always there whenever i got stuck at some thing, learning from your tutorials but not copying them. I always try to create something on my own, whenever i get stuck i refer to your tutorials..
Thanks a Ton..
June 1st, 2010 @ 4:23 am
The past 2 years After Effects has taken over my life. I studied it at a basic level at Uni and then found the god of After Effects a.k.a Mr AK and since then I have become obsessed. Now with a finished degree and hoping to land a good job in the field I cant kelp thinking I have a lot of thanks to give to Video Copilot so thanks a lot Mr Krammer it is truly appreciated.

In case anyone is wondering here are some Uni assignment pieces


hope you like, its pretty clear to see VCP has influenced my work ;)
June 1st, 2010 @ 4:50 am
My first date was in winters of 2008 and eventually i double dated after effects and 3ds Max:)
jibin p mathew
June 1st, 2010 @ 5:05 am
You showed me ma lover nd there ownward i started
June 1st, 2010 @ 5:06 am
I just took a job as a graphic designer at a local news station. They were using FCP and Premiere for just about anything, and i thought we could use some great stuff. Being eager to learn new software all the time, i googled for vfx and compositing, and found AE. You can imagine my first encounter. It was a third degree one... i could do mostly nothing in AE, but after several nights with coffe, coke and smokes, i managed to give the news station a new face, all with after effects. This was more than 3 years ago. Now i'm an advertising and promo producer, and vfx freelancer, all thanks to after effects. If there is one thing AE taught me, is that there is no limit if you have enough imagination. VC.net was at first my teacher, now it's my favorite episode series. I always get some ice-cream and coffee, go online and watch on my TV the new tutorials, just like movies. Best thing, even my girlfriend is watching with me! :P
June 1st, 2010 @ 5:10 am
i just fall in love a few week ago...
All i now about AF is the tutorial of Andrew!
many thanks for your tutorials...
i just train for a movie i'm planing with small sfx.
my first trainning....
nick b
June 1st, 2010 @ 5:35 am
i was in college and started using ae to do colour grading, scaling layers and slow motion. premiere at the time just didnt cut it. and abobe all making little stings and things like that. i think it was version 5 at the time.
June 1st, 2010 @ 5:39 am
Back in the old age, I used to watch all sorts of Sci-fi movie with my dad (as a kid); Back to the future, TMNT, Star Wars, The Thing, Alien, and so on. I was amazed by all the light effects, the explosion, the space ship, and wanted to do them my self. A decade later, I started college in cinema and one of are class was dedicated to AE. 3 weeks later I surpassed the teacher's knowledge and started trouble-shooting my class mate and teaching some tricks.

I've been working with it for the pass 4 years and I've starting a menage a 3 with cinema 4D.

I've also been fallowing you since my college years, you've been a huge help to me! And I will continue to fallow you for as long as you keep it running.

Thanks a lot for all that you did!
Keep up the good work.

Here's a clip we did in AE-PS-C4D:

And a cartoon:
June 1st, 2010 @ 5:48 am
I Remeber that, i dig into aftereffects coz i was in trouble that drives me to learn it , its about 6 yrs ago
it was a game intro [Prince Of Revenge] :)
June 1st, 2010 @ 5:53 am
I worked as a video editor in one studiju.i I saw a friendHow does the after effect and I liked it and then I got after effects and then I found out videocopilot where I learned a lot.
June 1st, 2010 @ 6:01 am
I have been doing computer animation for quite a while. It wasn't until I was exposed to Avid Media Pro, that I started learning how to showcase my work even better. I basically fell into After Effects about a year ago and never looked back. Video Copilot and guys like Andrew Kramer have been invaluable in my learning. Thanks to ALL of them. I am now the Multimedia Designer for my company.
June 1st, 2010 @ 6:01 am
2003... I remember seeing boring PowerPoint slides for the announcements at church and thought, "there's got to be something I can do to help!" :) I wanted to bring those freeze-dried graphics to life somehow — but only with software I could use on my old [very] consumer-friendly PC.

I had always heard about AE, but it never hit home until I started playing with some of those boring PP slides and I saw what even just adding two keyframes to a still could do. I was hooked... so hooked! :)
June 1st, 2010 @ 6:13 am
2000 at school on the After Effects 4.5 ...
No 3D, no particular ... & no Videocopilot !!!!!!! ;-)
I didn't knew at time in what i was "entering" ....
Ulisses Alves
June 1st, 2010 @ 6:19 am
I was up for lightsaber effect too! haha

but i gave up at the middle of the pass. Bu then, this year i have really started my "bad romance" (grrr) with mighty after effects.

And, ofcourse, having videocopilot.net as my lover. Damn it sound gay.
June 1st, 2010 @ 6:26 am
Second year of classes at the Art Institute of Dallas I took the one required after effects class. Everyone else dropped AE and went back to just editing once out of the class while I began to lean more to motion graphics and special effects via AE. Soon everyone was coming to me for credits and other AE related elements. I spent 3 months after graduation hardcore training myself on tutorials and experimentation. i now do freelance graphics and effects for various companies and am the primary motion graphics designer for my full time job. Thanks AE and more importantly thank you Video Copilot.
June 1st, 2010 @ 6:36 am
my first date with after effects, I actually dumped her after the first 5 mins, she seemed to confusing, to full of drama, and to complex for me to understand her. she however did not give up on me, we went on a second date, she showed me her simsple side and told me not to get nervous that she was not as confusing as I once thoughts.

she showed me how you andrew were dating her twin, and the great relationship you had with her. I then gave our relationship a fighting chance and its been love ever sense.
June 1st, 2010 @ 6:37 am
when I first saw some effects on youtube
June 1st, 2010 @ 6:37 am
When I found this website. I teach After Effects to High School students....just purchased 5 new computers with Windows 7 64 Bit, 8 Gigs of RAM, and an I7 Core Processor, just specifically so I could make After Effects really, really fun for them.
Peter Somers (TC-Productions)
June 1st, 2010 @ 6:48 am
started on AE version 4 back in 1999 ... and it's been fun ever since!
Todd VanSlyck
June 1st, 2010 @ 6:59 am
I started in AE when a co-worker was using it. I believe it was v. 4.0. With a few hours of training from my co-worker I made a very revolutionary and ground-breaking movie consisting of pictures flying across the screen AND text too!
June 1st, 2010 @ 7:01 am
that's a great post, congratulations AK
June 1st, 2010 @ 7:22 am
I remember the day i heard the name AFTER EFFECTS,I was facing an interview after completing my diploma in Vfx and they asked the rude question ! do you know after effects ? And that’s the moment i knew that after effects exists then i got the After effects 6.5 and didn’t know much When I’m banging my head on the computer god showed me a link called The VEDIO COPILOT and life became easy with after effects fell in love ever since
June 1st, 2010 @ 7:24 am
It was 1998. I took on a project to crank out 4 short music video like clips within a month and had never touched the program before. My time was so limited that for an entire month I slept in my office chair in front of my PC so that the finished render chime would wake me up in order to check my work, make changes and rerender. Amazingly I pulled it off and the results are still on my reel to this day, however I was so fried that I didn't touch the program again for 10yrs.
Martin Enoksen
June 1st, 2010 @ 7:56 am
My online portfolio : )
My first date was when I was about 14 years old, and I had a clip where I helled water from a cup into another, and I removed the one I poured from, and feathered the mask :p Good times!
Martin Enoksen
June 1st, 2010 @ 7:57 am
^ Forgot to mention, I was 14 years old in 2006!
June 1st, 2010 @ 8:03 am
Editing was my childhood hobby. First i used was Movie maker.. At the age of 19 i joined an institution to learn " Audio video editing and post production ". From there i came to know AE. They teach me only basics. But i became mad with AE after finding video copilot and kramer's tutorials. And my Age is 22 now and am with Videocopilot and AE for 3yrs now.
Dave Summers
June 1st, 2010 @ 8:04 am
My first encounter with AE came after I saw my kid watching a YouTube video called The Annoying Orange. I thought it was a pretty cool effect, so I started researching tools that could reproduce it. That's when I hooked up with AE. Then I saw some other videos on YouTube that took it a few steps further...things I didn't realize it was capable of doing. That's when I discovered video co-pilot. Your tutorials are just awesome! I'm seriously considering doing this professionally now. The way you lay out your tutorials gives me the confidence I need.

Thanks for the time you put into these. It's very much appreciated.
June 1st, 2010 @ 8:10 am
i needed to do a Sure Target-type of effect for a church camp video. i had no idea how to do it in Final Cut Pro so the graphics designer at my church showed me this website and i was immediately hooked! the first tutorial i saw was Disintegration and i had no idea what was going on in the tutorial because i had never even seen AE. but then i started watching ALL of the tutorials one after another and i eventually caught on. hopefully i'll go on a date with CS5 pretty soon!
June 1st, 2010 @ 8:14 am
its a college thing for me :)
June 1st, 2010 @ 8:14 am
i love after effect 2008
i wont after effect computer configuration pls sages
whats your computer configuration i wont parches new fast system pls sages Andrew Kramer
June 1st, 2010 @ 8:24 am
I started when I found the limitations of Premiere Pro 1.5, my motion graphics works were getting way too complicated for my old system, and funny and unespected things started to happen into my renders, too many layers and effects applied I suppose :D so I found your website and started with some tutorials....can't remember which one, not sure, but I think there were like less than 20 on the website...
June 1st, 2010 @ 8:30 am
It was in 1997 (version 3 ?)no 3d no expression no adjust layer ...I learned it with photoshop and illustrator, after that, I was a DS and smoke artist. But I was frustrated because thoses solutions weren't designed for création. In 2000 I quit my job and dared the adventure with After Effects to make motion design.

I don't regret it

Thx, andrew for your huge contribution

June 1st, 2010 @ 8:33 am
I may have actually fallen in love with you first...then After Effects! haha...I think it was when You did the Graffiti Writing or the Advanced Car hit which led to this video...(@ the End) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78XWdz1khO0
June 1st, 2010 @ 8:44 am
I started using it in 2007. I had no I idea what it was and slowly starting fading up clearer and clearer until I fell in live with it. Now I can't imagine me without AF.
June 1st, 2010 @ 8:51 am
i just remember ...
when i want to find the way to do some vfx
Rob F
June 1st, 2010 @ 8:59 am
My girlfriend at the time was showing me this program called Flash and I thought that I could do that. I left my dead end job and enrolled on a multimedia course. I had always been into special effects and animatronics but thought that was pie in the sky, but when I was introduced to AE 6 I was sold. Spent a long time on creative cow, pretty much before the days of video tutorials (there was a couple but they took an age to download on my dial up internet).
8 years on I am program leader of a degree course in multimedia and video, I do effects stuff all day, get to help people realise their dreams, and as far as Flash is concerned, I don't have a clue! (worst interface ever, right?). I also always give AK a credit in anything I make.
June 1st, 2010 @ 9:09 am
Probably when I found this website and learned how to finally use it.
June 1st, 2010 @ 9:15 am
For me it was 2001, my senior year in college. It was the best way to make my work stand out from the pack. Now almost 10 years later, it serves the same purpose.

Thanks for the memories.
June 1st, 2010 @ 9:20 am
It started few months ago since I accidently watch the Evolution tutorial.Guess what, I was shocked by the amazing flourish looking design and decided to learn AE CS4. Although I lack of creativity, I've made several brief video for our student union's events and they all say great about it.It's really helpful when having fun in these turtorial.All I wanna say is thanks VideoCopilot especially Andrew, all this things make my university life colorful.I believe it will change my life forever.
Fredrik J.R.
June 1st, 2010 @ 9:57 am
I remember I wanted to recreate some effects I saw in a promo movie for a badminton tournament, many years ago. I successfully created the effect, just to find myself reaching for new and even better visual accomplishments.
June 1st, 2010 @ 10:07 am
Got into it cuz got involved in a indie film as a fight scene choreographer and the need for special effects came about and i stumbled upon Video Copilot. Still not that great at it cuz i just started messing around with the program a month ago but i slowly found out that i love doing this stuff
June 1st, 2010 @ 10:07 am
1st time I touched to AE when I was in my academy. But that time I didn't like it much. My teacher is rather lazy and didn't take good care of us lol. Then I use it to do something for my project just " put the layers together"... still dont love much. Even I didn't know when I go to a point and cut it there will be one more frame still there so if I use "I" and "O" I would let one frame there and... blah blah, rather stupid. Then I took a job with after effect ... and I found that AE's really cool. Andrew Kramer and his team inspire me :). Tutorials r so great. Thank you and your Videocopilot.
June 1st, 2010 @ 10:15 am
When Motion 3 came out I sent an email to my friends heralding the death of AE. Then after spending quite a bit of money and not getting anywhere result-wise, I stumbled onto VCP. I got a copy of AE and suddenly my boss was happy, I was happy and I haven't used Motion since. Long Live AE!
June 1st, 2010 @ 10:39 am
The same thing with light sabers:)
Even i'm gonna be a cinema director now (hope for that) i'm pretty sure that ill do big part od compositing and VFX for myself, because i love that
Thanks to Adobe and thanks to videocopilot!
June 1st, 2010 @ 10:42 am
I just knew that Dane Boe from Youtube uses After Effects, then I started learning it and now i'm trying to put faces on food!

Omega Pro
June 1st, 2010 @ 10:59 am
When I was moderately into the video world, I heard and read about people talking and boasting about After Effects. They said it was all cool and easy to use and made your video look like film easily. But I thought that it was just another one of those compositing programs like Vegas and Final Cut. But then my frined from my church showed me what it actually was, and what the final products that were made in it looked like. That's when I fell in love. And shortly after, I found Kramers tutorials, and that helped so much. I literally went through almost every beginners tuts and onto the advanced ones. It's the first time I say this, but it's true: Thanks Kramer! :)
June 1st, 2010 @ 11:04 am
I remembere my "first day" with AE. I was" scared" about it. Many, TOO many settings to learn... Another layout , another rules... that's only past! But.. thanks to you, Andrew, because for my opinion.... your way to explain After Effects, all the things about AE.. is perfect! Your knowledge is very impressive. Repeat: thank to you! ;)
Sky H
June 1st, 2010 @ 11:06 am
AE5 Classroom In a Book. I got up and danced after the 2nd tutorial.
Wilmar Luna
June 1st, 2010 @ 11:12 am
College was when After Effects started for me. It was time to make my TV4 project which was a short film, and I wanted to make an awesome intro to my movie. Several weeks later my intro has yet to be topped by the current and past students of the program.
June 1st, 2010 @ 11:21 am
If you are as old as me you will know what this means.
I was first introduced to After Effects in the mid 90's while doing some animation and character design for a set of international commercials for Baskin Robbins.
Before that I did my animation in d-paint!
June 1st, 2010 @ 11:42 am
after effects first took advantage of me about 3 years ago. i tried to say no, but it wouldn't take no for an answer. now i've developed a serious case of stockholm syndrome.
June 1st, 2010 @ 11:11 am
Well, 3 years ago, I though effects could only be made by huge VFX companies, by multiple people. When I saw a dragonball video
in youtube, I thought "WTF? How did you do that." And 2 little words in the description significantly changed my life: After Effects. After getting the program, I started making simple fx, and then grew on to more advanced fx. I have been using after effects since I was 12, and now I am almost 15. So now I know, even a 10 year old can create FX, thanks to After Effects. Keep up the good work Adobe & VideocoPilot! Thank you!
The Great Zimm
June 1st, 2010 @ 12:31 pm
Oh. I fell for it back in 95' My animation professor showed us mattes. I've been hooked since.
June 1st, 2010 @ 12:39 pm
i like my first encounter with after effect with a website of video edition and after know a tutorial of making Matrix effect Bullet, i inlove of after effect thats year 2005.
Mi primer encuentro con after effet fue con una pgina de videoedicion y despues un videotutorial de el efecto de la "bala de matrix", desde entonces mefascino el after effect , fue el segundo porgrama que aprendi a manejar ,
mas o menos en el añño 2005

Atte ekho Arequipa Peru
Kelly Griffin
June 1st, 2010 @ 1:06 pm
I was working on a 48 hour film (writing) with a team who had recently purchased your first Action Essentials. I watched the guy doing the sfx composite in AE for about an hour. I was totally captivated. That was 4 years ago...now I am the motion graphics guy at work and I totally give videocopilot.net all of the credit.
Martynas Prusevicius
June 1st, 2010 @ 1:10 pm
In fact I'm just getting into adobe after effects, for the reason that after using Photoshop for a couple of years, I would like to overcome the limit of a still image and start working with video.
June 1st, 2010 @ 1:14 pm
I felt in love with AE on this site ;)
I wanted to learn more about sfx and a friend gave me a link to videocopilot :p
June 1st, 2010 @ 1:19 pm
my first date with AE was in 2009. Then I need absolute tutorials and then I found the Godfather of AE - Andrew Kramer!!! Thanx so much youre so amazing!!! My biggest wish is to be AE-Genie and maby Andrew, I can be a actor in one of your tutorials??


*Sorry for my very, very bad english, I'm from Germany
June 1st, 2010 @ 1:23 pm
I saw a video, I think it was Ryan Wieber cloning himself or another guy, i don't remeber. The thing is I just wanted to do that. So i did it first in Movie Marker, later Sony Vegas I ended with Afte Effects.
Lucas Kuhn
June 1st, 2010 @ 2:03 pm
Actually, I was looking for knowledge, and I found Photoshop as a help for me. Suddenly I reached the webdesigner area, with Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks, just the basics.
Then, I realize that the Adobe suit was perfect and I would test every kind of software that they could provide. I checked Premiere, and later, looking for "how to do karaoke in videos" I stopped at after effects, and choose your website as my library of knowledge. Thank you, is because of you that today I can do anything I want with After Effects, and some of other stuff!
June 1st, 2010 @ 2:09 pm
Starting in 2004, and to this day, I have been doing photo slideshows, for my friends and family, using both Microsoft's Photo Story 3 and Photoshop to do some amazing transitions. Back in the latter part of 2008, I created a 40 minute Christmas slideshow for a friend's son that was deployed in Iraq. Doing that slideshow really pushed me to the edge, of what I can do, with just those two programs but I knew that I had hit a wall with the tools I had. You see, to me, I just need every new slideshow I create to be better than the last one. So I started incorporating 3D animation (currently with Daz Studio 3 Advance. I will be using Lightwave and Cinema 4D later) and then bought After Effects to increase my toolbox arsenal and I have not looked back since. Although I am pretty good with Photoshop, I am still a newbie to AE but give me time. Now that I have upgraded to the CS5 Production suite, I will master every program it came with and then look out!
June 1st, 2010 @ 2:10 pm
I had never heard of After Effects until last year. Our higher command was making a video that they were going to play in Florida for a yearly conference. I was in charge of the team to make the video, and I wanted a way to layer pictures and create a 3D effect with a camera. I also wanted to do more with text than having it sit there, I wanted it to feel lik it was a part of the action. Alas, someone informed me of After Effects. I have bought all the products, and love Optical Flares, and have never NOT visited this site while at work. You guys are awesome. Thanks for making a video and photographer love graphics!
June 1st, 2010 @ 2:20 pm
Last year sometime. I'd never leave her.

Whens the next tutorial coming out?
June 1st, 2010 @ 2:25 pm
I remember my first date with her, we did a couple credits for my yoyo video that you can watch at youtube.com/checkdout
though im not as good as you I study daily and hope to get as good as you. If not, better . ;)
June 1st, 2010 @ 2:26 pm
yo! i remember it perfectly. roaming around the internet as a lazy man.. and a deep passion for animation and movie-making thriving in me at that time, exactly in the January of 2009, i discovered after effects and that too in the midst of my school exams ( :P ). Just to get more control over the visual effects in the short movies i was planning to produce. :)
June 1st, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
Damn...Kramer!You've got a lot of fans :)

I got into after effects because i wanted to edit and EDIT AND EDIIT!
And one day i found this site and got started...!
Now i thank you Andrew from the bottom of my heart, you helped me A LOT!
God bless you Andrew Kramer!
June 1st, 2010 @ 2:58 pm
i wanted it cuz my friend showed it to me and i thought it was cool!
June 1st, 2010 @ 3:27 pm
last year after two years studying graphic design, web-design, coding, networks, photography and video editing, I got bored and motion graphics looked more fun... thanks to your Basic training,I learned quickly and I instantly fell in love with the software. I'm now aiming to become a motion graphics artist! So thanks Andrew! :)
Kes Akalaonu
June 1st, 2010 @ 3:36 pm
I got into AE last August. I originally learned because I thought I couldn't get a job without knowledge of it. As I learned to use it based on your tutorials and other AE gurus across the the world it became my go to program to use. Nowadays, I won't do a video project without using AE even if I could do it in FCP or Premiere. Your site as well as every moderator on Creative Cow has been a great source for inspiration, knowledge and technique. Thank you
June 1st, 2010 @ 4:04 pm
I downloaded the trial just so I could do the light saber effect. It just got to me after that :')
June 1st, 2010 @ 4:36 pm
Ciao andrew...
sei veramente in gamba!
ho comprato optical flares ed è bellissimo!!!
aspetto il tutorial del vulcano e quello tipo "carousel"
scusa se nn scrivo in inglese...
al prossimo tutorial
June 1st, 2010 @ 5:06 pm
I found true love around five years ago. We've been going out ever since. She never argues with me, shes always available, and she never, ever fails to make me smile.
Oh and real girls are nice too.
Evan Guzman
June 1st, 2010 @ 5:26 pm
Adobe should give Andrew Kramer money for how many people he has gotten into AE. :)
June 1st, 2010 @ 5:56 pm
amazing we need more tutorials
who know about flotilla attack ... i think you all don't know any thing cuz your media don't showen this to you..
every one must do any think for humanity
June 1st, 2010 @ 6:25 pm
I discovered AE 3 years ago when I was doing a tv commercial, after I can't animate quickly shapes in Final cut and Premiere
June 1st, 2010 @ 6:54 pm
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»" :) ;)
June 1st, 2010 @ 7:09 pm
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 =).
June 1st, 2010 @ 7:09 pm
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.
June 1st, 2010 @ 7:38 pm
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.
June 1st, 2010 @ 7:39 pm
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!
Lucio Aquino
June 1st, 2010 @ 8:08 pm
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"

June 1st, 2010 @ 8:50 pm
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