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The Advantage Over Video Tutorials
on January 15, 2011
I am a Video Editor and After Effects Artist, but while I did study After Effects in college, I never used it in my career until recently. At my job, I was given tasks that required minimal After Effects knowledge. However, recently, I have been put to the task of more complicated work. Each time, I have been able to find a tutorial and seek help on forum boards or from co-workers. However, I really am tired of that. When I am given an advanced project, I am stressed, seeking an answer sometimes through the night or weekend. I am embarrassed to have to ask co-workers, and sometimes a tutorial does not address an issue that's tripping me up. So I seriously considered giving up on After Effects, but almost everyone wants an editor who knows After Effects now.
In college, this book was our textbook. Now as a working professional, I have purchased it again for myself. But now, there are a ton of After Effects VIDEO tutorials. I have gone through the Essentials training on Lynda.com and Total Training. Those are as close to a textbook as you will find, but they are fundamental. For cool stuff, I love Video Copilot, AE Tuts and others. But what I have found is that those tutorials to do 'cool' things are simply 'watch what I can do' videos by the artists.
This book is so detailed that I understand why it was a textbook in college. You really LEARN After Effects. I am now at a place where I am not going to watch some tutorial, make some eye candy motion graphic and toss it on my reel as if I am at a level I'm not at. I now want to really learn the ins and outs of this app, and this book will do that.
I advise those who are anxious to jump on YouTube and follow someone's advanced video tutorial, then claim to know After Effects to sloooow down. If you are actually serious about learning it, get serious and read this book thoroughly. Read the boring stuff, because it's those basics that will help you troubleshoot. Most video tutorials do not address many issues that you'll need to troubleshoot unless the instructor experiences that problem while he's recording.
In 2010, I thought that this book was too thick, and I didn't have time for it. A year later, I realize I could have finished this book by now. So in 2011, I am starting again from the top. If I come up on advanced tasks along the way, I will skip ahead for that task, but return to where I left off later because now I am serious about really, really learning After Effects. And this is THE book to learn from. It takes a while to read vs. watch, but just do it. In the time you would read a novel or watch TV, read this book instead and enhance your knowledge.