In a recent tutorial we were given our first instruction on using Adobe FX (After Effects). This was to prepare us for our animation project in which we would create a 45-60 second short video. Until this point I had felt confident that it would be a relatively simple endeavor.
Here’s the video. It was a joy to build this piece for scratch. Although the work requires infuriating levels of precision to avoid catastrophic errors, it is deeply satisfying to slowly build up a video and call it my own work. The layering system is in principle, the same as in Photoshop and Illustrator which is very helpful.
This was my first experience animating anything at all. But knowing the complexity of the process, building endless layers and having to watch the same couple of seconds of footage over and over to ensure it all plays in harmony and no one’s limbs fly off, I feel like I have a lot to learn. Adobe FX is vastly more complex than other Software I have used so far and must mean it has far more potential uses.