Adobe After Effects is an advanced compositing application.
- Understanding the interface
- Use basic editing tools to modify media
- Move media to the Timeline
- Understand the basics of 3-point editing
In order to work with After Effect efficiently, you must first become familiar with the layout of the basic working windows. These windows can be moved about, but most of the time they will be in this general layout.
- Project: This is where your media is stored.
- Composition: This is where you can view your composition and make some changes.
- Tools & Palettes: This is where your media is stored.
- Timeline: This is where your edited work lives, and where most of the editing takes place.
Once you have material in the Timeline, there is still a great deal you can do with it. This section is going to briefly go over each of the tools in the tool palette. These basic tools are:
Most of the tools have sub tools that are available by clicking and holding on the main tool itself. These sub tools provide modifications to the basic tool.