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I recently started using Aftereffects just recently when I had to edit this music video for a friend. At first, the interface looked very complicated to me and there were just too much controls to handle. But after working my way through it, I realized Aftereffects is as user friendly as its powerful! I simply fell in love with it. Some of it controls, like the motion tracking and stabilizing make you feel so good when you see the instant great results. Similarly the inbuilt filters and effects can be used to add realistic effects to the video. My special favorite is the CC particle world. I used it to give a rain effect as well as a waterfall in another video. With a different setting, I actually made it used over a sky to give the effect of changing clouds. I simply loved how the end result would turn out. I don't think any other software can beat it and I simply can't wait to get my hands on the next version.
Another quality program by Adobe, and a good move by them in releasing it. The program is for editing movies, and applying special effects to them, which it does very well. As with all CS3 products, it takes ages to install, but the end product is worth it.
The program requires quite a bit of time put into learning it, and be prepared to move out of your comfort zone if you are used to other editing programs, as this far excels it in both features and usability. It performs quickly, although loading takes a while, and loading and saving files is quick, as is rendering your movies.
You can add many, many effects, such as lightsabers, gun flashes, laser bolts, and more, and though it may take a while to learn these things, in the end its worth it.
In the end, if your looking for a program that will give your videos a professional look, this is it.
Bring your vision to life with blockbuster visual effects and compelling motion graphics. Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional software features comprehensive compositing and tight integration with Adobe's world-class design applications. Take your inspiration to new heights with innovative new features like Shape Layers, the Puppet tool, Brainstorm, and Clip Notes - all while enjoying an uninterrupted, streamlined workflow. Jump-start projects with hundreds of fully customizable animation presets and templates, or start from scratch and move efficiently between After Effects CS3 and other key applications like Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 and Encore CS3, without rendering.