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Adobe After Effects

Learning; the Hard Way


About a week ago I posted on Facebook that I was trying to teach myself Adobe After Effects. The program is very powerful and like every Adobe program, can do so much more than the average user realizes or will ever master.

After Effects produces special effects on images or video. Want a muzzle flash added to your gunshot video? After Effects. Scrolling or swishing text? After effects. I imagine many commercials are produced using After Effects. The introduction to your local newscast or “Lower Third” graphic that displays the TV news’ anchor or meteorologist Bob Zurunckle is added by After Effects.

‘Green Screening”, when you film someone and he appears to have a street in Paris in the background but is really sitting in front of a green drop-cloth which is chroma-keyed out and the Paris background added in …. Adobe After Effects.


Those who are good with the program can do amazing things in a short time. Then there’s me.

It has taken me about two hours a day for a week to produce my minute-long video. A teenager could knock it out in an hour, I’ve seen the Youtube tutorial videos.

A warning: Do not attempt this at home. It may result in grey, thinning-to-non-existent hair and exceptionally high frustration levels. Unless, of course, you’re under thirty.

Here, in all it’s glory – or lack thereof – is my first attempt at After Effects. It’s over in a heartbeat but if you are so inclined, click on the full-screen icon in the bottom right. Also, the ‘gear’ can increase the resolution to a full 1080p. You can click on the Youtube logo to watch it in Youtube.


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  1. Mike G  November 26, 2014

    Well Gordon, i dont know what you are talking about when you say, “Here, in all it’s glory – or lack thereof “.
    That was awesome!
    Keep going at it. Soon, you will be making commercials for all your friends πŸ™‚

    • gordon  November 28, 2014

      Thank you, Mike. I appreciate a comment coming from an experienced web design guru!!

      I hope you and the family had a terrific Thanksgiving.

      • Mike G  December 9, 2014

        Sir, dont be so modest. You are the one with the active blog and website. πŸ™‚
        I always look forward to reading what you post. I visit your blog more than other newsworthy terroristic sites, like CNN and FoxNews πŸ™‚

  2. elayne  December 1, 2014

    As usual, modest sir, you have done an amazing job.. Please keep up the great work so those of us who are technologically challenged can enjoy it vicariously . Thank you .


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