Adobe After Effects is a tool designed to help you create stuff like titles, intros, transitions and all kinds of other useful, “after effects” during your video production process. If you are working in the video production industry, or if you would love to get a job in this industry, then this is a tool you should undeniably consider learning. It can be extremely useful and when you learn more about what it is and how it functions, you will realize that there is no point in entering the video production industry without having previously mastered this program.
While saying that you need to master this tool is easy, actually doing it is a bit more complicated, especially if you are planning on trying it by yourself, i.e. without anyone’s help. My advice for you is to immediately drop the idea of doing this alone and to, instead, focus on finding the perfect After Effects training course. If you decide to take a course, you’ll be able to learn this program in no time and you will be ready to use it in your video production process.
You probably already understand that taking a training course is definitely the right move and chances are that you are ready to start learning the program this way. Yet, there is one thing that’s stopping you from actually taking that final step towards starting your learning process. To put it simply, you feel a bit overwhelmed since you have found out that there is a huge number of courses out there and that you have to choose the one you believe is the best for you.
I can completely understand if you are overwhelmed by this. After all, how can you tell which course is the best and how can you even find those amazing ones? There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that not all of those that you come across will be great, meaning that it is your task to differentiate between those great and poor quality ones, and you simply might not know how to do that, especially if you are a total beginner in the After Effects world.
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Anyway, even though you are feeling overwhelmed right now, the truth is that you’ll undeniably manage to make the right choice if you take the right steps towards it. In short, you shouldn’t rush into anything and you should take all the time you need to do your research before investing in something like this. If you are having a hard time figuring out how to do the mentioned research, then you should simply read on, because I’ve prepared a few helpful tips for you.
Whenever you want to buy something that costs more than your average T-shirt or something similar, you probably resort to talking to the people you know and getting their opinion on your future purchase. Well, you should do the same thing here. The only important thing is you should focus on talking to those people who know what After Effects is because there’s no point in talking to someone who has no idea what it is that you are trying to learn and what it is that you want to pay for.
So, if you know anyone who has mastered this tool already, it would be a good idea to check if they had taken certain courses in the past. Most of these people will be happy to give their recommendations on the courses you might want to take, as well as tell you about some of those that you might want to avoid. All in all, having a conversation with these people will certainly bring you much closer to making your decision and, most importantly, towards making a great choice.
Check The Contents Of The Courses
Whether you find certain courses by searching for them online or by checking out those recommendations that the people mentioned above have given you, this next step should be the same. Basically, you should check the contents of the actual programs that you are considering, because you need to know precisely what it is that they can offer. Your goal is to learn After Effects, which is why you should search for those courses that are comprehensive and detailed and that can teach you practically everything you need to know. So, checking the contents before buying any of these is of crucial importance.
Check The Reputation Of The Trainers
All of those training courses will have to be not only made, but also lead, by someone. Well, you need to know precisely who that “someone” is so that you can get a better idea of the quality of the entire program. For this reason, you should always check how reputable the trainers actually are, and if you find that people don’t hold them in high regard and that they frequently complain about them, then the best thing to do is search for a different course and different trainers.
Compare The Prices
Another important thing to do is check and compare the prices of the programs you have in mind. This will give you a better idea as to which trainers are being reasonable with the costs and which ones might be exaggerating. Don’t forget though, that the quality should always be your number one priority and that the prices should come second.