March 8, 2016 at 6:59PM

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Best After Effects Beginner Tutorials?

Howdy,

Where's the best place to look in order to learn the basics of AE? Free and paid. Preferably video tutorials.

I was checking out Videocopilot and their basics tutorial looks a bit "dated". Is that worth my time? Still applicable? I have CC.

Thanks,
AJ

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everything you could ever need is on youtube!

March 9, 2016 at 4:20PM

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Michael Militscher
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You can try lynda.com essential trainings, I have used their essentials for After Effects and Cinema 4D. All the info you need on the basics and essentials will be there, worked for me well and it gave me all the strength I needed to take off and its only $25 per month.

March 10, 2016 at 6:36AM, Edited March 10, 7:01AM

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Prosper Kunyetu
Filmmaker,Editor,Vfx
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Watch the tutorials from VideoCopilot and redo what they're explaining. It's one of the best learning methods for Ae.

March 10, 2016 at 10:21AM

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Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller
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Lynda.com is good. They offer a download of sample files you can play with but no actual exercises to walk you through. I assume you follow along with what the host is doing? It's not clear. Lynda does have a deal with many libraries where, if you have a library card, you can access every Lynda.com course.

The Adobe Classroom in a Book series from Adobe Press is great and can get you up and running in no time.

Also, check out SafariBooksOnline.com. This is the Netflix of technology books. It is from publishers O'Reilly and Pearson (which owns Adobe Press, Peachpit and many others). It will have everything you need not just for software but filmmaking, photography you name it. They have both eBooks and some video training all of which can be accessed mobile. A basic plan, which allows you to check out 5 books per month, is $15.

March 10, 2016 at 10:26AM, Edited March 10, 10:27AM

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Lynda.com also has a package which you can download exercise files

Prosper Kunyetu

March 11, 2016 at 1:27AM

Another vote for Videocopilot, but also, see if your local community college has a class. Nothing beats learning from an actual human, and classes at community colleges are usually cheap.

March 10, 2016 at 5:42PM

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Deeder Murray-Holmes
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Make you own project and find a tutorial that's close to it. You'll never really learn by doing a thousand Lynda tutorials from the ground up. Baptism by fire!

March 11, 2016 at 9:49AM

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Sathya Vijayendran
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HEEEEEEY ANDREW KRAMER HERE!

March 12, 2016 at 3:50PM, Edited March 12, 3:50PM

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Viktor Ragnemar
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Creative Cow is a great resource.

March 12, 2016 at 9:22PM

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