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Is what is shown in the video able to be created using AE?

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Is what is shown in the video able to be created using AE? And how long going from complete beginner would it take to reach this level?

 

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Community Expert , Oct 15, 2022 Oct 15, 2022

It takes most people about 40 hours to become proficient enough with a compositing program like After Effects, DaVinci, or others to understand and efficiently plan an animation or compositing project. The UI is complex. The available options are numerous, and, except for a few Animation Presets, most projects must be set up by hand. AE is not like an Instagram app that will take a shot, add funny eyes, or generate some animated text. 

 

You also need to understand the Principles of Animation, c

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It takes most people about 40 hours to become proficient enough with a compositing program like After Effects, DaVinci, or others to understand and efficiently plan an animation or compositing project. The UI is complex. The available options are numerous, and, except for a few Animation Presets, most projects must be set up by hand. AE is not like an Instagram app that will take a shot, add funny eyes, or generate some animated text. 

 

You also need to understand the Principles of Animation, create graphics from scratch, learn color and composition and figure out how to work with audio. You also need a good understanding of video formats, compression, audio recording, and a bunch of other small details. 

 

You will also have to learn how to use an editing app like Premiere Pro to complete your project. Effects and animation apps like After Effects and 3D apps like Blender (HTTP://blender.org) are not video editing apps. They are designed to create shots that you can then edit into movies. 

 

Many newcomers vastly underestimate the amount of time required to complete a project. I have spent more than 40 hours on just a few seconds. Your sample video is about a half hour. There are many graphics and different shots of the maps they use. All of those assets must be created or purchased. 

 

The usual workflow for that kind of animated project is to break the narration into sentences or phrases and create a new composition (shot) for each sentence. If you want seamless transitions between shots, you match each comp's starting and ending positions so they can be cut together with no problems. That's easy to do.

 

The 3D animation in the opening could be created in After Effects if you purchase a 3rd party plugin like Element from HTTP://videocopilot.com. You can use Blender (see the previous link) to make your 3D elements and integrate them into the project. 

 

I'm not trying to discourage you. I'm trying to give you reasonable expectations. I have done hundreds of similar projects. It takes a lot of time to do good work. You can throw a thirty-minute program together in a couple of days, but an effective and engaging half-hour can easily take a couple of weeks to complete. Some take a lot longer. I worked on one for a museum a few years ago that took eight months, three writers, two graphic artists, four After Effects artists, one composer, six musicians, and a half dozen voice-over actors, a director, a producer, an editor, and a sound mixer to complete. 

 

A program like your sample video would probably take an experienced motion graphics artist two or three weeks to complete. If you are starting out, it could easily take you a month or more.

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I appreciate the reply. I am under no doubts about the difficulty or the duration needed even to get a medium proficiency in the use of the various software programs required. I have experience with premiere pro, well basic experience atleast, and so that part shouldnt be to bad.

Thankyou for the reply, much appreciated!

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