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Celebrating 20 Years of After Effects

COW Library : Celebrating 20 Years of After Effects
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When it was first released 20 years ago, After Effects was tucked into a corner of the market, for specialists with a narrow range of tasks. Since then, it has become an indispensable part of the bag of tricks for millions of media professional. Creative COW is the latest phase of the web's longest-running After Effects community, founded in April 1995 by two After Effects users, Ronald & Kathlyn Lindeboom, who were looking for answers to their own questions. Through online tutorials, DVD training, and forums with 2 million monthly visitors, we've had a front row seat to a true revolution.

And not just for the industry: for individual careers, and even lives. Starting today, you can see the first in a long series of 20th Anniversary good wishes and testimonials from members of the Creative COW community using After Effects for motion graphics, compositing, visual effects, as part of their editing and finishing, and much more. We'll be adding more every day, as well as highlighting some of the most popular feature stories we've published of real-world After Effects production.

We want to hear your story too! Swing by our Letters To The COW Team forum, and tell us your history with After Effects. The more stories, the merrier.
 
Adobe After Effects
Klip Collective Pushes Film Into New Spaces At Sundance

Klip Collective Pushes Film Into New Spaces At Sundance

Projection mapping installation relies on Adobe Creative Cloud tools to create stunning visuals for the Sundance Film Festival entry, "What's He Building in There."

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Adobe
Adobe After Effects
Pushing AE - And Myself

Pushing AE - And Myself

Bill O'Neil helps celebrate 20 years of Adobe After Effects with his story. Bill reveals his secret, "I learned how to use AE by making promises to my clients I didn't know I could keep."

Editorial, Feature
Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Prisoner To My Passion

Prisoner To My Passion

"I don't know if it's addiction or adoration, but one way or the other, I'm hooked on her," says Creative COW's Rob Mize. "The signs are all there: the obsession with After Effects, the inability to function without After Effects there next to me on my laptop, waiting to be clicked. And the torment of each moment spent suffering any separation from my cherished compositor. Is it any wonder that I, a once innocent naïf in an analog world, now find myself enraptured by this non-linear, digital Delilah?"

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
How Did They Do All This?

How Did They Do All This?

When he saw a particular commercial for another local company years ago, John Cuevas was blown away, "so I asked our senior editor 'how did they do all of this?' He replied, 'After Effects.' I looked him dead in the eye and said 'Yeah, I get that they did the effects after, but how do they DO it?'" After over 10 years of visiting the COW daily, he's clear about it now, and still learning how to do it better.

Editorial, Feature
John Cuevas
Adobe After Effects
Ronald & Kathlyn and After Effects & The COW

Ronald & Kathlyn and After Effects & The COW

Soon after they purchased CoSA After Effects in 1994, Ronald & Kathlyn Lindeboom found themselves in a little over their heads. There were virtually no web resources for learning AE -- frankly, virtually no resources whatsoever, as this was long before training tapes and books. So, they founded a web community to help find the help that they themselves needed, and 18 years later, it's still growing! And After Effects is still playing a central role in its success.

Editorial, Feature
Ronald Lindeboom
Adobe After Effects
Expressions, Scripting, Automation -- and Fun

Expressions, Scripting, Automation -- and Fun

"I first encountered After Effects in a somewhat roundabout way. I have (as many people do apparently) an aversion to public speaking, so I came up with the bright idea of creating a video to do the talking for me." So begins the journey of longtime Creative COW leader Dan Ebberts, which takes a dramatic -- and fun -- turn with the introduction of Expressions in AE 5.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Creating Our Own Destiny

Creating Our Own Destiny

"I was learning that After Effects was unlike any other piece of software I’d ever used. I dove in thinking it was a pool, but found it just went deeper and deeper - the Marianas Trench of programs," says Psychic Bunny's Rick Castañeda. The endless grind of one frame at a time roto blossomed into, well, everything.

Feature, People / Interview
Rick Castañeda
Adobe After Effects
Inspiring Me to Enable Myself

Inspiring Me to Enable Myself

"My journey with After Effects is a reflection of my journey as a creative. Fear, skepticism, blood, tears, mocking, understanding, confidence. The cycle repeats sometimes, but it expands and contracts too. Some days it's a thing of wonder and beauty, other days it's collapsing in on itself like a dying star. When you start to have more days like the former than the latter, nice things start to happen both on your screen and in your mind. For all the rest, there's coffee," says Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall.

Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Wall
Adobe After Effects
An Old Dog, Learning New Tricks

An Old Dog, Learning New Tricks

You'll be surprised at how late Andrew Devis started with After Effects, but he's thrilled to be constantly learning new tricks. The excitement he finds in turning that knowledge into tutorials has clearly been reciprocated, as he has become one of the web's most popular trainers.

Feature, People / Interview
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Keeping Them Guessing

Keeping Them Guessing

For 22 years, Dave LaRonde created on-air promotion for KCRG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Through the years, one thing has remained constant: Adobe After Effects has been in his video toolbox. Dave describes his introduction to After Effects and how it helped him turn an also-ran into the leader of the pack.

Feature, People / Interview
Dave LaRonde




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