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Jim Harvey reviews Adobe After Effects Essentials by Jayce Hansen
Jim Harvey
Jim Harvey
JHV Digital, New York, New York USA
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Jayse Hansen recently released his new "Adobe After Effects Essentials" training product -- a double CD training aid from VTC Training that covers many topics from beginner to advanced -- and Jim Harvey was one of the very first to buy it. Jim liked the product so well -- well, read what he has to say...


I ordered Jayse Hansen's turorial set on Adobe After Effects 5/5.5 Essentials about a week and a half ago. Despite some problems with delivery (love my delivery driver -- well, sometimes!). I received it in my hot little hands yesterday! Though I haven't finished the two disc set yet, I've spent the last 18 hours locked to my computer screen, eyes bloody -- that's how excellent this tutorial set is.

Jayse Hansen, as some of you already know, is one of the Cow's contributing "editors" here at Creative Cow. His tutorials are well thought out and straightforward in their implementation.

Jayse is thorough and incredibly well versed in the subject matter. When I first played the CD, I thought to myself: "Oh Man, each little segment is only a couple of minutes long, I'm NEVER going to learn anything from this!" I couldn't have been more wrong!

The introduction covers what anyone who has a passing relationship with AE will already know, hence, that nagging "Ahh, just another rehash...." Sure the interface is well done but where's the meat? Well Cowpokes, there's more beef in in this two disc set than a bunch of steers in Texas!

Jayse knows AE inside and out and the tips and examples he presents are just so well thought out that unless you are a complete bonehead, you're going to learn more about AE than you knew was available.

The package claims that there are 9.5 hours of instruction on the set. Maybe if you just sat there like a drone and watched like it was re-runs of 'Leave it to Beaver.' I do know that the ability to work along with the tutorials cost me lunch, dinner, my late night snack and most of my sleep time. I've got at this point, 18 plus hours invested at the computer and I still have another full disc to go

There are 274 QT movies on the set that take you from the very basic of basics to advanced beyond anything I've encountered in books or online tutorials.

I scanned around on the second disc and was amazed at the depth of knowledge that Jayse Hansen possesses with AE. He not only shows you HOW to create effects, but he makes you ask WHY? This is the key as far as really learning any program. If you don't know the questions to ask, how will you ever learn and keep it in your head?

There were a couple of glitches on the discs (a couple of segments were repeated, but one right after another so it wasn't a big deal, I watched them as well in case I missed something from the previous one).



This one is a winner!
4-1/2 COWs!

The lesson plan is laid out so that it doesn't look or feel like a lesson. It is as if Jayse is right there next to you showing you how to program works, and how to get the most from it.

This is one tutorial set that you need to get if you are at all serious about working with AE.

The lesson plan is laid out so that it doesn't look or feel like a lesson. It is as if Jayse is right there next to you showing you how the program works, and how to get the most from it.

I am going to finish this set tonight (well into tomorrow I'm sure) but as far as I can see, this is one tutorial set that you need to get if you are at all serious about working with AE.

Stop over at The Virtual Training Company. Click here for more information, this one is a winner!


Jim Harvey
JHV Digital




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