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sambotta says

So in short, more motion graphics. Make suggestions. I’m sure there’ll be a ton of authors jumping on your every word. The downside to pre-rendered motion graphic elements of course is that they can’t be customized with new text content etc. At the moment, there is no simpler or more mainstream alternative to After Effects for this.

@felt_tips You’re correct, and I know that it’s not the fault of any talented After Effects Artist on here that the world has not yet converted to Apple Motion or an even simpler system that anyone can edit. The new MacBook Pro I’m typing into is capable of automating a lot of the tasks within After Effects, but I also understand that Artists deserve to be paid high hourly rates for the thousands of tweaks. The problem is that the audience has suddenly expanded, a lot of these buyers that ‘would be’ would be able to spend on full licenses of royalty-free work if not limited by the Engineer’s dream AE. There is so much science and technology created by Engineers. We appreciate them very much. The problem: AE Engineers do not report to someone like Jonathan Ive.

Let’s try to find a solution to this.

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felt_tips Moderator says

The world didn’t convert to Apple’s Motion, because it wasn’t very clever for making motion graphics with. There are not many programs that compete with After Effects for price and versatility. Actually, there are not any. All of the competition is more costly, more specialized and more complicated (often more capable in its specialist area too).

After Effects is a complex program, but that complexity is necessary to a capable and mature piece of software.

Many of the more advanced authors here at Videohive use a programability that After Effects has called “expressions”. They use this to simplify the complexity of After Effects and make customization very simple for the end user (who never even sees these “expressions” – they just work). The user is guided to the elements that he / she needs to change. It couldn’t be much simpler. I personally try to make all of my projects so that an absolute beginner could customize them. Sure – a little experience helps, but there’s nothing to stop an absolute novice doing it.

But as soon as you get to customizing anything, there needs to be some time input, because creative decisions need to be made. That’s not just about the complexity of the program X,Y or Z. This is something that would cost a little time and effort if it were done with pencil and paper.

So in a way, i think there already is a solution to this… and it’s lieing right under your nose. :-)

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fAntasticmE says

a bit offtopic but isnt it time for a pure expressions-scripts thread?

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felt_tips Moderator says

a bit offtopic but isnt it time for a pure expressions-scripts thread?

Maybe. What do you think it would bring to have them all in one place?

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fAntasticmE says

a nice reference when your looking for an expression .could be like authors resources thread

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