Using After Effects
Adobe After Effects is primarily used for creating motion graphics and visual effects. After Effects allows users to animate, alter and composite media in 2D and 3D space with various built-in tools and third party plug-ins.After Effects is layer-oriented, meaning that each individual media object (video clip, audio clip, still image, etc.) occupies its own track. In contrast, other NLEs use a system where individual media objects can occupy the same track as long as they do not overlap in time.

Interface

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Project Media Panel

The Media Panel is the bin of After Effects, i.e, anything you import(audio files, image files, video files, solids,compositionns and layers) its all is stored in it. This the place you keep all your assets and media. It also displays the basic properties about your media and assets , for example, dimensions of your composition.

The Timeline

It is here that you are going to be doing all of your edits and cuts. This is where you will most of your time in After Effects animating, keyframing etc. It also displays all the layers and compositions.
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Compostion Panel

This is your preview panel as it displays whatever is in your timeline. At the bottom of this panel you have additional options such as:- Magnification, Resolution at which you want to preview (choose according to your PC performance) and the Viewing Camera option.
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Other Panels

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Main Toolbar:- This where you will find all the basic tools such as the text tool(used to create text layer), selection tool and the pen tool.

Effects and Presets:- This where you can search for some cool built-in effects and presets in After Effects to create effective and poerful animations, hence the name.

Preview panel :- It controls the preview and contains all the play-pause options like any normal media player.

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Projects and Compositions

For creating a new project go to file menu -> new -> new project. Now that you have a black project, you can import media and can create compositions. Compositions are like sub-projects they help you organise bunch of layers that you are going to use by categorising them and use them as a whole to duplicate or apply an effect on them. To create a blank composition go to composition menu -> new composition choose composition settings(i recommend 720p resolution and 23 fps) or for a composition out of layers that you already have , select all the layers -> right click and then hit pre- compose. For import media just drag or drop the media files in the project media panel or use the traditional way.
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Final Render

For the final render first of all set your work area ,i.e, the part of the project that you want to render , for that adjust the 2 orange bars along the time ruler in the timeline.
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Now for exporting just go to composition and click on add to render queue , this will add your composition to render queue and there you can change the quality of render, the resolution of the export, the output format of video etc.

For further detailed tutorials you can watch these videos :-
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4C7FF93BF4770A10

By:- Milind, Burhan and Tanuj
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