Adobe After Effects is not


Adobe After Effects is not an image editor it is a motion graphics application with compositing features. It is industry standard in Television production for creating on air graphics. It is also used in some film workflows though is less common there due ot the proliferation of turnkey non-software systems like Flame.

Motion is Apple’s motion graphics application sold as a part of FCStudio. It is a lot younger than after effects and while the latest version is pretty slick it lack much of the rich feature set and extensibility of After Effects. Basically, AfterEffects is the program the engineers who work on Motion are chasing.

To be completely honest though, when trying to do real serious compositing in my opinion neither Motion nor After Effects is the best choice. Both of these applications while they have compositing features tend to focus on the motion graphics side of things. A full featured compositing app will usually be superior to both of them. Something like Combustion or Shake will usually offer a more feature rich set of compositing tools. But to be honest you probably don’t need anything that high end.

Question: Is FCP when combined with Motion as powerful/useful as AfterEffects?

Answer: No way. FCP is a great editing application and Motion is a pretty cool program for motion graphics. But the motion graphics/compositing aspects of the two really don’t add up to what can be done in After Effects alone. AE is industry standard in Motion graphics because of it’s flexibility and it’s feature set.

Now that being said can you use a combination of FCP/Motion to achieve the effect that was initially described in the post. Yes, definately if you are using the current versions of the applications.

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