Lauriera, In the CS produc

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Lauriera,

In the CS production series of software Premiere is your primary editing tool. Since CS3, you can create AFX comps within your Premiere project. I’ve tried it a few times and didn’t like it much as I am more comfortable working with AFX directly.

As Grinner mentioned, AFX is your primary compositing and visual effects program. With AFX, you create your elaborate titles, greenscreen compositing and visual effects like fake smoke, fire, rain, etc. You can do some of these things with the basic tool set in Premiere, but AFX is infinitely better suited for this.

On the other hand, Premiere is infinitely better suited for putting together all of your visual and audio components into a completed production than AFX is. In a nutshell in AFX you build your artistic components and put everything together in Premiere.

How ‘your workflow’ between the two programs goes depends on your style and comfort level with both programs. Believe it or not, AFX is far easier to use now than it used to be. Of course, the more complex stuff you want to make the steeper the learning curve will be. The cool thing about AFX is, there’s not a whole lot you can’t do with it. The hard part is figuring out the best way to do it.

At the simplest level, if your system is powerful enough you can run both programs simultaneously and switch back and forth as needed. Depending on how complex a comp you’re building, you may just want to work in AFX alone. But as I mentioned earlier, you can use the dynamic link from premiere to AFX and work with it that way. Ultimately, it will be up to you to determine a workflow that best suits you.

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