The World’s Fastest After Effects User

If you’ve been to any of Adobe’s Digital Video exhibits at conferences like NAB or Siggraph, you’ve probably seen the venerable Steve Holmes presenting on our stage (the handsome English guy with the buzz-cut). Steve is one of the world’s foremost After Effects experts (he hosts Total Training’s After Effects series ), and runs his own design shop, Energi Design in Sausalito, CA.

When he’s not sitting at the machine designing up a storm, you can usually find him riding his bike on the unfathomably steep Mt. Tam (whereas you can usually find me dodging and weaving my bike through SF traffic trying not to get turned into taco meat by an SUV). Steve is an incredibly accomplished bike racer, and he’s about to start a 6-day coast-to-coast race on a team which is made up entirely of riders who have Type 1 Diabetes.


On their 3,052 mile cycling race across the United States, Team Type 1 will be “racing to help cure Diabetes”. They’re attempting to raise $1,000,000 in this effort, and you can support the team by making a donation here.

If you want to see the work Steve does when he’s not racing, take a look at his demo reel.

3 Responses to The World’s Fastest After Effects User

  1. daniel ward says:

    Steve seems like a nice enough guy. But for anyone who is using After Effects in a professional environment, none of the corporate-video style Total Training videos really cut it. The only thing I’ve found that delivers high-end professional training is Magnet Media’s DMTS DVDs. Their trainers are working on real hollywood and broadcast projects. And at $99, the value is hard to beat.

  2. Bob Donlon says:

    While Magnet Media puts out a great product, I can’t agree with you on Total Training not “cutting it”. I myself learned a ton over the years using their products, and if you don’t think Emmy-Award winning trainers are professional enough, well then . . .

  3. Steve Holmes says:

    Their trainers are working on real broadcast projects…? Well, that’s what we do every day here at Energi Design, and those real-world examples are used in the lessons of the TT training series, so I imagine that qualifies as real examples…Sure, $99 is cheap, but the depth of TT series is worth the value tenfold. Not just because I’ve done series for them before, but because they are the best quality (HD), best edited, best content. If my opinion counts 😉 Each to their own – some people prefer books to videos and would not enjoy a minute of video training. Everyone learns in different ways.