December 4, 2006
I just discovered the Mograph Wiki and it looks like this could be a great resource for all things motion graphics as people discover it and contribute to it.
If you are not familiar with the Wiki concept, here is the Wikipedia Wiki entry. Following up on my last blog entry about a user community sharing ideas and knowledge, the Wiki takes it one step further as it enables a collaborative effort of user generated content. I look forward to finding some time to contribute to the Wiki (although I barely find the time to keep my blog going).
June 14, 2006
I received an email today from a user who was interested in the After Effects ACE program. I thought it would be a good opportunity to increase awareness about this program.
ACE stands for Adobe Certified Expert. The idea behind the ACE program is to allow you to receive recognition for being an "expert" user of AE; in theory allowing you to command a higher salary, or gain an edge in a competitive job market. Sort of like an MBA for artists.
So that's the promise, but is it worth it? I can't answer that because everyone's situation is a bit different. What I hear from people who hire AE users is the #1 thing they look for is talent (no surprise there) which is usually evaluated by viewing their reel. The ACE can be a tie-breaker between two otherwise equally talented people. The ACE is also useful for AE users who want to get into training others on AE.
If you've taken the AE ACE exam, please post a comment and share your experience and thoughts about it.
March 7, 2006
Online Community in Latin America
I received an email from Adolfo Rozenfeld a long time After Effects user in Argentina. He told me about an online resource for Latin America (or in reality for anyone conversant in Spanish) Dotzero. Thanks, Adolfo!
Sadly my Spanish has gotten rusty over the years from lack of use, but Babelfish did a decent job of translating the articles I read.
While on the topic of Spanish, After Effects 7.0 was localized for the first time in Spanish (and Italian) this cycle.