We looked briefly at Cinema 4D which is often used in conjunction with After Effects to create real life effect videos, I was impressed with what I saw of Cinema 4D and plan to learn the basics in the near future.
We moved on to After Effects, I had no previous knowledge of this software so it was quite daunting on first glance. As the session continued Paul showed us around the interface and discussed the similarities with Photoshop. We experimented with transforming shapes, blending modes and mask reveal. By the end of the session I am pleased to say that I could find my way around and produced a short animated video.
Obviously I have a long way to go but I feel confident to explore possibilities with After Effects software and would love to work on animating my logo for my portfolio website as a future project.