After Effects is king of 2D animation and compositing. It’s been around since the early to mid 1990s when I was working on coloring books instead of color corrections. I first used it probably around version 5.5 and I barely new what I was doing. But as my knowledge of general computer and video principles increased, I became quite adept at it. I’m probably in the top million After Effects users on the planet, elite company.
But then there’s Motion, Apple’s relatively new, competing program. Motion 3 came out a couple years ago and added some advanced features that closed the gap some. I used Motion everyday at my last job, so I got to learn it rather thoroughly and decided to write a little compare and contrast based on my experience. Here we go: