[Edited to note that Steve Forde was not part of the original CoSA team.]

Last night on #MoChat we helped Adobe launch their three month celebration of After Effects’ 20th anniversary. Dave Simons and Dan Wilk—all from the original CoSA team—as well as Steve Forde, Todd Kopriva, and Michelle Gallina joined us to answer questions about the history of After Effects. It was a great discussion on all things AE.

Original CoSA office in Providence (the plabt), where After Effects was created. credit:Todd Kopriva

After Effects (code name EGG) was original born out of the Company of Science and Industry in 1992. It eventually transitioned to Adobe by 1995 at version 3.0. Four of the original developers at CoSA are still working on After Effects at Adobe. There’s even some largely unchanged code from the original release—the undo system to name one. Chris & Trish Meyer were among the first beta testers of After Effects (which helps explain their tremendous breadth of knowledge). Over time, After Effects helped define an industry (and countless careers of motion designers, animators, and VFX artists).

After Effects 1.0, still alive and kicking. credit: Dan Wilk

After Effects is still going strong. The After Effects blog was recently redesigned and will feature numerous “AE & Me” stories over the next several months. (You can submit your own story, too.) And of course any ideas you have for the next 20 years of After Effects can be submitted to Adobe—directly to Todd Kopriva, I believe. There were so many great stories and questions during the chat, so please take the time to read the transcript below.

Before awarding some After Effects swag to @lasvideo, @MDSienzant, and @rovino, the Adobe team left us with a fun easter egg. No one is quite sure how that went unnoticed for nearly nine months since CS6 shipped.

We’ll have more official Adobe After Effects chats in the coming three months, including one on Feb 12th with Andrew Kramer. So be sure to follow @MotionChat and this site for more news.

Transcript

Welcome to tonight’s Birthday #MoChat! We’ll let take most of the lead here. Who from the team is joining us?9:00 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

(And we encourage you to ask questions and tell us about your history with throughout the #MoChat as well!)9:00 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Hello Folks – I’m Steve Forde the Product Manager for After Effects #mochat9:01 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Hi, David Simons here. Been programming on the AE team since day 1. #mochat9:01 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Hi everyone! We have a great team tonight! I’ll let everyone introduce themselves… #MoChat #MoChat9:01 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Todd Kopriva is here from the After Effects quality engineering team. #mochat9:02 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

: Hi, I’m Michelle. Marketing Manager for After Affects.” #mochat9:02 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

: Todd Kopriva is here from the After Effects quality engineering team.” #mochat9:02 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

HI STEVE…. #mochat9:02 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Hi David! #mochat9:02 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Hello everyone, Dan Wilk here. Been working on AE since 1992. #mochat9:02 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Hi Adobe folks! #mochat9:02 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Here’s a picture I took of where After Effects was born: http://t.co/9f5WWekj #mochat9:03 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Here’s a picture I took of where After Effects was born: http://t.co/9f5WWekj #mochat9:04 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Tonight’s #AdobeAe team: ToddKopriva_AE & # #MoChat9:04 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

secrets! #mochat9:04 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Any of the original COSA folks still involved? #mochat9:04 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

any baby photos of ? 🙂 #mochat9:04 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

First & foremost… thank YOU! #AdobeAe users are THE BEST. We appreciate all your support & feedback tremendously. 20 YEARS! #MoChat9:04 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Tonight’s #AdobeAe team: ToddKopriva_AE & # #MoChat9:04 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Jeff Almasol here. Been working on AE since 2005. #mochat #youngin9:04 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Over the last 20 years, what are the biggest changes to #AdobeAe that transformed the way you work? #MoChat9:05 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Yes. We’ve still got 4 people still on the team who worked at CoSA in Providence. #mochat9:05 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

For reference – both Dave S and Dan W are original CoSA were on EGG – Ae 1.0. If you had a 1.0 bug – nows your chance! #mochat9:06 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Over the last 20 years, what are the biggest changes to #AdobeAe that transformed the way you work? #MoChat9:06 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Cool! RT : Yes. Weve still got 4 people still on the team who worked at CoSA in Providence. #mochat9:06 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

It’s not a party without favors! Three lucky #MoChat‘ers tonight will win some swag. Follow to be eligible. #MoChat9:06 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

first time I opened AE I just stared at it for 2 hrs, AE 3.1 I had no idea what how I was gonna learn this.. Still learning #mochat9:07 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : It’s not a party without favors! Three lucky #MoChat‘ers tonight will win some swag. Follow to be eligible. #MoChat9:07 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

it introduced me to the world of creating whatever I could imagine 🙂 #mochat9:07 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : It’s not a party without favors! Three lucky #MoChat‘ers tonight will win some swag. Follow to be eligible. #MoChat9:07 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I already follow 🙁 RT : I Three lucky #MoChaters tonight will win some swag.Follow eligible. #mochat9:08 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Holy cow. RT : Rich Young posted a baby picture of After Effects here: http://t.co/BYw55Vlu #mochat9:08 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

LOL – I’m still learning it 😉 #mochat9:08 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

it gave me a career. #mochat and the possibilities blew my mind in college. #mochat9:09 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Does Todd have twitter? “: Tonight’s #AdobeAe team: ToddKopriva_AE & # #MoChat9:09 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Starting using w/version 4. #MoChat9:09 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

definitely Rotobrush #moChat9:09 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Yep. #mochat9:10 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

John Kowalchuk here. AE user for only a year, thanks to all those who made it what it is today: My future career! #MoChat #mochat9:10 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Slow but steady time-saving improvements from v4 to now. I still remember how huge the original tracker was! #mochat9:10 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

The advent of 3D ray tracing & the existence of Element 3D portend great things in the future. My style is reaching new dimensions #mochat9:10 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

then you’re already eligible! #MoChat9:10 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

What do you do most with Rotobrush? #mochat9:10 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

… and there’s a little something for EVERYONE else, too! Follow & we’ll announce a “party favor” at the end of tonight’s #MoChat9:10 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : It’s not a party without favors! Three lucky #MoChat‘ers tonight will win some swag. Follow to be eligible. #MoChat9:10 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

YAY!! 🙂 RT : then youre already eligible! #mochat9:11 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I’m sure you’re still eligible. They didn’t say new followers. #mochat9:11 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

First used it in 2005. Scared the hell out of me. But first time I made some clip art move…hooked. #MoChat9:11 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I grew up with AE. Is that weird? That’s weird. I’m barely older than AE and I’ve been using it since middle school. #mochat9:11 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Welcome to the club. (Do we have a secret handshake?) #mochat9:11 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

seemless workflow! The ability to go from photoshop to premiere to AE. Makes my job so much easier. #MoChat9:12 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

What was your first job using #AdobeAe? #MoChat9:12 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

It’s not a party without favors! Three lucky #MoChat‘ers tonight will win some swag. Follow to be eligible. #MoChat9:12 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I remember the vast improvements like text! WHAT? no more effect? or that red default color? Oh em gee #mochat9:12 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I still remember watch VHS training tapes by Brian Maffit with his pony tail! #mochat9:12 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Yay, happy birthday AE! #mochat9:12 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I’m a month older than AE #mochat9:12 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Job? Doing some light compositing & logo work on broadcast commercials. First time I used it was v4 in High School. #mochat9:12 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I have those tapes right here. #mochat9:13 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Rich Young posted a baby picture of After Effects here: http://t.co/cDB1E5RE #mochat9:13 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : I still remember watch VHS training tapes by Brian Maffit with his pony tail! #mochat9:13 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

#MoChat, Brian Moffit’s story will be posted on the blog tomorrow.9:13 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

real paying job or commissioned job 😉 #mochat I made a DVD intro animation for my nephew’s 1st birthday party. Text presets FTW9:13 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

. You guys are making me feel old. And I’m not all that old. #mochat9:13 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : What was your first job using #AdobeAe? #MoChat9:13 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I am 😀 RT : . You guys are making me feel old. And Im not all that old. #mochat9:14 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

curmudgeon! #mochat9:14 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

“Explainer” videos for a kid’s television show. #mochat9:14 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

So what kind of cake did you have to celebrate the bday, AE? #mochat9:14 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I wowed casino clients with AE imagery. And a hats off to Andrew Kramer and his inspiring tutorials #mochat9:15 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

let’s face it. We have kids. Future mographers. 🙂 We’re old. #mochat9:15 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

#mochat (whoops… Hashtags….)9:15 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I’m curious about how much legacy code from CoSA is still shipping. Any? #mochat9:15 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Danish butter cookies. #mochat9:15 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : I’m curious about how much legacy code from CoSA is still shipping. Any? #mochat9:16 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

building a news open.. editing on a quantel edit box.. #mochat9:16 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

First paid gig was actually for NBC when I was but a wee 19 year old tyke. It’s a long story involving Nerdcore hip hop and bbs’s.. #mochat9:16 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : What was your first job using #AdobeAe? #MoChat9:16 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Started working with AE in 95. The design studio had a copy of CoSA. Put me on the path to now. #mochat9:16 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

what feature(s) is probably least known? #mochat9:16 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

a 15 sec spot that took me 8hrs after learning AE 2 weeks before. AE a bottomless pit of learning and possibilities. #MoChat9:17 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : I still remember watch VHS training tapes by Brian Maffit with his pony tail! #mochat9:17 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

First job using AE… Concept previs compositing for materials/platform development on DARPA projects. #mochat9:17 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Yes, there’s still some legacy code from CoSA. The undo system, for example, is mostly unchanged over 20 years. #mochat9:17 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I pulled out all stops for a casino website site using AE5. He tipped me $200 at the end of the session. #mochat9:17 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

A giant cake, of course! We may even have some to share. More on that later… #MoChat9:18 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

#mochat I’d love to know if anyone was around when AE was first pitched or concepted. And what they think of CS69:18 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

And where did the bleating render failed sound come from? Please tell me someone recorded that. #mochat9:18 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Least known useful feature? How about ability to copy and paste keyframe data as plain text and modify in spreadsheet? #mochat9:18 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : And where did the bleating render failed sound come from? Please tell me someone recorded that. #mochat9:18 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Deep parts of particle playground (which was originally going to be a separate application with its own UI). #mochat9:18 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

…and the cake described at the bottom of this post: http://t.co/giQQs9DU #mochat9:18 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

everything under ‘obsolete’ 😉 #mochat9:18 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : And where did the bleating render failed sound come from? Please tell me someone recorded that. #mochat9:19 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

haha 🙂 #mochat9:19 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

back in the day it used to be a womans voice.. now I dont recall that but a coworker has told me and Adobe has confirmed it. #mochat9:19 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

The bleating came from a friend of our User Interface designer. That’s a person imitating a sheep. #mochat9:19 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

That’s a sheep, and it’s actually a person imitating the noise. (No, I’m telling you who.) #mochat9:19 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

amazing! We want to hear more than 140 characters! Join others in sharing your #AdobeAe & Me story http://t.co/VUtU4qBJ #MoChat9:20 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

oh how could I have forgot about Maffit? I just got a great laugh & ‘remember when’ story for my #mochat friends in Austin.9:20 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

how come, after all these years, the render complete/error sounds aren’t a preference you can turn off? #mochat9:20 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

That’s actually how I got GPS data out of Run Keeper for this video. https://t.co/fGMj8nxh #mochat9:20 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I loved the idea of AE when we first designed it in 1992, and still love it today! #mochat9:20 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

coooool 🙂 #mochat9:20 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Rich Young posted a baby picture of After Effects here: http://t.co/cDB1E5RE #mochat9:20 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Who are your heroes in motion graphics and visual fx? #MoChat9:21 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

is pretty awesome 🙂 #mochat9:21 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I met Brian Maffit at NAB 2 years ago . He was rather grumpy :/ #mochat9:21 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

What was the competitive market for desktop compositing at the time? #mochat9:21 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Well Andrew Kramer, d’uh! 😛 #MoChat9:21 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

did version 1 have anything in it that you wish was still in it today? #mochat functionality/effect/UI?9:22 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

These are fun conversations on history of AE happening on #mochat right now – started with CoSA 2.0 beta at LucasArts! Seems like yesterday.9:22 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Andrew Kramer has to be one of the major unsung heroes of AE users worldwide, #mochat9:22 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT seemless workflow! The ability to go from photoshop to premiere to AE. Makes my job so much easier. #MoChat9:22 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Though he predates AE, Saul Bass. More recently . Ultra Love Ninja was a huge motivator. #mochat9:22 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

not michael ‘everything goes boom boom’ bay #MoChat9:23 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Essentially no competitors at our price point. The main app we were aware of is VideoFusion from VideoLake? #mochat9:23 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Simplicity. Start-up time. 🙂 #mochat9:23 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Version 1 had an alpha channel.. and it was glorious.. #mochat9:23 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

My first job with #ae was to create a simple motion graphic for a client’s logo #mochat9:23 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Sagmeister has done some really compelling titles work recently. But I still look at Saul Bass’s into sequences with awe. #mochat9:23 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Someone wants to say “hi”. #mochat http://t.co/dHtrDOx19:23 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Who are your heroes in motion graphics and visual fx? #MoChat9:23 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

the dude is not unsung.. ppl be singing his praises and rightfully so, IMO.. #mochat9:23 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

you beat me to Saul Bass! #mochat9:24 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Daniel Gies’s character rigs changed my ideas of what ae can do. I’ve recently been lucky enough to be commissioned to code for him. #mochat9:24 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

better question would be, why in the world would you want to them off? #mochat9:24 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

It’s ALIVE!!!! http://t.co/uUpxIezQ #mochat9:24 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

alpha channels exist in AE now? Elaborate please! #mochat9:25 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Its been interesting to see all the fine products AE has incorporated into itself.Atomic Power, FEC, and on and on. #mochat9:25 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Someone wants to say “hi”. #mochat http://t.co/dHtrDOx19:25 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Can you hum a few bars 😀 RT : the dude is not unsung.. ppl be singing his praises and rightfully so, IMO.. #mochat9:25 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

BTW, that’s a real comp created with AE 1.1 right now. #mochat9:25 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

My coworker Dan just woke up After Effects 1.1 to say hello. See this: http://t.co/406zMCAq #mochat9:26 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

im a big fan of Phil Tippett as well #MoChat9:26 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Of course. 8) the canvas… you had that and layers. whoot #mochat9:26 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

My heroes in #ae are #mochat9:26 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Someone wants to say “hi”. #mochat http://t.co/dHtrDOx19:26 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Andrew Kramer () is actually going to be on the next #AdobeAe #MoChat! Full Schedule: http://t.co/XV9wAOOm #MoChat9:26 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

it usually starts off with.. #heretakemymoney 8) #mochat9:26 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Andrew Kramer () is actually going to be on the next #AdobeAe #MoChat! Full Schedule: http://t.co/XV9wAOOm #MoChat9:26 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

OneSize, agency:collective, Psyop and MPC too, if agencies can be heroes. #mochat9:27 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Also notice in the pic – LAYERS before photoshop 😉 http://t.co/uUpxIezQ #mochat9:27 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : My heroes in #ae are #mochat9:27 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

oh nice! I want to try out version 1! #mochat9:27 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

My OG heroes and original influences.. + Belief Studios #mochat.9:27 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Andrew Kramer () is actually going to be on the next #AdobeAe #MoChat! Full Schedule: http://t.co/XV9wAOOm #MoChat9:27 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Cute! And frightening. RT : My coworker Dan just woke up After Effects 1.1 to say hello. #mochat9:27 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Yep, real comp. Tell me if you want to see something specific in 1.1! #mochat9:27 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

‘s tuts got me started when I most needed it. Now making planetarium shows almost entirely in AE. #mochat9:27 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

: “Who are your heroes in motion graphics and visual fx? #MoChat and 9:27 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Who would you guess where the FIRST beta testers for #AdobeAe? #MoChat9:28 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

We’re looking forward to the 2/12 chat with . #mochat9:28 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Andrew Devis also does some fine tutorials. And please dont forget Todd Koprivas as well! #mochat9:28 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Is the “Mask Embiggen” easter egg in 1.1? #mochat9:28 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

[*blush*] #mochat9:29 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Very very cool! Can’t wait to see it. Daniel always does interesting work. #mochat9:29 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

no kidding. you also have Paul Rand, Hitchcock, Glaser and tons others right in that group #mochat9:29 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I also have a copy of the first check for AE, but I don’t think the buyer would appreciate it being on twitter. #mochat9:29 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

People at Lucasfilm? #mochat9:29 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Speaking of easter eggs.. was it AE or PS that had the electric cat? OMG im old I dont remember #mochat9:29 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

“Mask Embiggen” started in AE 5.0 #mochat9:30 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : no kidding. you also have Paul Rand, Hitchcock, Glaser and tons others right in that group #mochat9:30 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

i thought that was PS but i could be wrong #mochat9:30 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Nick Campbell, by far #MoChat9:30 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Truth. #mochat9:30 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Photoshop. #mochat9:30 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I don’t suppose you could share if there’s any new easter eggs since then? I haven’t found any. #mochat9:30 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Think it was PS #mochat9:31 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Dev team spouses. #mochat9:31 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

we already covered this. You are drunk Erwin, go home. #mochat9:31 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

The Knoll brothers #mochat9:31 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

There are many. 🙂 #mochat9:32 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

yep I think youre right.. #mochat9:32 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

and but he is more in #C4D not #ae #mochat9:32 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I love my wife dearly. Opening FCP 6 was huge for her. I can’t imagine her using AE. #mochat9:32 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Music video show open on AE 2.0 on an old Power Mac 9500! #Mochat9:32 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Guess I have to get back to hunting. #mochat9:32 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Its nice to know that in only 3 months we get to see the fruits of these fine folks, labors. My version of Xmas. 😀 #mochat9:32 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

So many great stories & questions coming in on #MoChat. Keep ‘em coming!9:33 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

we’re talking about cats right? #mochat9:33 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I’m terrified and amused whenever my boyfriend opens AE, Pr, or FCP. #mochat9:33 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I know the exact feeling. #mochat9:34 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

my wife has navigated AE for me & even made simple revisions for me once. Render/upload included. #mochat #trooper9:34 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

ok heres 2 request 1st wants AE to play audio easily, hit the space bar and ohh sound. Premiere & AE have a baby & we use 1 app 8) #mochat9:34 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

it was code named ‘Egg” so was it chickens? #AdobeAe #MoChat9:34 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

AE 1!!!!!”: Someone wants to say “hi”. #mochat http://t.co/1QUSuhFJ9:34 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

The Adobe version of SMac? Not sure that will happen, but would be interesting. For now dynamic link will have to do. #mochat9:35 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Correct Answer: Chris & Trish Meyer (of Chrish Design http://t.co/gLbqtqzs) were the 1st beta testers of #AdobeAe 20 years ago. #MoChat9:35 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

and blew my mind and played a huge role for me back when I was starting out #MoChat9:35 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

started with AE (CoSa+dongle) in 90-something. We called it Animateable photoshop cause you could keyframe the lensflare #mochat #metoo9:36 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I am making it a personal quest to get audio to play in a more obvious an intuitive way. #mochat9:36 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Register for Ask a Video Pro coming up in February: http://t.co/DEq2tzUw Two Decades of #AdobeAe: Chris & Trish Meyer #MoChat9:36 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

And still going strong.RT : Correct Answer: Chris & Trish Meyer (of Chrish Design http://t.co/qHo0lpkO) #AdobeAe #mochat9:36 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

That’s a big request. The Premiere / AE baby that’s like Autodesk Smoke. I like them separate. Would you merge PS and AI? #mochat9:36 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Whooot!! #mochat9:36 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Can’t remember first time I dove into but I think a computer shot lasers (beam) & friend firing fireball (lens flare) back. #mochat9:37 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

as long as its not a retarded baby that needs extra attention, im down #mochat9:37 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

If you could ask your motion graphics heroes anything – what would you ask? #MoChat9:37 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I’m just curious why people use space over RAM preview? #mochat9:38 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

PS and AI kissing cousins? hmm thats interesting. #mochat9:38 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Charles, I want to merge your two kids into one body. :p It would be too bloated. Not worth it. #mochat9:38 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

“Beers? Beers.” #beers #mochat9:38 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Because that’s what other applications use for playback, so it’s an expected behavior. #mochat9:39 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

How they stay motivated and what the first computer they owned was. #mochat9:39 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

i have your address. ill fedex them in 1 small box #mochat9:39 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

That’s how I see a Premiere / AE baby. Too much inter-cousin breeding. No good can come of it :p #mochat9:39 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

After learning Avid DS a friend suggested I start using AE. I told them I didnt have any ram left in my head. #mochat9:39 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

The #AdobeAe blog has a whole new look! Have you seen it yet? http://t.co/NxW1UHOp SO MANY resources in there! #MoChat9:39 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Which tools, plugins, and settings do you find yourself using/fiddling with most often? #mochat9:39 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Then why not make that a RAM preview? Or is it the immediate playback you wanted to cover? #mochat9:39 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

i would ask them if i could see their sketchbooks/idea pads #MoChat9:40 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Its like that disturbing X-files episode with the sheriff named Andy Griffin? and the inbreeding? ewwe #mochat9:40 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Since you folks help make Ae great for last 20 years – help shape Ae for the next 20! http://t.co/Qx7bQtkt goes straight to Todd 🙂 #mochat9:40 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

How often do you think about making things by hand? Frame by frame animations, blocking, and shots like the old school? #mochat9:40 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Could you add a simple way to customize shortcuts ? #mochat9:40 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I can’t be specific about what we might deliver in the future, but I will say that I like the way that you think. 😉 #mochat9:40 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : i would ask them if i could see their sketchbooks/idea pads #MoChat9:40 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Trapcode VCP and Mocha. RT : Which tools, plugins, and settings do you find yourself using/fiddling with most often? #mochat9:41 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I’m available for beta testing. 😉 #mochat9:41 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

We have about 20 minutes left of this amazing #MoChat. Get in on it if you haven’t already!9:42 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I’ll send you a message about that later. #mochat9:42 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

: We have about 20 minutes left of this amazing #MoChat. Get in on it if you haven’t already!”9:42 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I’d definitely ask about favourites, too. Colour, animal, flavour, place, camera move, etc. Things that I draw on myself. #mochat9:43 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

exactly and its easy.. hell I hit space in C4d and make markers all day long.. #ImAnIdiot.. #mochat9:43 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Here’s a bit of trivia: in 2001 Lynda Weinman put on the first (& only, as far as I know) conference dedicated to AE (“AE West”). #mochat9:43 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Man, time flies! #mochat9:43 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

So will all you fine Adobe folks be at NAB so we can attach a name to a face? #mochat9:43 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

with modern technology WE CAN ask our (living) motion graphics heroes all the questions! twitter FTW! #MoChat9:43 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I have a few to submit. #mochat9:43 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I’ll be there – I think its my 12th NAB #mochat9:44 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

For future releases, are you planning on keeping the ‘obsolete’ effect folder? Cause I still use those effects 😉 #mochat9:44 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I still use the default layout in AE all this time and only on 1 screen.. who uses custom layouts and 2 screens? #mochat9:44 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Could you add a simple way to customize shortcuts ? #mochat9:45 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

You’re not the only one. Though I mostly wonder when I switched to the graph editor. #mochat9:45 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Yep. #mochat9:45 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : with modern technology WE CAN ask our (living) motion graphics heroes all the questions! twitter FTW! #MoChat9:46 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I have a custom two-screen layout, but it’s mostly just moving the timeline to the second monitor. #mochat9:46 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

We generally try to keep old projects rendering the same when you open them in a new version. So they’ll likely stay. #mochat9:46 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

What was the name of the company that first started After Effects? #MoChat9:46 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

And don’t you use ScriptUI panels?! #mochat9:46 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

: I’m available for beta testing. 😉 #mochat” I think a lot of us are more than willing to be beta testers 🙂9:47 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Has any plugin ever been removed? #mochat9:47 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

COSA RT : What was the name of the company that first started After Effects? #mochat9:47 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

for example , , , and others. all fx heros of mine and right here 🙂 #MoChat9:47 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Well ok yes I have a few.. but thats standard right? 8) #mochat9:47 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

But if it’s in the Obsolete category, there’s a better way to do it… #mochat9:47 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

COSA. #mochat9:47 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

switching over to two screens soon #mochat9:48 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Excellent! Obsolete just sounds drab. Maybe “The Lost Ark” or something that sounds ancient and magical. #mochat9:48 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

YES! … and what did CoSA stand for? #MoChat9:48 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Yes. #mochat9:48 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I would ask them if I could have their brain after they die. Great graphic designers are a rarity! #MoChat9:48 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

company of science and art #MoChat9:48 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

We considered “slow and buggy” but no one liked that. 🙂 #mochat9:49 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I’d like to see the pic whip used outside of expressions just link all kinds of stuff with it. someone say nodes? #mochat9:49 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Company of Science and Art. #mochat9:49 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Damnit Charles! #mochat9:49 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Company of Sceince and art #mochat9:49 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Company of Science and Art #mochat9:49 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I have custom layouts for different projects. And always on two screens. #pamperedLife #mochat9:49 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

my google fu is stronger than yours paul! #mochat9:49 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

obsolete sounds like a challenge.. 8) #mochat9:49 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I wasn’t even Googling. I was just typing slow! #mochat9:50 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I feel so slow. #mochat9:50 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

About 10 minutes left of the Birthday #MoChat number 1!9:50 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

What are you doing now that is working for you? That your followers would like to know?#whatiwouldask #mochat inspired by 9:50 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

i didnt need to google i was just saying.. jeesh. oh, and HAHA #mochat9:50 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

It was the ‘Company of Science and Art’ banner hanging down here (in the AE offices) that made me realize that I belonged here. #mochat9:50 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

OK, nows the time in Post Chat where you tell us all the new features in AE Next 😀 #mochat9:50 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Correct! Company of Science & Art. #MoChat9:51 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I can see that testing poorly #mochat 🙂9:51 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Cosa in spanish means.. “something” #mochat9:51 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Late to the #mochat party. Wanted to drop in and give an obligatory sheep baaaaaaaaaaa!!9:51 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

we are, indeed, in the company of scientists & artists! #MoChat9:51 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

baaaaaaaaa #mochat9:51 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : we are, indeed, in the company of scientists & artists! #MoChat9:52 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

#baaaaaaaaaaa! #mochat9:52 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

damit you just gave me anxiety chills.. 8) baaaaa #mochat9:53 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Baaaaaaa baaaaaaa black sheep, have you any wool? #mochat9:53 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

That was always the salt in the would of an otherwise unhappy late night AE session. #bahhhh #mochat9:53 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : OK, nows the time in Post Chat where you tell us all the new features in AE Next 😀 #mochat9:53 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

baaaaaaababy #blacksheep #baaaaaaaaaaa #mochat9:53 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

would? wound. #typo #mochat9:53 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

hmm, it was the ‘Cookies of Sweet Aromas’ (in the AE offices) that made me realize that I belonged here. 😉 #mochat9:53 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

We’re doing feature numbers F4334, F1223, F934, & you’ll be really psyched about F87. #mochat9:54 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

I turned my render-fail sound in the sound of a bomb falling and exploding. #mochat9:54 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Nothing more frightening. #mochat9:54 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

my AEheroes #MoChat9:54 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Very few people have privilege of influencing entire industries & careers. Wish I could be a part of that. #mochat9:54 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

well yeah Harry.. if you did it right.. it WOULD not do that.. #baaaaaaaaa #mochat9:54 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

i think by providing feedback like this, you are doing just that Paul #mochat9:54 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Now to somehow get into your internal network and decipher those. #mochat9:55 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Ooooh! – they will LOVE F4334 – thats my fav for sure! #mochat9:55 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

well let’s thank that they didn’t do one of these: #mochat http://t.co/r9H831eu9:55 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Speaking of memories, here’s a great reference: Optimum Memory Settings for Best Performance in #AdobeAe http://t.co/QgYn0Hgg #MoChat9:55 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Hey, I requested a few of those :DRT : Were doing feature numbers F4334, F1223, F934, t F87. #mochat9:55 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

or one of these http://t.co/hQXsJCUT #mochat9:56 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

My first AE machine: http://t.co/qR3fe3Un #mochat9:56 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

One of these days I will master “Memory & Multiprocessing”. One of these days… #mochat9:56 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Three minutes left in #MoChat!9:57 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

One of these days, you won’t have to. #mochat9:57 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Nice! I remember those Quadras. 6 expansion slots, right? #mochat9:57 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

My hats off (if I wore one) to all the folks at Adobe. I really appreciate what you do. #mochat9:57 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Any words of advice to those just starting their AfterEffects journey? #mochat9:58 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

(This is going to be one long transcript to assemble & summarize…) #mochat9:58 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

just upgraded to Mac Pro with 32 gigs and SSD, and it is magical #mochat9:58 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

: Who are your heroes in motion graphics and visual fx? #MoChat9:58 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Happy Birthday AE.. next year I’ll take you out for your “first” beer.. 8) #mochat9:58 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

before i forget, a big thanks to for all the hard work and dedication they put into what they do #MoChat9:58 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

🙂 #mochat9:58 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

oh, and beer too #MoChat9:59 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

: My hats off (if I wore one) to all the folks at Adobe. I really appreciate what you do. #mochat” Same. Even if I complain…9:59 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : before i forget, a big thanks to for all the hard work and dedication they put into what they do #MoChat9:59 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Expressions: dive right in. Don’t be scared like I was. Self-fulfilling prophecy. #mochat10:00 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

The processor NuBus cards! Taking me back. #mochat10:00 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

we’ve been drinking since 18 #mochat10:00 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Thanks for joining us! #mochat10:00 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Thanks ALL for helping us celebrate the #AdobeAe 20th Anniversary! Follow & http://t.co/XV9wAOOm for ALL the festivities #MoChat10:00 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Thanks folks – always fun doing a mochat! Off to get me dinner 🙂 #mochat10:00 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Big ups to the whole team at ! Your work has made my whole life possible, allowing me to follow my dreams. #mochat10:01 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Big Electric Cat was Photoshop 4.0 (1996). 6 was Venus in Furs, which also had a cat. Also: I feel old. #mochat10:01 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

wow quadros and NuBus: it’s like I’m interning all over again #mochat10:01 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Making something out of nothing is awesome. Thanks for enabling me to to just that. #mochat10:01 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Swag winners will be announced shortly but we do have a little something for EVERYONE! Go to: http://t.co/JdCgkjUN to find yours! #MoChat10:02 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Big ups to the whole team at ! Your work has made my whole life possible, allowing me to follow my dreams. #mochat10:02 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

throw in ICEfx while yer at it. #mochat10:02 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Nice chatting, everyone. Now back to F4334. #mochat10:02 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Ohh thank you.. 8) #mochat10:02 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

This was my first time participating in #mochat had a great time. Thank you and #Happy20thBirthday10:03 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Truth RT : Big ups to the whole team at ! Your work has made my whole life possible, allowing me to follow my dreams. #mochat10:03 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Correct! Company of Science & Art. #MoChat10:03 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Wait. This is adorable. #mochat10:03 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Also notice in the pic – LAYERS before photoshop 😉 http://t.co/uUpxIezQ #mochat10:04 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Thank you for helping me find my speciality in film production! #mochat10:04 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

AE 1.0 box (still unopened)… #mochat http://t.co/xuNbME1p10:04 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

: One of these days, you won’t have to. #mochat” Amen.10:05 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Starting the after #mochat hangout. Lets talk about AE’s birthday and some C4D shall we 🙂10:05 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Thanks for coming out to tonight’s 20th birthday celebratory #MoChat!10:05 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

yeah man! the fact that this was put in and kept under wraps. Pretty freaking awesome! Must ram preview now. #mochat10:05 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

We’ll pour through the posts & come up with a transcript & Summary. Look for it tomorrow. #MoChat10:06 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : The #AdobeAe blog has a whole new look! Have you seen it yet? http://t.co/NxW1UHOp SO MANY resources in there! #MoChat10:06 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Congratulations to & for winning the #AdobeAe swag! Thanks for a wonderful #MoChat everybody!!!10:06 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Oh man. Lookit dat old QuickTime logo! #mochat10:06 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

And……….. #GOMAKESOMETHING!! #mochat10:06 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Time to #GoMakeSomething! Preferably with ! #MoChat10:06 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Hit me up if you are interested in the after #mochat hangout, and I can send you an invite.10:06 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Congratulations to & for winning the #AdobeAe swag! Thanks for a wonderful #MoChat everybody!!!10:06 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : AE 1.0 box (still unopened)… #mochat http://t.co/LTjUCLQl10:07 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Time to #GoMakeSomething! Preferably with ! #MoChat10:07 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

What?? omg!! thank you! #mochat10:07 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

And congrats to and for winning some swag! #mochat https://t.co/7BK3p0en10:07 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

RT : Time to #GoMakeSomething! Preferably with ! #MoChat10:08 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

: RT : AE 1.0 box (still unopened)… #mochat http://t.co/5bgOVupP#retro10:08 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

Missed the whole #MoChat tonight. Amazing how many people make their living on this one piece of software. Happy 20 10:08 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013

NOOOOOOOO he doesnt even like cake! #mochat10:08 PM ET Jan 15th, 2013