Easiest way to learn these programs?
June 5, 2014 4:37 PM Subscribe
I would love to learn Autodesk 3ds Max (my goal is to use it for 3d architectural and product visualization) and Adobe Premiere Pro (I need to study the technical aspects of editing and hopefully move on to other offline and online NLEs). I fear at this point in my life, it might be too late to embark on such career-changing endeavors, especially that the learning curves for both these programs are reputably steep. What is the easiest and best way to learn these programs, and can I do it on my own?
posted by omar.a to Education (5 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I am a late-twenties, early thirties designer who specializes in print design. I would love to add more software to my skill set, but I wonder if it is too late in the game to branch out into uncharted territory and invest time in something that potential employers would rather hire a young buck for. It is worth noting that in my own time, I have studied film theory, worked (and still working) on a personal (sociopolitical, controversial) documentary film, and would love to hone my editing skills because it remains a dream of mine to apply for a news/media production job (I think editing is a good entry point). That is where Premiere Pro comes into the picture: I have used it, but there are a lot of technical aspects that I have yet to study and understand. On the other hand, a close friend of mine is a 3d-visualization professional and has urged me time and again to learn 3ds Max because he believes I have the chops to hit the ground running, as do I. In both cases, my fear is that it is perhaps too late for me to embark on something so big and complex. My problem is that I have a lot of things I am passionate about and would work hard to excel at, but I think that at this point I should be already set for my chosen career path and it really scares me that I am so undecided. If you have any advice for me, I'd appreciate it.