I’m at a software crossroads right now. Not sure if I want to spend the time learning AVID, but then again, it’s the grownup version of After Effects, and I can combine my effects software with it, thus cutting out a lot of futzing around in Adobe. But AVID is also twice as expensive as the Adobe suite. Hmm.
I also want to learn Toon Boom, since that’s basically Flash and After Effects combined, and it’s the software that many studios use (if they don’t have proprietary software).
The strange thing about the animation industry is that all the tools and software packages are majorly expensive, but animators are not typically well-off. Something is not right with this equation.