Last Friday for lunch (the 15 mins that I had between a lab and a meeting), I suddenly badly wanted to eat “dholl purris”. While queueing up before getting served, I heard an “interesting” conversation.
Guy 1: “Do you have Adobe – After Effects”
Guy 2: “Got version X.”
Guy 1: “I’m looking for the latest version.”
Guy 2: “Only got a trial version for that” (in other words, don’t have the cracked version. It’s a great software, but haven’t tried it yet.
For those who’ve never heard of Adobe After Effects, it’s a very powerful (and expensive) software for doing post-production of videos that meant to be used by professionals. The guys I saw were far from being movie professionals – just amateurs who are having a go at launching the software, and clicking once or twice. It sounds cool to be using After Effects but pirating a software just to use less than 5% of its abilities is insane!!!
If you want to learn Video Editing, try jahshaka. It’s free and open-source but please don’t go pirating software just for the fun of it. Here in Mauritius, we have a culture of “pirating” software like in many third world countries I presume. It’s kind of normal to do that! The main arguements are: “Anyway it’s far too expensive – how can I affort that!” or pirating software is the only way to allow us to have access to powerful computer tools.
Both of these are bullshit. Many software are now available free (and some as openSource) where you will not need to spend a penny and still be able to use great software. So why pirate? Just to brag that you are using a pro-software. Forme it only shows your stupidity.