Just got access to both Premiere Pro and After Effects (yes, thanks to the magic of the internet), but I've had no instruction or even a manual. Are there any books, websites or programs that will go over the absolute basics and then expand from there?
hmmm... I would suggest the "Classroom in a Book" series for both programs. Then hang out on the Creativecow.net forums to ask any questions you'll still have.
just don't tell those guys you didn't buy it. some of them are pretty hardcore about that shit. And I agree about the Classroom in a Book series. Good shit.