OK - Just came back from MAX - first time, just learning,

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OK - Just came back from MAX - first time, just learning,
I want to use After Effects for creating some animation. Absolutely gone brain dead on how to get started. I want to go into the preset animation backgrounds, capture one of the presets and import to my workspace.  ????  My goal is to capture and manipulate the preset animation to look like flow in a pipeline.
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