Working on a new logo animation for CGM. Got an AE template from Videohive.net and then modified it. Definitely takes away the super long hours and is cheaper than just contracting it out. Is that a plug for Videohive? Meh, first time using them, and it works for me.
Which, in a creative sense, I think is good if you are a project manager/ producer/ editor who has no staff, or a tiny staff, or at least, a staff that's really a JV or B-team. Either way, you still have to make another's labor work for you and your project and your client.
Plus, anything that can get you into someone else's workflow and shake up your own (which leads to making your own workflow better and perhaps streamlined) is a good thing.