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After Effects Apprentice 04: Layer Control
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Creating a new composition using sequence layers


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After Effects Apprentice 04: Layer Control

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer

Video: Creating a new composition using sequence layers

There is one more place where Sequence Layers pops up. Let's say you're going to create a new composition and you're going to do it by dragging your sources to this New Composition icon. If you know, you also will want to be sequencing those sources, you can go ahead and select your multiple sources, say my multiple tulips here. I'll select all of them, drag them to my New Composition icon, and I'll get some options, including the ability to set the duration, such as 5 seconds a duration, whether or not I want a Single Comp or Multiple Comp.
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  1. 3m 20s
    1. Overview
      1m 20s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 0s
  2. 23m 19s
    1. Stacking and sliding layers
      5m 23s
    2. Trimming layers in the Timeline panel
      5m 45s
    3. Trimming in the Layer panel
      3m 31s
    4. Pre-trimming and inserting layers from the Footage panel
      3m 20s
    5. Slip editing
      5m 20s
  3. 12m 13s
    1. Applying sequence layers to footage
      4m 45s
    2. Using sequence layers with objects
      2m 14s
    3. Example: Sequence layers and photographs
      2m 20s
    4. Creating a new composition using sequence layers
      1m 35s
    5. Understanding the importance of layer order
      1m 19s
  4. 17m 20s
    1. Looping footage
      3m 15s
    2. Importing a sequence of still images
      4m 30s
    3. Using Time Stretch vs. altering frame rates
      3m 23s
    4. Frame blending
      6m 12s
  5. 19m 1s
    1. Overview of blending modes
      7m 5s
    2. Combining modes and effects
      4m 45s
    3. Why apply effects to solids?
      7m 11s
  6. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Effects & Presets panel
      5m 3s
    2. Applying presets
      5m 34s
    3. Working with behaviors
      3m 2s
    4. Creating and saving presets
      8m 23s
  7. 7m 55s
    1. Importing Photoshop files with layer styles
      4m 7s
    2. Applying layer styles inside After Effects
      3m 48s
  8. 9m 27s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      3m 17s
    2. Working with adjustment layers and alpha channels
      3m 14s
    3. Applying a filmic glow treatment
      2m 56s
  9. 6m 50s
    1. Quizzler challenges
      1m 16s
    2. Quizzler solution one: Pyrotechnic composite
      3m 7s
    3. Quizzler solution two: Sequenced fades
      2m 27s
  10. 11m 51s
    1. Idea corner one: Adjustment layer shapes
      1m 55s
    2. Idea corner two: Creating a traveling glass bar
      4m 12s
    3. Idea corner three: Creating sequences from filmstrips
      5m 44s
  11. 27m 23s
    1. Looping footage by crossfading
      5m 20s
    2. Working with effect point paths
      5m 12s
    3. Brainstorming
      7m 19s
    4. Working with pixel aspect ratios
      9m 32s

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After Effects Apprentice 04: Layer Control
2h 40m Beginner Feb 23, 2011 Updated Nov 15, 2012

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In this installment of After Effects Apprentice, Chris Meyer focuses on ways to edit and enhance layers in After Effects. Through a series of Quizzler challenges and Idea Corner examples, Chris shares alternative ways to employ modes, sequencing, and adjustment layers, while special sidebar movies cover the subjects of creating seamless loops, animating effects points, understanding pixel aspect ratios, and employing Brainstorm to explore the variety of different looks that effects can create. The course also covers tricks for enhancing boring footage and tips for converting scans into moving sequences. Exercise files are included with the course.

The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.

Topics include:
  • Sliding and trimming
  • Slip-editing and insert-editing layers
  • Employing blending modes to enhance layers and composites
  • Applying, modifying, and saving animation presets and layer styles
  • Using adjustment layers to affect multiple layers
  • Experimenting with effects using Brainstorm
  • Understanding pixel aspect ratios
Subjects:
Video Motion Graphics Visual Effects
Software:
After Effects
Authors:
Chris Meyer Trish Meyer

Creating a new composition using sequence layers

There is one more place where Sequence Layers pops up. Let's say you're going to create a new composition and you're going to do it by dragging your sources to this New Composition icon. If you know, you also will want to be sequencing those sources, you can go ahead and select your multiple sources, say my multiple tulips here. I'll select all of them, drag them to my New Composition icon, and I'll get some options, including the ability to set the duration, such as 5 seconds a duration, whether or not I want a Single Comp or Multiple Comp.

I want them all in the Single Composition, and I want to sequence them, which I do. Sequence Layers, Overlap. I'll set a duration of just 1 second in this case. Again they're full frame, so I'll Dissolve Front Layer. Click OK. And a brand new comp has been created for me, where they all have been pre-trimmed to 5 seconds, the duration I set. You see the duration here. And they've automatically been sequenced to go through this nice crossfading. So I've got a nice sequence of my flowers.

So that makes editing really fast and easy. If you have a bunch of sources and you're just creating say a bunch of logos, a bunch of photos, some sort of slideshow, you can do it literally in a couple clicks and a drag, as opposed to having you do a lot of hand editing to get the arrangement that you want in time.

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