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Duplicating precomps

From: After Effects Apprentice 15: Creating a Sports Opening Title

Video: Duplicating precomps

If you remember, in the final animation we actually had three video screens, the Skater, the Glider, and the Windsurfer. Now that we have done all this work with the Skater movie, it's very simple to create duplicate comps for the other two video panels. I will bring the Project panel forward. We've actually provided in the Finished Comps folder, inside the Precomps folder, all the duplicate comps that you will need. For instance, here is the Skater_ finished comp and the Reflection, the Glider and the Glider Reflection, the Windsurfer and the Windsurfer Refection.

Duplicating precomps

If you remember, in the final animation we actually had three video screens, the Skater, the Glider, and the Windsurfer. Now that we have done all this work with the Skater movie, it's very simple to create duplicate comps for the other two video panels. I will bring the Project panel forward. We've actually provided in the Finished Comps folder, inside the Precomps folder, all the duplicate comps that you will need. For instance, here is the Skater_ finished comp and the Reflection, the Glider and the Glider Reflection, the Windsurfer and the Windsurfer Refection.

But if you are creating these elements with your own footage or just curious how we created these duplicate comps, let me show you how easy that is. I will return to the Skater comp that's in the MyPrecomps folder, and I will duplicate it. You can use the shortcut Command+D on Mac, Ctrl+D on Windows, or use Edit > Duplicate and that creates a duplicate called Skater 2. I will double-click to open it--and this is an exact duplicate of the skater com--and all we really need to do is just replace the skater movie with a different movie.

Now remember, we did apply effects to this. Press E for Effects. We have Cartoon and CC Composite. So we don't want to just delete this layer and add a new movie. We need to replace the Skater movie but retain all the effects. To do that I'll select the Skater layer, and then I'll choose the movie I want to use instead. Let's say, it's going to be the Glider movie. I will select Glider in the Project panel. I will press the Option key on Mac, Alt key on Windows, and drag and drop the Glider movie just anywhere in the comp and it will replace the Skater movie.

I can press E for Effects, and you can see the effects applied. If you are having trouble with this, by the way, and you end up with the Glider movie sitting on top, it might be because your timing is just a little off. Again, select the Skater layer, find the Windsurfer movie. What I mean by that is when you select a layer to replace and you press the Option key--let's say I go back to the Skater--you need to drag and drop, and only after you see it being replaced, you release the Option key. So remember, don't release the Option or Alt key and release the mouse at exactly the same time. Let me undo.

We will go back to the Glider. I will press Command+K and we will rename this. Let's called it MyGlider and click OK. Now of course, at this point you might want to tweak your Cartoon Effect and make any other adjustments, because each piece of footage will look different and will react a little differently to whatever effects you are using. But let's just move on. I can now create another pre-comp in exactly the same way, Command+D to Duplicate, open Skater 2, and this will be called MyWindsurfer, just to differentiate it.

Press the Option or Alt key and drop it in and then release the Option or Alt key. And again, it tweaks the Cartoon Effect or whatever effects you are using. And remember, you can also adjust the layer, resize it, and so on. When you are done, you should have three video panel pre-comps that you can use when assembling the main composition.

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  1. 3m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 0s
  2. 17m 38s
    1. Building the grid floor
      8m 48s
    2. Creating a radar sweep
      5m 13s
    3. Adding lightning
      3m 37s
  3. 14m 18s
    1. Building the video panel
      4m 34s
    2. Using the Block Dissolve effect
      3m 52s
    3. Stylizing the footage
      2m 15s
    4. Duplicating precomps
      3m 37s
  4. 21m 22s
    1. Importing Illustrator files
      5m 47s
    2. Working with paths and masks
      4m 54s
    3. Animating the Stroke effect
      4m 20s
    4. Tinting the event names
      2m 42s
    5. Wiggling the rings
      3m 39s
  5. 33m 35s
    1. Starting a new composition
      1m 48s
    2. Spotting music
      5m 55s
    3. Building the floor
      5m 27s
    4. Adding a video panel
      3m 40s
    5. Creating a reflection
      7m 47s
    6. Adding the dial
      4m 7s
    7. Arranging the frame
      4m 51s
  6. 9m 22s
    1. Setting up the final pose
      4m 28s
    2. Keyframing the camera
      4m 54s
  7. 14m 39s
    1. Adding a text layer
      5m 16s
    2. Using text animation presets
      3m 16s
    3. Customizing the preset
      6m 7s
  8. 6m 56s
    1. Adding a Spot light
      3m 41s
    2. Casting shadows
      3m 15s
  9. 12m 7s
    1. Improving consistency
      2m 43s
    2. Adding a 2D background
      4m 29s
    3. Tying up loose ends
      4m 55s
  10. 20m 37s
    1. Overview of Main Comp 2
      3m 32s
    2. Grouping layers
      4m 39s
    3. Animating the swivel
      9m 2s
    4. Assembling the final comp
      3m 24s
  11. 25m 56s
    1. Adding a transition
      7m 0s
    2. Keyframing the camera
      3m 20s
    3. Adding a filmic glow
      4m 0s
    4. Increasing the motion blur
      4m 2s
    5. Retiming a video source
      7m 34s
  12. 13m 4s
    1. Exploring render settings
      2m 48s
    2. Outputting for archiving
      1m 15s
    3. Outputting anamorphic widescreen DV
      1m 57s
    4. Creating a 4:3 center-cut version
      2m 31s
    5. Outputting for web
      2m 23s
    6. Exploring components for editors
      2m 10s
  13. 12m 49s
    1. Creating the inner ring
      5m 19s
    2. Creating the outer ring
      3m 9s
    3. Creating the text ring
      4m 21s

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