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Replacing the hero's placeholder

From: After Effects Apprentice 16: Creating a Medical Opening Title

Video: Replacing the hero's placeholder

Okay, here is the payoff and the reason we created placeholders first. Go back to your project panel, select the Hero + Tile comp you've been creating, bring forward your Final Comp, select that Hero shot that is currently just a solid placeholder, then hold Cmd+Opt on Mac or Ctrl+Alt on Windows and press the forward slash key, that replaces the selected layer in the timeline with the selected layer in the project panel. And you'll see that the yellow layer has been replaced with our end video and title.

Replacing the hero's placeholder

Okay, here is the payoff and the reason we created placeholders first. Go back to your project panel, select the Hero + Tile comp you've been creating, bring forward your Final Comp, select that Hero shot that is currently just a solid placeholder, then hold Cmd+Opt on Mac or Ctrl+Alt on Windows and press the forward slash key, that replaces the selected layer in the timeline with the selected layer in the project panel. And you'll see that the yellow layer has been replaced with our end video and title.

If I drag my current time indicator through here, you'll see it's picked up the camera's animation and we land perfectly centered on that piece of video. I think I'll just do a quick RAM preview here, B to start my work area before the Hero enters and to end it just after that, I'll keep a RAM preview and I might jump a little bit forward in time so you don't have to watch this whole render, we'll just see when it's done. (music playing) Pretty nice and if you want to see it in full resolution, I'll go to 1 View, preview again.

(music playing) Okay, it's coming together nicely. Now that we have one video done, we can turn our attention to the other supporting videos. Before you go any further, I would save your work again, or even better, I would go to File>Increment and Save just to start a brand new version number so that if you want to go back in time after you've completed this move, you can do that without having to undo a bunch of work.

It'll increment the name of my project to number two.

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