Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Building an extra-wide composition, part of After Effects Apprentice: 08 Nesting and Precomposing.
- [Narrator] Let's open up our first exercise file.…I'll go to File, Open Project,…and if you have the exercise files…that came with this lesson,…select AEA_Nesting_1-Grouping.aep.…If instead you're working from a book…After Effects Apprentice Second Edition,…we're in Lesson Six,…and you'll want to open up…the project file 06_Nesting_1.aep.…I'll click Open, and let's see where we're going with this.…I'm going to open up Finished Movie,…double click Human Main_final,…which will open it in its Footage panel.…
If you're using After Effects CS4,…hold Option on Mac or Alt on Windows and double click…to get it in this panel,…and I'll press 0 on the numeric keypad to run preview.…What I have here is multiple copies of this image sequence…of the Muybridge Man walking,…all moving as a group across my screen.…I could duplicate this clip multiple times…and animate each one individually,…but that's just asking for trouble,…particularly if the client…wants to change the speed later on,…I want to scale 'em up or scale 'em down, et cetera.…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Grouping layers by nesting and precomposing
- Identifying and solving render order issues
- Navigating composition hierarchies
- Editing a precomp while viewing the result in another composition
- Preserving the frame rate of a nested composition
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 11/29/2012. What changed?
A: We added a new chapter, "Render Order Exceptions." It contains four new movies: Continuous rasterization, The Transform effect, Collapse transformations, and Compound effects. We also added a movie that shows our premium subscribers how to use the exercise files, including the new exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.