Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and animating a map composition, part of After Effects Apprentice: 08 Nesting and Precomposing.
Chris Meyer: Now that I have my three individual city plates, I'm going to return to the…Selection tool and place these on a map.…Inside your Sources folder is a map at a pretty good resolution 1480x960, larger…than the standard definition video comps we're creating.…As you saw in the previous chapter it's good to go ahead and create elements…that are bigger than you need so that you can pan around on them and do other…tricks with them later on.…I'll click on this USA map and drag it again to my new composition icon.…
It'll create from the composition that is the same size as this map.…I'm going to go ahead and change this down to fit up to 100% and auto resolution…so I can see it all on my screen at once.…I'll also drag the USA map comp up into my Comps folder to keep…everybody together.…Now that I have this map I can drag my cities on top of this map.…I'll grab City 1, which was Denver, and drag it on top of Colorado.…City 2, which is Dallas, and put it in its proper place, and I'll grab City 3,…
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.