Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a composition, part of After Effects Apprentice: 02 Basic Animation.
Before we make a new composition, I'm going to select the Comps folder.…That way the new comp I create will automatically be sorted inside this folder.…Now there are various ways of making a new comp:…you can go under the Composition menu, select New Composition, or use the…shortcut, Command+N on Mac, Ctrl+N on Windows.…I'd like to use the button at the bottom of the Project panel:…Create a new Composition.…Whichever method you use, the Composition Settings dialog will open.…Now the first thing we'll want to do is give our composition a useful name.…
No, Comp 1 is not useful name.…So let's call this First Animation.…You'll notice the composition dialog has two tabs:…Basic and Advanced.…We'll look at some of the advanced features later in this series.…For now, let's just focus on the Basic tab.…Here is where you select the Width, Height, Pixel Aspect Ratio, and Frame Rate,…and these settings can all be saved as a preset.…You'll notice there's a lot of presets that are already included in After Effects, for…
After Effects Apprentice is created by Trish and Chris Meyer and designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- Starting a project from scratch
- Building a composition
- Arranging and transforming layers interactively and numerically
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Applying and re-using effects
- Creating variations and rendering the final movie
- Importing layered Photoshop files
- Understanding alpha channels
- Avoiding common mistakes
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/09/2012. What changed?
A: We added new movies on using the exercise files that come with this course, and working with the Global Performance Cache in After Effects CS6. We have also added exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.
Q: This course was updated on 11/07/2016. What changed?
A: We updated eight movies to stay up to date with the latest changes in After Effects CC.