Join Mark Christiansen for an in-depth discussion in this video Easily set up a new composition, part of After Effects CC 2018 New Features.
- This first new feature is all about how you get started in After Effects, either with a new project or with a new composition. Most often you want composition settings that apply to frame rate, width and height, and duration to match the footage that the comp is based on. And After Effects has now made it much more obvious how to do this. Here's how After Effects looks the first time you open it. And this isn't the view that most of you will see when you start up After Effects.
But I'm starting here to demonstrate to you that this start menu is actually not part of this new feature. So in fact I'm going to close this and that reveals these two prominent icons here. Just close the libraries panel. And with everything closed up, it's pretty obvious where we're starting. Now, if I click on new composition, this is no different than starting a new comp would be in After Effects before. I would just make my choice of settings.
So really this is actually no different than just clicking the new composition icon that's been here at the bottom of the project panel for quite some time. But if I click on new composition from footage, now I'm taken to a dialogue where I'll just go up one level. I can pull in a clip and say open, and immediately I get a comp whose settings match that clip. So the clip is 23.976 frames per second. It has a specific duration and pixel size that are all matched in the comp settings automatically.
Now, of course you could do this before, but the way you did it was by pulling in a clip and then dragging it down to the new composition icon. So this saves you a step, and it also makes it much more obvious to less experienced users how to actually set this up properly. So, having seen that feature, there's a little bit more for me to show you. I'm going to double click in the project panel to re-open the import dialog and I'll go into this image sequence here.
Now, if I choose a file, down here in the options, I can make it a TIFF sequence, but just above it is a feature that hasn't been there before. It is this create composition check box that actually is going to replicate the same feature we just looked at. So with that checked, I'll choose open. And now I have a comp that matches the settings of that sequence. So even though I already had a new project going, I still have access to this new one click feature.
Now, one thing to be aware of with a sequence is that by default it's going to be imported at 30 frames per second by After Effects. For most people that's not actually the frame rate you want, it's just the default. So if you want to change that, this is just a reminder that you can go to preferences, import, and choose a different frame rate under sequence footage. Now, if you're ever bringing in a still image file, that will tend to use whatever were the last settings for your comp.
But for the most part, what you actually want to do is bring in a clip and match that. So maybe you're so used to dragging footage to the new composition icon that this feature doesn't seem to make a big difference, but everyone benefits from that check box in the import dialog that lets you create a composition automatically matching your footage in one click.
To keep you up-to-date on the latest additions to After Effects CC 2018, Mark will update the course when new features are released.