Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Edit this, look at that, part of After Effects Apprentice 08: Nesting and Precomposing.
Chris Meyer: We've demonstrated earlier in this lesson how nice it was to be able to build a…hierarchy of compositions,…navigate through it back to earlier comps, and make changes,…such as changing cities to say locations.…I press Enter, tap Shift, navigate back up my hierarchy to Locations Main, and now…that one change I made earlier in my chain has rippled all the way through it to the end of my chain.…In addition to this live behavior of precomps or where changer to them ripple…throughout your whole hierarchy,…there's another After Effects referred to as Edit This, Look at That.…
The ability to edit a parameter in a precomp while viewing a different…comp later in the chain.…There's a few different ways to take advantage of it.…Let me show them to you.…I am going to go back to my Selection tool and let's say that I want to change…the color of these plates to better harmonize with the map behind.…Well, normally if I instruct MyPlate, I've lost my map.…If I go ahead and press F3 to open the Effects Control panel and still I…
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.