Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing the precomp, part of After Effects Apprentice: 08 Nesting and Precomposing.
Chris Meyer: Now one problem with my current arrangements of layers is that all of these…individual sequences are doing exactly the same thing.…It makes it very obvious that they all came from the same source.…To me that's little uninteresting.…It would be better perhaps if they were staggered to give the impression that…they're either different points in time or something else similar to that.…Well, we can do that.…We just need to edit their timings back in their original composition or their precomp.…There's a few ways of going back to that comp.…I can just click on its tab in Timeline panel.…I can select it from the pop-up along the top of the Comp panel.…
Go back to my main. Or I can double- click that layer inside the comp and it will…open up the source composition, the precomp, inside it's own original Timeline and Comp panels.…Now Adobe does play with the behavior of double-clicking a comp.…There have been some versions of After Effects that opened it up in the Layer panel.…But in version CS4 through CS5.5 double- clicking opens up that comp's original panels.…
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.