Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploriong continuous rasterization, part of After Effects Apprentice 08: Nesting and Precomposing.
- [Instructor] In the past few movies,…we've been focusing on the internal render order…that After Effects uses when calculating…each layer.…Normally it's mask, followed by effects,…followed by transformations,…and if you have it applied, followed by layer styles…which happen last in this chain.…You can not drag and reorder these processing steps…but you can use precompositions to divide up…parts of the rendering task.…For example, do an effect and a precomp…then move to a final comp…and perform additional transformations…and masking et cetera.…
Understanding this render order goes a long ways…towards demistifying what After Effects is doing…when it creates a composite.…However, After Effects does not always follow…this rendering order…and these exceptions are what we're going to focus on…in the next few movies.…We're still in the composition render order.aep,…close all compositions you may have opened previously,…then open up the comp render example three restorization.…The biggest exception is something called…
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.