Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing and interpreting footage, part of After Effects Apprentice: 01 CC Pre-Roll.
- As we mentioned earlier,…all of the footage items you wish to use inside your project…are imported into your project panel.…These assets are not actually copied into your project file.…It's just that the project, and I'll press tilde…to reveal all of its columns,…has a link to each asset that you want to use…in the project.…That saves a lot of space.…To import a new asset, a new footage item,…you can double-click in a blank space…in the project panel,…or use the traditional File - Import - File,…Command + I on Mac, Control + I on Windows.…
This will open up the normal file dialog…for your operating system.…And you can select one or more files…to import into your project.…For example, I'll go ahead and Command or Control click…an additional item, click open, and these will be imported…into my project panel.…Since I did not have a folder selected,…they're floating loose inside here…and sorted alphabetically,…I'll delete them, choose what folder I want them…to go into and do Command or Control I again.…In the case of After Effects,…
If you are still using a pre–Creative Cloud version of After Effects, such as CS6, we suggest you watch After Effects Apprentice 01: CS Pre-Roll instead. There have been numerous changes to the After Effects interface, especially in the area of previewing.
- Understanding what's where in After Effects CC
- Customizing the user interface
- Importing sources, including essential settings
- Managing compositions and composition hierarchies
- Previewing work
- Rendering (and exporting) an After Effects project