Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Managing compositions, part of After Effects Apprentice: 01 CC Pre-Roll.
- [Voiceover] In this movie, we're going to talk about…what a composition is,…and show you a little bit about…how to navigate its panels on After Effects.…First thing I'm going to do is close the Footage panel…that I'd opened in the previous movie.…You'll see that some panels…still have a small X to close them,…but all panels have an Options menu…that allow you to close that panel.…A composition is two things.…It is your visual display of your combination…of different footage items,…your different assets in your project,…and it's also a timeline…where you can sequence these assets over time,…have them turn on, turn off,…animate across the screen, et cetera.…
There's a couple different ways…to create a brand new composition.…I can go to the Composition menu and choose New Composition.…There's also a new comp button…down at the bottom of the Project panel.…And indeed, a common way of creating a composition…is to select a piece of footage…that might be your main background in your comp,…and drag it onto that New Composition icon.…
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