Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video More on precomps and effects, part of After Effects Apprentice 08: Nesting and Precomposing.
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Trish Meyer: When you create a track matte composite in a pre-comp, you'll have a lot more…flexibility from applying effects.…For example, I can apply effects to the matte and fill separately in the…pre-comp and I could also apply effects in the main comp after the track matte…has been composited. And that's extremely useful for effects like drop shadows as…well as any of the displacement effects like our Turbulent Displace.…I don't have to do anything fancy to distort the track matte composite.…And of course, I could also apply it fill. only to the wireframe apple or only to the…I have all that flexibility.…
With some effects, it may not matter where you apply the effect.…Let's just say I want to change the color of the fill movie.…If I'm in the pre-comp and I want to change the color, I could apply an effect…to the fill, but I think there's a slight advantage to applying it in the next level…up in my main comp. That's because I like to keep as many attributes as…possible at the top level.…
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- Grouping layers by nesting and pre-composing
- 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