Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating composition hierarchies, part of After Effects Apprentice 08: Nesting and Precomposing.
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Chris Meyer: Once you've build a complex hierarchy of compositions, the challenge of…course is how do you navigate between those comps and how do you see how they…are interconnected.…If you already know what comps are connected together, of course, you can just…click on their tabs along the top of the timeline panel to quickly jump between them.…You can also use the popup at the top of the Composition panel to also jump quickly…to individual comps.…However, if you haven't open up a project in a while or you've been handed a…project from somebody else or it's just very late at night, you might forget how…layers are interconnected.…
Throughout this lesson you probably have seen us use the…composition mini-flowchart.…If we have either of the Composition or Timeline panels open and just…briefly tap the Shift key, this little flowchart will pop up right where our cursor is.…It will start with the composition we currently have open, Locations Main, and…shows what flows into and out of this composition.…
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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