Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating composition hierarchies, part of After Effects Apprentice 08: Nesting and Precomposing.
- [Instructor] Once you've built a complex hierarchy of…compositions, the challenge of course is…how do you navigate between those comps,…and how do you see how they're 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 pop-up at the top…of the composition panel to also jump quickly…to individual comps.…However, if you haven't opened 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 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 a composition we currently have open,…Locations Main, and shows what flows into and out of…this composition.…I can click on these arrows to navigate up and down…
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
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