Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Nesting and animating a precomp, part of After Effects Apprentice 08: Nesting and Precomposing.
Chris Meyer: I've created this special extra wide composition with eight copies of this…Muybridge sequence aligned and distributed across the comp.…Now I need to create my final composite that will include this as an element.…I'll select my Comps folder to make sure any new comps get sorted into that folder.…Go to New Composition and remember it's my previous settings, but in this case,…I need my final comp just to be standard definition DV size.…So I'll select that preset, which automatically selects my Width, Height, Aspect…Ratio, and Frame Rate.…
This is my old duration of 10 seconds, but let's say I know I need this final…comp to only be 6 seconds long.…Finally, I'll give it a name that make sense like Figures Main and click OK.…There's a couple of ways of including or nesting this composition I've created…into my main or final composition.…One way is to treat it just like footage.…You can go ahead and drag it into the Comp panel, drag it on to the Timeline…panel, or in the Project panel, you can just go ahead and drag it right on top of…
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
Q: This course was updated on 11/29/2012. What changed?
A: We added a new chapter, "Render Order Exceptions." It contains four new movies: Continuous rasterization, The Transform effect, Collapse transformations, and Compound effects. We also added a movie that shows our premium subscribers how to use the exercise files, including the new exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.