Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Precomposing with Leave All attributes, part of After Effects Apprentice: 08 Nesting and Precomposing.
Trish Meyer: In the last movie, I took a boring gray apple and I used it as a matte and…filled it with a colorful movie.…Although I did end up with the look that I wanted, in this movie I'd like to…recommend a different workflow.…As a general rule, I do want to create a pre-comp with a track matte and the…fill all composited together.…That gives me the utmost flexibility so I can apply effects or keyframes to the…matte and the fills separately and in the main comp I can apply keyframes and…effects after the track matte has been composited.…
So if you are following along, I hope you didn't save the project, because we're…going to revert back to the original project.…And we are going to build it in a different way and that should bring me back…to exactly where I started with the Red Apple Starter comp and my boring gray apple.…So I'm working away and I have this great idea that I could make this apple…more interesting by adding a fill movie and let's just look at a couple of things here.…We have our composition, and you'll see it's five seconds long and it's a DV…
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.