Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Precomposing to group layers, part of After Effects Apprentice 08: Nesting and Precomposing.
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Trish Meyer: In the next couple of chapters I'll show you how to use the pre-compose option.…If you have the exercise files, go ahead and open the pre-composed_1_Move project.…In the next chapter, we'll use the second project called pre-compose leave.…When you open the project, it's very simple.…There's only one composition called wiredfruit. I'll open that and inside this…composition there are five layers.…The top layer is a 3D animation of a wireframe apple and layers two and three…are a title layer and a subtitle.…
And in the background we have two movies that are blended together.…If I select the top three layers and press E for effects, you can see that I have…the Drop Shadow effect applied to all three layers. Of course because I have…three different Drop Shadow effects,…every time I update the drop shadow on the Apple I have to make sure, I copy and…paste the same settings to the other two layers.…So it might not be the most efficient way of working, but it does allow me to…keep things simple and do the animation in one comp.…
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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