Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Previewing, part of After Effects Apprentice 01: Pre-Roll.
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After you have been working in your composition for a while, there comes a point…where you will want to preview it and then eventually render it to disk.…There are a few different ways to preview. The most obvious way is usually not…the way you want to do it. For example, if you just press the Spacebar, After…Effects will start calculating frames from the Current Time Indicator forward,…then attempt to play back the calculated frames in real time.…The problem with this is that it calculates your entire composition, and if…you have a really long comp--maybe a few minutes--you may not want to play…through the whole thing.…You may want to play through only an isolated segment.…
The better way to preview is to make sure your Preview panel is open, reveal…enough of it to see this Preview button in the upper-right corner, and select RAM…Preview. The shortcut is pressing the 0 key on the extended numeric keypad.…This also tells After Effects:…calculate all of the frames, store them into RAM, so you can play them back…
After Effects Apprentice is created by Trish and Chris Meyer and designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice.
- Understanding the user interface
- Customizing the user interface
- Importing sources, including using Adobe Bridge
- Managing compositions
- Previewing work
- Rendering (exporting) a creation