Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Quizzler solution 2: Picture in Picture, part of After Effects Apprentice 08: Nesting and Precomposing.
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Chris Meyer: Your second Quizzler challenge was how to create a nice picture-in-picture…hierarchy with the contents of your inset precomp.…We may have a lot of things going on, for example, we have effects applied, we…have an animation path going on.…Maybe we need to center a talking head inside the picture in picture window.…What is a nice simple hierarchy to create this?…Well, there is more than one solution.…But I think the solution we came up with might be something you hadn't thought of.…Remember compositions do not need to be the size of your footage.…They do not need to be the size of your final render.…
They only need to be the size of the element that you need to work with.…So in this case, we created a small 200x200 pixel comp, the size of our final…inset into our file composition, and used that to go ahead and crop it down…whatever we put inside this composition.…Now it's very simple for us to apply effects and animate effects, to go ahead…and animate the position of this layer.…Our only concern is that there's good image area inside this small 200x200 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