Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the render order, part of After Effects Apprentice 08: Nesting and Precomposing.
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Trish Meyer: Sometimes when you are animating a layer, it seems like After Effects has a mind of its own.…That's because the program has a particular order in which it…performs operations.…It's called the rendering order.…By understanding the rendering order, you'll be able to achieve the look you…have to more quickly and less likely to have to compromise your design.…We'll first work through an example in frustration where we'll fail to achieve a…certain effect because we're only using one composition.…In the next movie, we'll work around the default render order by using two compositions.…
If you have the exercise files, go ahead and open this chapter's Project File.…It's called Render Order. And then open the first composition, which is…called basic order.…We are going to start off with this simple example.…So I just have one movie, one layer in this comp.…If you don't have the exercise files, go ahead and grab any movie you have handy.…I rendered a movie of what I'm trying to achieve just so you can visualize what…
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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