Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the render order, part of After Effects Apprentice: 08 Nesting and Precomposing.
- [Instructor] Sometimes when you're 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're after 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're going to start off with a 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 we're trying to do…
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.