Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using common elements, part of After Effects Apprentice 08: Nesting and Precomposing.
- [Instructor] If you have access…to the exercise files that came with this project,…open up the comp, AEA Nesting 2 dash common.…If instead you are working out of our book,…After Effects Apprentice Second Edition,…we are in lesson six.…Open up the comp, oh six C dash Nesting 2 dot AEP.…Select this, click open, and like with the previous chapter,…we're going to open up the finished movie folder,…and watch a movie of the result we are trying to obtain.…Here you see we have a simple move on a map…that is larger in our original composition,…and three plates with different cities on them…are popping up over time.…
Notice that those backing plates are identical…for each of the cities.…Whenever you have a common design element…that you will be using repeatedly inside a project,…it's a great idea if you can create just one of them,…and then point back to that one original,…rather than re-create it from scratch…every single time you need another one.…That way, if you need to make a change…to that basic template element,…
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.