Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using precomposing to rewire the render order, part of After Effects Apprentice: 08 Nesting and Precomposing.
- [Instructor] In the previous movie,…we fixed the problem with the visual rendering order…by using two compositions.…We nested one composition into a second,…and then we could pick and choose…which attributes rendered in which comp.…That was a fairly simple example.…Now we could fix it with nesting,…because our first composition only had one layer in it.…But that's not a very real world example.…So in this movie,…I'd like to show you how to fix a similar problem…using precompose instead of nesting.…
I'm still using the render order project…and if you have any comps open,…let's close them all up…by selecting Close All from the composition panel.…The comp I want to open…is in the Render Example 2 folder,…and it's called Circle.…All round preview.…So what we have here is the same movie…we were using earlier.…It's been masked…and we have a number of effects applied to it.…And there's a title and a background movie.…
The problem I'm having with this movie…is that I've masked it into a perfect circle…but the effects I've applied…
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.