Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with compond effects, part of After Effects Apprentice: 08 Nesting and Precomposing.
- [Instructor] I'd like to conclude this section…on Render Order Exceptions by showing you…one more case where the way After Effects renders layers…may not be exactly what you expected.…I've opened up the composition Compound Effects.aep,…and I'm going to open up the one Compound Effects starter.…Here we have a pulley and a background layer.…Let's say our boss would like to use this pulley…as a textured embossed bug in one corner of the video.…I'm going to press the apostrophe to bring up the action…entitled Safe Grids, select my pulley,…tuck it down here, down in the very edge of Action Safe.…
Make sure it's not cropped off by the bezel of any old TV.…Type S for scale, sale down a little bit and position it…and you can do this to taste.…I'm going to go ahead and make it fairly innocuous…and put it down here in the corner like that.…And just for good measure, I'm going to add…an animation preset to it called Rotate over Time.…This is a behavior that automatically rotates a layer…as time marches on.…It's initial speed is a bit on the slow side.…
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.