How To Use After Effects Like A Boss! - No Plugins


Hey guys in this video I’m gonna show you how I customize my after effects work-space to increase my workflow and also which plugins and scripts I prefer the most and some other quick tips along the way so you guys can increase you're after effects workflow and use it like a BOSS!


Like always this after effects tutorial is available on YouTube with free access, detailed, simple and easy to follow up guidance.



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Q. What are ‘Compositions’ in After Effects?


A composition is a framework for a movie. Each composition has its own timeline. A typical composition includes multiple layers that represent components such as video and audio footage items, animated text and vector graphics, still images, and lights. You add a footage item to a composition by creating a layer for which the footage item is the source. You then arrange layers within a composition in space and time, and composite using transparency features to determine which parts of underlying layers show through the layers stacked on top of them.

A composition in After Effects is similar to a movie clip in Flash Professional or a sequence in Premiere Pro.


You render a composition to create the frames of a final output movie, which is encoded and exported to any number of formats.


Simple projects may include only one composition; complex projects may include hundreds of compositions to organize large amounts of footage or many effects.

In some places in the After Effects user interface, the composition is abbreviated as comp.

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Q. What are ‘Viewers’ in After Effects?


A viewer is a panel that can contain multiple compositions, layers, or footage items, or multiple views of one such item. The Composition, Layer, Footage, Flowchart, and Effect Controls panels are viewers.


Locking a viewer prevents the currently displayed item from being replaced when you open or select a new item. Instead, when a viewer is locked and a new item is opened or selected, After Effects creates a new viewer panel for that item. If you select the item from the viewer menu of a locked viewer, a new viewer isn't created; the existing viewer is used.


Instead of housing multiple items in a single viewer and using the viewer menu to switch between them, you can choose to open a separate viewer for each open composition, layer, or footage item. When you have multiple viewers open, you can arrange them by docking or grouping them, like any other panels.

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