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A Quick Tour of Adobe After Effects >  Setting up a composition

Setting up a composition

The next step when working in After Effects is to set up a composition. A composition provides the framework for you to add, arrange, and animate your footage. Compositions exist only within a project. You can have multiple compositions in a project; you can even have compositions within compositions. When you set up a composition, you establish the layout, including frame size, duration, and resolution for your final output.

Each footage file you add to a composition becomes a layer that you can animate and manipulate with effects. At any time, you can change any aspect of the composition. For example, you can delete or replace a footage item, adjust an effect or animation setting, or even change the duration for your final output. Remember, the animations you create in After Effects are reversible; everything is adjustable. For more information on Compositions, see Chapter 4 in the Adobe After Effects 4.0 User Guide.


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