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Lesson 7. Special Effects for Film > Setting preferences

Setting preferences

Before you get started, set a few preferences that will come in handy during the lesson.

  1. Choose File > Preferences > Time, set the Display Style to Frames, and enter 1 for "Start Numbering Frames At." Do not click OK just yet.

    All the time rulers will display in frame numbers instead of SMTPE timecode, and the first frame in the composition is numbered 0001 instead of 0000.

  2. In the Preferences menu, choose Display. Select Disable thumbnails in project window.

    If you select this option, After Effects doesn't generate thumbnail previews in the Project window, so you'll save time on screen redraw if you are working with high-resolution files.

  3. Select Auto-Zoom When Resolution Changes.

    This option will resize the window to match the resolution. For example, when you choose Quarter Resolution, the Magnification changes to 25%.

  4. Select Synchronize Time of All Related Items.


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    Since you will be creating a lot of different compositions, this option helps to synchronize the current-time marker in all related open compositions.

  5. Click OK to close the Display Preferences dialog box.


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