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Chapter 4. Compositions > Creating Compositions

Creating Compositions

A composition contains layers of footage, and describes how you arrange them in space and time. This section explains how to create a composition; the following section describes how to choose specific settings that define a composition's spatial and temporal attributes.

To create a new composition:

1.
Do one of the following things:

Choose Composition > New Composition (Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1. Choose Composition > New Composition, or simply press Command-n (Mac) or Ctrl-n (Windows)…


or

Press Command-n (Mac) or Ctrl-n (Windows).

or

At the bottom of the Project window, click the Composition button (Figure 4.2).

Figure 4.2. …or click the Composition button at the bottom of the Project window.


A Composition Settings dialog box appears (Figure 4.3).

Figure 4.3. In the Composition Settings dialog box, enter the appropriate settings for the composition.


2.
In the Composition Settings dialog box, choose a name, frame size, pixel aspect ratio, frame rate, duration, and display resolution for the composition. (See "Choosing Composition Settings," later in this chapter for details.)

3.
Click OK to close the Composition Settings dialog box.

A new composition appears in the Project window, and a related Composition window and Time Layout window open (Figure 4.4).

Figure 4.4. A composition appears in a Composition window, Time Layout window, and as an icon in the Project window.


Tip

It's easy to forget to name the composition, or simply settle for the default name, Comp 1. Do yourself a favor and give the composition a descriptive name. This will help you stay organized as your project becomes more complex.


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