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Chapter 4. Compositions > Creating Compositions

Creating Compositions

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

To create a new composition:

1.
Do one of the following:

  • Choose Composition > New Composition (Figure 4.1).

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


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

  • 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 for the composition and specify preset or custom Composition settings (such as frame size, pixel aspect ratio, frame rate, display resolution, or duration) 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 Timeline window open (Figure 4.4).

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


Tips

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

  • You can create a composition that contains a footage item by dragging the item's icon to the Create Composition icon in the Project window. The new composition will use the same image dimensions as the footage item it contains.


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