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Chapter 3. Managing Footage

Chapter 3. Managing Footage

As you saw in the previous chapter, the Project window is basically a list of all your footage and compositions. The more complex the project, the lengthier and more unwieldy this list becomes. As the receptacle of this essential information, the Project window can resemble either a cluttered junk drawer or a neat filing cabinet, a cardboard box filled with books or the Library of Congress. In this chapter, you'll learn how to use the Project window to organize and sort the items contained in your project. You'll also learn about other aspects of asset management—such as how to replace missing footage, and how to use placeholders and proxies to temporarily stand in for footage items. As always, taking a little time to prepare will save you a lot of time in the long run.

This chapter also introduces you to the Footage window, which lets you not only see your footage but really scrutinize it. Most of the controls found in the Footage window are also found in the Composition and Layer windows, which means that learning these controls now will go a long way toward providing the grounding you need later.

Starting with After Effects 5, the Footage window also includes editing buttons; however, we'll reserve our in-depth explanation of those features for Chapter 4, where you'll learn how to add footage as layers in a composition.


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