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Chapter 1. The Effects Toolset > Footage and Composition Settings

Footage and Composition Settings

Why devote a section to footage and composition settings if After Effects does its best to automate them and stay out of your way? Because by trying to make your life easier, After Effects is inadvertently making it more difficult: Shielding you from the details contributes to user ignorance of them. And you need to understand these details, so you can get them right from the start. A misinterpreted alpha channel, nonsquare pixel footage interpreted as square, undetected scan lines, and similar issues will leave you fighting an uphill battle if you don't make the proper settings before you ever start putting together a composition.

Although the automatic settings in After Effect are great most of the time, it pays to understand how they work for those times you need to do some manual tweaking. Take a closer look.


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