by Dan Carr on Feb 26, 2014 at 8:55:34 pm
Hello. I have two composition viewer windows open. One shows the main comp. One shows the comp nested in the main comp. The nested comp contains Element X". I see "Element X" in both composition viewer windows.
When I drag "Element X" in the nested comp, it updates live as I'm dragging. But the main comp doesn't update "Element X" live. It waits until I release the mouse to update.
Is there a way to have both comps update live as I drag "Element X"?
[Dan Carr]"Is there a way to have both comps update live as I drag "Element X"?"
Nope! The active comp will always be rendered first, then the second comp - the lag you experience is something you have to live with. You may want to look at soloing only pertinent layers when working with such a Workspace.
Dan, I should add that what you have alluded to; opening two related comps, side-by-side is a feature officially/commonly referred to as ETLAT (edit this, look at that). Also, Live Update has been removed from AE CC. In AE CC, the UI is driven natively by OpenGL - this is sufficiently fast without requiring the Live Update function. There is also redundancy for the Live Update feature in Fast Previews.
Re: Live update by Dan Carr on Feb 28, 2014 at 3:06:01 pm
Thank you for this information. I still get confused by the myriad processing/preview options in AE CC. I don't see any mention of "Live Update" when I click the "Fast Previews" button below the comp window. I do see that "Live Update" is checked in the drop-down menu at the top-right of my timeline window.
Please don't feel obliged to clarify any of this, though. You've already been very helpful. I'm a grown-up, and should probably take some responsibility for doing my own reading. But damn, I read the guides, and I'm still confused. Then again, I'm very old...
Thanks again for your responses. I appreciate your time.
Good that you pointed out that Live Update still exists. I actually thought that it was removed entirely. And I agree that the number of preview options is quite staggering. I find them useful when working on either a basic Timeline or when the Timeline gets heavy. For basic stuff, set Fast Previews to Final or Adaptive. For heavy timelines, I alternate between Final, Adaptive and Fast Draft.