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Ala MctoomProblem With Nesting
by on Feb 4, 2011 at 4:54:17 pm

By default, After Effects switches the composition navigator (viewer) as you switch the composition frame down below.

In some cases, I want to work in the child comp frame, but view the parent comp. I do that to check the changes as I'm doing them.

There is a way of course, to lock the desired comp viewer. But this trick has its troubles: you can't interact with the comp viewer, you can only change the values in the comp frame. Also, the changes are not live updated.

Any other way guys?


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Walter SoykaRe: Problem With Nesting
by on Feb 4, 2011 at 5:17:29 pm

See Viewers [link] on the online help. There's a section there that describes ETLAT (edit this, look at that), which is exactly what you are trying to accomplish.

Basically, you want to open a second Viewer window and lock it to your "look-at" comp. See the image below for where to click to make a new comp viewer, then click the Toggle Lock button ():



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Ala MctoomRe: Problem With Nesting
by on Feb 4, 2011 at 5:29:56 pm

Is it interactive + live updated?


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Walter SoykaRe: Problem With Nesting
by on Feb 4, 2011 at 5:33:34 pm

[Ala Mctoom] "Is it interactive + live updated?"

Off the top of my head, I don't think so. Only the active comp is, and there's no way I know of to change that.

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Dave LaRondeRe: Problem With Nesting
by on Feb 4, 2011 at 5:37:01 pm

Isn't there a check-box setting in Preferences that says something like, "Synchronize all time-related items"? I'm not in front of my AE machine, so can can't check the exact wording.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Ala MctoomRe: Problem With Nesting
by on Feb 4, 2011 at 5:38:44 pm

Dear Dave, I think this option is irrelevant to the problem.


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Dave LaRondeRe: Problem With Nesting
by on Feb 4, 2011 at 5:43:23 pm

If you have it disabled, you can move the timeline cursor in the nested comp, but it won't move correspondingly in the main comp. If it is enabled, the two timeline cursors are synced.

It sounds handy for your situation.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Ala MctoomRe: Problem With Nesting
by on Feb 4, 2011 at 5:37:16 pm

AE developers should find a solution for that, it'll make life much easier. In general, AE still needs improvements on the interface usability.


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Walter SoykaRe: Problem With Nesting
by on Feb 4, 2011 at 5:40:05 pm

[Ala Mctoom] "AE developers should find a solution for that, it'll make life much easier. In general, AE still needs improvements on the interface usability."

Agreed, it would be a nice feature!

If it's important to you, you might let the AE development team know about it -- they do actually read all the bug reports and feature requests:

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform

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Ala MctoomRe: Problem With Nesting
by on Feb 4, 2011 at 5:41:18 pm

I'll work on that. Thank you a lot Mr. Soyka for the help!


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Walter SoykaRe: Problem With Nesting
by on Feb 4, 2011 at 5:48:18 pm

Happy to help -- and I hope your project goes well!

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
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