Get Free iOS apps by email! http://bit.ly/FREEAPPS Composition is simply a fancy word to describe what you're working with when you're using Adobe After Effects. To create a new composition, you can either hover over the corresponding button at the lower left corner of the Project window located on the far left side of the screen, or you could navigate to the top menu bar and click Composition -- New Composition.? You could also press Command+N on your keyboard. This will reveal the Composition Settings dialog box. The first thing you'll want to figure out is the name of your new composition.? Then, you'll want to choose a Preset setting, such as HDV/HDTV 720 29.97, which refers to high-definition with a resolution of 720 pixels and a frame rate of 29.97 frames per second.? The Preset you choose will determine the Width and Height of your canvas. Determine the Pixel Aspect Ratio you would like use. Square Pixels is a good setting. Your Frame Rate can be adjusted manually or from the drop down menu that can be revealed by pressing on the down arrow button.? Choose your Resolution according to your computer's strength. This setting will not affect the final product. It only determines the resolution you view while working on a project. Computers have a much easier time rendering a lower resolution compared to a higher resolution. Your Start Timecode should be set to all zeroes. The Duration depends on the length of time your composition lasts. These are all Basic settings you can set. Advanced settings are more involved and aren't necessary to adjust for basic compositions. If you ever want to change these settings after you've created a composition, you can navigate to the top menu bar and click Composition -- Composition Settings or press Command+K on your keyboard. Read more by visiting our page at: http://www.mahalo.com/courses/adobe-after-effects/getting-started/create-a-new-composition/
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