Chapter 4. Optimizing the Pipeline

Optimizing the Pipeline

Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.

 --George Bernard Shaw

This chapter examines the flow of data through After Effects in specific detail. I realize that might not sound utterly gripping, but once you learn to efficiently use the features that affect the order and conditions in which things happen, After Effects can help you work faster and solve thorny problems.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is two-fold. At times, you must be the After Effects version of a master chef—someone who knows what has to be finished before something else can be started, and what ...

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