38 Import and Interpret

Getting files in, deciding how After Effects should interpret them…and changing your mind later

This reference chapter discusses specific issues regarding importing different types of footage items – as well as entire projects – into After Effects. Central to handling the footage you import is the Interpret Footage dialog, where you indicate how After Effects interprets and handles your source files as it hands their images off to your comps.

After Effects has consolidated the importing of movies, stills, sequences, layered files, folders, and projects into one dialog: File > Import > File, accessed with the keyboard shortcut Command+I on Mac (Control+I on Windows), or by simply double-clicking in an empty area of the ...

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