Although the Windows menu lists them in the same group as the three primary panels, you might consider the Footage, Layer, and Effect Controls panels to be ancillaries (see Figure 2). The Flowchart and Render Queue panels are also among this important ensemble.
- The Footage panel allows you to view the source footage listed in the Project panel before it becomes a layer in a composition.
- The Layer panel lets you view each layer in a composition individually, outside the context of the Composition or Timeline panel. For example, it can be the most convenient place to manipulate a layer's mask shape. When you paint on a layer, you do so in the Layer panel.
- The Effect Controls panel provides separate, roomier, and often more convenient effect controls than those available in the Timeline panel.
Figure 2 The Footage panel shows the source footage listed in the Project panel. The Layer and Effect Controls panels are related to a particular layer in a composition.
- The Flowchart panel lets you see your project's elements in the form of a flowchart, which can make it easier to understand the structure and hierarchies of your project—particularly a complex one (see Figure 3).
- The Render Queue panel lets you control and monitor the rendering process (see Figure 4).
Figure 3 The Flowchart panel helps you analyze the hierarchical structure of a complex project.
Figure 4 The Render Queue panel lets you control and monitor the rendering process.