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Managing Footage

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The Footage Panel

An After Effects Footage panel has a variety of controls for viewing footage. As you might expect, you can magnify or reduce your view of the image, and you can play back and cue motion footage. In addition, you can view the individual channels: RGB and alpha. The Footage panel also allows you to show rulers, set guides, and superimpose a grid or videosafe zones. There is also a snapshot feature that lets you save and recall a frame of footage that you can use for reference (Figure 3.50).

Figure 3.50

Figure 3.50 The following sections cover several features of the Footage panel that are shared by the Composition and Layer panels.

As you'll see in the chapters to follow, you can also find all of these Footage panel controls in the Composition and Layer panels. If some of the controls don't seem useful now, be patient: They'll come in handy later.

The following sections cover these shared controls. Later chapters cover only the features unique to the Composition and Layer panels. Chapter 6, "Layer Editing," discusses in detail the Footage panel's controls for editing motion footage.

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