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Whats the right composition settings

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Alright, you're back. So this video we’re going to look at what the right settings are for a new composition. When you're new you're like, I'm going to make a new document, what size shall it be.

So what were going to do is were going to go to composition, were going to go new, and the cool thing about it, its pretty easy, you drop down here and you're looking for this one here, HDTV 1080 25, its just the most common. Its HD size, 1080 refers to the height of the video and this is the most common at the moment, this 25 frames per second, we’ll look at a bit more nerdy stuff later on, this is old school TV, and that’s old school UK TV, old school American TV, but in terms of, if you're making something say that’s going to go out to broadcast, or its most probably going to be doing stuff for web at the moment, YouTube and videos for websites, you're going to be using this one. So if you're unsure, click him, change nothing else and click okay. The one thing we’ll have to change in here is just looking at the duration, yours is probably set to 10 or 30, it will remember the last thing you do. What were going to do is just set ours to 10 seconds, the little timing thing here is, that is your seconds, you get up to hours, hopefully you don’t need, sorry minutes and then hours. Just so you know, if you're using after effects and you start getting into hours, after effects is going to die. If you want to do full on editing a big long video, try premier but after effects is to make smaller motion graphics or titles for videos for premier. So 10 seconds is quite common.

And this last little bit is how many frames. Every second is broken into 25 frames. You don’t need to worry too much about that, just mainly the seconds. Lets click okay. Were given something called comp 1 or composition 1, we can renaming it because were going to be very good at renaming things, right clicking it and going to rename. And were going to call this one my first comp. Alright, so when you're making a first ever document and you're unsure what size, your first comp should be, just make sure you pick HDTV 1080 and 25. I said ten eighty in there instead of one thousand and eighty, if you're new to after effects, you're not allowed to call it one thousand and eighty, people in the industry call is ten eighty. There's no reason or use for it but if you walk into a video conference and you start calling it one thousand and eighty they know you're going to be new. So make sure you keep up with the lingo and just call it ten eighty.

Alright, now were going to go off and start building our animation. Well do that in another video. Alright, see you in the next one.