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After Effects CS4 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide by Antony Bolante

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Chapter 8. Playback, Previews, and RAM

You’ve already used some of the standard playback methods for each panel in After Effects. This chapter expands your repertoire and provides a more in-depth explanation of how After Effects renders frames for viewing.

You’ll focus on using the Preview panel (formerly known as the Time Controls panel), which can serve as a master playback control for any selected panel. It also includes a button to render a specified range of frames (or Work Area) as a RAM preview. And you’ll learn about other options, such as viewing your work on a video monitor, how to view changes you make to a layer interactively, and how to preview audio.

Whether you’re using standard playback controls, rendering a RAM preview, or adjusting ...

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