Collapse Transformations switch in After Effects

The Collapse Transformations switch has two functions. One of those functions is around vector artwork and is not explored in this video. The second of those functions involves nested compositions.

By default, After Effects looks at a nested composition as a single, effectively pre-rendered, element. With the Collapse Transformations switch active, After Effects examines the elements within nested compositions and will render a higher quality result if the detail is present.

SUMMARY OF STEPS IN THIS VIDEO

Source video

Composition: bird

  • 192 x 108px
  • Contains bird.mp4 scaled to 10%

Composition: container

  • 1920 x 1080px
  • Contains “bird” composition scaled to 1000%

With the Collapse Transformations button active the video looks crisp and not pixelated.

  • 10% x 1000% = 100%
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