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Create a more pleasant After Effects experience with custom composition displays.Cover image via Shutterstock.When I first started working in Adobe After Effects, the wide array of tools in the program intimidated me. Just take a look at the composition panel, and you’ll see a number of buttons, boxes, and drop-down menus. This is normal when you’re working in such a powerful motions graphics and visual effects program. However, often when working in After Effects, you only need access to a few tools.Let’s say, for instance, I’m working on a project that involves simply applying keyframes to one layer. Let’s also say I’m working on a small laptop that doesn’t offer me much screen space. Both of these reasons incentivize me to customize the display options of my composition.In this video tutorial, I’m going to show you how I can quickly configure the composition panel in Adobe After Effects to only display tools related to my needs. Specifically, I’m going to customize my comp panel for a keyframing workflow. This will help me cut through the clutter of tools and give me extra screen real estate for a smooth keyframing experience. Let’s get started.ColumnsAs I stated before, if you’re new to After Effects, all the buttons and options in the composition panel can be quite confusing. The panel itself consists of a number of columns, all providing some nifty tool to assist you in your motion graphics workflow. Just the switches column alone has a lot going on, including controls for motion blur, adjustment layers, effects, and 3D controls. To customize these columns, I’ll open up the panel settings drop-down menu. Under the columns section, I can select or deselect thirteen different options, including the following:A/V FeaturesLabel#Layer/Source NameCommentSwitchesModesParentKeysInDurationOutStretchIn addition to using the panel menu, I can also quickly deactivate columns by control-clicking directly over the column and selecting Hide This. For this particular workflow, I’m going to hide all of the columns except for Keys and Layer Name. Once you do this, you’ll notice I have plenty of space in the composition panel to keyframe.Special ModificationsThe panel settings menu has numerous other display options, which will help me customize a keyframing workflow. I want to select Show Cache Indicators since I will be previewing my animation. Also, I can switch from Keyframe Icons to Keyframe Indices, which will allow me to view my keyframes as numbers in order in the composition. Finally, if I command-click over the timecode indicator, I can change the display style of my timecode to frames.
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan on Saturday launched SAANS, a campaign aimed at reducing child mortality due to pneumonia, which contributes to around 15% deaths annually of children under the age of five.SAANS, short for ‘Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully’ was launched by the Union Health Ministry to mobilise people to protect children from pneumonia, and train health personnel and other stakeholders to provide prioritised treatment to control the disease.He was here to inaugurate the the 6th National Summit on Good, Replicable Practices and Innovations.As per HMIS data, under-five mortality rate in the country is 37 per 1000 live births, of which 5.3 deaths are caused due to pneumonia.The government aims to achieve a target of reducing pneumonia deaths among children to less than three per 1,000 live births by 2025, a senior health department official said.The HMIS data for 2018-19 ranked Gujarat second in the number of child deaths due to pneumonia, after Madhya Pradesh.The State ranked fifth in infant mortality due to pneumonia.Under the campaign, a child suffering from pneumonia can be treated with pre-referral dose of anti-biotic amoxicillin by ASHA workers, and health and wellness centres can use pulse oximeter (device to monitor oxygen saturation) to identify low oxygen levels in the blood of a child, and if required, treat him by use of oxygen cylinders. A mass awareness campaign will also be launched about the effective solutions for pneumonia prevention like breast feeding, and age appropriate complementary feeding.
Facing embarrassment over mosquito breeding sites around Commonwealth Games Village, Delhi Government on Friday sought assistance from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to fight the mosquito menace in its vicinity.Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia, chairing a high-level meeting, also directed MCD to form 100 teams to spray mosquito repellent around two km area surrounding the Games Village.She said each MCD team will be assisted by a group of three trained personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which works under the National Disaster Management Authority. NDRF is a multi-disciplinary, multi-skilled force to deal with all types of disasters.An NDRF official said the force will only assist the MCD and civil administration in destroying the mosquito breeding sites in and around the Games village. “We are deploying 100 to 150 personnel. We will also provide boats so that MCD teams can carry out the operation,” he said.Over 20 participating nations have sought information from the Games Organising Committee about the dengue outbreak in the city and steps being taken to combat it before the mega sporting event that begins in 22 days.A joint team comprising officials from MCD and Delhi Government are working in the Games village to drain out the accumulated water so that the area does not become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.The Games Village is surrounded by pools of water from three sides, making it conducive for mosquito breeding.The cases of the vector-borne disease has reached 1,652 in the capital this season and the civic bodies are blaming incessant rains and stagnation of water at Games construction sites for the rapid increase in dengue cases.advertisementOfficials said fire tenders and boats will also be deployed so that teams could reach the sites and spray anti-larval chemicals.Aggressive spraying of repellent will be carried out in pools of water accumulated in the eastern, western and southern sites of the Commonwealth Village, they said.Asking all the departments concerned to ensure proper coordination, Walia directed top officials to carry out the anti-dengue drive with all seriousness.Top officials of Delhi Government, Delhi Cantonment Board, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and MCD were present in the meeting.Walia said fishes will be released in the accumulated water bodies around the Games village so that they could eat the mosquito larva.
One of India’s brightest medal prospects at the Olympics, in-form badminton star Saina Nehwal will start her campaign on Sunday by taking on unheralded Swiss Sabrina Jaquet in her opening group match at the Wembley Arena in London.Fourth-seeded Saina is placed in Group E of the Olympic draw along with Sabrina and Lianne Tan of Belgium.The 22-year-old Indian, who had reached the quarterfinals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is one of the favourites to win the gold, beside three Chinese players and Denmark’s Tine Baun and Germany’s Juliane Schenk.Saina, who won two successive titles at Thailand Grand Prix Gold and Indonesia Superseries last month, is likely to play 14th seed Yao Jie of The Netherlands (Group F) if she reaches the pre-quarterfinals.The world number five Hyderabadi is expected to face some tough time as the competition moves forward as she is likely to take on either two-time All England Champion Baun (Group G), seeded fifth, or 12th-seeded Japanese Sayaka Sato (Group H) in the quarterfinals.”That’s (winning a medal) a dream for every Indian and me. But I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself,” the 22-year-old, who missed out of a medal on her Olympic debut in Beijing following a quarterfinal defeat, has stated.The World number five said she is expecting some good matches.”The draw looks quite tough. I’ve played them before and they’ve given me challenges. I’m expecting good matches. But I’m just going to take it one match at a time,” she has said.advertisement”I have developed as a player. This is my second Olympics and I want to be more relaxed and not take on too much pressure,” added Saina, who made her Olympic debut as an 18-year-old at the Beijing Games in 2008.