I have recently transitioned from Motion to AE (a bit of jump but it's going OK) and one of the things I'm struggling with is Precomps. I'm treating them like I would a Group in Motion but I find it difficult when I want to edit the contents of a precomp and see in realtime what the changes look like over the layers beneath. In Motion you would twirl down the group track and then make changes to the elements in that group. These would update in the comp window in realtime, but opening up a Precomp is very different as you have to go into the precomp with no visual reference for the layers beneath.
I came across a suggestion that involved opening up a new viewer for a precomp, so that you have two windows (one for the precomp and one for the composition), but this is a bit unsatisfacory as changes are not updated in realtime and if you are working in 3D with multiple camera views, you end up with loads of windows.
Thanks for this. What you describe is the arrangment that I previously found via google.
Is this the only way to do it as when you make changes in a pecomp is doesnt translate into the full composition in realtime so, for instance, if I want to realign text in precomp, its a really fiddly process as you have to nudge text/keyframes then wait for it to update to translate in the main composition window.
Is this the only way or am i doing something wrong with my settings?