Hi Rameez - thank you for your quick reply - attached are screen shots of the project - will changing the composition settings alter things like text / camera / animations - i'm really happy with whats in place - its just the duration of them.
say if i wanted composition 1 to be 5 seconds and No 2 to be 15 - what would be best way to do it? Love learning new skills and hate asking people for quick solutions but this is a bit of s steep learning curve.
Any further assistance would be greatly appreciated
I can't see your example images due to restrictions on the network where I work. (If you upload images to the forum using the little camera icon above the response box, we can all see them, by the way. )
If you change the length of a composition, it does not have any effect on the speed of animation inside the composition.
If you're new to AE, you have a long road ahead of you before you can be comfortable in it. As you said, it's a steep learning curve. Go through some of the getting started tutorials Adobe offers and/or go here to get yourself a solid foundation in using AE.
Szalam - thank you so much for getting in touch - i've already started making my way through them - my apologies about the screen shot link - i think they should be attached here now. Again, any assistance would be amazing.
I can see it a lot better now, thanks.
Here's the problem with templates. In order to make them easy to customize, they're awful to customize. I know that doesn't make sense...
They're complicated - sometimes more than necessary - in order to make them easy to drop your own photos/videos in. However, that means if you want to ACTUALLY change something, it's going to be rather complicated. I only buy templates if I want exactly what the template has. Otherwise, it's actually faster for me to build something myself. I have over a decade of experience with After Effects, so trust me on this, don't mess with the template. Without a lot more experience, it's just going to be frustrating.
What you can do, is transition to full-frame video. You don't need to stay in the template the whole time. Put your video/pictures in the template, but where you want it to be longer, put the beginning and ending in the template. Then, after you've rendered it out of AE, go into Premiere and just cut (or use a light leak transition of some kind) to full screen video for the frames you want to be longer. Tada!
If you don't like my clever idea and you really, really want to just use the template, you're going to have to take a couple of weeks and get familiar with all of the foundational elements of working in After Effects first. (Or hire somebody to customize it for you. )