Good day everyone... I am a rookie still in diapers when it comes to After Effects... I am teaching myself from online videos on how to use it, and one thing I see on pretty much every tutorial is that a project is built, all effects are added and they are able to play it back to view how their project is going. Again I am new so I do not know the terminology, but when I create my project and hit the space bar on the timeline, it takes forever to play it once as if it is being rendered and then I can play normally. So the moment I make a little change, I have to do this procedure all over. Is this the normal process or is there a faster way to playback ones project to see how it is flowing? Any help or info appreciated. Thanks
Don't use the spacebar. Use RAM preview. See "Preview video and audio".
But, yes, to perview your composition, After Effects does have to render the frames. If you make a change, it has to render the frames again. There are a lot of tips for speeding things up here: "Improve performance"
If you're new to After Effects, I strongly recommend that you start here: "Getting started with After Effects". It really helps if you start with these basics, if only because it gives you the terminology to ask questions here.