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Not knowing exactly what you production looks like, I think you are confusing Adobe After Effecs with Adobe Premiere. Assembly and editing are done in Premiere. After Effects is you effects and compositing platform. You add sound, extend scenes, intercut, move, and trim your video clips in Premiere.
Sound like I have got them mixed up. I've always done everything in cinema and left it at that. I've only just started to take things 'To the next level' by adding extra bits in in photoshop and such. I'd heard alot about people doing alot of extra work in AE and assumed that's what I needed.
I'll go have a play in Premiere and see what I can do.
Thanks for your help
So my questions are, 1 - How do I connect all the groups together? 2 - How do I insert the individual images? and 3 - How do I get those individual images to stay visible long enough for people to read the text?
As Bogesian says, this may be best done in Premiere or another editing application. If you do it in AE, you can import the image sequences as single pieces of footage, and the individual images as individual images. Then you add the footage to an AE comp: the easiest way is to add the first image sequnce to the make comp icon at the bottom of the project window, let AE make the comp, and then change the comp's duration in the comp settings. You then add the footage items to the comp, moving them as needed along the timeline. You can trim the out points of the single images to the duration you want.
But there could be a more fundamental problem: 30 fps is VERY RARELY a valid frame rate, especially if it's going to video, Blu-Ray or DVD: the proper frame rate is almost always 29.97. If it's goes to the web ONLY -- no possible chance of ever going to video, Blu-Ray or DVD -- 30 would be okay. You need to double-check your frame rates.
And here are the tips on importing images or image sequences: