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Time for a little AE 101:
You set your comp's duration to ten FRAMES, not ten SECONDS
Your comp's frame rate probably should be set to 29.97 fps and not 30 fps. Double-check the footage's frame rate by highlighting it in the project window and reading the footage details at the top.
AE can't PLAY anything. It has to render EVERYTHING. It doesn't work like an editing application, and it isn't designed like one.
Asking questions like yours reveals that really, Really, REALLY need to stop trying to use AE intuitively and get familiar with the AE basics before you give up on it in frustration. This page is a great place to get started.
sorry my last question was stupid, although your information was helpful it still doesnt answer why i am getting a jumpy timeline even when i am not playing any footage ? surely it should run through smoothly
it still doesnt answer why i am getting a jumpy timeline even when i am not playing any footage ? surely it should run through smoothly
You're the one who wrote that it looks jumpy when you push play. I can only go by what I read. If you're previewing, you're looking at just ten frames of a video clip over and over again. That clips is undoubtedly much longer.
You can change the duration of the comp in the comp settings. If you drag the footage onto the Make Comp icon at the bottom of the project window, AE makes the comp for you using information based on the footage.
ok, thankyou. kind sir.