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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects: Lesson 8 Part 3: In this next tutorial, Andrew Devis shows some of the short-cuts in the layers part of the timeline, including how to quickly modify your work-area bar, snap the play-head to the in and out points of your layers and then snap the layer in and out points to the play-head! Andrew also shows how to use keyboard short-cuts to move up and down your layers and then also how to move layers up and down your layer stack! Lots of useful short-cuts to get you working quickly and efficiently in Adobe After Effects. Although an 'AE Basics' tutorial, the short-cuts demonstrated in this tutorial are useful for all users of AE looking to speed up their work-flow in After Effects.



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Re: AE Basics 8: Timeline Basics 3 - Work-area & layer shortcuts
by Suren Gabrielyan
Thanks very much for these tutorials!! They are very compact, informative and useful. I am new to AE and I'm very grateful to you for the job you've done to help others! (sorry for English, not native speaker)
Suren
Re: AE Basics 8: Timeline Basics 3 - Work-area & layer shortcuts
by Dillon Robertson
Andrew,
I just wanted to say your a lifesaver! The tutorials can be a little basic at some points especially if you already have had some experience with Adobe Creative Suite, but overall they have been a great help and I really I appreciate your attention to detail. Because of you, my first few days of after effects have been significantly improved.

Thank You so much, your doing the Lord's work.
@Dillon Robertson
by Andrew Devis
Hi Dillon

Thank you for your comment. I would have replied earlier but I was away on holiday but I am delighted that you are finding them helpful. I know they can be basic at times but I need to make sure that people who are complete beginners also have the chance of being able to follow what I'm saying.

I also wanted to say that the last line of your comment has been somewhat significant for us this last week - thank you for making it.

Every blessing
Andrew

... because it's all about stories ...
Re: AE Basics 8: Timeline Basics 3 - Work-area & layer shortcuts
by Camille Katz
THANK You Andrew!! you are just the best best best ever!!!
i went through all your premier tuts and am now learning your AE.
you explain everything so easy to understand that it's really fun for me to learn it even being only 16.
Thanks a lot!!

Camille
+1
@Camille Katz
by Andrew Devis
Hi Camille

Thank you for taking the time to stop and comment, I'm delighted that you are finding all the tutorials helpful and i hope they Will set you up for the future. I only wish i had started at 16! Just think how good you will be in a couple of years if you keep using your new skills. Remember, use it or lose it. Now you know what you can do take every opportunity to use these skills. :-)

When you've done some work feel free to send me the link.

Thanks again
Andrew

... because it's all about stories ...
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Re: AE Basics 8: Timeline Basics 3 - Work-area & layer short-cuts
by Andrew Devis
Hi Dan

I don't think I've covered this as yet, however, here is what you do.

Create a new comp the length you want the final piece to be and then add the 113 second .mov to that comp.

Next, right click on the footage in the timeline and choose time>enable time remapping. This will create 2 key frames at the start and end of your footage.

Next, right click on the end keyframe and choose toggle hold keyframe from the options. This will creat a keyframe that is a hold keyframe at the very end of your footage. However, you should now be able to extend the end of your footage item out to any length you now wish to go. You hover over the end of the footage in your timeline until you get a little two way arrow and then just drag it out. If it won't go, you can always drag the new keyframe to the end of your comp and then drag it out, but as it is a hold keyframe it should just drag out without having to move it.
I hope this solves you problem.

One last thing. If it is already in a comp and you need to add time to the length of an existing comp. Choose from the menus at the top Composition>composition settings and in the duration box type +2. and that should add the 2 seconds alternativly just change the duration by 2 seconds and click ok.

Then, in your timeline drag the thinnest line at the top (above the work area bar) out to the full length of you comp to see all the time you've added.

Hope this helps
Andrew

... because it's all about stories ...
Re: AE Basics 8: Timeline Basics 3 - Work-area & layer short-cuts
by daniel barry
Hi Andrew Devis,
I think your tutorials are excellent and appreciate them very much. I probably missed your explanation in this terrific "Timeline" basics series but I'll ask anyway: how do I extend my timeline? What I'd like to do is to freeze on the last frame of a 13 second mov. and add two seconds of that last frame.
Thanks,
Dan Barry


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