Easier Way to Insert Content in AE Timeline?
Posted 20 March 2012 - 05:14 PM
Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:50 AM
1. The "u" key will show all the keyframes for selected layers. If you don't know this shortcut already, it's essential when you're retiming stuff. Helps to make sure you don't miss anything.
2. Option+Drag (ALT+Drag) the first or last keyframe in a selected set of keyframes to scale uniformly. Use this in combination with "u" to scale all the keyframes you need to scale at once.
3. When possible, use opacity (0 / 100) keyframes instead of cutting the layer, so that with a combination of CMD+U and Option Dragging, you can grab the layer in and out point (now opacity keyframes) with similar ease, and you don't have to worry about messing with your layer in/out point separately.
4. Plan! Learn to idendify parts of your comp that are subject to change early on. Try to build these sections so that they'll be easier to tweak in the future.
5. Watch out for precomps. They make retiming very tricky and time consuming. If you think you're going to need to do a lot of retiming, try to avoid precomps wherever you can. Putting tons of stuff in one comp can get a little unruly too, but after doing this for years, I've learned that it makes revisions much easier.
6. Parenting, expressions, etc. Any keyframe that you can avoid making is a keyframe you'll never have to worry about when retiming. Parenting is pretty obvious, but some basic expressions can also save you tons of time.
7. Use transitions. Build a few transitions that will serve as hard cuts in your project. If your project is one long continuous comp, the trickle-down effects of retiming something can be devastating.
That's all I got!
Posted 21 March 2012 - 02:46 AM
Posted 21 March 2012 - 04:06 AM
I'm basically looking for a ripple edit tool for AE. Which doesn't exist as far as I know!
Posted 21 March 2012 - 03:08 PM
[EDIT: sorry, I'm pretty much describing a slip edit above, not a ripple edit.]
Some keyboard shortcuts that are handy for moving stuff around, off the top of my head:
J and K - skip to previous/next keyframe.
I and O - skip to in and out points of your layer respectively.
alt+ [ ] - trim layer to current time indicator
Hold down alt and use the left/right arrow keys to nudge selected keyframes left and right by one frame increments
Hold down alt and shift and use the left right arrow keys to move selected keyframes in 10 frame increments
Hold down alt and use page up and page down to move selected layers by one frame increments
Hold down alt and shift and use page up and page down to move layers by 10 frame increments
Probably well-known keyboard shortcuts to many, but thought I'd throw them out there anyway.
Edited by blacker, 21 March 2012 - 03:12 PM.
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