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cmd+opt+shift+h - scale to comp width

 

cmd+opt+shift+g - scale to comp height

 

cmd+t - activate type tool

 

in timeline

 

+ will magnify in stages

- will zoom out in stages

; will toggle full magnification or fully zoomed out

 

- imcalledandy

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Since there are like 4 pages of "tips" now...I am too lazy to see if anyone mentioned this one..

 

when you want to shorten the length of your comp...instead of Command+K to manually enter the time...you can do this:

 

When you're in the comp window, you hit "N" to end the comp where you want it, and then control+click on the length of the workspace and it will give you a drop down menu...select "trim comp to workspace" and it will shorten your timeline to where you have selected the out-point.

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didn't see this one:

<shift> + <home> will take you to the IN point of the work area...

<shift> + <end> will take you to the OUT point (of course)

 

to have 2 instances of after effects running on a windows machine, create a new shortcut of after effects and add "-m" to the end of the target (as in "C:\Program Files\Adobe\After Effects 6.5\Support Files\AfterFX.exe" -m)

 

my 2 cents

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When you're in the comp window, you hit "N" to end the comp where you want it, and then control+click on the length of the workspace and it will give you a drop down menu...select "trim comp to workspace" and it will shorten your timeline to where you have selected the out-point.

 

 

...and there's also B, for setting the beginning of the work area. Then trim.

 

Also, hitting "O" will take you to the last frame of the active layer (out), while hitting "I" takes you to the first frame.

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Sorry Mac users, I don't know the corresponding path in OS X.

Otherwise, let me know how it works out for you.

:D:D:D

 

 

User/Library/Preferences/Adobe After Effects 6.5 Shortcuts

 

I assume that 7.0 would be in the same place.

 

As noted at the top of the text file, Modify At Own Risk. And it's definitely recommended to copy the original before altering.

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I love shortcuts

 

If you do Command+G you get your timecode and then you can punch in timecode without having to use colons. i.e. 410 is 4 seconds and 10 frames

 

If you select some keyframes and hit Command+Option+K it brings up your keyframe interpolation box.

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Guest Sao_bento

I think they call it "fullstop" in other countries.

So "fullstop" is the metric version of "period".

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So "fullstop" is the metric version of "period".

Ha I never knew that you learn something new everyday

Hence why people in the states say," dude there is no way im doing that.PERIOD"

wheres we say "Your not going to get any lollies, fullstop."

 

OK now back to tips and hints ..

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Does anyone know how to view one comp while editing parameters in another...can't remember how to do it...

You lock the comp window, so it doesn't close, then work on the other comps timeline.

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These are pretty basic, but didn't see them posted yet:

 

With your layer selected hit:

 

P- Reveals position

A- Reveals Anchor point

R- Reveals rotation

T- Reveals opacity

S- Reveals scale

 

Also, when you hit UU with a layer selected it will reveal all properties that are not at their default settings, including effects.

 

 

are there shortcuts for specific effects:

like gaussian blur?

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Cool quick way to make a rounded or bullnose shape (if you don't have the free plug in from dmn - or you can't install it because you don't have admin prividges on your dang computer). Make a rectangular mask smaller than the size of your layer, then expand the mask to make the mask grow. adds a nice rounded end. sweet!

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