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Organizing and searching in the Project panel

Organizing and searching in the Project panel: After Effects CS4 Essential Training
Organizing and searching in the Project panel: After Effects CS4 Essential Training

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Q: In Chapter 13, when trying to move the knight's right hand anchor point, the whole hand moves. When clicking on the anchor point to move it, both position and anchor point are highlighted. Deselecting the position does not help. What could be causing this problem?

A: This will occur if the layers are parented. See the videos on parenting later in the course for a detailed explanation. Also, be sure to adjust the anchor point before animating the objects.

Q: The author describes how to trim video by using the Option and Home keys on a Mac. A MacBook Pro keyboard does not have a Home button. What is the alternative for MacBook Pro users?

A: Pressing the Function key and the Left Arrow key is the same as the Home key on a MacBook.

Q: The videos are set up for computers using standard keyboards. Are there alternatives for laptops? For example, a Macbook pro doesn’t have a Home button. How can users with laptops use the same shortcuts that appear in the video?

A: For a helpful list of keyboard shortcuts for laptops, check out the page here:
http://www.chadandtoddcast.com/keyboard-shortcuts-for-laptops/

Q: How does one change the timeline readout from frames to seconds? Most of the videos show the time in seconds, while my version shows frames.

A: The display in the Timeline panel automatically changes from frames to seconds as you zoom in and zoom out of the timeline (using the slider at the bottom of the panel). If you want to change the display to show only frames no matter how far you're zoomed out, then Control-click (on Windows) or Command-click (on a Mac) on the current time display in the upper left hand corner of the Timeline panel.

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Video After Effects

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