Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Trimming in the Layer panel, part of After Effects Apprentice 04: Layer Control.
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Users who come from an editing background, who are used to using nonlinear…editing programs, are probably used to the idea of having a separate source…viewer for your source material, for your layers, and trimming your In and Out…points in that source viewer.…Well, you can do the same thing in After Effects.…It's called the Layer panel.…All you need to do is double-click a layer to open it in its Layer panel.…Once you do that, you see two time indicators:…the external Current Time Indicator, the time relative to the entire…composition, and the internal Time Indicator, the time relative to the source…material in this layer.…
If that layer starts later than the start of the composition, these two will…appear to be out of sync.…But it's important to remember this is internal to the layer source.…This is external and applies globally to the entire composition.…As you drag one, you'll see the other update.…As I move before, the trimmed In point of the layer, you'll see it goes before…the trimmed In point inside the Layer panel.…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
- Sliding and trimming
- Slip-editing and insert-editing layers
- Employing blending modes to enhance layers and composites
- Applying, modifying, and saving animation presets and layer styles
- Using adjustment layers to affect multiple layers
- Experimenting with effects using Brainstorm
- Understanding pixel aspect ratios