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Let's finally have that "Trim Comp to Work Area" Shortcut

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Stephan WalschLet's finally have that "Trim Comp to Work Area" Shortcut
by on Apr 12, 2011 at 11:53:15 am

Hi Guys,
I am wishing for this since AE 6 but after quite some research back then gave up
(like some of you might have, too):

A "Trim Comp to Work Area" Shortcut

Everytime someone asks for it, the natural response seems to be "Why would you want that? Context-click the work area and select it, done! That ain't fast enough?". Well, I am sorry, but it is not fast enough. Just remember the last time you managed a fairly large comp with sequenced layers, trimming, sub-comping, setting work area, trim to... ahh wait, have to go for the mouse, click this area here... okay, back to the keyboard...

To cut this short: I know now that there is a way and since it has not been posted yet (at least I could not find it) let's do it!

Locate your AE shortcut file (you may have to enable visibility for hidden system folders)

MAC > [drive]:/Users/[user profile]/Library/Preferences/Adobe/After Effects/[version number]/Adobe After Effects [version number] Shortcuts.txt

WIN > [drive]:Users[user name]AppDataRoamingAdobeAfter Effects[version number]Adobe After Effects [version number] Shortcuts.txt

Open it with a text editor and do a search for ["CCompCompCmd"]
Below that line is a list of commands. You will have to add one:

"CompTrimToWorkArea" = "(your preferred shortcut)"

Add this line in respect to the alphabetical order of the list. In my case it looks like this:

(...)
"CompToggleUberAnimatingKeyframesAddState" = "(Shift+U)"
"CompTrimToWorkArea" = "(Ctrl+Shift+X)"
"CompTwirlAnchorPoint" = "(A)"
(...)

Now copy your shortcut including the parentheses and do a search for it. There shouldn't be another function associated with it, or else this will not work.

You are not done yet. Next do a search for ["CSwitchboard"] and add your new line in the list below that (again in alphabetical order). In my case:

(...)
"CompToggleUberAnimatingKeyframesAddState" = "(Shift+U)"
"CompTrimToWorkArea" = "(Ctrl+Shift+X)"
"CompViewOptions" = "(Ctrl+Alt+U)"
(...)

Now save and close, fire up After Effects, try your new shortcut and increase your comping speed by at least 80%. Of course you should back up that original file, but you can always just delete it, and AE will create a new default one on startup.

Greetings
Stephan


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Walter SoykaRe: Let's finally have that "Trim Comp to Work Area" Shortcut
by on Apr 12, 2011 at 2:13:52 pm

Nice, Stephan!

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martin lorenzRe: Let's finally have that "Trim Comp to Work Area" Shortcut
by on Jul 4, 2011 at 9:46:19 am

This thread was so helpful!
I was able to reroute a whole set of keyboard shortcuts not useable prior because of using a german keyboard with an english ae.
http://www.martinlorenz.at/blog/?t=w-i-p#english-ae-shortcut-file-for-germa...
(still working on it.)
Thanks a lot!!!


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Rick HarrisRe: Let's finally have that "Trim Comp to Work Area" Shortcut
by on Feb 6, 2012 at 12:42:46 pm

Such a useful post. Thanks so much


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Michael ShoppellRe: Let's finally have that "Trim Comp to Work Area" Shortcut
by on Jan 27, 2013 at 10:24:31 pm

I made an account here just to show my gratitude. I have been wanting this for the longest time. Thank you so much.


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Marcelo SchiavonRe: Let's finally have that "Trim Comp to Work Area" Shortcut
by on May 15, 2013 at 4:35:10 pm

First of all, thank you so much for this tut! Could you tell me how to add a shortcut for the "Reduce Project" in the File menu?


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Michael ShoppellRe: Let's finally have that "Trim Comp to Work Area" Shortcut
by on Apr 18, 2014 at 5:53:03 pm

Is there a resource to find more ways to edit the shortcut file? It is killing me there isn't a shortcut for toggle transparency in the comp viewer.


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Stephan WalschRe: Let's finally have that "Trim Comp to Work Area" Shortcut
by on Apr 24, 2014 at 3:07:59 pm

Hi Michael,
there is a shortcut to do this: ctrl+alt and then num pad + or - to decrease and increase opacity. add shift for 10% increments.
Cheers!

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Rob FreseRe: Let's finally have that "Trim Comp to Work Area" Shortcut
by on Jun 26, 2014 at 4:41:08 pm

Wow, thanks a lot!

How did you figure out that you could add that to the text file and it would work?

What I'm REALLY curious about is... what OTHER things can we add to the text file to create new keyboard shortcuts? Oooh, the possibilities.


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