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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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