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Matt Gerard
Rename layer with drag and drop
on Jun 3, 2008 at 9:03:00 pm

Got a slide show I'm doing in motion, using it as a template for others. is there a way to get Motion to rename the layer when i drag and drop a different photo onto a layer to match the name of the file I just dropped on it? They way AE does it with the OPTION_Drag and drop.

Thanks!

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Stephen Smith
Re: Rename layer with drag and drop
on Jun 4, 2008 at 2:22:52 pm

Motion automatically renames a photo or clip when you drag a new one on it. Are you talking about a Drop Zone?

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Matt Gerard
Re: Rename layer with drag and drop
on Jun 4, 2008 at 4:23:40 pm

Haven't tried it with drop zones yet, I'll give it a shot.

But, in my project, I have a still photo with some animation moving it around the screen. if I try to replace that photo by dragging one from my folder in the finder, it doesn't change the layer name in the timeline. It changes the media file in the media tab, and it changes the media name in the inspector for that layer, but it doesn' changes the name of the layer in the timeline.

I'll try trashing my preferences and trying again, but so far its not working.

Thanks!

Matt

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Stephen Smith
Re: Rename layer with drag and drop
on Jun 4, 2008 at 4:47:27 pm

I’m saying drop zones act differently then photos and clips. The name will stay Drop Zone. If it’s just a photo or a clip and you drag the “photo” from your File Browser to a different photo on the timeline the arrow will turn into a hook shaped arrow. When you let go of the mouse the name of the original photo will change to the new one in the timeline. It sounds like that’s what you're doing so I’m not sure why it’s treating it differently. Apple has a article on deleting user preferences, do you want it?

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Matt Gerard
Re: Rename layer with drag and drop
on Jun 4, 2008 at 5:33:36 pm

[Stephen Smith] "f it’s just a photo or a clip and you drag the “photo” from your File Browser to a different photo on the timeline the arrow will turn into a hook shaped arrow. When you let go of the mouse the name of the original photo will change to the new one in the timeline."

Yessir, that is what I am doing. The only thing different (and I will confirm this as soon as my machine is done rendering) is that I am dragging my photo directly from a finder window onto the layer in the timeline. Little hooked arrow, yes, layer name changes to the new photo name, no.

I will post back in a few after my machine is done chugging away, trash my prefs and try it in a new project.

Thanks!

Matt

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Stephen Smith
Re: Rename layer with drag and drop
on Jun 4, 2008 at 5:52:17 pm

Fingers crossed I hope that solves it.

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Matt Gerard
Re: Rename layer with drag and drop
on Jun 4, 2008 at 9:19:34 pm

Ok, ok. Figgered it out.

The renaming works as long as you don't rename the layer yourself. As soon as you double click on the layer's name, rename it and hit enter, if you drag and drop another photo (or video) file onto that layer, it will no longer inherit the name of the new file. Same with text layers. I worked myself into a hissy one day trying to figure out why the name of my text layers wouldn't rename themselves.

There's your answer.

Passive Matt (sigh)

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Stephen Smith
Re: Rename layer with drag and drop
on Jun 4, 2008 at 9:35:19 pm

Just curious, why did you rename the layer in the first place?

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Matt Gerard
Re: Rename layer with drag and drop
on Jun 4, 2008 at 9:43:14 pm

Well, I, aaaah..


Its because I, uhhh.....


Any normal person would, ehhhh....



Shite, I don't know. Fingers were probably moving faster than my eyes. Or it could have been 3am at the time. Same reason I come in in the morning and find 2000 pencils sticking out of the ceiling above my edit desk...

Matt

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Stephen Smith
Re: Rename layer with drag and drop
on Jun 4, 2008 at 9:49:19 pm

That's the funniest post I've read in this forum. I especially like the bit about the pencils. Rock on, glad you figured this one out.

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Matt Gerard
Re: Rename layer with drag and drop
on Jun 5, 2008 at 2:01:25 pm

Well, I figure alot of people are with angst on their fingertips as they type trying to solve problems, so any amount of levity would help. I often force myself to laugh like a deranged hyena when my computer isn't telepathically doing what I want it to. Not sure if it helps at all, but it makes the other people in the office stay away...

Mattski

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Stephen Smith
Re: Rename layer with drag and drop
on Jun 5, 2008 at 2:15:21 pm

Your humor deserves and got you a 5 cow rating, thanks for making me laugh.

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