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Maëlle Jumel
After effects keyboard shortcut problem
on Aug 24, 2016 at 1:54:02 pm

Hello everyone,
I'm writing this because I've just seen a very useful video on keyboard shortcuts for after effects and have discovered one that I had never used and that I would use a lot if I could : alt + [
The thing is, I don't have this actual key [ on my keyboard.. I can make it by hitting alt gr + ). I tried doing alt + alt gr + [ but it didn't work.
Do you please have a solution?
Thank you in advance

By the way I'm working on a French keyboard and my keyboard is relatively small I don't have the home, end, suppr etc keys


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Walter Soyka
Re: After effects keyboard shortcut problem
on Aug 24, 2016 at 2:17:19 pm

Ae isn't very friendly to non-English keyboards, and unfortunately it doesn't have a GUI to edit the shortcuts. However, you can modify them by hand by editing a text file. Here are the instructions:
https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/modify-keyboard-shortcuts.html

Walter Soyka
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Maëlle Jumel
Re: After effects keyboard shortcut problem
on Aug 25, 2016 at 5:53:47 pm

Thanks a lot I will try this and let you know the result! But just a quick question I don't know how it's actually called (to be able to find it in the text file), is it chop layer?
Thank you!


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Walter Soyka
Re: After effects keyboard shortcut problem
on Aug 25, 2016 at 6:31:39 pm

[Maëlle Jumel] "Thanks a lot I will try this and let you know the result! But just a quick question I don't know how it's actually called (to be able to find it in the text file), is it chop layer? Thank you!"

Search for "Alt+[" -- it's TrimTimeIn and TrimTimeOut.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
@keenlive [twitter]   |   RenderBreak [blog]   |   Profile [LinkedIn]


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Maëlle Jumel
Re: After effects keyboard shortcut problem
on Aug 25, 2016 at 7:26:58 pm

Hello again, I tried doing it, I replaced the [ and put another key instead but nothing happened when I tried hitting it.. Do you think maybe just changing the text isn't enough?


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Walter Soyka
Re: After effects keyboard shortcut problem
on Aug 25, 2016 at 9:10:46 pm

You need to relaunch Ae after changing the file. In fact, I'd further recommend closing Ae before saving changes to your file -- I know Ae re-writes preferences on quit, and I'm not sure if that includes the shortcuts.

Also, you have to follow the exact format specified in the top of the shortcuts.txt file, too. Can you copy and paste the exact lines you used here?

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
@keenlive [twitter]   |   RenderBreak [blog]   |   Profile [LinkedIn]


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Maëlle Jumel
Re: After effects keyboard shortcut problem
on Aug 25, 2016 at 10:32:20 pm

Thank you so much you were right I didn't see that there were specifications, I followed the keys' names and it worked, thanks for all your help Walter!T


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