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Rohan Kolakkar
Lock keyframes
on Sep 12, 2016 at 10:42:43 am

can we lock our animation keyframes in after effects? so that no one can modify it.


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Roei Tzoref
Re: Lock keyframes
on Sep 12, 2016 at 11:35:15 am

you can lock a layer and you won't be able to change any parameter for that layer until you unlock it.


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Rohan Kolakkar
Re: Lock keyframes
on Sep 12, 2016 at 12:42:04 pm

Yes, That is to lock the layer. but client required my afx file. so i was looking for some kind of trick so that client can not reuse my afx file and at the same time he should not change the values. so is there any way ?

Thanks.


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Roei Tzoref
Re: Lock keyframes
on Sep 12, 2016 at 1:08:43 pm
Last Edited By Roei Tzoref on Sep 12, 2016 at 1:20:27 pm

I see. this is not the first time I came across such a request. there are several ways you could lock the content in a way that changing it will be problematic, but isn't the whole idea of giving source files is to allow changes to the file later on? anyways, let's try to get creative with this. there are two ways that come to mind:
1. pre-render some of your comps, so there will be much less keyframes, just mostly rendered footage item
2. bake your key-frames via an expression. click alt+stopwatch, and type value. now right click on the property, go to Animation - > Key Frame Assistant -> Convert expression to keyframes. the animation will of course remain the same, but to change it will be a headache because instead of this

you will get this


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Rohan Kolakkar
Re: Lock keyframes
on Sep 13, 2016 at 4:36:20 am

Thanks Roei Tzoref,
thats a great trick to confuse the client. :P


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