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Mary Waitrovich
apply presets on offset layers
on Mar 16, 2010 at 2:44:05 pm

I have 100 words on separate layers and the layers are offset so they appear one frame at a time. When I select all layers and apply a text animation preset, the animations all start where the cursor was when I applied them. Is there a way to apply a preset to multiple layers and have the preset start at the start of the text element on each layer? Maybe I have to reimport all my layers, starting at the same time, apply the preset, and THEN offset the layers?

thanks much,

Mary Waitrovich
Media Plus You, LCC


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Dave LaRonde
Re: apply presets on offset layers
on Mar 16, 2010 at 3:28:39 pm

[Mary Waitrovich] "Maybe I have to reimport all my layers, starting at the same time, apply the preset, and THEN offset the layers? "

I get the notion that when you use the term "offset", you're talking about "moving layers to a later time in the timeline". As long as the amount by which you want to these layers on the timeline is CONSISTENT, there's a simple solution for this:
  • Import all the layers
  • Apply the desired text preset
  • Select all the layers with command-a or ctl-a win, or select layers from uppermost to bottom-most. Selection order matters in AE.
  • Use the Sequence Layers command

I'm not in front of my AE machine, but I'm pretty sure it's under Layer>Sequence layers. You'll be asked for an amount of time to sequence them. Type it in and AE does the rest.


Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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