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Xiao Hei
Placing objects at a precise location on the timline
on Aug 20, 2010 at 11:15:07 am

Is there a way to place or create (text, shape etc) an object at a precise location on the timeline? Every time I add or create a new object, it starts from the beginning of the timeline. I hope my question is clear enough.

Thanks.

p.s. I have tried searching Google and this forum without much success.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Placing objects at a precise location on the timline
on Aug 20, 2010 at 2:36:25 pm

Place the timeline cursor (CTI) at the time you want. Create the text laer or shape layer desired. Highlight it. Hit the [ (left bracket) key. Th layer's in-point is now at the timeline cursor's position.

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


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todd ashley
Re: Placing objects at a precise location on the timline
on Aug 20, 2010 at 5:28:54 pm

I don't know if this is very related but, I'm having the same problem with masks. Whenever I place a mask in a layer it appears throughout the ENTIRE layer instead of where the CTI is. How can I specify a certain location for the mask to appear in and a specific location for it to disappear in. Thanks


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Placing objects at a precise location on the timline
on Aug 20, 2010 at 7:00:42 pm

Masks on a given layer can be animated. To do what you want, you can first build the mask off-screen, then on the next frame they can pop into place. Just animate the Mask Shape property... or do they call it Mask Path now? I forget, but you'll find it.

In the example above, you'll also want to get up to speed on using Hold Keyframes, which are just part of the wonderful world of keyframe interpolation:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/aftereffects/cs/using/WS3878526689cb91655866c11...

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


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Xiao Hei
Re: Placing objects at a precise location on the timline
on Aug 21, 2010 at 3:28:04 am

Thank You Dave. That helped me.

Cheers.


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