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Xiao Hei
Auto-extend the Timeline
on Aug 21, 2010 at 3:45:34 am

Sometimes, when I add footage from the library to the timeline, the footage length might be more than the composition time. I know I can adjust the Composition settings or I can drag the footage to the 'Create a new Composition' icon to get an exact sized composition.

My question is, is there a shortcut or a way to automatically extend the timeline after the content has been placed? I think, something like the opposite of 'Trim Comp to Work Area'.


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Richard Harrington
Re: Auto-extend the Timeline
on Aug 21, 2010 at 9:32:58 pm


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Jason Silvestri
Re: Auto-extend the Timeline
on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:58:31 pm

Richard's response is a typical dinosaur response.

I know your post was in 2010, but I came across the same issue and figured you and others may want to know the answer. I think this video solves the problem. It did for me anyway. Found it via YouTube:

How to extend the time line in Adobe After Effects: Tutorial

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