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Nathan German
Can't Animate Position
on Nov 8, 2018 at 9:59:17 pm

Hello, I am having a weird issue in After Effects. All I am trying to do is move a layer to a new position, which would normally be a very simple task. I created two position keyframes with the old and new position values and...nothing happens. The layer doesn't move. I have tried other properties such as scale, rotation, and opacity and those all work as normal, but it seems like After Effects is just ignoring my position keyframes as if they're not even there. Any suggestions?

If helpful, it was working a few minutes ago, but then I accidentally bumped something on my keyboard and it stopped working. I'm not sure what I just did. Is there a keyboard shortcut to disable keyframes temporarily that I'm unaware of and if so, how do I re-enable them?


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Walter Soyka
Re: Can't Animate Position
on Nov 8, 2018 at 10:39:16 pm

Can you post a screenshot that shows the problem and your entire UI?

Walter Soyka
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Nathan German
Re: Can't Animate Position
on Nov 9, 2018 at 2:23:50 pm



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Nathan German
Re: Can't Animate Position
on Nov 9, 2018 at 2:25:32 pm

Those top two keyframes are Position-Z keyframes. The first one is set to 0 and the last one is set to -1500, but the clip in the composition window isn't moving at all.


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Walter Soyka
Re: Can't Animate Position
on Nov 9, 2018 at 2:30:39 pm

You probably hit F10 -- your comp view is set to Front. That's an orthographic view that does not show perspective changes.

Change it back to Active Camera, either with the UI control in the comp viewer panel, or by pressing F12.

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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Nathan German
Re: Can't Animate Position
on Nov 9, 2018 at 2:34:54 pm

YES! That fixed it. Thank you!

And yes, I think I did hit F10 on accident at one point when I was trying to hit F9 to easy-ease a couple keyframes.

Thanks for your help!


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