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anita sancha
option double clicking on a nested precomp
on Sep 22, 2009 at 9:12:46 am

Hi..

When putting the timeline bar on a time position and option double clicking on a nested precomp to open that comp at the exact same point in time, I have to unlock the precomp on the main comp.

I use a wacom tablet pen and several times I have double clicked and the precomp has moved maybe only a few frames. I am getting shifting layer positions. Is there any safe way to find the same time position other than using this method and keeping all precomps the same time length as the main comp. I do do this very carefully so as not to nudge the precomp... why have they made this so you have to unlock another comp layer other than the ones I am working on??? CS3

Thanks for all your help
Anita Sancha.

http://www.anitasancha.co.uk


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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: option double clicking on a nested precomp
on Sep 22, 2009 at 1:12:38 pm

Hi Anita, there's a setting in the Preferences to "Maintain Time of all related comps" or written in something similar. It's on by default. Perhaps that's what you need to click on.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: option double clicking on a nested precomp
on Sep 22, 2009 at 4:13:21 pm

...and if you do that double-clicking on the footage name on the far left in the timeline, and NOT on the footage itself in the timeline, nothing should move.

Oh, wait: you use a tablet. I'm an ignorant mouse-only guy, so perhaps I should shut up.

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


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anita sancha
Re: option double clicking on a nested precomp
on Sep 22, 2009 at 5:12:37 pm

Yuhooo well done Dave!!

Wacom pen works on layer name.... easy peasy tah

Thanks for all your help
Anita Sancha.

http://www.anitasancha.co.uk


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anita sancha
Re: option double clicking on a nested precomp
on Sep 24, 2009 at 2:56:53 pm

Hi again...

This problem has been such a bug, now its "mucho" easier, however if I want to get to the same time in a nested comp 5 below that one, I still have to unlock each one at a time, each time to get to the next and so on ... is there another way. (the nested comps are various lengths)

Tah..

Thanks for all your help
Anita Sancha.

http://www.anitasancha.co.uk


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Dave LaRonde
Re: option double clicking on a nested precomp
on Sep 24, 2009 at 10:20:25 pm

I get the feeling you're a person who prefers to lock layers to avoid making any mistakes: you just don't want to mess up any work you've already done.

If you use the trick outlined above, you don't even touch the layers -- it's tough to make mistakes.

So: to unlock all layers, just select all the locked layers, and hit the unlock icon-gizmo on just one of them. Poof! They're all unlocked.

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


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anita sancha
Re: option double clicking on a nested precomp
on Sep 25, 2009 at 7:13:43 am

Thanks Dave..

The reason I lock so much, is that as a relative "nuuubbby", I still get into lots of accidental messes, (and this project is very large,) maybe I can leave out locking much more in the future. Also using a Wacom pen is quite fast, but I get "trigger happy" with keyframes and layers, thus accidentally move/slide keyframes and layers so often, depending on how I hold the pen.

After 5 months on working on one project it will be finished next week, just tweaking details.

So your solution got kudos it was bugging me so much.

Thanks again.



Thanks for all your help
Anita Sancha.

http://www.anitasancha.co.uk


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Dave LaRonde
Re: option double clicking on a nested precomp
on Sep 25, 2009 at 3:49:58 pm

Oh, and since you have so much time and effort invested in this project, I hope you have this project saved all over the place. As our IT guy says, "If you only have one copy, you have NO copies."

So save that project file! Save a copy! Do incremental saves!

And save like people vote in Chicago: they do it early and often.

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


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anita sancha
Re: option double clicking on a nested precomp
on Sep 27, 2009 at 10:10:12 am

Hi Dave...


yupppp... it's on 3 drives, incremented every time I save, and auto-save every 5 mins... even so as a "nube" its amazing how many times I revert or go to the latest auto-save. I suppose experimenting is learning, 3 steps forward and 2 steps back and it really is a huge project and very detailed. Started March... ahh thats 7 months for just 3 mins in the can!! and huge learning curve.

Here is a draft upload of it. Still tweaking the timeing and sound.. all apple loops!!

http://www.anitasancha.co.uk/videos/little-pumpkin-in-feed-the-world/

Er... and apart from 1 hr a day spent watching tutorials like cow/youtube/lynda etc and messing about just trail and error on a redundant project to test before I commit....

Thanks for all your advice.

Thanks for all your help
Anita Sancha.

http://www.anitasancha.co.uk


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