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Rick Dane
Syncing start of layer with end of other layer in composition?
on Oct 15, 2009 at 7:49:26 am

This has been driving me crazy, I am trying to figure a way to automatically sync the start of one layer to the end of another layer within a composition, so it shows seamlessly.. I have been searching for "sync layers" and things like that but can't come up with anything... I do 3d modeling and in this there is something called "snaps" for snapping vertices to the same spot.. there must be something like this in compositing, right? thanks for any advice


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Syncing start of layer with end of other layer in composition?
on Oct 15, 2009 at 3:27:16 pm

You just need to know a little more AE-Lingo, that's all. In AE, the command is called Sequence Layers. Here, read all about it:

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/9.0/WS3878526689cb91655866c1103906...

Wouldn't it be nice if everybody used the same terminology for the same action? Sadly, don't hold your breath on that happening.

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


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Syncing start of layer with end of other layer in composition?
on Oct 15, 2009 at 3:46:39 pm

You can also turn on snapping by holding the Shift key as you drag layers in time. For example, you can snap a layer's In point to the time of another layer's Out point, as you are trying to do. See "Place or move layers in time".

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Jason Brown
Re: Syncing start of layer with end of other layer in composition?
on Oct 15, 2009 at 6:12:43 pm

Another way to do it is split layer (cmd+shift+D maybe?)

It will split a layer in 2 pieces and butt the beginning up with the end...then you can just alt+drag to replace that layer with the one you want...not as slick as sequence footage...but I've used it in a pinch.

-Jason


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Rick Dane
Re: Syncing start of layer with end of other layer in composition?
on Oct 16, 2009 at 5:51:54 am

Thanks for the help, actually after more searching I even found a tutorial termed with "layer snapping" but yeah the lingo terminology problem is definitely prevalent when going from different softwares :)


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