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Nelson May
Adjusting text presets in the timeline
on Mar 2, 2010 at 4:36:48 pm

I am starting to dive into text and I have hit a wall. I am using the CS4 classroom in a book. When I apply a a text preset from bridge, (that is how I see which effect I want to use), when I open the properties for that preset, I can't move the key frames. The keyframes are small black dots. I like the preset in its entirety, but the preset starts at the time indicator, but sometimes the preset takes a while to fade in etc. I want to have better control over the timing or the two keyframes. maybe I am not far enough along yet, but can the text expression keyframes be selected and dragged along the timeline like other keyframes?

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Adjusting text presets in the timeline
on Mar 2, 2010 at 4:42:59 pm

[Nelson May] "when I open the properties for that preset, I can't move the key frames. The keyframes are small black dots"

That's because you didn't open the properties that are actually animated. Just highlight the layer in question, and hit "uu" -- that's the u key 2 times fast. AE will reveal all the properties that have been changed from defaults.

If you just want to see the keyframes, highlight the layer and hit the u key once.

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Jeremy Allen
Re: Adjusting text presets in the timeline
on Mar 3, 2010 at 6:48:36 pm

Also, here is a recent tutorial from Motionworks. It may help expand your basic understanding of how to work with and manipulate animation presets..

http://www.motionworks.com.au/2010/02/magic-from-presets-1/

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