I was working in after effects one day, and I must have hit a key combination by accident, because my select tool has changed from the pointer with cross, to what I can best describe as cross hairs. Instead of moving an item, when this new tool is used, it makes a mask-like selection on the footage, and only what is inside the "mask" can be seen inside the viewer. It does not, however edit the contents of the comp, just what you can see in the preview. Its been driving me nuts, since I cant edit without the normal selection tool. I have never seen this, and the AE built in help is useless. Please, if anyone knows what this tool is, how to change it back, or how to even erase all settings, please let me know. Thanks.
Thanks for the help. I read the page about the region of
Interest, and it sounds like what I am expieriencing. When I get home later I will try unchecking the button it describes. Thanks again for the help I hope this works.