I was wondering if there is some way, whether through scripting or whatever, to lock a layers' time in the timeline, while leaving everything else about the layer editable.
Very frequently I find myself clicking on a layer in order to select it, and accidentally moving it a frame or 2, and it would be so much nicer if there was some way that I could lock that property, and know that no matter what I wasn't messing with my edit.
Obviously I know that I can click the layer name on the left in order to select the layer without moving it, but I'm color correcting a huge edit in AE, so I have hundreds of layer, so the quickest way to select the shot I want is to literally click the layer in the timeline panel.
Any help/ideas you guys have is greatly appreciated.
in the 31 places where the word "lock" is mentioned in AE's Online Help, there is no mention of locking a layer in time. Sorry.
I guess you'll just have to be careful.
If I wanted to play it safe, I'd highlight the layer hit the i key to go to the layer's in-point then use the shift-alphanumeric keypad to assign a 0 - 9 marker in the timeline. If there's any doubt if you moved a layer in time, just hit the appropriate number key and the timeline cursor goes right to it. It's easy to realign the clip from there.
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As Dave said, I don't think there is a way to do this. Instead why don't you look into alternate ways of selecting layers? For example every layer has a number and if you hit this number on your keypad you can select that layer (of course you have more than 10 layers though...)