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Escape key switching camera instead of stopping playback

New Here ,
Oct 14, 2023 Oct 14, 2023

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Environment:

Freshly formatted harddrive with a fresh install of Windows 10 and AE 23.6 (Build 62).

 

Problem:

Pressing the Esc key swaps the camera between Active Camera and Default in the Composition window (doesn't matter if there's a camera in the comp or not).

 

This occurs during preview playback as well, which breaks my usual muscle memory workflow of hitting Esc to stop playbacks.

 

I've been using AE for decades, and also had an install of 23.6 on the exact same hardware before two days ago, and have never encountered this before.

 

I'm starting completely from scratch on this install, including starting with all new preferences - is this a recent AE bug that I'd somehow avoided by importing my old keyboard shortcut preferences on every previous upgrade?

 

I tried changing the key behaviour, but the keyboard shortcut window doesn't allow changing the behaviour of the Esc key.

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New Here ,
Oct 14, 2023 Oct 14, 2023

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This seems to have randomly resolved itself.

I suspect I have a plugin installed that was disrupting the normal key function, though I haven't changed anything and the issue's vanished.

I'll update if I figure out what was going on.

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Engaged ,
Jan 05, 2024 Jan 05, 2024

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I know this issue. It still happens every now and then. Restarting After Effects helps until it occurs again.
EDIT:
Adobe dev team:
You can re-create the situation by adding camera, (maybe switching a layer to 3d) and changing comp view from Active Camera to Top, etc.
After this escape doesn't stop playback anymore. It switches camera view.
Escape key looses its' function in After Effects on different occasions as well.

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