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Keyboard shortcuts: Timeline zoom to fit + Move layer to playhead

Participant ,
Jan 06, 2019 Jan 06, 2019

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Hi,

1. In FCP I loved the shortcut Shift+Z to fit the timeline to the window. I tried to find an equivalent in Ae here and from the internet without success: After Effects keyboard shortcuts reference. Is there a shortcut for this in Ae? If so, what's the name so I can search for it in the Keyboard settings in Ae since I might have changed the shortcut.

2. Same question for moving the WHOLE layer to the playhead. I know the [ + ] but I want the layer to move so the keyframes follow.

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/Pär

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LEGEND , Jan 06, 2019 Jan 06, 2019

Moving the layer to the playhead position: "]" moves the out point to it and "[" moves the in point to it.

If there's no keyboard shortcut (don't know, don't use it), Moving the little handles at the very top of the timeline works well to adjust how much you see.

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Valorous Hero , Jan 06, 2019 Jan 06, 2019

SHIFT+; (semi-colon) is the shortcut for view the entire length of a timeline. It's actually a toggle. It's Command (name) is Toggle Zoom Level.

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LEGEND ,
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Moving the layer to the playhead position: "]" moves the out point to it and "[" moves the in point to it.

If there's no keyboard shortcut (don't know, don't use it), Moving the little handles at the very top of the timeline works well to adjust how much you see.

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Participant ,
Jan 06, 2019 Jan 06, 2019

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Thanks Dave,

Sadly the "[" and "]" keys don't move the layer, they only extend/shorten the layer.

The time I want to use the shortcut like shift+z is when I have zoomed in a lot with my shortcuts and want to zoom out again.

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Jan 06, 2019 Jan 06, 2019

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[ and ] does move layer to a playhead. It trims layers inPoint/outPoint with Alt + [ and Alt + ], unless you have mangled your keyboad shortcuts.

To zoom out in the timeline, simply hold - (minus) key.

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Jan 06, 2019 Jan 06, 2019

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If you are talking timeline then just holding the Alt/Option key and two finger drag (or equivalent with a mouse) will zoom in and out of the timeline in a heartbeat. The = (main keyboard) zoom in on the timeline and - zooms out. Both act centered on the timeline.

All of this is in the Keyboard shortcuts Views section. It's amazing how helpful the user guide can be.

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Valorous Hero ,
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SHIFT+; (semi-colon) is the shortcut for view the entire length of a timeline. It's actually a toggle. It's Command (name) is Toggle Zoom Level.

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Explorer ,
Oct 10, 2023 Oct 10, 2023

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just ; by itself it a toogle, zoomed out all the way or zoomed in all the way. use it constantly. Zoom to workarea is the thing that is missing and for 25 years of asking Adobe still has not implemented it yet. Even with coding, scripts, python, etc. it is not doable. It just isn't in the base code to be able to do it.

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Participant ,
Jan 07, 2019 Jan 07, 2019

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THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE!!!

I have a Swedish keyboard and to get the [ + ] to show I already hold down the alt key cause I don't have them. I found the shortcut under "set layer in point at current time" and "set layer out point at current time" and entered a custom shortcut. You were totally right Dave! Thanks for the correction Tomas.

Roland, omg, this is the shortcut I have been trying to figure out for ages. The shortcut did not work but searching for the name and changing it works great. So happy!

All the best

/Pär

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Explorer ,
Oct 08, 2023 Oct 08, 2023

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I know this is an older thread, but there is the shortcut "Zoom to Sequence" that sets the zoom to the size of all clips in the sequence. This does what I was looking for, maybe also for you!

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