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Layers lost. Can't select

New Here ,
Jul 24, 2023 Jul 24, 2023

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Hi experts. Some layers in my composition have greyed out and I can't select and move. Although, they do render and preview. Can someone help me?

What I have tried is copying layers to a new comp. It did work for a few layers. But when I copy all layers, it does the same thing. My total layer count is 1270.

 

 

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LEGEND , Jul 24, 2023 Jul 24, 2023

There is a bug where this happens after you create 700 something layers. You have to pre-compose some of your work, which would be advisable, anyway.

 

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Jul 24, 2023 Jul 24, 2023

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There is a bug where this happens after you create 700 something layers. You have to pre-compose some of your work, which would be advisable, anyway.

 

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Aug 13, 2023 Aug 13, 2023

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Thank you. Yes, I figured that out.

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Jul 24, 2023 Jul 24, 2023

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Zoom out in the Timeline too see the time span of the Layers from left to right.

 

If you remain zoomed in (as seen in your screenshot), press I or O while Layer 990 is select to go to the In or the Out.

 

I find using the keyboard shortcuts very helpful when working in Comps that have hundreds of Layers and are several minutes in duration:

  • Go to Earliest In Point of Selected Layers, I
  • Go to Next Layer In or Out Point, +++RightArrow
  • Go to Latest Out Point of Selected Layers, O
  • Go to Previous Layer In or Out Point, +++LeftArrow

 

When working in project with this level of complexity, it can be helpful to pre-Compose Layers based on scenes and use Label colors to quickly identify and select groups of Layers.

 

With hundreds of Layers, it's also helpful to have the Timeline on a high-reslution, vertical display.

 

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