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Hello.I'm new to After Effects. I would like to know if there is a quick way to position a keyframe at a specific time after another keyframe. For example, to place a keyframe exactly 30 seconds after another keyframe without having to manually figure out the when 30 seconds will come next by trying to add in your head and then manually typing in the time. Is there a way to just command it to add 60 seconds or 30 seconds to the next keyframe quickly? Thank you.

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You can easily click in the timecode on your timeline and type +3000 (that's 30 seconds and 00 frames) and it'll move forward that amount.

Does that do what you want?

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Hello.I'm new to After Effects. I would like to know if there is a quick way to position a keyframe at a specific time after another keyframe. For example, to place a keyframe exactly 30 seconds after another keyframe without having to manually figure out the when 30 seconds will come next by trying to add in your head and then manually typing in the time. Is there a way to just command it to add 60 seconds or 30 seconds to the next keyframe quickly? Thank you.

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You can easily click in the timecode on your timeline and type +3000 (that's 30 seconds and 00 frames) and it'll move forward that amount.

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You can easily click in the timecode on your timeline and type +3000 (that's 30 seconds and 00 frames) and it'll move forward that amount.

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Thank you! This solved my problem.

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You're welcome! Thanks for reporting back.

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I would like to caution you about making comps that are longer than a few seconds. AE is NOT a video editing app and you should only use AE to create shots, visual effects, and animations that you cannot create in an NLE like Premiere Pro. Trying to edit two or three minutes in AE is heading down a long dark tunnel with very little chance of escape and the bread crumbs you left are being eaten by rats. 

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Can I ask why? I read online that AE was better for animatiion while Premiere was better for video. I'm creating an animated video made up of all icons, vector graphics and text - no video. I thought that would be better in AE. I need to use a lot of Character, Paragraph and shape features/tools.

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AE is built for vertical work (that is, lots of layers). Premiere Pro is built for horizontal work (that is, lots of shots along a timeline).

If you need to cut a shot shorter (and ripple edit the rest of the shots), it's way easier to do that in Premiere Pro than it is in After Effects.

I have had AE comps that were minutes long. But that's only because I absolutely couldn't do it any other way and I locked down an edit in Premiere Pro first to make sure timing and everything was rock solid before I went into AE at all.

 

The best plan of action would be to do each shot as its own composition (if it's animated) and then put them all together afterwards. (Usually in Premiere.)

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