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Lesson 1. Getting to Know the Work Area > Navigating through time

Navigating through time

After Effects provides a number of ways to move through time in your compositions.

  1. Drag the blue current-time marker to a new location on the time graph. The Composition window reflects the change.

  2. Click the 02s (2-second) mark in the time ruler. The current-time marker jumps to the point in time where you clicked. Once again, the Composition window reflects the change.

  3. Choose View > Go to Time or press Ctrl+G (Windows) or Command+G (Mac OS). In the Go To Time dialog box, type (4 seconds, 0 frames—you don't need to type the colons between the numbers), and click OK.


    Figure .


    The current-time marker moves to 04 on the time graph, and the Composition window changes to reflect the new position in time.

    Wherever you see a time display, such as the one in the Time Layout window or in the Composition window, you can click it to display the Go To Time dialog box.


    Figure .


  4. Click the time display in the Time Layout window, type 800, and then click OK to move the current-time marker to 8 seconds.

  5. Try navigating through time by clicking the time display in the Composition or Time Layout windows, or by moving the current-time marker.

  6. Press the Home key to return to the beginning of the composition.


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