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Chapter 6. Layer Editing > Other Editing Functions

Other Editing Functions

After Effects includes several other features you would expect to find in traditional nonlinear editing programs (such as Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro, Media100, AVID, and so on). These include duplicating and splitting layers, changing layer playback speed, and adding markers to both layers and the time graph.

To duplicate a layer:

1.
In the Timeline window, select a layer.

2.
Choose Edit > Duplicate, or press Command-D (Mac) or Ctrl-D (Windows) (Figure 6.42).

Figure 6.42. To duplicate a layer, select the layer and choose Edit > Duplicate, or press Command-D (Mac) or Ctrl-D (Windows).


A copy of the layer appears above the original layer in the stacking order. The copy uses the same layer name as the original, but an asterisk (*) is appended to it (Figure 6.43). The copy is selected; you may want to rename the new layer (as described in “Naming Layers,” in Chapter 5).

Figure 6.43. A duplicate layer appears in the composition, distinguished by an asterisk after its name.



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