Screenshots, system info, other details. Seriously. Just trimming a comp does not in any way erase any data, it may just be so far outside the timelien bounds that you don't see it.
I don't think I've lost the data. I can see it but can't get any of those
shots (that already have effects done to them) back into the comp. I was
working on one shot of many and had the work area just on that shot. I
tried making the comp longer, much longer, but still couldn't get the shots
back in. I was working on the last shot of the sequence and when I added
time to the comp, it added it on to the end so that shot was at the
beginning of long, empty comp.
What do you mean by 'outside the timeline'?
I have expanded the timeline fully. All my work is still 'trimmed' and to
the left of where the timeline starts. I can even see the end of the final
2 shots in what's been trimmed, but I still can't move the timeline into a
position where I can access the shots or effects. The 'first shot' in my
timeline now (after the accident) is the shot I was working on.
Is there a direct line to Adobe I can call?
This is what I'm looking at. YOu can see the 'end' of the last 2 shots, just above the shot I'm working on. All the shots and effects I need to access are to the ''left' of this in the old timeline.
No matter what I try, there is nothing to get the stuff back, although its clear that the shots and all the work I've done to them are there still.
You see the lighter gray area flanked by two yellow bars just below the 3:40 time marker? You see the yellow bar on the left? Pull it further to the left and tell us what you see.
Show a screenshot of the Composition Settings dialog box. (You'll probably see why I'm asking for this and fix it yourself immediately upon looking at the composition settings.)
It appears that you've pushed those layers into negative time, which you can't view in the Timeline. To get the layers back into the Timeline view, you'll need to move the layers in time with keyboard shortcuts. I assume that you've got your layers arranged in an edit, and you want to preserve their relationships, so do the following:
- Select all of the layers.
- Hold down Alt/Option+Shift and press Page Down until the layers are visible. This shortcut moves layers 10 frames later in time. Removing Shift moves them 1 frame at a time. Using Page Up instead of Page Down will move them earlier in time.
Another useful pair of shortcuts is [ and ], which set the in or out points of the select layer(s) to the current time. But you probably don't want to use those shortcuts in this case because you'll lose the time relationships of your edit.
Thank you Tim and Todd. The short cut did move all the layers to the right
into the timeline, but as Todd figured, as soon as I saw the start time in
my timeline, I reset it to 0:00:00:00 adn the timeline returned to full.
Thank you both.