1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 20, 2017 12:58 PM by Roei Tzoref

    Layer selection in Timeline

    artisanaltv

      I have a bunch of 20 frame layers that have been sequenced with no overlaps (the timeline looks like a staircase), but now I'm adjusting the timing of some of the layers and want to move them forward and backward by a few frames at a time. But selecting only the particular layers I want to work with is proving tricky.

       

      Is it possible to use the selection tool to select multiple layers in the Timeline by drawing a selection rectangle around them, rather than having to click on them individually and holding shift to add to the selection?

       

      The tool is drawing a "box" as I click and drag in the Timeline, which implies that this functionality is there, but it doesn't select anything.

       

      My other option is to go all the way over to the left hand layer column and select each layer by name, but that's pretty cumbersome, too. Also, my ability to guess exactly which of my 36 layers corresponds to that little 20 frame chunk in the middle of the timeline is also not 100%, so that results in a fair amount of trial and error.

       

      Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Layer selection in Timeline
          Roei Tzoref Adobe Community Professional

          Is it possible to use the selection tool to select multiple layers in the Timeline by drawing a selection rectangle around them, rather than having to click on them individually and holding shift to add to the selection?

           

          The tool is drawing a "box" as I click and drag in the Timeline, which implies that this functionality is there, but it doesn't select anything.

          unfortunately no. the square rectangle selection is for keyframes, not layers.

           

          My other option is to go all the way over to the left hand layer column and select each layer by name, but that's pretty cumbersome, too. Also, my ability to guess exactly which of my 36 layers corresponds to that little 20 frame chunk in the middle of the timeline is also not 100%, so that results in a fair amount of trial and error.

          you can also click on the layer bar itself.

           

          there are other ways to select and arrange layers. here's a help file about it: Selecting and arranging layers in After Effects if there's something in the functionality you think is missing, ask for it here: Feature Request/Bug Report Form

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