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Bek, I don't think there's a way to do what you want. Your request is very reasonable to me as I often want to kick off several effects in the same frame of video. An option to snap keyframes to the CTI would be very helpful.
Keyframing in PPro is a little horsey compared to keyframing in After Effects--which is interesting because I think they're practically the same effects/animation engine. When I want to align keyframes from different animated effects, here's what I've been doing:
1) Select the keyframe you want to move to a different position in time. Hit Ctrl-X to cut it--it'll disappear into memory.
2) Use the keyframe navigator for the animated parameter you want to sync to in order to jump to the keyframe that represents the exact point in time you want to animate to (eesh... that sounds more complicated than it is).
3) Press Ctrl-V to paste in the keyframe that's in memory. It will reappear in the parameter you're trying to sync.
It's pretty quick once you get used to it, but having the ability to Shift-drag and snap keyframes into place, like in AE, would be lovely.
Thanks for the replies guys.
Colin, That method will do just fine. cheers.
I can't believe I didn't even try the old cut and paste approach. :)
It is a little bit of a scary method as you could delete keyframe, but I suppose with the undo and history, it should be safe enough, assuming it doesn't crash mid-process.
I am presuming that Premiere doesn't save the history and undo's when you save a project or it auto saves.
I'm a big fan of After Effects, it's a really good product that rarely gives me that feeling of it not allowing me to do what I want to do, but Premiere seemed deliberatly crippled. I suppose it's because you are supposed to use both of them together.
When I was in University this wasn't a problem as the Uni had both products, but the company I work for now can't justify the expense for After Effects for what it is we do.
Still, after evaluating both Sony Vegas Pro 8 and Premiere Pro CS 3, I think Premiere is winning.
Now, if only I can somehow convince the company to buy the Production Premium suite. :)
Thanks for your help guys.
I should probably add that I'm in the UK, where After Effects costs more the the entire US version of Production Premium package.
*grumble grumble grumble*
*economies of scale my rear end, just let me buy the US version then.*