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If I understand you correctly, you simply want to place keyframes at the CTI. I don't understand why your keyframe indicator ◄●► would be greyed out - it shouldn't be if keyframes have been activated by clicking on the parameter's stopwatch.
Personally, I often just cut and paste equivalent keyframes. Eg: you set your first KF at 5.00, move the CTI to 15.00, and then click on the first KF and copy and paste. The previous keyframe should actually still be selected if you haven't clicked anywhere else, meaning you can usually skip the "click on first KF" step.
The Alt-Shift combo requires an additional key to function, the same as the key shortcuts which toggle transform property display:
A=Anchor Point, P=Position, S=Scale, R=Rotation, T=Opacity
So, Alt-Shift-P will set a Position keyframe, Alt-Shift-S will set a Scale keyframe, etc.
Thank you for the response.
I'm at a loss, regarding the ● being greyed out for the Add Keyframe aspect. I have the ◄ and the ► (if the CTI is within two existing Keyframes), but never the ●. That is what I seem to be missing, and on two different installations. Maybe I'm gripping the mouse too tightly? [Grin] Glad to know that it SHOULD work, like PrPro and other Keyframing programs. Now, to make it work for me.
I now see what the manual and F1 are talking about with regards to Alt-Shift+. Got it!
Regardless of what I am doing wrong, or my settings don't allow, with regards to the ●, I now have a way to do what I want. Hey, a minor DUH! moment.
I've also used Ctrl-c & Ctrl-v on groups of existing Keyframes, and that has worked perfectly. I do have to go back and alter some of the various parameters, but that is to be expected. Still, I can get 90% of the necessary data, plus the Keyframes, so there is much less work.
Hope to explore Expressions, later, when this Project is off the machine, as they look like they'd save a bunch of time and keystrokes with the type of stuff that I'm doing. As I'm still learning much about AE, I'll get to that "lesson" later.
You have given me two invaluable answers. One is to troubleshoot why the ● is not active and the other is a method to add the necessary Keyframe, where I need it. Thanks.
Just wondering, have you clicked on the greyed-out anyway, just to test? It's coloring is kind of feint, but it is still active.
Exactly. The diamond shape wiull look like it's inaccessible, but it will respond. Just minor lack of UI contrast, simply put.
Gentlemen, you have given me the Rosetta Stone.
What my GUI shows (remember on a 17" laptop @ 1680x1050 & dual 21" CRTs at 1280x1024) is basically ◄○► unless I'm over an existing Keyframe, then I get ◄●►. The ○
active, but "looks" greyed out. Eureka! Other than the "look," it works just like with PrPro. Told you I was ready for that DUH! moment, and here it is. Why I didn't just click the sucka' is beyond me. The appearance is like PrPro's, when you CANNOT click, say the CTI is beyond the tail of the Clip. Odd, that Adobe chose to display it thusly, but I can live with that.
Thank you so much for pointing out what should have been attempted anyway. Guess I'm too respectful of Adobe's GUI, and assume that if something is greyed-out, it doesn't work under the exact conditions.
Sorry to have bothered everyone, but appreciate your patience with me. Seemed so odd, as AE is such a wonderful program and offers so much power and accommodates so many different workflows. How wonderfully simple, and how painfully stupid of me.
No problem. That's what we are here for... ;-)