Not according to Adobe.
But most laptop keyboards have the ability to be used as a slightly awkward numeric keypad.
The Windows On-Screen Keyboard seems to work.
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Accessibility > On-Screen Keyboard.
You just have to remember to make AE the active window before trying to launch a preview.
Then you have to stash the keyboard somewhere out of the way. :-).0
I think the RAM preview button might be easier at that point. ;)
Simply assign a different key for RAM previews. open your prefs and find the section below:
then replace the below entry with something useful:
<i>"Preview" = "(Pad0)(PadInsert)"</i>
Mapping it to Ctrl+1 would e.g. be sensible, as most people never want to hide the toolbar
<i>"Preview" = "(Ctrl+1)"</i>
Just don't forget tu unmap the default entry in this section:
"ShowHideTools" = "(Ctrl+1)"</i>
PS: The <i> </i> stuff was meant to be HTMLformatting ands does not belong to the text, but obviously this forum feature is still turned off.
Or you can buy a USB numpad for about 20 bucks these days. Some of them have calculators built in!
To modify keyboard shortcuts, use the KeyEd Up script from Jeff Almasol, which is available on the Adobe After Effects Exchange website:
When are we going to get a Keyboard Command Center (full feature mapping) GUI, Todd? Why do we still have to mess with code?
I know...I know..."Adobe doesn't talk about updates / upgrades...leave it on the Feature Request website..." yada-yada-yada.
Agreed, not having that control seems so oddball.
Here's an easy solution:
All laptop keyboards I have ever seen have had a "Function" or "Fn" key that when held down turns some other part of the keyboard into a numerical keypad. On my current Dell, I hold down FN and press M to start RAM Preview, since the M key has a blue 0 on it.
- Jonas Hummelstrand
I can corroborate Jonas's post... my Macbook Pro also has access to a full numeric keypad via the "fn" key. Hitting "fn/M" together is also my RAM Preview. If you look closely at your keypad, the "fn" keys are marked in the lower right corner of each key. You can see them really well when the keypad lights up in dark areas.
But the Fn key doesn't have a calculator built in... :-)
Thanks all for your replies. I appreciate it!
By the way, I solve this on Windows using autohotkey. I remapped the useless caps lock key to audio preview. The one line of code is
(in a file remap.ahk ; presuming autohotkey is installed, then left click and run it). Now when I hit caps lock it starts audio preview
I remapped the useless caps lock key to audio preview.
I find caps lock to be pretty useful in AE...
It stops the composition window from rendering. Until AE's core gets rewritten to improve performance, this is often a good way to get AE to behave if the comp window takes a while to render a frame. Very useful if a plugin is crashing AE when it renders and you just want to get the project to open so you can delete the effect and salvage the project.
Yeah good point. With ahk you can pick any keystroke to overwrite (and even assign gui operations to keystrokes)