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If I understand the question correctly, you can't. If keyframes are enabled for an effect parameter and you change that parameter, you will create a keyframe and/or change the value of that parameter at the Current Time Indicator location. That's how keyframing works.
If you explain your goal someone may be able to offer a solution.
Andrew, is he maybe asking about using curves/handles where you do change values without making any new keyframes?
Hello Andrew and group,
I have a QT clip of 21 scenes and I want to mark the ins ad outs. Then I want to change the color of every scenes "SEPARATELY" using curves, levels and saturation effects and I'd like to be able to park on a frame of my choice anywhere between the ins and outs to adjust the colors. The ins and outs don't have to be keyframes is there is a better way for marking the 21 shots. Also can I make color dissolves between 2 scenes. TX for your help
PS: I only have AE on my system.
Split your clip so that each of the scenes are on seperate layers. Apply whatever effects you want. If you don't want to use the effect in the beginning, but want it in the middle of the clip, keyframe the effect paramaters to 0, set it to hold, and then adjust them to whatever you want on the frame in question. Then, to 'turn it off', set another keyframe to 0, and change them to HOLD.
Whatcha mean about color dissolves? Make sure clips overlap, and fade opacity?
Slit layer and then pre-compose really helps !
How do I DISSOLVE between the end of the bottom layer and the beginning of the top layer ( Color transition between 2 layers)? Is there a way to to select the duration ( amount of frames ) between 2 layers?
And last is AE slower with multiple layer vs pre-composing regularly?
"And last is AE slower with multiple layer vs pre-composing regularly?"
I don't think so.
To dissolve between layers, set opacity keyframes in the layer on top. Animating opacity from 100 to 0 (or 0 to 100) will dissolve the layer. Set the keyframes to whatever duration you want. If you want to freeze the clip during the transition, use time remapping with a HOLD keyframe at the point you want to freeze (read manual if you don't know what time remap is).