I'm really hoping that AE has a similar feature.
It hasn't. simply work in a larger comp, then crop it to the fian lsize by nesting it in another comp.
Thanks Mylenium and Todd for your helpful posts. Mylenium - that's an interesting workaround. I'll have to noodle it a bit to see how I can work that technique into my workflow. Perhaps I'll need to set up some kind of "guide" box or shape that will let me know when the animation will be "in frame", which I would then make shy for the final composition.
Todd, thanks for the link. I'll be sure to make a request. The more consistency Adobe can build into its apps across the Creative Suite, the stronger the product line will be and the more it will justify Adobe's way of marketing and selling the apps bundled as opposed to individually, the way it use to be (sigh the good ol' days).