I am doing Kinetic Typography in After Effects CS5.5 and currently I have my audio rendered so I can play it back in real time. I am basically listening to the audio then stopping it as close as I can then creating the text to match the audio and then I keep repeating listening to the music and trying to move the text a bit closer to the audio until it is correct. Is there a way to to slow down how fast my composition plays when I preview it. It would be great if I could play it at 5 frames and put markers in where the audio needs to appear. Any ideas on how to make this process simpler? I do not want to make my composition in slow motion just preview it at half speed. Thank you
Also how do I changed my work area to just render what is in my work area and only play that segment. I am new to After Effects and have been reading guides on changing the work area which I have done but everytime I hit zero to play my composition, it renders my entire comp at 1080p. Comp size is 3 minutes and that is how long my project is but currently I am only working with 30 seconds of footage. Kind of new to this stuff, please ask if I confused you with this all over the place question.
The best way to time things to audio is to preview the audio and use the * key on the numeric keypad to set layer markers as the preview is playing. Then, you can show the audio waveform in the Timeline panel and use the peaks and troughs in the waveform to nudge the markers to be exactly on the beat (or whatever).
This is an excellent resource for kinetic typography:
You sir are a genius! Thank you so much these videos are excellent and that hotkey is excellent