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Your Own HotKeys

Editing Shortcuts Keys for After Effects 6.5 By Ko Maruyama
I usually discourage people from editing the description file for After Effects' shortcut key definitions, but so many people have asked me how to do it, I figure I would make a quick primer.  This doesn't go into the advanced commands or even begin to describe the various commands that you can invoke by changing the text document, but most of the users who will be editing this are ADVANCED USERS.

As an advanced user, you are familiar with the different properties of the application, and are so comfortable with the software that you have started to look for ways to make your use of After Effects more efficient.

If you're a novice user, you have to start learning the shortcut keys that ALREADY exist in the software before you try to modify your own.  There is no excuse for being lazy.  There are plenty of resources provided by Adobe for you to find out the shortcut keys that already exist in the application.  If you've been using After Effects regularly for a few months, you know where to find them.  Check them out.  Most of the keys you'll need are already there.

NEVER. NEVER change the shortcut settings on a machine that is not yours.  If you are a freelancer or are working at a studio or school, make sure that editing the file is OKAY with your boss or teacher before you try this.

ALWAYS. ALWAYS make a backup copy of the document before you start to work on it.  You never know what will happen after you begin to modify the syntax in the document.  computers crash.  fingers slip.  Make a duplicate before you edit it.

Now, go crazy...

Here's a movie that starts to explain how to modify the hotkeys.  If you want to know some more things that you can do with this document, feel free to ask me in the DMN FORUMS

Click on the image to launch the movie in a new window.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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