I know there are short cuts (Alt + ] or [) when creating a new layer in after effects that will trim the layer to either side of the Current Time Indicator.

The question is, is there a better way to create a new layer and not have to manually trim it because by default it spans the entire comp. For example, can you create a new shape layer and trim it to the current Work Area? I am specifically looking for the most efficient method for trimming new layers.

  • I'm not sure what you're asking. What to you mean "set to the current workspace"? A workspace is your window setup and has nothing to do with your project.
    – timonsku
    Nov 21, 2014 at 18:14
  • Sorry for the incorrect term, you are correct. I was referring to the "Work Area" and have updated my question.
    – Javi
    Nov 24, 2014 at 2:14

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I don't think it's possible to automatically trim layers as you import them. You can trim a comp to your work area, if you've selected a beginning and end point on your timeline (using B and N), but this isn't really going to help you.

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