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I've got a background movie that I need to loop in AfterEffects. It's just a QT movie. The movie itself is a perfect loop, but it's only about 20 seconds long, but I need it to be 90 seconds.
When I try to duplicate it and move the new one to start when the first ends, AE's timeline will not let me do this perfectly. It insists on forcing there to be a 1 frame overlap. It wont let me line them up perfectly.
Is there some other way to just tell a movie file to loop without having to duplicate it?
By the way I tried things like holding cntrl and dragging the clip to try and line their start and end points up, but its like its in autosnap mode, forcing me to overlap them even when I zoom way in.
right click in project window
near the bottom you can specify number of times to loop
that should do it
otherwise your comp frame rate vs footage might be different
No AE does not do an overlap, you are doing it wrong.
- Okay my AfterEffects would like a word with you about that. It's forcing an overlap, trust me.CygnusZero4
- must be frame rate issuewhereRI
- Could be, but its definitely forcing it and I cant turn it off. Doesnt matter anyway, the looping worked.CygnusZero4
- yeah, you have some weird settings probably it shouldn't force you to do thatMeeklo
After Effects always did overlap 1 frame over an other for me too. I thought it was normal.
- It lets me line things up like voiceover files, graphic files, but not these 2 movie clips. Its weird.CygnusZero4
- maybe its this: whatever frame you are looking at is the frame infront of the timebar.whereRI
- did you zoomed in all the way?
you should be able to move it EXACTLY where you want itMeeklo
yeah that loop function is super handy
another way you could do it is enable time remappin, then alt click the time stopwatch and write the expression "loop"(cycle) that will loop the keyframes on whatever option you clicked, there more loop settings like pingpong etc, you can find all of em online i think
Never for me dudes, I have been using it since version 4 and has never overlapped for me, I go to the frame I want my clip to come in at and place my footage on that frame. Always works. I think you guys are holding shift down which snaps to the last frame of footage or a keyframe, it does not go to the frame after the last frame of video. You only get an overlap if YOU chose to put the file on that frame AE does not and has never ever purposefully given you an overlap it has always been your doing it only puts footage where you want it to go.
Put it this way, if you hold shift down then pull your scrubber to where you think the end of the video is why can you still see video?, reason being because you are looking at the last frame, what you want to do it see black, if you don't have another clip underneath that footage, simply hit shift zip to your end frame then tap scroll down button once which jogs you a frame forward then drop your footage on that frame.
totally sounds like a frame rate issue, holding shift and dragging always snaps perfectly for me. Make sure all your comps and footage share the same frame rate
It's not a frame rate issue at all how on earth could it be.
Does it annoy anyone that, if you want to cut a layer at the end, by pressing: command(]), the layer cuts 1 frame beyond?
that last frame at 10:01 is not visible its like a blank frame
yeah, but it pointless.
What if you have two layers and one should end at 10.00 and the other begin at 10.00? They now overlap.
Is the rashness still there? :(
i feel ya. that's how final cut does it too.
think of it like this: park on a frame. you want that frame to be the out but the duration of that frame is, wait for it.... one frame. so it's technically right to "cut" that last frame at the right side of the out point (aka the start of your next shot)
No it doesn't you are confusing yourself, the playhead sits on the frame you are on, it always has and it never ever crops items and includes the next frame. If you crop at 10 it crops at ten the next number you see is the next frame.
chossy...no it doesn't
If you want a layer to cut (go to black etc) at 10.00sec and the play head is at 10.00, pressing (alt ]) at 10.00sec will cut the layer at 10.01sec, meaning it will cut (go to black) at 10.01
Hey broxy of course they overlap, if you stop one at ten and start one at ten then they will overlap by one frame, you cannot put two things in at the same time physics won't allow it.
come on, why would you ever need that function in after effects.
Forget about stopping and starting footage.
It's about working in after effects.
its not a function. that's just an editing principle that goes back a long ways. avid, fcp and i bet premiere all do it that way.