As a long time After Effects user, I still find myself discovering new features that help me speed up my workflow in After Effects nearly every day. In this post, I want to tell you about one of those features called the Timeline Search Bar. It is a simple feature, but it will save you time. Let me show you!
After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts Overview
Alright, So we are in After Effects. Let’s review our keyboard shortcuts for a second. If you remember in After Effects we can select multiple layers and hit S on the keyboard to reveal the Scale Property,
press R to see the Rotation Property,
or pressing T to see the Opacity Property, and so on.
You don’t have to select any of the layers and just hit A on the keyboard to see Anchor Points for each layer.
You get the idea. However, there are certain things you cannot bring up with keyboard shortcuts because we don’t have keyboard shortcuts for them.
For example, the source text property doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut.
The shape layer has a bunch of properties we can’t bring up with keyboard shortcuts such as the Path Property and the Fill. You get the idea.
Timeline Search Bar
It would be nice if I could only see let’s say the source property of my text. How do I do that? I don’t want to go to each layer, collapse them down, and look for the source text. It would take too long especially if you have many layers. I got good news! There is a much easier way to do it. Let me show you!
All you have to do is go to the Timeline Search Bar and type source text. As you can see, When you do that, it is going to show me only the source text property of each layer. That’s kind of nice.
By the way, I can do the same thing for only select few layers. For example, to see the source text property for my UKRAMEDIA and UKRAMEDIA 5 layers. All I have to do is select those two layers, go to the Timeline Search Bar, type source text, and it will show me the source text of the two selected layers.
I can also search for multiple properties at the same time in the Timeline Search Bar. For example, I can type source text, rotation in the timeline search bar, and it will bring up source text and rotation of the selected layer or layers.
We don’t have to stop here. We can keep going with this by adding the scale property in the timeline search bar. As you can see, it is very handy!
Also, if you click on the magnifying glass inside the timeline search bar, you will notice different options.
The magnifying glass feature is handy. For example, one of the options inside the magnifying glass is something called Missing Fonts.
It comes handy If I have a bunch of layers, and I need to figure out which text has a missing font. Simply clicking on the Missing Font option will bring up the text layer that has a missing font.
There is also an option called Missing Effects.
If you click on it, it will bring up the layer or layers that have a missing effect.
The last thing I want to mention about the Timeline Search Bar is that you can search for expressions in your timeline. For example, typing wiggle inside the search bar will bring up and isolate the layer or layers that have a wiggle effect applied.
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