Duration Between Keyframes & Markers in After Effects

In this post, I will show you how to quickly find the distance or duration between keyframes and markers in Adobe After Effects.

How to Find Duration Between Keyframes in After Effects

Step 1: Press ALT+LEFT CLICK on a PC or OPT+LEFT CLICK on a MAC on the first key.

Duration Between Keyframes & Markers in After Effects

Step 2: Press ALT+LEFT CLICK on a PC or OPT+LEFT CLICK on a MAC on the second key.

Duration Between Keyframes in After Effects

When you do that, you will find the distance in the info panel.

Duration between keyframes in Adobe After Effects

As you can see from the image above, the duration is 60 frames. That is how you can find the duration between keyframes, but you can also do the same thing with markers.

How to Find Duration Between Markers in After Effects

Step 1: Press ALT+LEFT CLICK on a PC or OPT+LEFT CLICK on a MAC on the first marker.

Press ALT+LEFT CLICK on a PC or OPT+LEFT CLICK on a MAC on the first marker in After Effects

Step 2: Press ALT+LEFT CLICK on a PC or OPT+LEFT CLICK on a MAC on the second marker.

Press ALT+LEFT CLICK on a PC or OPT+LEFT CLICK on a MAC on the second marker in After Effects

The distance between marker one and marker two is 30 frames.

The distance between markers in After Effects
You can also measure the distance between a keyframe and a marker.

How to Find Duration Between a Keyframe and a Marker in After Effects

Step 1: Press ALT+LEFT CLICK on a PC or OPT+LEFT CLICK on a MAC on the first keyframe.

Press ALT+LEFT CLICK on a PC or OPT+LEFT CLICK on a MAC on the first keyframe

Step 2: Press ALT+LEFT CLICK on a PC or OPT+LEFT CLICK on a MAC on the first marker.

The distance between the first keyframe and the first marker is 10 frames.

The distance between the first keyframe and the first marker is 10 frames in After Effects

Switching From Frame to Seconds In After Effects

I am working in frames right now.

Working in frame in After Effects

However, we can quickly switch to seconds by pressing CTRL+LEFT CLICK on a PC or CMD+LEFT CLICK and when you do that, the duration will be set in seconds.

Switch to seconds in After Effects duration

I hope you will find this tip useful!

About the author:

Sergei Prokhnevskiy

Sergei Prokhnevskiy is a Charlotte, NC based motion graphics designer, an online tutor, an entrepreneur, and Adobe MAX Master Speaker. Sergei is known for his quick and practical After Effects tips and tricks on YouTube, where he generated well over 6 million views on his tutorials. He has authored an online video course on After Effects Expressions and developed scripts for After Effects. He is also a former senior motion graphics designer at Fox Sports where he worked on graphics for NFL, Super Bowl, MLB, World Series, College Football, NASCAR, Women’s World Cup, and NASCAR Race Hub. He is very passionate about learning and teaching others.

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