In this post, I will show you how to quickly set and number comp markers in After Effects. So without any further ado, let’s dive right in!
Alright, so we are in After Effects and as you may already know, it usually takes a few steps to create and label a composition marker in After Effects. So in this quick tutorial, I am going to show you the traditional way and the fastest way.
Creating and Labeling a Composition Marker in After Effects
The first thing I am going to do is hit * on my keyboard to create a marker.
Double click on the marker.
Label the marker.
Lastly, hit OK. As you can see, it took me four steps to create and label a marker. Now let me show you a much quicker way.
The Fastest Way of Creating and Labelling a Marker In After Effects
First, let’s get rid of our current marker by hovering over it and then CTRL+Left Mouse Click (CMD+Left Mouse Click on a Mac).
Press SHIFT+1 to create your first marker.
You can press SHIFT+2 to create your second, SHIFT+3 to create your third marker and so on. You can go up to 9 markers with this keyboard shortcut.
So as you can see, that was pretty easy. By the way, we don’t have to manually move markers by dragging them from one place to another.
So if you want to move the second marker to a different position, you can simply move the time indicator to the desired spot and then just hit SHIFT+2 and it will automatically shift places.
You can also do the same thing for all 9 markers. So you get the idea.
Also, we can quickly move our time indicator in the timeline over each marker by simply pressing its number on the keyboard instead of shift snapping to each marker.
So for example, if you want to quickly put the time indicator over a specific marker like marker 1, all I have to do is press number 1 on the keyboard and the time indicator will quickly go to that marker.
The same thing applies to all 9 markers. It is a time-saver! I hope you see the value in it.
By the way, we can easily delete all the markers by right-clicking on any of our markers and selecting Delete All Markers. That simple!
I hope you found this post useful. If you would like to learn more about Expression and how it can speed up your workflow in After Effects, check out my Learn After Effects Expressions Course.