After Effects Tip: New Marker Features

In this post, I will show you three new marker features in Adobe After Effects. They are tiny features, but I find them very useful.

Marker Duration

The first one is Marker Duration, and this one is not the latest. I think it came out a couple of versions back, however, I think it is still relatively new. What you do is hover your mouse over any marker, hold down ALT+LEFT CLICK+DRAG on a PC/OPT+LEFT CLICK+DRAG on a Mac to the left or right of your marker as you can see that it is extending the duration of my marker.

Marker Duration After Effects

It is no longer just one frame. You can double click
on the layer marker and adjust the duration of your layer marker manually in the pop-up.

Marker Duration in Adobe After Effects

Let’s take it down to ten frames, and as you can see, it will shorten the layer marker to ten frames inside our timeline.

Adjusting layer marker duration manually in Adobe After Effects

Color Labels

The second one is the Color Labels. Let’s double click on any layer marker inside of our timeline. With
the Color Labels, you can change the marker to any color. Let me show you.

Let’s double click on the second marker and change it to color e green.

Change color marker color to green in Adobe After Effects

And lastly, let’s change the first layer marker to orange.

Change the color of layer market to orange in Adobe After Effects

Your final result should look like this:

Final result in Adobe After Effects

Lock Markers

The last feature is Lock Markers. We can do a lot with markers. Right now we can click and drag our layer markers inside of our timeline.

Dragging markers in timeline in Adobe After Effects

We can also double click on a layer marker and go into the marker settings.

Layer Marker menu settings in Adobe After Effects

We can even get rid of our layer markers by pressing delete on the keyboard; however, all of these features can be disabled by right-clicking on any of our markers and selecting the Lock Markers option. It can be handy.

Lock Markers in Adobe After Effects

To undo Lock Marker that you just right-click again on the locked marker and make sure the lock markers option is unchecked off.

Undo Lock Markers in Adobe After Effects

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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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