After Effects Tip: Ripple Insert & Overlay Edit

Today’s tip is Ripple Insert & Overlay Edit. So let’s dive right in. Alright, here we are in After Effects and for this example I have a clock animation I did years ago.

Clock animation Adobe After Effects

Here’s what I’m trying to do. So I want to place another clip between this shot

Clock animation placing a clip between shots 1

and this shot.

Clock animation placing a clip between shots 2

So how can I do this in the most efficient way possible? Let me show you!

I’m going to go to the end of my shot and then press Page Down on my keyboard to go frame by frame so I can find the start of my next shot.

Page down keyboard shortcut 1Page down keyboard shortcut 2

Next I’m going to select the footage in my time line and press CTRL+Shift+D on a PC or CMD+Shift+D on a Mac to split the layer.

Splitting layers in After Effects 2Splitting layers in After Effects 1

Then I’ll go ahead and insert the clip I want.

Inserting a video footage in After Effects

Next, line them up in the timeline like so.

Lining up footage in after effects

That’s one way to do it. However, there’s a much quicker way to get the exact same thing done. Let me
show you what I’m talking about here.

I going to press CTRL+Z to undo what we just did.

Undo keyboard shortcut in After Effects
My time indicator is located right where I want to insert stuff.

Time indicator location in After Effect for inserting footage

Next, I’m going to double click on the UKRAMEDIA OPEN clip.

Clicking on footage in After EffectsDouble clicking on a footage

Right away I’m going to go into the UKRAMEDIA OPEN footage panel and inside here you have some options. You can determine in and out point and there are also these two buttons on the right of the screen. The first button is Ripple Insert Edit and the second is Overlay Edit. Let me show you what these two buttons do.

Options inside footage in After Effects

Let’s set our time indicator where we want the split to occur and then click on the Ripple Insert Edit button.

Ripple Insert Edit in After EffectsRipple Insert Edit in Adobe After Effects

As you can see, it will quickly insert the footage in the timeline just like we did in the previous example.

The Overlay Edit button is very similar to Ripple Insert Edit but instead of cutting everything, it just places our footage on top of our layer in the timeline.

Overlay Edit in After Effects 1Overlay Edit in 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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