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How to Cut and Split Video in After Effects

Adobe after effects is a video editing, compositing, and motion graphics software After effects use in Film and Education industries. so let see How to cut, Split, and crop video in after effects.

How to Cut in After Effects

  • Select the layer you want to cut in After Effects
  • Move the current-time indicator to where you want to cut.
  • To cut earlier part of the layer Press Alt +[ in windows or option + [ in mac.
  • To cut the Later part of the layer Press Alt +] in windows or option + ] in mac.

Whatever after effects version, your use this shortcut will work. Select the layer you want to cut in After Effects, Move the current-time indicator to where you want to cut, To cut earlier part of the layer Press Alt +[ in windows or option + [ in mac.

How to Cut and Split Video in After Effects

To cut the later part of the layer Press Alt +] in windows or option + ] in mac.

How to Cut and Split Video in After Effects

Drag the layer starting or end to cut layer

How to Cut and Split Video in After Effects

How to split layer in after effects

To spit the layer Select the layer and move current time indicator to where you want to cut, Then press Ctrl + Shift + d on Windows keyboard or Command + Shift + d on mac your layer will be devide in to two layers.

How to Cut and Split Video in After Effects

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How to crop in after effects

There is three basic way to crop you video in After effects. let see

1] Select you video layer and scale it more than your comp size.

Select your layer press s on keyboard, in layer panel scale atribute will open increse scale value more than comp size or Reduce Comp size by presing Ctrl + k .

2] Crop video with Masking

Select the layer you want to crop, Select rectangle tool and draw a rectangle on work panel or video mask will create and it will crop your video you can crop also in different shapes with the pen tool. When you scale the video mask also scale with it.

3] Mask video with shape Layer

There two ways to create a shape layer

  1. Right-click on layer panel – New – Shape layer
  2. Deselect layer, click on the rectangle tool draw a rectangle on video, or your layer.

After creating your shape go to below layer of shape, select track matte option, click to choose ‘Alpha matte’. Your video layer will be cropped. this method is very useful because u can scale video size and the mask will stay the same size.

Tips – To send a current-time indicator to start and end frame of the layer, select the layer and press ‘i’ on the keyboard for starting frame and ‘o’ for the End frame.

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