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KEYboard

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KEYboard
  
KEYboard

Control keyframes with your keyboard.

Controlling keyframes is animator’s daily routine. KEYboard provides a series of function for keyframes in After Effects. Those functions are small but can be used frequently, such as setting keyframe Ease, cloning keys, mirroring keys, shifting keys or randomizing keys. The most important is you can do those through keyboard shortcuts.

With KEYboard, animators can do things more quickly and would not be interrupted by those repetitive tasks.

Help tools

Not only controlling keyframes, KEYboard also provides some help tools.

FoolParent (shortcut : A)

Set parent from comp viewer directly. No more find layers in timeline panel and remember layer index.

Except “Set Parent”, the other four functions will affect currently selected layers.

FoolPaste (shortcut : V)

Similar with FoolParent. Arrange layer order from comp viewer directly.

QuickVal (shortcut : S)

Change properties’ value with arrow keys or W/A/S/D/ key.

Interface

keyboard interface

row 1:

Custom Shortcut

1…EaseOut 50%
2…EaseOut 90%
3…EaseIn 50%
4…EaseIn 90%
5…EaseInOut 90%
6…Expression: wiggle
7…Expression: time
8…Expression: loopOut(“cycle”)
9…Javascript: Separated Dimension

row Q:

Control Keyframes

Q…Clone Keys
W…Mirror Keys
E…Align Keys
R…Reverse Keys
T…Organize Keys
Y….Linear Spatial Interpolation
U…Shift Keys
I….Shift Keys
O…Random Keys
P…Pull/Push Layers group

row A :

Help Tools

A…FoolParent
S…QuickVal
D…Reverse Layer Orders
F….Purge All
L…Options

row Z:

Add Keyframes

Z…Add Path Keys
X…Add 2 Keys from 0 to 100
C…Add 2 Keys from 100 to 0
V…FoolPaste

 

How to install:

The Installation method of KEYboard is a bit different from nomal scripts. Please check the following installation guide.

For CC2018 and newer

Drag script file to Scripts folder and set shortcut with Visual Keyboard Shortcut Editor. Enter”KEY-board” in search-bar and set shortcut which you want.

For CC2017 and before

Drag script file to Scripts folder and make sure KEYboard is the first one in the stack order. Then start AE and run KEYboard to set custom shortcuts.

If KEYboard doesn’t works…

There is a bug on Mac for using shortcut. If you are using AE cc2017 and KEYboard can’t work after setting shortcut, please try to modify shortcut manually. Open the shortcuts file and set the shortcut in ExecuteScriptMenuItem02 instead of ExecuteScriptMenuItem01.

Notice:

1.If you have already set other scripts as keyboard shortcut. Before installing KEYboard, you need to rename the number of the script file name. If KEYboard is the third script in alphabetical order, nenaming KEYboard as 03-key-board.jsxbin.

2.Because of scripting limitation, KEYboard acts different in AE CS6.

After Effects 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014

Notice:

  1. If you have already set other scripts as keyboard shortcut. Before installing KEYboard, you need to rename the number of the script file name. If KEYboard is the third script in alphabetical order, nenaming KEYboard as 03-key-board.jsxbin.
  2. Because of scripting limitation, KEYboard acts different in AE CS6.

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