Quick Tip #05 After Effects: Audio markers & shortcuts

Quick Tip #05 After Effects: Audio markers & shortcuts


Here are five shortcuts you can learn to improve your efficiency when working with audio in After Effects.

#01 Preview audio from current time

  • Shortcut: . (dot) on numeric keypad  or Control + . (dot) on main keyboard

#02 Preview audio from the beginning

  • Mac Shortcut: Option + . (dot) on numeric keypad  or Control + Option + . (dot) on main keyboard
  • Windows Shortcut: Alt. (dot) on numeric keypad

#03 Creating markers as audio plays

This is nifty shortcut to learn when marking out the rhythm, lyrics, or narration into audio track before beginning to animate

  • Shortcut: * (asterisk) on numeric keypad

#04 Extending markers

Instead of using two markers to denote the start and end of a segment in your audio track, you can actually set duration for a marker that you created! 

  • To set a marker’s duration by dragging, hold the Option (macOS) or Alt (Windows) key, then click the marker icon and drag to the right. 
  • To change the duration of a marker, click and drag the marker out point icon; you do not need to hold Option/Alt. 

#05 Audio shortcuts

  • To show audio levels: press L 
  • To show audio waveform, press LL (quicktap)

Desmond Du

Desmond Du is a Singaporean pursuing a B.F.A in Motion Media Design at SCAD Savannah. He enjoys sharing knowledge with everyone and helping people to do their best in whatever work they are doing. He is also looking for content creators to collaborate with or share their content on nosleepcreative.com.

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