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After Effects isn’t a great program for working with audio, but I’m surprised at the number of motion designers who only use RAM Preview to preview sound in After Effects. Rest assured, there are so many other ways to preview your audio. Universal Audio is designed to be a seamless solution to working with audio in precomps, so you never need to break your creative flow when timing to sound, it provides one button to give you audio reference where ever you are by making your selected audio layers flow throughout all your comps, as well as maintaining all markers from your audio.

Perfect your animations with a quick look at setting markers in After Effects!

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If you’re trying to perfect the timing and movement of your animation, then markers are a great tool to use in After Effects. In short, markers allow users to set a point of reference that can hold comments and links. If you’re familiar with using markers in any major NLE, then you will be very familiar with the ins and outs of setting markers in After Effects.

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Premiere users will also be thrilled to hear that markers can transfer directly to After Effects using the Adobe Dynamic Link. So, if you’re interested in how to set markers in After Effects, simply follow these quick steps.

Step 1: Move to Location

Simply move your CTI (Current Time Indicator) to the spot in which you want the marker to be placed. If your animations are going to be timed to music, this can be a really handy way to visually show where important audio cues will be. For more information regarding this technique, check out PremiumBeat’s article on previewing audio in After Effects.

Step 2: Set Marker

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Keyboard Shortcut: Control+8

To set a marker, simply navigate to Layer>Add Marker or you can simply do the keyboard shortcut Control+8. Once a marker is set, you can double click on the marker to add comments, links, and cues for your marker. Please note: You don’t have to have your marker be a single point in time! By adjusting the duration box, you can set a marker to last over a span of time.

Step 3: Move Markers as Needed

After a marker is set, you can easily move it around by simply clicking on it and dragging it around. If you want to delete your marker, you can do so by right clicking and selecting delete marker or delete all markers. If you don’t want to lock your markers, simply right click and select lock all markers.

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Learn how to quickly preview audio in After Effects using these five simple techniques.

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After Effects isn’t a great program for working with audio, but I’m surprised at the number of motion designers who only use RAM Preview to preview sound in After Effects. Rest assured, there are so many other ways to preview your audio.

Seamlessly integrating audio and video together will help your animations have more life. Whether you’re learning these techniques for the first time or simply need a quick refresher, here are five ways to preview audio in After Effects.

1. Preview Audio Only From Beginning

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

To preview audio in After Effects from the beginning of your work area, simply use the above keyboard shortcut. This can be incredibly helpful if you’re trying to get your keyframes to match up just right with the audio but don’t want the video files to bog down your computer.

2. Preview Audio From Current Location

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

Like the previous technique, when you use this keyboard shortcut you’ll only hear audio. However, the preview will begin from the position of your CTI (Current Time Indicator).

3. Preview Video and Audio

  • Mac Shortcut: Control + 0
  • PC Shortcut: 0 on the numeric keypad

If you want to preview your final composition’s audio and video together, you’ll need to use RAM Preview. A RAM Preview will create physical video on your computer’s scratch disks which After Effects will playback. The only downside to a RAM Preview is that it typically takes a lot of time — but it all depends on the size of your project.

4. Audio + Video While Scrubbing

  • Mac Shortcut: Hold Command and Scrub
  • PC Shortcut: Hold Control and Scrub

To simultaneously scrub through video and hear audio at the same time, hold down Command while scrubbing. The only downside to using this method is the fact that it can be quite taxing on your computer to scrub through a video with a lot of effects applied to it. I recommend lowering your preview resolution if you use this technique.

5. Scrub Audio Only

  • Mac Shortcut: Hold Command + Option and Scrub
  • PC Shortcut: Hold Command + Alt and Scrub

To preview just the audio audio while scrubbing, simply hold down the command and option key while scrubbing your mouse across your composition. You will be able to hear an audio preview, but the video will remain still until you release your mouse.

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Want to learn more about working with audio in After Effects? Check out a few of the following posts:

Have any other tips for working with audio in After Effects? Share in the comments below.